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Boys Town

  • Boys Town Omaha - Match Codes
    • 141613 - Child & Adolescent Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic Track (7 positions)
    • 141622 - Academic & Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic Track (1 position)
    • 141623 - Adult Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic Track (1 position)
    • 141621 - Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic East Track (1 position)

    Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health   13460 Walsh Drive  Boys Town, NE 68010-7529

Training Director

  • Kimberly A. Haugen, Ph.D., N.C.S.P.

    Assistant Training Directors

    Drew Heckman, Ph.D.

    Lindsey Hauser, Psy.D.

    Applicants have four tracks to consider at Boys Town. Applicants interview, rank, and match with these programs and tracks separately. Boys Town offers an open house the day prior to interviews. Supervision/training amount and quality is equivalent for these positions; the trainee’s role and the population served are what differ.
    Applicants to Boys Town are required to have their master's degree in a mental health field and to be eligible for licensure at the master’s degree level (PLMHP is the master’s degree license in Nebraska). 

    Boys Town Internship - Omaha

    Center for Behavioral Health in Boys Town, NE (within Omaha)

    At Boys Town, interns work within the Center for Behavioral Health. The Center includes an Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic, a Chemical Use Program, and an Assessment Program. The Center serves children, families, and adults from the greater Omaha metropolitan area and youth who reside at Boys Town. The Center for Behavioral Health provides the training for interns and has several postdoctoral fellows each year as well.

    There are several specialty clinics within the Center for Behavioral Health, including The Learning Academy, a Neurofeedback Clinic, and the Trauma Recovery Clinic. The Learning Academy provides academic assessment and intervention to address academic problems that children and adolescents commonly face. The Neurofeedback Clinic provides treatment for clinical issues ranging from pain management to ADHD. The Trauma Recovery Clinic is a specialized program for children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing distress related to traumatic event(s). Staff involved in these Clinics have received specialized training to provide comprehensive assessment and evidence-based intervention to clients. In addition, interns/staff within the department facilitate several groups, including Interpersonal Effectiveness Training for children and teens with social skills deficits and a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Group for teens.   

    Child & Adolescent Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic Track  

    (Match Code 141613)

    Clinical experiences are focused on providing direct (e.g., individual, family, and group therapy) and indirect (consultation) services to children and adolescents and their caregivers. This clinical work occurs with child and adolescent clients from the Boys Town Residential Home Program as well as the Omaha community. During the internship year, each intern will also have the opportunity to provide clinical services in a medical clinic, accompanying a supervising psychologist. This allows for development within an integrated care model.

    Diagnostic profiles for clients vary and can include behavioral disorders, affective disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, ADHD, and substance abuse, among others. Interns also provide consultation to Boys Town staff, including direct care staff, administrators, school staff, medical providers, and psychiatrists. Boys Town has an elementary/middle school, a high school, and a day school program on campus. Interns provide consultation in the schools. Interns may also participate in facilitating groups, though this depends upon the need for groups and availability. The Behavioral Health Clinic provides services to children of all ages and their families as well as adults.

    Optimal candidates for internship are applicants with well-developed social skills who are interested in developing and furthering his/her consultation and therapeutic skills. The Boys Town internship involves a collegial atmosphere with a spirit of mutual cooperation, social support, and team play. The required workload is manageable, and the emphasis is primarily on development of clinical skills.

    Kimberly Haugen, Ph.D., N.C.S.P., is the Training Director. Lindsey Hauser, Psy.D. and Andrew Heckman, Ph.D., are Assistant Training Directors. Patrick C. Friman, Ph.D., ABPP, is the Director of the Center for Behavioral Health, and Tom Reimers, Ph.D., is the Clinic Director.

    Academic & Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic Track

    (Match Code 141622)

    The intern will spend approximately 50% of his or her time working in the Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health, and 50% in the Boys Town Day School. Time spent in the Center for Behavioral Health will be divided between providing individual and family therapy and delivering direct academic interventions in the Academic Intervention Clinic. Experiences in the Center for Behavioral Health will advance skills in the areas of individual and family therapy, parent training, academic assessment and intervention, parent training of academic skills interventions, and behavior management techniques. At the Day School, an alternative educational setting for elementary through high school aged Omaha-area students with disruptive behavior, the intern will develop skills in academic/behavioral assessment and intervention and consultation. An intern would also enjoy opportunities to lead social skills and other skill-based groups with Day School students. An intern in this position is able to accrue hours toward the National School Psychology Certification (NCSP). The responsibilities for these roles are as follows:

    Center for Behavioral Health:

    Time in the Center for Behavioral Health will be divided between fulfilling duties in the Academic Intervention Clinic and seeing outpatient clients and their families. The Academic Intervention Clinic is a service offered within the Behavioral Health Clinic and serves children ages 5 to 18 from the Omaha area. The intern would spend his/her time completing evaluations of the client’s academic skills, designing and implementing academic interventions, monitoring treatment integrity and effectiveness, supervising interventionists, providing feedback to parents, and training/consulting with parents and school staff. The intern would also be working with outpatient clients from the community, Boys Town Youth, and Day School students, to provide individual and family therapy.

    Day School:

    The Day School is a Level III alternative K-12 school setting for children and teens with disruptive behavior. The intern would assist in screening and developing interventions for academic and behavioral concerns. In addition, consultation occurs with teachers, administrators, and behavioral interventionists and involves participation on a multi-disciplinary team. The intern has the opportunity to train school staff on relevant topics and to develop and facilitate skills groups to address social skills, emotional regulation, and adaptive skills.

    Adult Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic Track

    (Match Code 141623)

    The intern will spend his or her time working with adults in an outpatient setting within the Center for Behavioral Health. The intern in the Adult Clinic Track primarily provides diagnostic assessment and individual therapy to clients in the Omaha Metropolitan area who present with a wide range of concerns. This position involves collaboration and consultation with mental health providers, psychiatrists, physicians, and others involved in client care. There are additional training and clinical opportunities for the intern, which are tailored to the intern’s interests and the needs of the Clinic. Provision of marital/couples, family, and group therapy (Adult Interpersonal Process Group); administration and interpretation of assessments in the areas of cognitive functioning, academic functioning, personality, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder; and the provision of services in a primary care setting are possible opportunities for the intern to advance his or her clinical skills.

    Outpatient Behavioral Health East

    (Match Code 141621)

    This is a separate and unique internship training experience in which an intern will work in a community based setting providing mental health services to youth and families from the Omaha community. The intern will provide outpatient behavioral health services to clients who present with a wide range of referral concerns and range in age from preschool through adolescence. This position involves providing individual/family therapy, consultation with a clinical team and program staff, and collaboration with primary care, school based and other community providers. The intern will provide services at multiple locations, which may include a primary care or school based setting. These service locations are embedded within the community and will primarily involve service provision to an urban, minority population consisting mostly of African-American and Hispanic residents. The intern may also provide consultation to Boys Town Foster Care, In-Home Services, and local physicians and school staff. Training focuses on assessment, consultation, and the provision of therapy services. There are additional experiential training opportunities tailored to the intern’s interests, skill set and specialization areas as well as the needs of the Clinic and the families served. Boys Town is committed to achieving diversity among staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for this position. Bilingual English-Spanish speaking applicants will be given preference. Differential pay will be offered for applicants who are able to proficiently read, write, speak and provide clinical services in Spanish.  

  • Supervision & Training

    Interns receive extensive clinical training and supervision. Interns participate in weekly individual supervision with licensed psychologists, weekly didactic trainings, and weekly peer supervision. Supervision and clinical training broadly focus on evaluating, interpreting, and applying current psychological theory to clinical practice, as well as on professional development. Clinical training focuses on enhancing the competencies of interns to conceptualize their cases, to provide empirically supported therapeutic services, and to communicate effectively. Interns also attend monthly seminars that include all of the NICPP training sites, and interns have access to supervisors across the other NICPP sites. Training Program Goals: • Provide clinical services for youth and families across Boys Town and Omaha metropolitan area programs • Develop competency in clinical case conceptualization • Develop competency in evidence based approaches to treat a broad range of clinical concerns • Develop consultation skills across settings, programs, and professionals Training Program Values: • Positive social climate • Experiential learning • Provide high-quality care to consumers • Provide culturally sensitive and competent practice • Critical thinking • Functional understanding of behavior

    Professional Development

    This training involves direct experience in public speaking, cultivating referral resources, dealing with difficult persons, and developing and maintaining professional relationships. Interns have opportunities to develop consultation skills and to improve presentation skills.  

    Research at Boys Town

    Research during internship at Boys Town is optional. We strongly encourage interns to devote time to the completion and successful defense of their dissertation. For those who have completed their dissertation and who have an interest in research, there are opportunities to participate in research-based activities.

    Future Prospects

    Interns can expect training experiences that will prepare them for clinical, school, research, and teaching positions. Applicants who complete their internship training at Boys Town have entered a variety of professional settings, including: clinical post-doctoral fellowships, academia, private practice, group practice, school psychologist positions, and Boys Town Behavioral Health Clinics nationwide (Grand Island, Nebraska; Washington D.C.; Florida; and Las Vegas).


    Interns have: (a) a personal office; (b) individual computers equipped with a variety of statistical packages, access to the Internet and online library search systems, and email; and (c) statistical and computer technical assistance. The yearly stipend is $28,352. Paid days off are provided. Employment will be contingent on satisfactory completion of a background check and a drug screen.

    Employment will be contingent on satisfactory completion of a background check and a drug screen.

    About Boys Town

    Boys Town is located at the famous Father Flanagan's Boys' Home. The Home serves approximately 400 youth per day in its residential program.  The treatment philosophy at Boys Town is in the operant behaviorism and social learning theory traditions. The dominant perspective is a skills-based model in which youth learn progressively more complex social skills. A motivation system (i.e., token economy) is employed in which points are exchanged for privileges. The primary care agents are Family-Teachers (trained married couples) who are responsible for implementation of individual treatment plans. Normalization of the youth's environment is also considered essential. Youth participate in daily-living chores, prepare their own meals, walk to free-standing schools, and are involved in extracurricular activities.  The integrated continuum of care provides support for thousands of youth and their families across the country. The Boys Town program offers trainees a diverse training experience. 

    Boys Town holds open house events the day before interviews.

    Boys Town holds social after the open house the day before interviews.