Good morning! I'm wondering if anyone has successfully obtained affiliation agreements with online therapy sites (such as BetterHelp) so that MSW students can intern with their LCSW practitioners. We are in the process of reaching out to several companies regarding this. We would only allow our 2nd year or Advanced Standing students to participate in these internships. I am not sure how this would work, as I believe most of their therapists are contract employees.
Thank you for any help or guidance you can give us! Any contacts you have at these types of companies would be greatly appreciated.
Leigh Ann Hewes
Hello! We have never reached out to these online companies - most often we have heard concerns regarding supervision and someone to provide learning opportunities, particularly because clinicians enter into these companies as contractual (1099) employees. I have heard of a fair amount of movement and that clinicians don't always stay long-term with these companies. I would be interested to hear of others who may have had students placed there but for us we have not. In fact, we rarely place at private practices because we have found significant issues regarding supervision.
Thanks, Dana. Those are my concerns as well, especially that the clinicians are only contracted employees. I appreciate your input!
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