Northwestern University Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center is offering a one-year (with option to renew for an additional year) postgraduate social work fellowship dedicated to the education and training of social work professionals who are interested in developing their clinical skill with persons with neurocognitive disorders and their families and enhancing their ability to conduct research.
We are seeking an exceptional social worker who demonstrates a pronounced interest in working with persons with neurocognitive disorders and their families as well as an ability to work in a fast-paced environment. The goal of this fellowship is to produce social workers who will become leaders in this field.
The Social Work Fellowship in Neurocognitive Disorders is open to Social Workers with Master’s or Doctoral degrees and falls under the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CNADC), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The Fellow will work closely with members of the Social Work Team within the CNADC. We will provide the Fellow with ongoing clinical supervision by licensed clinical social workers with extensive expertise working with persons living with dementia and their families.
Coordinate, rigorously evaluate and track participation of education and support programs such as: 1) Support and Education for Early Dementia (SEED), 2) support groups, 3) ilLUMAnations, 4) The Memory Ensemble and 5) The Buddy Program for persons with dementia and their families. Manage data, communication with participants and IRB submissions and continuing reviews.
Provide clinical social work services to patients and families of the Neurobehavior and Memory Clinic and the Northwestern CNADC Clinical Core research.
Complete psychosocial assessments and provide education, counseling and linkage to appropriate community services.
Coordinate and deliver local and statewide internal and community education programs around dementia, caregiving, and other relevant topics.
Participate in the coordination and planning of major annual educational events including Alzheimer Day and the FTD/PPA Caregiver Education and Support Conference.
Develop collaborative community relationships with health and social service agencies with special emphasis on minority communities underrepresented in research.
Assist with website updates and organization.
Participate in writing grant proposals and progress reports.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in social work or related field with 1-3 years of experience.
Demonstrated knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and the related dementias, in addition to counseling skills and knowledge of community resources related patients and families.
Must be a licensed social worker (LSW) or licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
COW - Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
ORG - Good organizational and time management skills.
PRS – Good problem-solving skills.
CUF - Customer service focused.
MEETS DE - Ability to work accurately with interruptions, to meet deadlines.
COMP - Good computer skills with experience in word processing, spreadsheet and database applications.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Skilled in research methods.
Excellent public speaking and presentation skills.
Experience working with diverse communities/demonstrated cultural competence.
Group Facilitation experience and skills.
Conference planning experience.
Skilled in statistical analysis software such as SPSS.
Skilled in qualitative data analysis software such as NVivo.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 38070
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.