2017 CAMP BOOST COUNSELOR AND TEACHER POSITIONS

The Center for Intervention Research in Schools (CIRS) at Ohio University announces positions for counselors and classroom teachers at Camp BOOST. All staff will work with children ages 6-12 with either (1) Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, learning problems, or a related behavior problem or (2) no behavior or learning problems. The program provides treatment tailored to children’s individual behavioral and learning difficulties. Camp BOOST will be largely based on the Summer Treatment Program (STP) for children with ADHD, developed by Dr. William E. Pelham (For thorough description, see Pelham, Fabiano, Gnagy, Greiner, & Hoza, 2005).

Staff will be needed from Monday, July 17, 2017 through August 11, 2017. Staff hours of service are from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday during these 4 weeks. [Absences or tardiness for anything other than serious health concerns are unacceptable.] There will be additional opportunities for staff members to participate in either 3 weekly parenting workshops (for graduate students only) or children’s social skills groups held concomitantly with the parenting workshops. Lead counselors may put in additional hours on other evenings and on weekends finishing tasks and attending meetings. Clinical service hours (for direct service and for training and supervision attended) will be provided to staff members who are graduate students; research credit hours may be obtained by undergraduate level staff members.

During the program, children and staff members are assigned to groups that remain constant for the duration of the camp. Each group consists of 4/5 counselors (1 lead and 3/4 counselors) and 10 to 15 children of similar age. Teachers and classroom aides will pair to lead classroom activities for all groups. All staff members implement an extensive behavior modification treatment program during age-appropriate activities, including sports and academic classwork. The behavioral treatment includes feedback and associated consequences for positive and negative behaviors, daily and weekly rewards for appropriate behavior, social praise and attention, appropriate commands, and age-appropriate removal from positive reinforcement.

Lead Counselor Position

In addition to participating in daily activities and implementing the treatment program, lead counselors have primary responsibility for supervising the counselors in their groups with their assigned duties. This includes reviewing plans for activities such as sports skill drills for appropriateness, reviewing daily recording and tracking forms for accuracy, and observing group counselors during daily activities to ensure that all group members are implementing the treatment components with fidelity. Lead counselors will also review daily treatment records to determine individual areas of impairment and to determine target behaviors and any need for individualized programming for children who do not respond to the standard treatment components. Finally, lead counselors will be responsible for daily communication with parents.  They may be able to assist in weekly parent-training sessions. Lead counselors will work under the supervision of Ph.D. level clinicians and experienced Camp Boost staff members working as clinical supervisors and will receive regular feedback about their performance.

Lead counselors in BOOST deliver the treatment components during three daily sports-based recreational periods in which children practice and play soccer, baseball, and flag football. Lead counselors also facilitate daily social skills training sessions and swimming activities.  Most of these activities take place outdoors and counselors will be physically active throughout the day. Lead counselors also prepare and lead weekly Fun Friday activities (e.g., movies, water activities, carnivals, parties) that serve as reinforcers to children who behaved appropriately during the week. During the recreational activities, all counselors will act as coaches and referees of the games and are required to be familiar with the rules and fundamentals of each sport. Some counselors in each group will be named as Sport Leaders for each sport and will plan and implement skill drills to address children’s specific deficits and to improve children’s skills in each sport. Lead counselors will be expected to review Sport Leaders’ plans for sports instruction and to provide feedback to the counselors regarding their implementation of the sports activities. Some lead counselors with the required experience and skills may also function as Sport Leaders.

Prior to the start of the program, lead counselors will be required to read the Camp BOOST Manual and to be extensively familiar with behavior modification program and rules and procedures for daily activities, including the rules and fundamentals for sports played in the program. Lead counselors will need to prepare prior to the training sessions. Lead counselors will take part in a one-week training session (week of July 17th). Lead counselors will participate with their groups in training and will be expected to take a leadership role in supervising and training their groups. The training session will include lectures, slide and video presentations, testing, and daily active role-plays during which staff members will act as counselors and children during activities such as sports skill drills and games.

Desired qualifications for lead counselors include graduate-level study in clinical psychology, mental health counseling, social work, education/special education, or related field of study, or prior experience with Camp Boost. Importantly, participation in Camp BOOST requires staff members to ensure the safety, well-being and treatment of children with mental health, learning, attention and behavior problems. Counselors must be able to visually scan the environment, effectively attend to and hear verbal exchanges between children, provide neutral, corrective feedback on children’s misbehavior (which can include aggression), provide a consistent, warm, positive climate for children, and actively engage in sports and physical activity. Lead counselors must be able to meet the above requirements of the position.

Counselor Position

Counselors deliver treatment components during three daily sports-based recreational periods in which children practice and play soccer, baseball, and flag football.  They also help with social skills sessions and swimming.  Most sessions take place in outdoor settings and counselors will be physically active throughout the day.  Counselors also help prepare and help lead weekly Fun Friday activities (e.g., movies, water activities, parties) that serve as reinforcers to children who behaved appropriately during the week.  During the recreational activities, counselors will act as couches and referees of the games and are required to be familiar with the rules and fundamentals of each sport.  Counselors will each group will be named as Sports Leaders for each sport and will plan and implement skill drills to address children’s specific deficits and to improve children’s skills in each sport.  Previous experience with playing softball/baseball, soccer, and football as well as with refereeing or coaching youth sports is preferred.

Prior to the start of the program, counselors will be required to read the Camp BOOST Manual and to be extensively familiar with behavior modification program and rules and procedures for daily activities, including the rules and fundamentals for sports played in the program. Counselors will take part in a one-week training session. The training session will include lectures, slide and video presentations, testing, and daily active role-plays during which staff members will act as counselors and children during activities such as sports skill drills and games.

Desired qualifications for counselor positions include undergraduate or graduate-level study in psychology, mental health counseling, social work, education/special education, or related field of study, or experience in related programs. Importantly, participation in Camp BOOST requires staff members to ensure the safety, well-being and treatment of children with mental health, learning, attention and behavior problems. Counselors must be able to visually scan the environment, effectively attend to and hear verbal exchanges between children, provide neutral, corrective feedback on children’s misbehavior (which can include aggression), provide a consistent, warm, positive climate for children, and actively engage in sports and physical activity. Counselors must be able to meet the above requirements of the position.

Classroom Teacher Position

Each classroom teacher will work with all 4 groups. Teachers implement an extensive behavior modification treatment program during classroom activities. The classroom focuses on improving children’s on-task behavior, following teacher directives, appropriate classroom behavior in addition to providing practice at the children’s current grade level to avoid summer learning loss. The program includes public feedback and associated consequences for work productivity and classroom behavior, daily and weekly rewards for appropriate behavior, social praise and attention, appropriate commands, and age-appropriate removal from positive reinforcement. Teachers will be responsible for recording, tracking and entering daily records of children’s classroom behavior and performance. Teachers will also be responsible for determining children’s appropriate work levels by reviewing previous records. Teachers will review children’s performance and make adjustments to maintain a challenging level for each child throughout the summer. Each teacher will supervise a classroom aide who will assist with classroom management and recordkeeping. Teachers will work under the supervision of the Camp BOOST Clinical Supervisor and will receive regular feedback about their performance.

Prior to the start of the program, teachers will be required to read the Camp BOOST Manual and to be extensively familiar with behavior modification program and rules and procedures for daily activities, including the rules for the classroom. Teachers will need to prepare prior to the training sessions. Teachers will take part in a one-week training session during which they will be expected to take a leadership role in supervising and training their aides. The training session will include lectures, slide and video presentations, testing, and daily active role-plays during which staff members will act as teachers and children during activities such as seatwork and peer tutoring.

Desired qualifications for classroom teachers include graduate-level study in clinical psychology, mental health counseling, social work, a (near) completed degree in education/special education, or prior experience with Camp Boost. Importantly, participation in Camp BOOST requires staff members to ensure the safety, well-being and treatment of children with mental health, learning, attention and behavior problems. Counselors must be able to visually scan the environment, effectively attend to and hear verbal exchanges between children, provide neutral, corrective feedback on children’s misbehavior (which can include aggression), and provide a consistent, warm, positive climate for children. Teachers must be able to meet the above requirements of the position.

Classroom Aide Position

Each aide will work with all 4 groups. Classroom aides implement an extensive behavior modification treatment program during classroom activities. The classroom focuses on improving children’s on-task behavior, following staff member directives, appropriate classroom behavior in addition to providing practice at the children’s current grade level to avoid summer learning loss. The program includes public feedback and associated consequences for work productivity and classroom behavior, daily and weekly rewards for appropriate behavior, social praise and attention, appropriate commands, and age-appropriate removal from positive reinforcement. Classroom aides will be responsible for recording, tracking and entering daily records of children’s classroom behavior and performance. Aides will also be responsible for preparing assignments and classroom materials, for assisting teachers with classroom management, and for grading children’s assignments and providing performance feedback to children during the period. Teachers and classroom aides will review children’s performance and make adjustments to maintain a challenging level for each child throughout the summer. Each aide will be supervised by a classroom aide who will assist with classroom management and recordkeeping. Teachers and classroom aides will work under the supervision of the Camp BOOST Clinical Supervisor and will receive regular feedback about their performance.

Prior to the start of the program, classroom aides will be required to read the Camp BOOST Manual and to be extensively familiar with behavior modification program and rules and procedures for daily activities, including the rules for the classroom. Aides will take part in a one-week training session. The training session will include lectures, slide and video presentations, testing, and daily active role-plays during which staff members will act as aides and children during activities such as seatwork and peer tutoring.

Desired qualifications for classroom aides include undergraduate or graduate-level study in psychology, mental health counseling, social work, education/special education, or related field of study, or experience in related programs. Importantly, participation in Camp BOOST requires staff members to ensure the safety, well-being and treatment of children with mental health, learning, attention and behavior problems. Aides must be able to visually scan the environment, effectively attend to and hear verbal exchanges between children, provide neutral, corrective feedback on children’s misbehavior (which can include aggression), provide a consistent, warm, positive climate for children, and actively engage in sports and physical activity. Classroom aides must be able to meet the above requirements of the position.

More Information about Camp BOOST

As mentioned, Camp BOOST is modeled after the STP.  The STP was conducted at Florida State University from 1980 to 1986; at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic from 1987 to 1996; at the University at Buffalo from 1997-2009; and has been conducted at Florida International University from 2010-present. The STP was named as a Model Program for Service Delivery for Child and Family Mental Health by the Section on Clinical Child Psychology and Division of Child, Youth, and Family Services of the American Psychological Association. The STP has also been used in clinical trials conducted under the auspices of the National Institute of Mental Health, has been named a Model Program in Child and Family Mental Health by the American Psychological Association and SAMHSA, and has been named a program of the year by CHADD, the national parent advocacy group for children with ADHD. The STP is listed in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

Course-credit may be attained for participation in Camp BOOST.

Staff members who have worked in Camp Boost have found it a valuable opportunity to gain intensive experience and training in working with children who have behavior problems, as well as an excellent chance to obtain supervisory and research experience and letters of recommendation to help them in their future careers. They have uniformly reported the experience to be one of the most demanding but also the most rewarding clinical experience of their careers.

To formally apply to the position, please email wymbsf@ohio.edu (Dr. Fran Wymbs) expressing your interest and attach a current copy of your curriculum vitae (i.e., resume), the contact information (email and phone number) of a reference, and your most recent DARS report.  In your cover letter, please indicate your level of experience (no experience, know the rules, played in a league, coached) each of the following sports: soccer, baseball, football, and swimming. As admissions are rolling, positions will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Applicants selected for Camp BOOST positions will be expected to complete a federal background check and complete a brief 1-hour orientation before the camp starts.