- Boys Town Omaha - Match Codes
- 141613 - Omaha Child/Adolescent Outpatient – Residential Emphasis (offering 6 positions)
- 141622 - Grand Island Child/Adolescent Outpatient (offering 2 positions)
START DATE: 8/01/2024
Suzanne Milnes, Ph.D.
Assistant Training Directors
Natalie Jensen, Ph.D., LP
Linda Phosaly Klitgaard, Ph.D., LP
Boys Town will hold a virtual open house in December and virtual interviews in January. You are encouraged to attend the virtual open house if you are invited for an interview. For more information on the Boys Town – Omaha open house, please click on the link below.
Boys Town offers two positions, one in Omaha and the other in Grand Island. Each applicant will interview for and rank these two positions separately. Supervision, training, and quality is equivalent with all positions; the location and the population served differ.
· Omaha Child/Adolescent Outpatient-Residential Emphasis
· Grand Island Child/Adolescent Outpatient
If selected for an interview you will be invited to attend a virtual open house. Attendance is optional, but strongly encouraged.
- Monday, December 11, 2023
- 9am-1pm Central Standard Time
- Tuesday, December 12, 2023
- 1pm-4pm CST
If selected for an interview, you will attend a virtual interview on one of the designated interview dates in January. Date and time of interviews are decided by the training team at each site. Only applicants who we interview on these designated interview days will be ranked..
Boys Town – Omaha Interview Dates
- Wednesday, January 3, 2024
- Thursday, January 4, 2024
- Monday, January 8, 2024
- Tuesday, January 9, 2024
Boys Town – Grand Island Interview Date
- Wednesday, January 3, 2024
- Thursday, January 4, 2024
Training Program Goals:
- Provide clinical services for youth and families across the Omaha metropolitan area, including those in the Boys Town Residential program.
- 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 – learning to perform requires an active behavioral process
- Lean into new experiences and don’t be afraid to make mistakes
- High-quality care to consumers
- Culturally sensitive and competent practice
- Critical thinking
- Functional understanding of behavior
The internship has a strong emphasis on developing clinical and consultation skills. Ideal candidates are applicants who are interpersonally skilled and have an openness to learning. The environment is supportive and collegial.
Omaha Child/Adolescent Outpatient – Residential Emphasis
(Match Code: 141613)
Omaha Child and Adolescent Outpatient-Residential interns work within the Center for Behavioral Health on Boys Town Campus in Boys Town, Nebraska (which is a sub-community of Omaha, Nebraska). The Center includes an Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic, a Chemical Use Program, and an Assessment Program. The Behavioral Health Clinic serves children, families, and adults from
the greater Omaha metropolitan area, as well as youth who reside at Boys Town.
The primary role of an intern is to provide direct and indirect services to children, adolescents, and their caregivers in an outpatient setting. This is a generalist training program, focusing on training and supervision for a broad range of presenting pediatric concerns. Interns will also provide consultation and direct service to the Boys Town Residential Home Program and may also provide consultation to the Boys Town School. This is not a school-based internship, and interns at this site accrue very few hours in a school setting (typically 50 or less for the year).
Interns may also have the opportunity to provide clinical services within an established medical clinic, accompanying a supervising psychologist. This would allow for professional development within the co-location integrated care model. We anticipate that this experience will continue to be a part of the training experience.
Interns also co-facilitate adolescent DBT groups and may have the opportunity to facilitate social skills groups. The DBT Skills Group for Adolescents serves middle school and high school students and teaches skills to handle difficult situations without losing control or acting impulsively. The Interpersonal Skills 4 Kids Program serves children and teens with social skills deficits.
Clinical Skills Development
Clinical experiences are focused on providing direct (individual, family, and group therapy) and indirect (consultation) services to children, adolescents, and their caregivers. Interns work in a community-based setting providing evidence-based treatment to youth and families from the greater Omaha metropolitan region and the Boys Town Residential Home Program.
The Behavioral Health Clinic provides services to individuals and families across the lifespan; however, the internship focuses on services for individuals ages 0-18. Typical diagnostic profiles for clients vary and may include ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and chronic pain.
Consultative Skills Development
Interns provide consultative services to Boys Town direct care staff, Boys Town administrators, Boys Town school staff, school professionals, primary care medical providers, specialty medical providers, and psychiatrists.
Didactic trainings are provided two hours per week by licensed staff from the Behavioral Health Clinic. These trainings focus on the delivery of evidence-based treatment, consultation, primary care integration, and behavioral pediatrics. Examples of recent didactic topics include applying evidence-based treatment, learning theory, utilizing behavioral principles across the ages, refining therapeutic micro skills, engaging adolescents and families, family therapy skills and strategies, exposure and response prevention, DBT skills and strategies, trauma, substance abuse trends, elimination disorders, sleep problems, eating and feeding concerns, and navigating social media.
Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health – Omaha
There are several specialty services within the Center for Behavioral Health. Staff involved in these services have received specialized training to provide comprehensive assessment and evidence-based intervention to clients. Didactic presentations on these topics are typically part of the training curriculum. There are opportunities to learn from providers who specialize in these areas.
The Assessment Clinic offers assessment services for children, adolescents, and adults for a broad range of presenting concerns. Staff in this department evaluate developmental concerns, learning
concerns, emotional/behavioral concerns, and conduct disability evaluations, among other things.
The Chemical Use Program provides drug and alcohol education, treatment and prevention services to youth and adults, with varying conditions, including co-existing mental health conditions.
The Trauma Recovery Clinic is a specialized program for children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing distress related to traumatic event(s).
Vice President of Behavioral Health, Boys Town
Patrick Friman, Ph.D.
Director, Behavioral Health Clinic (Omaha)
Tom Reimers, PhD.
Location: Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health (Omaha) - 13460 Walsh Drive Boys Town, NE 68010.
For more information regarding the Boys Town – Omaha Internship, please continue to the heading General Information for both Omaha and Grand Island Sites.
Grand Island Child/Adolescent Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic
(Match Code 141622)
Director, Grand Island Behavioral Health
Carley Starling, Psy.D., LP
This is a separate and unique internship training experience located in Grand Island, Nebraska, which is in the central part of the state. Interns work in a community-based setting providing mental health services to youth and families from the Grand Island and central Nebraska region. This region is a predominantly rural setting with a large Hispanic population. This position involves providing therapy, consultation and collaboration with primary care, school based and other community providers.
Boys Town Grand Island-Child/Adolescent Outpatient Track interns work within the Behavioral Health Clinic in Grand Island, Nebraska. Staff is comprised of professionals with the training, experience, and expertise necessary to provide families with the support and guidance needed to succeed. Outpatient services are provided for families with children from infancy to 22 who are experiencing social/emotional, academic, or behavior concerns.
Clinical Skills Development
The Boys Town Grand Island-Child/Adolescent Outpatient Track is a separate and unique internship training experience from the Omaha Child and Adolescent Outpatient-Residential track. This internship track is located in Grand Island, Nebraska, which is in the central part of the state. Interns work in a community-based setting providing mental health services to youth and families from the Grand Island and central Nebraska region. The Boys Town Behavioral Health Clinic in Grand Island has built a strong reputation for successful work with children with autism, who exhibit severe behavior, in addition to typically developing children.
Boys Town Grand Island-Child/Adolescent Outpatient Track interns work within the Behavioral Health Clinic in Grand Island, Nebraska. Staff are comprised of professionals with the training, experience, and expertise necessary to provide families with the support and guidance needed to succeed. Outpatient and Intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services are provided for families with children from infancy to 22 who are experiencing social/emotional, academic, or behavior concerns.
This region is a predominantly rural setting with a large Hispanic population. Clinicians use interpreters for about 25% of clinical services. This position involves providing outpatient therapy (individual, family, and group), psychological assessments (ADOS, IQ, neuropsychological), consultation and collaboration with primary care, school based and other community providers.
Interns provide outpatient behavioral health services to clients who present with a wide range of referral concerns, with a majority of children with autism spectrum disorder, who exhibit high frequency/high intensity behavior. Clients range in age from preschool through age 22. Diagnostic profiles for clients vary and often include autism, behavioral disorders, affective disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, adjustment disorders, trauma, neurodevelopmental disorders, and typical early childhood behavioral concerns (e.g., tantrums, toileting, eating, sleeping, compliance). Interns provide therapeutic services in Grand Island, Nebraska at the Boys Town Behavioral Health Clinic. Interns also have the opportunity to gain experience and work with the Intensive ABA program, providing supervision and/or direct services.
Consultative Skills Development
In addition to the Behavioral Health Clinic, the Boys Town Programs include foster care, in-home services, care coordination, school support, and an alternative education program. Interns also provide consultation to Boys Town-Central Nebraska staff, including administrators, direct care staff, and school staff..
Training focuses on the delivery of evidence-based treatment, consultation, primary care integration, and behavioral pediatrics with opportunities for assessment. Additional training opportunities may be available based on the intern’s interests and the needs of the families served.
Location: Boys Town Behavioral Health Clinic
Grand Island is located in Grand Island, Nebraska 68803.
General Information for Both Omaha and Grand Island Sites
Supervision & Clinical Training
Interns receive extensive clinical training and supervision at both the Omaha and Grand Island sites. Interns participate in a minimum of two hours of weekly individual supervision and two hours of didactic trainings led by licensed staff. Supervision broadly focuses on evaluating presenting concerns, developing case conceptualization skills, implementing evidence-based treatment, providing consultation services, and professional development.
Interns also attend monthly seminars that include all the Nebraska Internship Consortium of Professional Psychology (NICPP) Interns. These seminars provide collaboration across all consortium sites and an opportunity to learn from faculty across the NICPP sites.
Professional development is important to the Boys Town training program. This training involves direct experience in public speaking, cultivating referral resources, dealing with difficult persons, and developing and maintaining professional relationships. Interns will have opportunities to develop presentation skills and to improve consultation skills.
Research at Boys Town
Research during internship at Boys Town is optional. We strongly encourage interns to complete their dissertation before beginning any other research project. For those who have completed their dissertation and who have an interest in research, there are opportunities.
Interns can expect training experiences that will prepare them for post-doctoral experience in clinical, school, and academic settings. Applicants who complete their internship training at Boys Town have entered a variety of professional settings, including clinical post-doctoral fellowships, academia, research-based settings, private practice, group practice, integrated care, community mental health, and school psychologist positions.
Each year Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health in Omaha has several post-doctoral positions. Boys Town also has behavioral health clinics in several cities across the nation and some of these clinics are directed by former Boys Town trainees. Many staff psychologists are also former interns. Boys Town currently has Behavioral Health Clinics in Grand Island, Nebraska; Washington D.C.; Central Florida, South Florida and Las Vegas. Boys Town is invested in increasing the availability of quality behavioral health services across the country. Interns interested in clinical careers and who train at Boys Town are important to this endeavor. Learn more about our national clinics and our psychologists at www.boystown.org/locations.
The yearly stipend is $34,000. In addition to 120 hours of paid time off, interns also receive several paid holidays throughout the year. Interns will also receive a $3,000 stipend at the start of the training year to assist with the cost of accessing medical benefits. Additionally, interns can be reimbursed for medical expenses for them and/or dependents (up to $2,500) by providing documentation. Interns have very nice work space. Trainees in all positions have a personal office, computer, and phone.
Covid vaccination is not required. Interns will be required to complete a health questionnaire to determine status of required immunizations.
Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home (Boys Town) requires background checks on applicants who will be performing ongoing services directly targeted to any youth, family, patient, or client (hereinafter referred to as “service recipient”). Background checks may include, but are not limited to: criminal history reviews, child abuse registry checks, education verifications, verifications, professional and personal references, drug screen and TB test. Your eligibility for the doctoral internship at Boys Town is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check, a health and drug screen and an abuse registry check. Applicants are not permitted to test positive for unauthorized drugs or medication according to Nebraska law. Boys Town, as a Drug-Free Workplace, complies with all applicable state, federal, contractual, and accreditation requirements.
Background checks will be conducted in accordance with state law and regulations; procedures for requesting and receiving results from such checks will adhere to local contracts, licensing regulations, and/or accrediting agencies’ requirements. As a condition of your contract, a satisfactory background check must be completed for anyone who will be performing ongoing services directly targeted to service recipients and anyone who will have unsupervised contact with any service recipient. No applicant can report for work until his or her background check has been satisfactorily completed. A Human Resources representative reviews the results of background checks, notes all issues and variances between the results and the application, and follows the Review and Use of Background Check Results, Human Resources Practice. Background check reviewers must consult the Director of Human Resources about significant variances or concerns. Completed background checks are maintained by the Human Resources Department. Applicants who withhold or falsify information on their application may be disqualified from further consideration. Additionally, certain offenses may disqualify an applicant based on the Review and Use of Background Check Results, Human Resources Practice. In these instances, the Human Resources Department will discuss appropriate information with the department. All applicants who are refused service opportunities based in whole or in part on information received through a background check will be provided a copy of the information that was used to make the decision, in accordance with federal law, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and/or in accordance with applicable state law.
General Information About Boys Town
Boys Town - Omaha is embedded within the famous Father Flanagan's Boys' Home. The Home serves approximately 400 youth per day in its Residential Program. The treatment philosophy within the Residential Program 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 implemented in which points are exchanged for privileges. The primary care agents are Family-Teachers (trained couples) who are responsible for implementing 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 school, 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 interns a diverse training experience.