Information for Camp Counselors
We will open the next round of counselor recruitment for the 2018 camps in September, 2017. Click here to be notified.
Deadlines to apply are as follows:
- Winter Adventure! One-Day Intensive - December 30th, 2017
- Adventure Camp Five-Day Intensive - First Round: Feb 28th, 2018; Second Round: April 30th, 2018
What to Expect:
Initial SM Didactics & Team-Building 2-Day Seminar: Counselor Training takes place at 600 22nd Street, Suite 250, Conference Room, Oak Brook, IL, 60523. Training is provided by Dr. Carmen Lynas, Director of the Selective Mutism Program, Advanced Therapeutic Solutions. Counselors are trained in evidence-based exposure therapy techniques to address selective mutism. Counselors will also participate in team-building exercises to foster a cohesive camp team.
The training Adventure Camp takes place yearly in mid-June. Attending the two-day training seminar is required to participate. Winter Adventure is open for previous AC counselors. If slots remain, new counselors are accepted and provided with an abreviated, one-day training seminar.
Lead-in Sessions: Counselors meet with a Camper individually at the Oak Brook location.*
Every lead-in session is supervised by a member of ATS's clinical team. During the session (up to 60 min duration), the Counselor uses the techniques learned in training to gently facilitate verbal output in a non-threatening play therapy room, all the while receiving live supervision. When the camper is ready, we gradually slide in a second Counselor, followed by another camper. When the child is able to respond to two counselors in the presence of another child, he/she graduates from lead-in sessions and is ready for camp. Lead-in sessions range on average between 3-8 per camper, but can be more based on severity of symptoms.
Lead-in sessions start in January for Winter Adventure and in July for Adventure Camp.
Camp: Camper to Counselor ratio is 1:1. Each counselor therapeutically facilitates and immediately reinforces verbal output of their assigned camper.
Below is a list of the upcoming camp dates:
- Adventure Camp, Five-Day Intensive, July 31st - Aug 4th, 9:00am - 3:00pm Daily (Counselors attend 8am-4pm).
- Winter Adventure, One-Day Intensive, Monday, Jan 15 (MLK Day), 9am-3pm (Counselors attend 8am-4pm)
- Adventure Camp, Five-Intensive. 9:00am - 3:00pm Daily. Date will be EITHER July 30-Aug 3 OR Aug 6-10, dependent on school rental availability. Dates will be confirmed in Fall 2017.
You are expected to arrive one hour before camp (8am) and stay until one hour after camp (4pm) for our team meetings.
Graduate Students/Medical Students: Note that training and camp may count towards practicum or field work hours. Be sure to ask your school's training director.
*Protocol is different for out-of-town campers/counselors. Click here for more information.
“I would strongly urge anyone to please, definitely, get into this program because it just provides so much as a clinician, and I’ve taken so much away from it.” - Social Worker
AC Counselors 2017
Interns playing with our volunteer role-play kids!
Counselors learn about SM during the didactics portion.
Counselors role-play with each other to practice the AC protocol.
2-day didactics ends with practicing the AC protocol with real kids who volunteer to role-play while counselors spread out to watch and await their turn.