Advanced Clinical Social Work Fellowship in Intensive Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services In-Home Program (IICAPS)


The primary mission of Yale Child Study Center Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (IICAPS) is to promote positive child and family functioning through developmentally informed, theory based programs and practices delivered in the child and family’s home. Services provided by faculty and staff are accessible, culturally competent, and responsive to the strengths and needs of each child and family. The overarching goal of IICAPS is the maintenance of each child’s primary relationship with parents or other adults in the interest of permanency, safety, and nurturance.


IICAPS serves children and adolescents with severe emotional disturbances who are at high risk for psychiatric hospitalization as well as those involved in both the mental health and juvenile justice systems and at risk for placement in either hospital or detention facilities. All services are provided by two person teams of licensed or license-eligible social workers, psychologists, nurses, professional counselors, and bachelor’s level mental health counselors. Treatment includes individual, parent, and family therapies. Clinical services include collaboration with schools and other service providers.


Core Training: A variety of seminars and training activities, both multidisciplinary and discipline specific, are provided. These include Departmental Grand Rounds, Social Work Seminar, IICAPS Training, Fundamentals of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychopharmacology for Non-Physicians, Minding the Baby – Reflective Functioning, Young Child Seminar, Clinical Staff Meeting, and Quarterly Network Meeting.

Clinical Experience

Treatment: Experience will include clinical assessment, treatment planning, individual psychotherapy with child or parent, family treatment, child guidance, parent guidance, support and case coordination and management. Social Work Fellows will be available on call Monday through Friday. On call rotation on weekends and holidays will be expected in the second half of the year.

Rounds: Each client is presented at Rounds regularly. Rounds serves as an opportunity for clinicians to discuss treatment with a group of cross-disciplinary colleagues and to review progress with clients and families. Rounds are attended by the rounds leaders and all clinical staff (social workers, nurses, psychiatrists, and psychologists) assigned to that group.


Individual Supervisor: Each fellow will work individually throughout the year with a licensed clinical social worker who is a member of the Yale Child Study Center faculty. These supervision hours are in compliance with licensing requirements in the state of Connecticut, which depending on local regulations, may be reciprocal when applying for licensing in other states.

Team Supervisor: Clinical supervision will be provided throughout the year to each clinical team by faculty within IICAPS.