SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Sept. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sovereign Health, a leading national licensed provider of behavioral health treatment services, has entered into a partnership with the University of Southern California's (USC) Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. The USC-Sovereign Health partnership provides students in USC's social work program the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience that will allow them to receive the clinical development they need in order to become practitioners. The students, who will serve as interns at Sovereign Health, will enroll in a nine- to 12-month practicum internship program, managed by a staff of licensed clinical social workers (LCSW). During their internship, the students will receive 16 to 24 clinical hours per week with patients.
"We're thrilled to partner with USC's School of Social Work. USC's outstanding program provides unmatched educational resources, research and innovation for its students," said Dr. Tonmoy Sharma, Chief Executive Officer at Sovereign Health. "As Sovereign Health continues to provide both mental health and addiction/dual diagnosis treatment services that include the utilization of cutting-edge technology, we're proud to join forces with top-tier educational institutions such as the University of Southern California."
Adds Monica Powers, Psy.D., Sovereign Health's Director of Clinical Development, "Our partnership with USC has been lucrative in our ability to work with master's level students and expand our training with this renowned institution. It is another step in the development of Sovereign Health's state-of-the-art training program, focusing on the most current research and developments in mental health, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders treatment for all levels of care. Students who experience training here can often take this knowledge to many other settings."
Sovereign Health currently has USC interns enrolled in the program at its Los Angeles and San Clemente treatment facilities and is expected to expand this program to additional Sovereign Health facilities throughout the United States. Graduates of the USC School of Social work will earn a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, allowing them to pursue careers in a wide range of fields, including behavioral health, military and community advocacy, and family counseling.
Sovereign Health, which has earned a spot on the Inc. 5000, Inc. Magazine's list of America's fastest-growing private companies three consecutive years, ranked No. 535 (in the top 11 percent) on the list of private companies. In addition, Sovereign Health has also ranked No. 3 out of 23 companies on the Large Companies List of the Orange County Business Journal's (OCBJ) list of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in Orange County. This significant growth allows Sovereign to reach and serve more patients and their families who are desperately in need of behavioral health services. Providing world-class behavioral health treatment services to as many patients as possible remains Sovereign Health's top priority.
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One factor that differentiates Sovereign from other treatment providers has been the company's ability to offer separate mental health and addiction or dual diagnosis treatment programs at its facilities. Patients seek the services of Sovereign Health to receive treatment for mental health issues, including trauma, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Sovereign also offers treatment for cognitive deficits and eating disorders. For more information, visit www.sovhealth.com.
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