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PCIT Program Assistant

Organizational Summary

The Child Mind Institute (CMI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming mental health care for the world's children to enable them to reach their full potential. We are committed to finding more effective treatments for childhood psychiatric and learning disorders, building the science of healthy brain development, and empowering children and their families with the information they need to get help, hope and answers.

Job Summary

CMI is seeking highly skilled and motivated individuals to join our team as program assistants for our Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) program. PCIT is an empirically-supported treatment for children with disruptive behavior disorders and their families. Through didactics and live coaching, parents learn specific skills to increase positive attention to behaviors they want to encourage in their children, and specific disciplinary techniques to manage inappropriate behaviors.

Program assistants are responsible for helping maintain the infrastructure of our PCIT service. We are seeking individuals who can commit to 10 hours each week at CMI over at least two semesters or one year. PCIT program assistants are required to be available Thursdays from 1:00-6:30 and other times as arranged with the program director.

Program assistants report directly to the Director of the PCIT Program, Melanie Fernandez, PhD, ABPP. The position is located at CMI headquarters in New York City. This experience is an unpaid volunteer position.


  • Participate in weekly PCIT meetings involving supervision of PCIT cases, didactics, and administrative issues with a multidisciplinary team including psychologists, masters-level clinicians, and advanced graduate students
  • Enter data, including weekly measures of child disruptive behavior, parent skill acquisition, and training clinician skill acquisition
  • Obtain and track follow-up data for families at 3, 6, 9, 12 months and annually thereafter once they have graduated from PCIT
  • Observe live PCIT sessions and complete adherence checklists to ensure clinician fidelity to the PCIT treatment manual
  • Prepare therapy rooms and organize session materials before PCIT sessions and reorganize rooms and sanitize toys after sessions
  • Complete other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree acquired or in progress
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Prior experience working with children and/or in a clinical setting
  • Attention to detail
  • Professional demeanor and attitude; ability to interface with families as well as senior leadership, clinicians, and staff
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and act as a team player in a fast-paced environment
  • Flexibility to help deal with unanticipated clinical challenges
  • Commitment to discretion and integrity

Application details and instructions

Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis and as needed to manage the PCIT program. Click here to apply. Please upload cover letter and resume as one document in the resume section on the application site. 

Employment at Will Relationship: This position description does not constitute a guarantee that employment will continue for any specified period of time. Rather, employment is at the mutual consent of the employee and CMI, and can be terminated at will by the employee or by CMI.

CMI reserves the right to modify the job description and/or reporting relationship at any time.

CMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse staff; individuals from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

No phone calls or recruiters, please. This position will remain open until filled.

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