QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS · Bachelor’s degree required, coursework in psychology or other related field preferred. · Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. · Ability to exercise mature judgment and discretion is a must. · A career interest in child mental health services. · Ability to communicate with courtesy and poise in person, via telephone, and in written communications · Strong computer skills and experience with PC. Proficiency with Microsoft applications, scheduling applications, and data entry. · High standard of quality, ability to work on multiple projects, and attention to detail. · Fluency in English.· Proficiency in running and using photo copy equipment and other office equipment such as fax machines, postage machines.
Center for Effective Child Therapy
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Phone: 617-278-4265 | Fax: 617-278-4139
It’s been a while since we’ve met as a group, and I am so excited to see you all tomorrow and hear about your current projects and endeavors. These past couple of weeks have been very intense and exciting for me in terms of my research project, the Sleep Deprivation study. It took me a while, but I finally feel comfortable assuming the role of a “leader” (I still write it in quotation marks out of habit) and taking this project off the ground with the help of my fellow lab members. We ran several General Information screening sessions, and though we did not have many participants sign up, those who did expressed genuine interest in the study. I also had the experience of screening the participants and determining their eligibility for the rest of the study based on their medical data. The whole process of interacting with the participants and having access to their medical data while still maintaining their privacy and confidentiality taught me a lot about research ethics and the many delicate areas of research in general.
I must admit that it is sometimes hard to remain motivated when the study is moving at a rather slow pace. When I said that these past couple of weeks have been intense, I mostly meant that the hardest part was actually beginning the data collection. There were so many gray areas and uncertainties, and I often felt discouraged and overwhelmed at the sheer amount of organization and preparation that this study required. However, with the help of my lab members (and a lot of practice running sessions), I became confident. Now, the biggest issue is the lack of participant signups. There is no one right answer; maybe it is still early in the semester, maybe the study seems intimidating, maybe the time slots and inconvenient…or maybe the majority of people are just not interested. As a researcher, I hope that the last possibility isn’t true, but as a student, I do understand that most people who sign up for these studies just want the credits and do not necessarily want to commit to such an intense (albeit interesting) study. Anyway, those are just my thoughts and concerns. Many of us did not feel comfortable running sessions and assuming authority right away, and I think that it is perfectly normal to have doubts–but overcome them with time and exposure.
For those that are looking for clinical experience: the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a governmental agency focused on substance abuse and mental health is offering a paid 10-week summer internship at their headquarters in Rockville, MD.
The application deadline is April 18, 2014.
The Stanford 2014 Undergraduate Presentation will take place on May 17th. The deadline for submitting abstracts is February 24th, which is fast approaching! The keynote speaker will be the legendary Philip Zimbardo. I’d encourage everyone to submit their abstracts for a 20-minute presentation spot.
Here is the link to find out more information: Stanford Psychology Conference.