January 18, 2013
Dear Dr. Holden,
As you may know, I have conducted the Children's Summer Treatment Program (STP) for children with ADHD and related impairments for more than 30 years, most recently through the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University since 2010. The STP has been named a Model Program in Child and Family Mental Health by the American Psychological Association, and has been named a program of the year by CHADD, the national parent advocacy group for children with ADHD. The STP has also been listed in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. I am writing to ask your help in making outstanding students aware of the numerous positions we have available. Positions are available for students who are interested in working with children in Pre-Kindergarten, elementary, and adolescent age groups.
Positions are available for lead counselors, counselors, teachers, and classroom aides. Links to the detailed position descriptions are provided below.
I hope that you will encourage interested students to apply. Applications for all positions are competitive, so students should apply as soon as possible. Online application materials are available at the FIU careers web site, http://careers.fiu.edu (search keyword STP). More information about the Summer Treatment Program and the Center for Children and Families is available at http://ccf.fiu.edu.
Students who have participated in the program have uniformly viewed the experience as an extremely demanding one, but one that makes a great contribution to their professional development. With very few exceptions, they highly recommend working in the program. For example, on feedback forms administered at the end of recent programs, approximately ninety percent of undergraduates felt that the experience contributed very much to their career goals, and that they would recommend the program to other undergraduates. The experience and recommendations gained in our program has helped many of our undergraduates continue in graduate careers in the helping professions. The experience is also quite useful for undergraduate students interested in clinical research in child psychopathology, pharmacology, and psychotherapy.
I appreciate your assistance if you referred potential candidates in the past. If you are no longer in an advising or teaching position and would like to be removed from our mailing list, please contact Gabriela Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues who may wish to refer potential candidates to the program. If you would like to receive paper copies of the position descriptions to distribute to students or colleagues, you may contact Ms. Morales.
William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
Director, Center for Children and Families