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USPP Placements

​​​​The purpose of the University Student Practicum Program (USPP) is to create mutually beneficial partnerships, providing students from affiliated higher education institutions an equitable and competitive opportunity to experience a progressive, reciprocal relationship between theory, conceptual frameworks, and practice in a professional Human Services setting with the Department’s highly skilled and practiced field Instructors.

​​​UPDATED 9/2021 

  • Broward Addiction Recovery Center (BARC) – 9 openings (3 for Social Work; 6 for Mental Health/Counseling) – Masters level students – Note: Students will rotate through several BARC units throughout this practicum. Social Work/Mental Health/Counseling/Psychology or similar majors. 

The Broward Addiction Recovery Center provides a full continuum of care, including Substance Use Assessment (Admissions), Detoxification​, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), Residential Treatment, and Outpatient Services to adults aged 18 years and older. ​

Practicum will include intake/needs assessment, case management services, referrals, discharge planning, a small caseload, individual and group therapy, recreational counseling, family counseling, therapeutic/ treatment planning, service plans, documentations, maintaining information on internal company systems, locating and connecting clients with resources in the community, participation in outreach and networking services and professional development trainings.        

  • Family Success Administration Division (FSAD) – 0 opening – Bachelors level students – Note: Clinical Counseling NOT included in this practicum. Social Work/Mental Health/Counseling/Psychology or similar majors. 
The Family Success Administration Division (FSAD) provides emergency assistance and case management services through 4 programs to prevent the citizens of Broward County from experiencing homelessness, evictions, foreclosures, loss of electric and water services and assist with tuition, financial management, employment, transportation, nutrition, and childcare.​ ​

Practicum will include case management services, consultations, intake, assessment, care, discharge planning, documentation, maintaining information on internal company systems, connecting clients with needed and available community resources, preparing reports, occasional field visits, participation in outreach and networking services and professional development trainings. 

  • Broward Addiction Recovery Center (BARC) – Health and physical assessment for substance use disorder – 9 openings – Masters level students – Note: This Practicum is ONLY for Nursing students.​ 
The Broward Addiction Recovery Center provides Substance Abuse Assessment (Admissions), Detoxification, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), Residential Treatment, and Outpatient Services to adults aged 18 years and older.​

Practicum will include psychiatric training and medical training, inpatient detoxification, smoking cessation, MAT, an array of counseling which constitutes motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma informed care, mindfulness, and recreational therapy.

Below are descriptions for some of the practicum experiences listed above: 

  • Behavioral Health Therapy: Therapy is provided throughout the Human Services Department using a variety of treatment modalities including family therapy, group therapy, individual therapy, and milieu therapy. Therapy takes place in outpatient and residential settings and includes individuals from a diverse range of age ranges, racial and ethnic groups, and socioeconomic levels who have an assortment of presenting issues. Students will develop treatment plans with specific goals and objectives for each of their therapy cases. 
  • Case Management:  Broward County defines case management as a direct service implemented by HSD. These services incorporate a collaborative process of assessment, planning, care coordination, and advocacy. Through this collaborative process students are able to put together a comprehensive case management plan to meet the overall needs of each client. 
  • Community Outreach:  Outreach may include accompanying HSD staff to events/fairs in the community.    
  • Intake Assessment:  Intake assessments involve developing interviewing skills and gathering pertinent clinical information during intake interviews. All clients are seen for an initial intake interview to assess their eligibility and need for services and/or to make appropriate referrals. Students will also be given the opportunity to learn about risk assessment, abuse reporting, crisis intervention, and safety planning.  
  • Learning Activities:  Includes attending and presenting at bi-weekly and monthly agency trainings. Trainings take various forms, including lecture, demonstration, formal continuing education workshops. The goal of these trainings is to maintain awareness of recent empirical literature, to inform clinical practice with evidence-based findings, and to develop skills in making professional case presentations. The learning activities and training schedule are intended to compliment clinical supervision. 
  • Supervision:  Each student will be assigned a field instructor while in the USPP to mentor and help them during their practicum placement. The field instructor can expand and clarify the direction that students receive from the task managers. Students may call upon the field instructor on an as-needed basis or schedule weekly meetings. The Field Instructors may offer group supervision sessions for multiple practicum trainees as needed.​