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with the Summer Treatment Program

The following opportunities are offered each summer:

Click on the titles of each position for more information.

Lead/Graduate Counselors:

These staff members are typically graduate students from clinical psychology, school psychology, social work, or related programs or individuals who have recently graduated with their bachelor's degree and have prior service as STP counselors. These are the summer lead treatment staff for each group of children. They spend all day with the children except when the group is in the classroom. As well as implementing the program, they supervise the four undergraduate counselors for each group of ten to twelve children in implementing the treatment program. In turn, the lead counselors are supervised by the clinical supervisors. They may assist the clinical supervisors with parent training groups. During staff training, they also assist program staff members in training undergraduate counselors in the token economy/point system, time out procedures, social skills and problem solving training procedures and review the clinical records of the children with whom they will be working during the STP. At the end of the program, lead counselors write treatment summaries for each child in their groups.

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Group/Undergraduate Counselors:

Group Counselors are typically undergraduate students majoring in psychology, social work, education, or related fields. Group Counselors implement the treatment program with the group of children to whom they are assigned and remain with them all day except when the children are in the classroom. Counselors implement the behavior modification treatment during recreational activities such as basketball, soccer, softball, and swimming. During these activities, counselors award points to the children for behaviors such as following the rules of the activity, helping a peer, sharing with a peer, complying with staff members' commands, contributing to group discussions, and ignoring provocation and insults. Staff members take points from the children for behaviors such as aggression, noncompliance, lying, verbal abuse, teasing, swearing, interrupting, and complaining. Counselors also conduct sports skills training, social skills training, and problem solving training. Counselors and children participate together in group cooperative task sessions and counselors facilitate dyadic friendship development. During the children's classroom sessions, counselors plan activities, design and revise individualized programs and targets for children's daily report cards, and meet individually or as a group for supervision from ACET staff members. In addition to the behavioral programs described above, all staff members implement time out from positive reinforcement when a child exhibits intentional aggression, intentional destruction of property, or repeated noncompliance.

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Developmental/Teacher Aides:

Developmental Aides are typically undergraduate students in education, psychology, or related fields. They assist the Developmental Specialists in managing the three Learning Center periods (i.e., Academic, Computer, and Art) and are assigned to one classroom for the duration of the summer. Duties include monitoring children's behavior, scoring and tracking completed assignments, and preparing for daily activities. They manage the children's behavior in the classrooms using a point system that includes both reward components (earning points for work completion and accuracy) and response-cost components (losing points for violating classroom rules). Public recognition and praise are given for assignment completion and for work accuracy. In addition, staff members implement time out from positive reinforcement when a child exhibits intentional aggression, intentional destruction of property, or repeated noncompliance. Children receive a variety of assignments during the academic class, individualized according to each child's needs. In the computer-assisted classroom, children work on a variety of individualized academic skills, using computer-based instruction. In the art class, children work on a variety of projects, including both individual and cooperative work. The Developmental Specialists/Teachers supervise the Developmental Aides.

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Developmental Specialists/Teachers:

Developmental Specialists are typically licensed teachers who are hired to work in the STP during the summer. One teacher is needed to teach each of three classes (Art, Computer, and Academic) to 2-3 groups of children. The computer and classroom teachers are employed full time during the summer. Responsibilities involve implementation of the classroom protocol during classroom activities, supervision of the Aides, and development of Individualized Plans with the Lead Counselors. Other activities include grading papers, completing ratings, and preparing for the next day's class. The art teacher teaches three classes but only works a half-day because he or she does not grade papers and has no appreciable academic preparation.

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Research Assistants:

Research Assistants are typically undergraduate students. Responsibilities are mostly related to coordination of the data management system, including regular data-entry fidelity checks and data analysis. Research assistants may also assist with medication trials. NOTE : These positions are not always available. Interested applicants should inquire during the application process.

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