Program Assistant, Selective Mutism (SM) & Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Program

Organizational Summary

The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national 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 program assistants for our Selective Mutism (SM) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) programs. The Child Mind Institute’s Selective Mutism Service is an innovative program that helps children with SM overcome their symptoms using state of the art evidence-based behavioral interventions. PCIT is an empirically-supported treatment for children with disruptive behavior disorders and their families. Through didactics and live coaching, parents learn specific skills to increase positive attention to behaviors they want to encourage in their children, and specific disciplinary techniques to manage inappropriate behaviors.

Program assistants are responsible for helping maintain the infrastructure of our SM and PCIT services. We are seeking individuals who can commit to at least 10 hours each week at the Child Mind Institute over at least two semesters or one year. Attendance is required EITHER Thursdays from 1:00-6:00 OR Fridays 1:00-5:00, and additional hours as arranged with the program director.

Reporting directly to the Senior Clinical Psychologist in the Anxiety Disorders Center and Director of the Selective Mutism Program, and Social Worker in the ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center and Director of the PCIT Program. This is an unpaid, part-time internship position located at our NYC headquarters.


  • Participate in weekly SM and/or PCIT meetings involving supervision of SM/PCIT cases, didactics, and administrative issues with a multidisciplinary team including psychologists, masters-level clinicians, and advanced graduate students
  • Observe live SM and/or PCIT sessions and participate as needed in clinical sessions, including exposures for anxiety
  • If available on Fridays to participate in the SM Program, observe and participate in weekly group treatment sessions for children with SM, including eventually co-leading group. This involves both preparing materials for the group and participating in the group itself (Fridays 4:00-5:00 pm).
  • Prepare therapy rooms and organize session materials before SM and PCIT sessions and reorganize rooms and sanitize toys after sessions
  • Participate in Brave Buddies, an intensive group clinical intervention, as a one-on-one counselor (4 one day sessions a year, 2 multi day programs a year–strongly recommended)
  • Enter PCIT data, including weekly measures of child disruptive behavior, parent skill acquisition, and training clinician skill acquisition
  • Observe live PCIT sessions and complete adherence checklists to ensure clinician fidelity to the PCIT treatment manual
  • Complete other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree acquired or in progress
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Prior experience working with children and/or in a clinical setting
  • Attention to detail
  • Professional demeanor and attitude; ability to interface with families as well as senior leadership, clinicians, and staff
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and act as a team player in a fast-paced environment
  • Flexibility to help deal with unanticipated clinical challenges
  • Commitment to discretion and integrity

Application Details and Instructions

Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis and as needed to manage the SM and PCIT programs. Please upload cover letter and resume as one document in the resume section on the application site. 

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

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