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Clinical Training Practicum in School-Based Mental Health and Special Education


Judge Baker Children’s Center (JBCC), a Harvard Medical School Affiliate, is accepting applications for a one (1) year clinical trainee placement. JBCC is an established center of excellence for implementation, training, quality improvement, and service initiatives focused on improving behavioral health for children and adolescents. JBCC is also home of the Manville School, a therapeutic day school for students from kindergarten through 10th grade who experience emotional, neurological, or learning difficulties that have impacted their ability to succeed in previous school settings. Manville has a strong tradition of providing innovative educational programming and comprehensive, evidence-based clinical services. As a result of the integration of these service components, Manville is a school where students with challenging needs can experience academic success, social development, and emotional growth.

The trainee will carry a caseload of up to 4 students enrolled in the Manville School by the end of the year. As clinicians and case managers for these students, the trainee will provide individual therapy sessions and may serve as co-leaders in group therapy services. Trainees will work with classroom teams to deliver Second Step®, an evidence-based social-emotional learning curriculum. In addition, family contact is essential and often clinically indicated, and may include parent training and formal family therapy. In their roles as case managers, trainees will coordinate the service planning and service delivery of a student’s interdisciplinary Manville team. The Manville team consists of staff from various disciplines who are working with the student and their parents/guardians. Each team member contributes a unique perspective regarding the student’s educational, behavioral, social, and/or emotional functioning. The trainee also facilitates communication between Manville staff and any outside providers working with the child and family. The case manager role will be supported in individual and group supervision with other psychology and social work trainees. Trainees have the opportunity to further develop relationship skills through these contacts and interventions. All trainees are supervised by a licensed, full-time Manville clinician (either a psychologist or social worker), and participate in various training activities during the course of the practicum.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide weekly clinical and targeted case management services to at least four students enrolled at Manville School for the entire school year.
  • Work collaboratively with parents and caregivers to support school-based intervention.
  • Facilitate monthly classroom interdisciplinary team meetings and annual case conferences.
  • Collaborate with external collateral service providers to support student care.
  • Participate in IEP and case conference meetings.
  • Complete comprehensive diagnostic and treatment status reports for each student on an annual basis.
  • Provide clinical consultation to the classroom team in an on-going way throughout the year.
  • Conduct safety assessments (self-injurious or aggressive behaviors) and mental status evaluations.
  • Review principles of ethical practice and principles related to confidentiality and mandated reporting.
  • Participate in weekly intern training seminars organized and led by Manville’s Clinical Supervisors.
  • Participate in bi-weekly clinical team meeting.
  • Trainees will have the opportunity to attend the Child Mental Health Forum Lecture Series co-sponsored by Boston Children’s Hospital.
  • Trainees who are in doctoral programs in Psychology will have the opportunity to conduct psychological testing batteries, including WISC-IV, projective tests (e.g.: TAT), personality tests (e.g.: MMPI-A when appropriate), and behavioral / symptom checklists.
  • ALL TRAINEES must be available from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM from August 30, 2021 through September 3, 2021 for staff training.
  • ALL TRAINEES must be available weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays for critical school and staff meetings and seminars.

Qualifications and Skills

Candidates must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Doctoral program in Clinical, Counseling, or School Psychology or a Master’s program in Social Work or Counseling.
  • At least two years prior experience providing clinical services.
  • Strong clinical service coordination skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills and be comfortable collaborating with a range of professionals from other fields.

Strong applicants will have:

  • Prior experience delivering evidence-based interventions in a school-based setting.


No compensation is provided for this training position.

Our Organization

Founded in 1917, Judge Baker Children’s Center is a Harvard Medical School affiliate with proven leadership in children’s behavioral health. Judge Baker’s mission is to promote the best possible mental health of children through the integration of research, intervention, training, and advocacy. For nearly 100 years, Judge Baker has been instrumental in creating a continuum of care that supports children's healthy development at the policy, systems, and practice levels. Our research, direct programs and services, training, and advocacy make Judge Baker a preeminent voice and active resource on issues of children's mental health. At Judge Baker, the practices created and tested today will become the best practices of tomorrow. Our programs help children and families chart their own best course for developmental, emotional, and intellectual well-being in community-based settings.

Judge Baker Children’s Center is dedicated to the achievement of equality of opportunity for all its employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other protected group status under federal, state or local law. Judge Baker Children’s Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

The preceding statements shall not be considered a detailed description of all the work requirements of the job. There may be other duties and responsibilities required to achieve the principal functions of the position and to advance the mission of Judge Baker Children’s Center.


Interested candidates should send

  • A cover letter specifically addressing your experience related to the job responsibilities above
  • A curriculum vitae 
  • Two letters of recommendation emailed directly from a supervisor overseeing your prior clinical work to 


Anne Cangello, Psy.D.
Manville School
Judge Baker Children's Center
53 Parker Hill Ave
Boston, MA 02120

Application Due Date: January 10, 2022
Notification Date: February 14, 2022
Position Start Date: August 29, 2022

* Judge Baker Children's Center has committed to following the MPA Practicum Training Collaborative program policies for the 2022-2023 training year.

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