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Boys Town

  • Boys Town Omaha - Match Codes
    • 141613 - Residential Track (7 positions)
    • 141622 - Academic Track (1 position)
    • 141623 - Adult Track (1 position)
    • 141621 - Behavioral Health East (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, trainees work within the Center for Behavioral Health. The Center includes a 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 live at Boys Town. The Center provides training for interns and has several postdoctoral fellows each year as well.

    The clinic offers individual, family, and group therapies for children, adolescents, and adults. There are several specialty clinics, including academic assessment and intervention, neurofeedback, in-session coaching of parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), and a trauma clinic. The Academic Intervention Clinic provides services 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 Parenting for Success Clinic uses PCIT to address common behavioral concerns in young children. 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 this Clinic have received specialized training to provide comprehensive assessment and evidence-based intervention to clients. In addition, trainees/staff within the department facilitate several groups, including groups for the Intensive Outpatient Program within the Chemical Use Program, social skills training groups for children and teens, Dialectical Behavior Therapy groups for teens, and a trauma group for teens.   

    Residential Program Track 

    (Match Code 141613)

    Under guidance from their supervisors, interns spend a significant proportion of their time initially generating relationships with potential referral sources within the Boys Town community. The philosophy of the department is that children are best served not only by provision of therapeutic services, but also by support and empowerment of those who work most closely with the youth. To serve this philosophy, the internship emphasizes three areas: clinical experience, training, and professional development.

    Clinical experiences are focused on direct services to Boys Town youth and community clients (e.g., individual, family, and group therapy) and consultation with professional staff. Interns provide treatment to Boys Town youth who present with a broad range of clinical problems. Diagnostic profiles of youth vary and include conduct disorder, affective disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, ADHD, and substance abuse, among others. Interns conduct individual and family therapy with youth in the residential program. Trainees also provide consultation to Boys Town staff, including direct care staff, administrators, school staff, and psychiatrists. Interns work within the Boys Town residential treatment program and within the school settings. Boys Town has an elementary/middle school, a high school, and a day school program on campus. Interns provide consultation in the schools to individual teachers and/or school teams. Interns may also participate in facilitating group, though this depends upon the need for groups and availability. Interns may have the opportunity to provide outpatient services to families from the greater Omaha metropolitan community as well. In the Behavioral Health Clinic, services are provided to children of all ages and their families, as well as adults. Additionally, interns have the opportunity to observe treatment services of clinic providers both within the clinic and within primary care settings. The Center has psychologists and therapists located in a number of primary care settings (pediatric and family practice) in the Omaha metropolitan area.

    Academic Track

    (Match Code 141622)

    The trainee will spend approximately 50% of his or her time working in the Academic Intervention Clinic and 50% in the Boys Town Day School, an alternative educational setting for elementary through high school aged metro students with disruptive behavior. The Academic Intervention Clinic would advance trainee’s skills in the areas of academic assessment and intervention, parent training of academic skills interventions, and behavior management techniques. At the Day School, a trainee would develop skills in academic/behavioral assessment and intervention, consultation, and would facilitate skills groups. This position would also entail providing individual/family therapy at the Behavioral Health Clinic to youth who live on campus and to students who attend the Day School. A trainee in this position would be able to accrue hours toward the National School Psychology Certification (NCSP). The responsibilities for these roles are as follows:

    Academic Intervention Clinic:

    The Academic Intervention Clinic is a service offered within the Behavioral Health Clinic and serves children ages 6 to 18. The trainee would spend 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 trainee would be working with outpatient clients from the community and their families to address academic deficits across skills areas.

    Day School:

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

    Adult Track

    (Match Code 141623)

    The trainee will spend his or her time working with adults in an outpatient setting within the Behavioral Health Clinic. The intern in the Adult 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; 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.

    Behavioral Health East

    (Match Code 141621)

    This is a separate and unique internship training experience in which a trainee 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 that are able to proficiently read, write, speak and provide clinical services in Spanish.  

  • Supervision & Training

    The interns receive extensive clinical training and supervision. The interns participate in weekly individual supervision with licensed providers, participate in group trainings, and in 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.

    Professional Development

    The professional development area involves direct training in public speaking, cultivating referral resources, dealing with difficult persons, and maintaining professional alliances. 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, the department, and the larger Boys Town National Research Institute, does provide trainees with opportunities to collaborate and participate in ongoing research activities.  There are some clinicians who are involved in ongoing projects, some of which have the opportunity to systematic evaluation and publication.  The majority of staff time is devoted to clinic and training.  Recent projects include a social fitness and social skill training program for youth in the residential program, mindfulness interventions with family teachers, effectiveness and clinical outcome data for families who have received services through the clinic, among others.  As time permits, interns are also welcome to develop and submit a research projects, provided the scope and questions coincide with the model and mission of Father Flanagan’s Boys Home.​

    Future Prospects

    Interns who complete their internship training at the Boys Town site in the NICPP enter a variety of professional settings, including academics, service agencies, private practice, school systems, medical settings, and other Boys Town clinics across  the nation. NICPP Boys Town interns can expect training experiences that will prepare them for clinical, school, research, and teaching positions that focus primarily on child, adolescent, and family care. Examples of employment settings for recent Boys Town interns include clinical post-doctoral fellowships, private practice, university faculty positions, school psychologist positions, national Boys Town site’s Behavioral Health Clinics  in Washington D.C., Florida, and California, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute.


    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.

    Optimal candidates for internship would be individuals with well-developed social skills who are interested in developing 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 professional training. 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. 

    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.