School-Based Mental Health Clinical Fellowship

Fellowship Overview

The School-Based Mental Health Clinical Fellowship is a part of Mary’s Center School-Based Mental Health (SBMH) Program which supports positive mental health and wellness for children, families, and communities through prevention, early intervention, treatment, and social service integration. The SBMH Clinical Fellowship is a two-year training program designed to provide a comprehensive clinical experience in school mental health by co-locating fellows in K-12 public and public charter school settings, alongside full time clinicians.

Our fellowship program focuses on building a culturally humble lens for practice by examining health disparities in communities of color and gaining skills and knowledge to mitigate these disparities. Using the Mary’s Center Social Change Model as it intersects with the Public Health Model of School Mental Health, the SBMH Clinical Fellowship trains clinicians in the provision of prevention, early intervention, and treatment through a combination of practical experience, didactic seminars and discussion, multidisciplinary clinical supervision, mentorship, and exposure to advocacy and policy initiatives, both internally and in the greater DC community.

Become a SBMH Clinical Fellow

Mary’s Center’s School-Based Mental Health Clinical Fellowship is in its inaugural year.  We are excited to invite our first round of candidates to apply NOW for our July 2023 cohort.  

To be eligible for the SBMH Clinical Fellowship, candidates must have:

  • A LGSW or LGPC license issued by Washington, DC by July 31, 2023.
  • Completed a master’s degree from an accredited program in either social work or counseling. Transcripts required. 
  • Preferred: Two or more years of work or supervised academic years experience (e.g., field placements/clinical internships), with at least one year of clinical experience with a mental health focus.

We strongly suggest taking your discipline’s National Licensing Exam by May 31, 2023, to be eligible for full licensure prior to our July 2023 program start

The selection process begins with interested candidates completing an employee application with supplemental fellowship questions by April 18, 2023


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Contact Us

Contact Marisa Parrella, LICSW, LCSW-C, Director of School-Based Mental Health Program at or (202) 674-3754.