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Trauma Resilience Youth Program (TRYP) is a program within Aurora Mental Health Center that provides evidenced-based trauma treatment and increased access to services for first and second generation refugee and immigrant children who have resettled in Aurora and the neighboring areas. TRYP specifically delivers culturally informed trauma screenings and treatment (individual, family, and group therapy; and wellness groups) to these children and their families in various settings including schools, outpatient clinics, and integrated primary care clinics. One of the unique components of TRYP includes Health Navigator Case Managers who provide culturally and linguistically appropriate interpretation and case management services to the different refugee and immigrant communities. Other services of TRYP include facilitating trainings, presentations, and consultations to schools, health care centers and other organizations that interact with the refugee and immigrant communities.

Student Placements Available and Requirements: 1-2 placements for graduate students available. Required – 20 hours a week are required 2 or 3 days per week from Monday to Thursday only. Some evening hours to accommodate families are necessary. Trainees must be available Tuesdays 8:30 to 9:30 am for team meeting. Exceptions could be made if it’s a school related activity, and communicating reasons in advance. Good communication and relationship skills are essential as is the ability to accept direction in supervision. The successful applicant must be reliable and dependable, because s/he will be assuming responsibility for maintaining an ongoing therapy schedule, which may include a caseload of 5 clients a week. Other duties will include; conducting behavioral health screenings, doing case management and advocacy for clients as needed, and participating in the facilitation of 1-2 wellness group (children or parenting) that could be provided in outpatient clinics or at one of the Aurora Public Schools.  The TRYP supervisors work hard to tailor the applicants’ placement according to their expressed interests and strengths, and also expect trainees to contribute to the program by being flexible, when they are asked to collaborate with projects that are not explicitly stated in their placement description but that are important to achieve as part of the grant’s goals. We look for candidates with knowledge of childhood and adolescent development, interested in working with families who have experienced on-going trauma, culturally sensitive and with strong desire to learn from a diverse team of clinicians and health navigators that work with clients from very different cultural backgrounds.

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