Alexa Szotka is our first senior we’re featuring in our Senior Sendoff series! She’s a Public & Community Health major, and read a little bit more about what her summer plans are:
This summer from June-August I will be working at Florida International University’s Summer Treatment Program (STP) as a counselor. This is a nationally recognized comprehensive program at the Center for Children and Families in Miami, Florida that helps children with ADHD and related behavioral, emotional and learning challenges. This program is implemented as an eight-week therapeutic summer camp, where individual treatment plans are focused on each child, so that their academic readiness and social skills can improve. STP has been used in clinical trials conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health.
I will be working with the pre-k group as a counselor. As part of this job I will be responsible for delivering the treatment components within both classroom and recreational contexts. Counselors will assist in the following each day: (1) leading an academic center (i.e., English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Writing); (2) leading a sport (i.e., soccer, kickball, teeball); (3) delivery of treatment components during large group instruction periods; (4) assisting in the delivery of an evidence-based reading intervention; and (5) tracking the daily behavioral progress for assigned cases.
After this summer program, I hope to apply to graduate school in clinical psychology specializing in children and trauma, and I hopefully will gain a lot of insight for my future career from this experience. I am so excited to be working with kids, as well as traveling to Miami for the first time, and I can’t wait to see how much I learn and grow from this experience!