Nationally acclaimed, our Summer Treatment Program is an eight-week comprehensive summer camp program for children ages 6-12 with ADHD and related behavioral, emotional and learning challenges.

The ADHD summer camp program also encourages parent involvement with weekly parent training sessions to develop the skills needed to change their child's behavior at home and assist in their progress and success.

Program Dates: Mid-June - Mid-August

  

                                                                       

Program Goals

While each child and their family has unique needs, our program was designed to help everyone improve:

  • Problem-solving and skills to improve peer relationships
  • Learning skills and academic performance
  • Ability to follow instructions, complete tasks assigned and comply with requests
  • Improve self-esteem by developing competencies necessary for daily life
  • Skills and tools needed for parents to develop, reinforce and maintain positive changes

Our program consists of behavior therapy using a point system throughout the whole day, required parent training once a week, two hours a day of academic instruction, and various sports including softball, soccer and basketball.

The vast majority of parents who have been through our program feel their entire family benefitted, would send their child again or would recommend the program to other parents.

Eligibility

Parents of children with ADHD and related behavioral, emotional and learning challenges are encouraged to apply. Enrollment is limited and participants are selected through an evaluation conducted by staff. Referrals can be made by school personnel, mental health professionals, physicians or parents.

Cost of the Program

Thanks to the generous support of The Children’s Trust, we are able to offer most families scholarships, with amounts varying based on household income and as verified by tax return information.

Program Location

The Summer Treatment Program will be held at Paul W. Bell Middle School located at 11800 NW 2nd St, Miami, Florida, 33182. Please do not contact the school with questions regarding the camp. 

Our Team 

Supervision and oversight are carried out by staff with over 20 years of experience conducting effective treatment programs for children with ADHD. While in the classroom, children are supervised by a teacher and a developmental aide, including highly trained, undergraduate paraprofessional therapists - students pursuing advanced degrees in psychology and educational specialists.

Psychosocial and behavioral aspects of the program are supervised by doctoral level psychologists. Medical aspects of the program are supervised by developmental pediatricians and/or child psychiatrists and nurses.

Parents: How to Apply to the Summer Treatment Program

If you are interested in learning more about the Summer Treatment Program or would like to begin the application process, please call our main office line at 305-348-0477 and ask for the Summer Treatment Program.  

Enrollment is limited, and parents are encouraged to apply as early as possible. 

Work for the Summer Treatment Program

We are currently accepting applications for the 2023 summer program.

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Summer positions are available for Counselors, Research Assistants, Teachers, and Classroom Aides. By participating in the STP, students will learn evidence-based techniques for working with children who have disruptive behavior disorders; gain valuable clinical and research experience to prepare for career and graduate school; help children to improve their social skills, sports skills, and academic skills; and network with faculty members at the Center for Children and Families, as well as students from across the country. Positions are available for undergraduate students, postbaccalaureate students, and graduate students. 

Position Announcements: Please see the position announcements linked below for specific responsibilities, salary, hours, and dates.

Program Description: More information about the Summer Treatment Program and staff responsibilities are included in the document below.

Program Description

Program Application Instructions

Interested applications should complete an on-line application form to begin the application process. Applicants will be asked to upload a current resume, a current unofficial transcript/grade report, and to supply names and contact information for three recommenders.

LINK TO APPLICATION FORM: https://redcap.fiu.edu/surveys/?s=EW443DYNTCFCRT7H

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  • Responsibilities and Expenses

    Dates, hours, salary and responsibilities for all positions vary by position. Please see the program announcements linked above for details.

    Room, board and travel expenses are not covered. Participants are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. Each summer, there are many STP staff members who are interested in finding roommates and sharing housing. Once accepted to a position, staff members will have the opportunity to join a social media group to meet and communicate with other staff members to make housing and carpool arrangements.

  • Application Process

    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Selected applicants will be asked to have three (3) letters of recommendation submitted in support of their applications. If your application is selected to proceed to the next step, you will receive an email with a link to provide contact information for your recommenders.

    You should request letters of recommendation from people who know you well and can speak about your skills in relation to the position for which you are applying. Your letters may be academic, professional or personal in nature.

    If you have worked in a research lab, you should consider requesting a letter from your research supervisor. If you have worked with children in a school setting, summer camp, after-school program or sports/recreation program, you should consider asking your supervisor at that program to submit a recommendation in support of your application.

    If you played on a sports team, you should consider asking your coach to submit a letter in support of your application. Coaches may be able to write about teamwork, leadership, and your ability to work under pressure in ways that other recommenders may not.

    You may request personal letters of recommendation from people who know you well and can describe your strengths and skills. However, we recommend that some of your letters are academic or professional in nature.

    Letters of recommendation will be reviewed on a rolling basis and selected candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview and to submit official academic transcripts. Applicants living outside the Miami area may interview remotely via Zoom.

  • Transcripts and Grade Reports

    Applicants will be required to upload their unofficial transcript / student grade report when completing their application.

    Applicants who are selected for an interview will be required to submit an official transcript from their college or university for education verification. Official transcripts must be submitted via your school’s Registrar’s Office or transcript service.

  • Notifications and Interviews

    After you submit your application form, you must ensure that your letters of recommendation are submitted in a timely manner in order to make your application packet complete. Applicants will receive a personalized link that will allow them to monitor the status of their letters of recommendation letters.

    Completed application packets are reviewed on a rolling basis to select applicants to interview. We will continue interviewing until all positions are filled. Due to the large number of applications we receive and the number of STP positions available, a significant amount of time is required to complete the review process.

    Applicants living outside the Miami area may interview remotely via Zoom.

  • International Students

    International students currently studying in the United States on an F-1 Visa may be eligible to participate in the STP if their current college or university is able to approve their participation as Optional Practical Training or Curricular Practical Training. Contact your international student services office to inquire about an authorization for the OPT/CPT options. We are not able to sponsor visa applications for students who wish to travel to the United States in order to work in the program. Additional information about OPT and CPT is available at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

  • Program Location

    The Miami program will be held at Paul Bell Middle School, 11800 NW 2nd Street, Miami FL 33182, approximately 1.9 miles from the main entrance of the FIU Modesto Maidique Campus (11200 SW 8th Street, Miami FL 33199). Please do not contact Paul Bell Middle School with questions regarding the STP. Some staff training activities will take place on the Modesto Maidique Campus (MMC).

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