Social Work Training Program | Clinician Resources

The Department of Psychiatry offers a full time fellowship providing a solid, broad-based training opportunity in child and adolescent mental health. The fellowship offers intensive supervision by senior staff as well as participation in numerous social work and multidisciplinary trainings and seminars. These include Psychotherapy Seminar, Group Therapy Didactic, Family Therapy Seminar, Evidence-Based Treatment Training Modules, Outpatient Psychiatry Trainee Case Conference, Psychiatry Grand Rounds, and Psychiatry Morbidity and Mortality Conference.

The Fellow’s clinical work will be in Outpatient and Emergency Psychiatry.  In Outpatient Psychiatry, diagnostic evaluations and psychotherapy with children and adolescents, parents, families and groups form the core of the fellowship. One afternoon per week, the Fellow will work in the Emergency Psychiatry Service, learning to do emergency assessments and crisis intervention.  The Fellow will spend one afternoon per week doing an elective.  Usually this will involve working on a research project with senior staff. 

Fellows receive four weeks vacation, to be taken at the mutual convenience of the Fellow and the supervisor. The fellowships run from September through August.

Compensation is full time salary of $26,000 plus benefits.

The Fellowship Application Process

About the fellowship


The Social Work Fellowship Program at Boston Children's Hospital is committed to offering advanced training for clinical social workers.

For more information on our fellowships, please view the descriptions.

Fellowship info

  • Post-graduate fellowships are offered in various areas of the hospital.
  • Positions are part-time or full-time depending on the particular fellowship.
  • All fellowships carry a stipend and allow vacation time.
  • Most fellowships offer benefits at additional cost.


Fellowship applicants must have an MSW from an accredited school of social work and must obtain a Massachusetts social work license before beginning the fellowship.

Fellowship Deadlines for 2014-2015

Applications for the 2014-2015 academic year are due no later than Friday, February 28, 2014

LEND Deadline: Spring 2014. See description for details.

Contact us

For more information on the Social Work Fellowship Program, please email us at


Social Work Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Q: Would I have an opportunity to meet with a staff person at some time during the application process?

A: After reviewing the applications, Elizabeth Wharff, PhD, MSW, LICSW (director of the training program), and other senior social workers interview selected applicants.

Q: Do I need my Massachusetts social work licensure before I apply?
A: No, you do not need to have MA licensure in order to apply. Fellows should have their MA licensure (LCSW) by September of the year they start the fellowship. Please note that in MA, LCSW is the first level of social work licensure, followed by LICSW. This may vary from state to state. For more information, please visit 

Q: Am I eligible to receive health benefits?

A: Yes. All fellows except LEND are eligible to receive benefits at an additional cost.

Q: What days are the LEND fellowship?
A: All day Friday starting at 8:00 a.m. is required. Other time can be negotiated.

Q: What should I write about in my two page letter?
A: You should include those aspects that led you to apply for this Fellowship. State what you hope to learn, how you learn most readily, whether you have special interests you would like to develop, and how you think this advanced training might help you realize future goals. 

Q: I live outside the United States. Am I still eligible to apply? 

A: Absolutely, yes. We welcome applications from accredited programs across the country and around the world. Email us anytime to discuss further. 

Q: I am unable to come to Boston in-person to interview for the Fellowship. Is that a problem?

A: Not at all. We are happy to interview promising candidates by phone, video conference, skype. We'll do what we can to make it happen. Don't hesitate to ask. 

After reading the Fellowship FAQs, if you have additional questions, please drop us a line at


MSW Internship


The Master of Social Work (MSW) Internship Program at Boston Children's Hospital is committed to training 2nd year MSW students. Internships are offered across the hospital in various settings, including:

  • Psychiatry
  • Medical Specialties
  • Primary Care
  • Child Protection/Family Violence

Contact us

We are happy to discuss internship possibilities with any accredited school of social work. Placements are negotiated directly through Field Education Departments.

Interested students should talk with their Field Education Faculty who can contact our training program coordinator.

For more information on the MSW Internship Training Program, please drop us a line at .