February 5, 2015

Summer Treatment Program: Counselor Applications

Children’s Mercy Hospital Summer Treatment Program for ADHD: Counselor Applications

Children’s Mercy Kansas City (CMKC) in the Kansas City metro area announces summer scholar positions for Summer Treatment Program (STP) counselors. Counselors will work with children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related behavior problems. The STP is directed by Carla Counts Allan, Ph.D., Director of Psychological Services at the ADHD Specialty Clinic at CMKC. 

Counselors must be available to work from May 21, 2015 through July 24, 2015. Counselor hours of employment are from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Counselors also work until 8:30 PM one evening/week while parents participate in weekly parent training groups. Counselors are paid an hourly wage with overtime benefits.

During the program, children and counselors are assigned to groups of 10-15 children, with 4-5 counselors per group. Counselors implement behavior modification during daily activities that include sports and social skills training, art, and academic activities. Counselors have the opportunity to provide feedback, record behavioral data for children in their groups, and receive daily performance feedback from experienced staff members who provide live supervision. 

Activities take place outdoors and counselors will be involved in recreational activities throughout the day; this requires knowledge of rules/fundamentals of represented sports. Select counselors will serve as Sport Leaders and will plan and implement skill drills to improve children’s’ performance. Previous experience in education, refereeing, or coaching children is preferred.

During the last week of May of 2014, counselors will take part in a multi-day training session, which requires reading the STP manual and being familiar with its contents prior to the training week.

The STP is an award winning, evidence-based program developed by William Pelham, Ph.D. and associates and it is listed on the NREPP website. Applications are competitive and applicants are encouraged to call 913-696-5748 for more information about the application process.

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