Fellowship Descriptions

The Department of Psychiatry Fellowship

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, Evidence-Based Treatment Seminar, Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Social Work Trainee Didactic Seminar, 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. Often this will involve working on a research project with senior staff.

Pediatric Palliative Care Fellowship

Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT), the pediatric palliative care service at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, is offering a full-time, year-long social work fellowship. This fellowship is now in its 14th year.

PACT is an inter-professional team dedicated to improving symptoms and quality of life in children with advanced or life threatening illness. The team includes physicians, nurse practitioners and social workers and works closely with, chaplains, communication specialists, psychologists, child life specialists, social workers, etc.

As the only Pediatric Palliative Care Social Work Fellowship in the country, the fellowship provides the opportunity to participate in an intensive clinical and didactic training experience. The fellow will work closely with our Medical and Nurse Practitioner fellows and will receive social work specific as well as inter-professional palliative care training across the life span. The fellow will have the opportunity to work with patients and their families, as well as facilitate and administer the PACT bereavement program which includes a parent/sibling bereavement group. There will be opportunities to gain knowledge and experience with related community resources, hospice and bereavement services.

PACT provides inpatient and outpatient care as well as support in the community and home settings. The fellow functions as part of an inter-professional team and is responsible for consultation with other medical providers. The fellowship experience includes academic responsibilities such as grand rounds and a QI project.

Fellows receive two hours of supervision per week. The fellow will have the opportunity to attend PACT educational rounds featuring inter-professional experts in the field of Pediatric Palliative Care, as well as other seminars offered at both Children's and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The fellow will participate in the Harvard Medical School Palliative Care Fellowship Program.

All social work fellows at Children's participate in didactic seminars and a fellows’ discussion group.

This is an opportunity to work with one of the first pediatric palliative care teams in the country.

Compensation is *full-time salary plus benefits. Fellowship begins July 1, and ends June 30.

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Part Time Fellowship

Deadline: Spring 2018 Rolling

This is an opportunity for a Master's Level social work fellow to develop advocacy skills and learn more about developmental disabilities. This program requires 1.5 days per week, with Friday as a mandatory day.

The LEND program at Boston Children's Hospital provides interdisciplinary education (didactic and experiential) for a diverse group of fellows. Our goals are to improve the health of infants, children and adolescents who have, or are at risk for neurodevelopment and related disabilities. This program is in conjunction with the Institute for Community Inclusion at University of Mass., Boston.


  • Didactic seminars on leadership, evidence-based practices across disciplines, interdisciplinary collaboration, cultural awareness, public health perspectives, conflict resolution, and policy, and approaches from a family systems perspective.
  • Observation of various interdisciplinary clinical teams.
  • Participation in a three-day policy/advocacy conference in Washington DC that involve training in legislative and policy matters and an chance to advocate directly on Capitol Hill with your own congressman and senators.
  • Opportunity to work with community based organizations serving child and families with special health care needs.
  • In-home experience with a family whose child has a developmental disability through the Linking Hands program at Boston Children's Hospital.
  • Ongoing work with community-based multicultural organizations.

$4,000 stipend available.

Please note: because this fellowship is part-time, no benefits are offered.

For a LEND application and more information about this fellowship, please contact Lauren Berman, LICSW

Contact us

For more information on any of these fellowship programs, please email us at swtraininginfo@childrens.harvard.edu .