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Boys Town

  • Boys Town Omaha - Match Codes
    • 141613 - Child & Adolescent Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic Track (6 positions)
    • 141623 - Adult Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic Track (1 position)
    • 141622 - Grand Island Child & Adolescent Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic Track (2 positions)

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

Training Director

    • Training Director

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

      Assistant Training Directors

      Drew Heckman, Ph.D.

      Lindsey Hauser, Psy.D.

      Applicants have three tracks to consider at Boys Town. Applicants will 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 Opportunities

      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 services within the Center for Behavioral Health, including a Neurofeedback Clinic, the Trauma Recovery Clinic, Interpersonal Skills 4 Kids Program, and DBT Skills Group for Adolescents. 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). The Interpersonal Skills 4 Kids Program serves children and teens with social skills deficits. The DBT Skills Group for Adolescents serves high school students and teaches them skills to handle difficult situations without losing control or acting impulsively. Staffs involved in these services have received specialized training to provide comprehensive assessment and evidence-based intervention to clients.

      Child & Adolescent Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic Track, Omaha NE

      (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 children and adolescent clients from the greater Omaha metropolitan region and the Boys Town Residential Home Program. During the internship year, interns will likely have the opportunity to provide clinical services in a medical clinic, accompanying a supervising psychologist. This would allow for professional development within an integrated care model. We anticipate that this experience will continue to be a part of the training experience provided clinic space continues to be available.

      The Behavioral Health Clinic provides services to children of all ages and their families as well as adults. Diagnostic profiles for clients vary and can include behavioral disorders, affective disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, ADHD, and substance abuse, among others. Interns are trained to deliver evidence based interventions through direct clinical work, supervision, and didactic training. Interns 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.

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

      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.

      Adult Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic Track, Omaha NE

      (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.

      Grand Island Child & Adolescent Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic Track

      (Match Code 141622)

      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.

      Interns provide outpatient behavioral health services to clients who present with a wide range of referral concerns. Clients range in age from preschool through adolescence. Diagnostic profiles for clients vary and often include behavioral disorders, affective disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, adjustment disorders, trauma and typical early childhood behavioral concerns (e.g., tantrums, toileting, eating, sleeping, compliance). Interns provide therapeutic services at the Boys Town Behavioral Health Clinic, a primary care location and possibly a school setting.

      Interns also provide consultation to Boys Town staff, including direct care staff, administrators and school staff. The local Boys Town Programs include: shelter care services, foster care, in-home services, care coordination and an alternative education program.

      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.

      Carley Starling, Psy.D., is the Clinic Director and Supervising Psychologist.

      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 professionalsTraining 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

      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 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 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.

      Boys Town has behavioral health clinics in several cities across the nation. The national Boys Town clinics are predominantly directed by former Boys Town interns and post-doctoral fellows. The majority of our staff psychologists are also former interns. Boys Town personnel understand the benefits of hiring psychologists that completed their internship training at Boys Town. As our clinics expand we are frequently seeking qualified psychologists. Boys Town currently has Behavioral Health Clinics in Grand Island, Nebraska; Washington D.C.; Central Florida, South Florida and Las Vegas. It is anticipated that additional Boys Town Behavioral Health Clinics will open in New Orleans, Rhode Island, North Florida and Eastern Iowa in 2020. Boys Town is invested in increasing the availability of quality behavioral health services across the country. Interns interested in clinical careers who train at Boys Town are important to this endeavor. Learn more about our national clinics and our psychologists at


      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. No insurance benefits are offered for this position.

      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.

      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, employment verifications, professional and personal references, drug screen and TB test.

      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 employment/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.

About Boys Town

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

Boys Town is embedded 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 interns 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.