Astor’s training program in Social Work was begun in 1955, and this important program has continued for more than 50 years.
The behavioral health programs of the Astor Home for Children are field placement sites which are accredited by the major schools of social work located in New York City and in the Hudson Valley.
The sites, located primarily in the Bronx and in Dutchess County, are licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health. They serve children and families in outpatient clinic treatment, day treatment and home-based crisis intervention programs. Licensed professionals, usually social workers and occasionally psychologists, provide supervision on a weekly basis.
Social work interns are included in agency sponsored staff training and development to enhance their knowledge and skill levels in the areas of assessment and diagnosis, treatment planning and in the application of evidence-based treatment. There is the expectation that social work interns will function in various capacities providing ongoing treatment, intake and assessments, treatment and discharge planning and case record management activities.
Astor regularly accepts social work interns from Adelphi, Columbia, Fordham, Lehman, NYU and SUNY-Albany as well as from other accredited schools of social work.
We advise that students enrolled in graduate schools of social work contact their field placement units to explore opportunities for placements at Astor.