Internship Program Expands to Covington Place

Social Work Interns

Covington Place Therapy & Counseling has expanded the internship program available to students from the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Social Work and William Carey University (WCU) College of Osteopathic Medicine programs.

Interns will work under the direction of Kimberly Bennett, LCSW and Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP), who also serves as the Program Director at Brightside Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Bennett has utilized the service of USM social work interns since she arrived at CCH in January 2022.

WCU Doctor of Osteopathy Medicine (DO) interns will work for four-week stints at Covington Place, obtaining the hours needed for their mental health rotation and preparing for the mental health part of their exams. Social work interns will spread their commitment time over the fall and spring semesters.

The number of interns will vary, according to Bennett, based on the respective college’s needs with approximately four social work interns-two at Covington Place and two at Brightside IOP-and at least eight DO students per year.

Interns receive the field hours needed to sit for the licensure exam and graduate. Additionally, interns receive hands-on experience working with a diverse range of patients from different socio-economic backgrounds.

“Covington Place has a lot to offer social work and pre-med students, and we plan to make it as educational as possible for interns. The internship program is valuable to their foundation,” says Bennett.


Photo cutline: Pictured left-USM Master of Social Work students Cambri Brewer and Kathrine Davis, pictured center-Kimberly Bennett, LCSW-CDP, pictured right-William Carey University third-year medical students Muhammad Yahya and Amrutha Atla.

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