Summer Treatment Program Internship Opportunities
Miami, Florida, United States
Florida International University
The Center for Children and Families at Florida International University is seeking summer interns to work as Lead Counselors, Counselors, Teachers, and Teacher Aides in the 2013 Children's Summer Treatment Program (STP) for children with ADHD and related impairments. The STP has been named a Model Program in Child and Family Mental Health by the American Psychological Association, and has been named a program of the year by CHADD, the national parent advocacy group for children with ADHD. The STP has also been listed in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. Positions are available for students who are interested in working with children in Pre-Kindergarten, elementary, and adolescent age groups.
During the STP, children and counselors are assigned to groups that remain constant for the duration of the program. Each group consists of four or five counselors and 10 to 15 children or adolescents of similar age. Counselors implement an extensive behavior modification treatment program during age-appropriate activities. In addition, children and adolescents participate in academic classroom activities that are staffed by teachers and classroom aides. The program includes feedback and associated consequences for positive and negative behaviors, daily and weekly rewards for appropriate behavior, social praise and attention, appropriate commands, and age-appropriate removal from positive reinforcement.
Counselors who have worked in the summer treatment program have found it a valuable opportunity to gain intensive experience and training in working with children and adolescents who have behavior problems, as well as an excellent chance to obtain supervisory and research experience and letters of recommendation to help them in their future careers. They have uniformly reported the experience to be the most demanding but also the most rewarding clinical experience of their careers.
Online application materials are available at the FIU careers web site, http://careers.fiu.edu (search keyword STP). More information about the Summer Treatment Program and the Center for Children and Families is available at http://ccf.fiu.edu.
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