Contact: 
Jesus Parra
Address: 
Burton E. Green Center 21810 Normandie Avenue Torrance, CA 90502
Phone: 
(310) 783-4677 x3072
Description of Organization and Population Served: 
The Preschool Day Treatment Intensive Program (DTI) at Children's Institute International (CII) in Torrance, California is a comprehensive, mental health intervention program for children ages 3 to 5 who have severe emotional and/or behavioral problems and are unable to function in a traditional preschool setting. It is designed to serve as an alternative to inpatient care and school exclusion. The program serves as an early intervention that allows the child to maintain daily contact with his preschool, family and community while receiving treatment. Therapeutic activities are integrated into the preschool schedule, emphasizing behavior management and learning pro-social skills. DTI typically enrolls 16 to 18 students and strives to maintain an average daily attendance of 14 children.
Description of Fieldwork Project and Responsibilities of Intern: 
Interns would be responsible for (1) Assist in preparing and leading age-appropriate individual and group activities (therapeutically-oriented)(2)Supervise clients ages 3 – 5 who have behavioral and/or emotional difficulties (3)Models effective child development & behavior management (4)Participates in training and staff development as needed/as time permits (5) Prepares and submits incident reports as needed (6)Ensures safe environment in compliance with funding & licensing regulations (7)Assists in implementing children's individualized treatment plans in collaboration with mental health staff (8)Intervene & assist in de-escalation of crisis situations
Special Qualifications: 
Interns must we willing to work with aggressive and defiant children. Intern needs to be able to be patience and flexible. ** Note **We do require a 6 month commitment (2 quarters). Interns must be able to work 2 days a week (exact days can be flexible, but hours will always be 8am-1:30pm).
Hourly Commitment Per Week: 
6-10 hours