Counselor, Summer Program

Organizational Summary

The Child Mind Institute is an independent nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most. Together with our supporters, we’re helping children reach their full potential in school and in life. We share all of our resources freely and do not accept any funding from the pharmaceutical industry.

Job Summary

The Child Mind Institute is seeking highly skilled and motivated individuals to join our team as counselors for our Summer Program for children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, and related learning and behavior problems.  The Program is offered as a four-week immersive summer session each year. Counselors for this program are trained to use empirically-supported behavior management techniques to work with children with disruptive behavior concerns, encouraging them to engage in positive and pro-social behavior as they interact with other children and adults.

This position reports directly to the directors of the program, Mandi Silverman, PsyD, MBA, and Michelle Kaplan, LCSW.

This is a highly competitive unpaid internship. Therefore, we strongly encourage applicants to investigate stipend programs through their college placement offices and to pursue independent college study credits for this experience. We can provide any requested documentation to assist students in getting stipends and college credit.


  • Learn and utilize positive behavior management strategies
  • Assisting with the implementation of individually tailored behavior plans
  • Facilitating and monitoring recreational activities/games and sports skills training
  • Completing daily report cards (progress reports) to send home to parents
  • Group problem solving
  • Managing behavioral data as indicated by lead staff
  • Reviewing daily treatment records to maximize treatment gains
  • Interfacing with parents, with the guidance of lead staff, to ensure coordination of care is optimized
  • Receiving daily supervision by lead clinical staff


  • Current undergraduate or graduate-level study in clinical psychology, school psychology, mental health counseling, social work, education/special education, or related field of study, or experience in related programs.
  • Research, clinical, leadership, or field experience working or volunteering with children or adolescents.
  • Experience in summer camps, after-school, sports, daycare, or educational programs; experience in organized sports, art, music, dance, theater, journalism, photography, and videography preferred.
  • Eagerness to learn; ability to accept and utilize constructive feedback.
  • Ability to commit to all dates of the program’s duration.
  • Counselors are required to attend each day of the program and all trainings.  The program runs from Monday, July 2, 2018 through Friday, July 27, 2018, with a day off on Wednesday, July 4th. All counselors are required to attend mandatory training the week prior, Monday, June 25, 2018 through Friday, June 29, 2018 The hours are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Application Details and Instructions
Click here to apply. Please upload cover letter and resume as one document in the resume section on the application site.

Employment at Will Relationship: This position description does not constitute a guarantee that employment will continue for any specified period of time.  Rather, employment is at the mutual consent of the employee and CMI, and can be terminated at will by the employee or by CMI.

CMI reserves the right to modify the job description and/or reporting relationship at any time.

CMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse staff; individuals from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

To learn more about the Child Mind Institute, please visit

No phone calls or recruiters, please. This position will remain open until filled.