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Christian Hernandez

Social Work Intern, Mood Disorders Center
Child Mind Institute

Christian Hernandez, BA, is a social work intern in the Mood Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute. He is a second-year graduate student at the Columbia University School of Social Work and a member of their dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) Training Program.

Christian has extensive experience working with children and their parents in individual and group settings. He has received training in using parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) with children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and selective mutism (SM). He has also received training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), and applied behavior analysis (ABA). At his most recent internship with South Bronx United, Christian received training in sports psychology.

Christian rejoins the Child Mind Institute, having previously worked as a Summer Program counselor, Brave Buddies counselor, PCIT Program Assistant in the ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center, and a Program Coordinator for the School and Community Program.

Christian is passionate about supporting children, adolescents, and their families through a collaborative and strengths-based approach. Before starting graduate school, Christian attended film school, where he trained as a screenwriter, actor, director, and editor at the New York Film Academy. He has also coached several sports for over a decade and uses lessons from his clinical training in his coaching, and vice versa. He also applies a sports psychology lens to help student-athletes learn valuable life skills that will help them both on and off the field.


  • Summer Program Clinical Team Leader, Child Mind Institute
  • Social Work Intern, South Bronx United
  • Behavioral Technician, Center for Autism and Related Disorders
  • PCIT Program Assistant, Child Mind Institute
  • Brave Buddies Counselor, Child Mind Institute
  • Summer Program Counselor, Child Mind Institute


  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training, Behavioral Tech
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Motivational Interviewing, Columbia University School of Social Work


  • MSW (Expected 2023), Columbia University School of Social Work
  • BA, Psychology and Legal Studies, Northwestern University