The master’s in social work internship program in the Department of Community and Family Interventions Therapeutic Foster Care Program (TFC) at Kennedy Krieger Institute provides second year students in their Master’s program an opportunity to work with families and children with diverse emotional, behavioral, developmental, medical needs from diverse populations, age ranges, racial and cultural backgrounds. Kennedy Krieger Institute along with The Department of Family and Community Interventions has a commitment to excellence in training.

Central to our commitment to training and excellence is diversity.  Diversity issues such as race, ethnicity, culture, age, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation and ability are respected throughout the program including training, the supervisors and supervisees relationship as well as in the assessment, diagnoses and treatment of each family and child.

In addition to our focus on issues related to developmental disabilities and medically complex conditions, there is a strong emphasis on using trauma informed treatment with children who have experienced complex trauma, abuse, neglect and/or community violence. Working with the children’s families who are involved in the child welfare system is an integral part of treatment.

The internship is two semester internships with 24 hours required per week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays).


  • Participation in the Kennedy Krieger Institute Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) training for which you will receive a certificate and a monthly stipend. The LEND Grant provides for a more intensive and well-rounded learning experience in the healthcare field for children with disabilities. 
  • Weekly seminars to support the treatment of trauma work.
  • Weekly Clinical LABS in Individual, Family and Group Therapy
  • Trainings in the Attachment, Regulation, Competency (ARC) Framework and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Plus / Partnering for Success (CBT+/PfS) Model
  • Training in complex medical conditions
  • Extensive training in understanding and management of the child welfare system and addressing permanency needs of children.
  • Weekly individual clinical supervision and quarterly consultations.
  • Monthly clinical team consultation


  • Completion of Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) training requirements.
  • Attendance of all Department of Child and Family Intervention and Therapeutic Foster Training 
  • Conduct In-Home sessions for 4-5 with trained treatment parents and the foster child. 
  • Working as a member of the child’s treatment team including case management and case coordination tasks.
  • Co-facilitate Foster Parent Trainings and support groups.
  • Attendance of Department and TFC clinical and staff meetings.
  • Documentation in the child’s electronic medical record. This includes completing treatment note, Quarterly Treatment Plans and maintaining compliance of the child’s clinical chart and treatment parent file.


For further information call Monica Beltran at 443-923-5950 or email Thank you for your interest in the Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) Program for your training.