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FAU Partners with Women In Distress of Broward County to Offer Internship Program

BOCA RATON, FL (September 27, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s School of Social Work has partnered with Women In Distress (WID) of Broward County to offer internship opportunities for undergraduate students. FAU undergraduates will gain hands-on work experience while serving the local community. 

“We are excited about this new collaboration that benefits not only our undergraduate students in gaining resume-building experiences but also serves our local community in administering crucial services to women and families,” said Michele J. Hawkins, Ph.D., MSW, director for the FAU School of Social Work. “This partnership will help to ensure the success of our students beyond the classroom by providing a ‘real world’ application of knowledge and skills through their internship field work at Women In Distress of Broward County.”

WID is a full service domestic violence center serving Broward County for the past 38 years through programs and services that are divided into residential services, outreach services, and prevention and education.  This summer welcomed the first group of FAU Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) students in their final semester as interns at WID’s Deerfield Beach location.  Completing the minimum requirement of 400 hours per semester, interns received training on how to directly serve victims of domestic violence through activities that included administering group and individual counseling, individual case management, registrations, safety planning, and crisis line operations.

“This new partnership between FAU’s School of Social Work and Women In Distress is so important,” said Mary A. Riedel, Women In Distress of Broward County President and CEO.  “Our participants served at WID, especially children, are getting compassionate, one-on-one advocacy help and our agency is getting hours of professional services that the interns are able to provide at a time when so many more victims of family violence are coming forward.”

The FAU School of Social Work has more than 200 agencies throughout seven Southeast Florida counties currently participating in the field education internship program.  For the 2011-12 academic year, total student field hours donated to the community through the numerous internship programs equal 143,600 and amounts to an estimated local economic impact of more than $3 million.

For more information about Women In Distress of Broward County, contact Madelyn Reus at 954-760-9800 x 1244 or mreus@womenindistress.org , or visit www.womenindistress.org. For more information about FAU’s School of Social Work field education program, contact Arlene Kaplan, Ph.D., MSW at 561-297-2474 or afkaplan@fau.edu, or visit www.fau.edu/ssw

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About Women In Distress of Broward County, Inc.:
Women In Distress is the only nationally accredited, state-certified, full service domestic violence center serving Broward County, Florida. Our mission is to stop domestic violence abuse for everyone through intervention, education and advocacy. We strive to accomplish this mission through a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter program, individual counseling, support groups and professional trainings which are aimed at educating the community on domestic violence. For more information, visit www.womenindistress.org.

About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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