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  • June 16th, 2015

    June 16, 2015

    Research

    1. Summer and Fall Research Opportunities on Child and Family Resilience!

    Courses

    2. CSPH 3211- Living on Purpose: An Exploration of Self, Purpose, and Community
    3. SEAM Courses

    Jobs/Internship Opportunities

    4. CLAgency is Hiring Students!
    5. Volunteer at The Link
    6. Volunteer or Intern with Tumban
    7. Full-Time Positions with BestPrep
    8. Full-Time Mental Health Practitioner
    9. Behavior Therapist (Full Time/Part Time)
    10.Student Experience is Hiring Personal Care Assistants

    June 16, 2015
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    Research

    1. Summer and Fall Research Opportunities on Child and Family Resilience!
    Our lab studies how children and families who face adversity are nonetheless able to achieve resilience and have positive outcomes. We are hoping to find multiple research assistants who can start sometime this summer (preferably July but August is okay too!) and continue to the end of fall semester. We are happy to help you get fall course credit for any summer/fall work you do or if you prefer, help you get Honors Experience. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about these positions! Ours is a large lab, and you'll work alongside multiple undergrads and grad students, and if interested, attend larger lab meetings. For individuals interested in eventually attending grad school, we hope this will give you experience to learn about the grad school process. Project #1 (multiple openings) - coding: Mastery motivation is conceptualized as a drive within all infants and young children to master their environment. It is believed that for children growing up in conditions of adversity such as homelessness, possessing this drive to explore, to manipulate objects and to demonstrate agency can help them achieve better outcomes and show resilience. We have videotapes of young children interacting with various fun toys for several minutes. We would like to have RAs code every 10 seconds of these videos on items such as "task orientation," "persistence," and "positive emotion," among others. You will receive extensive training on the coding process, and ongoing support throughout the project. Project #2 (multiple openings) - Data Entry: Our lab is currently engaged in a large data collection with parents and children living in conditions of adversity. We are collecting data about factors that can contribute to resilience and positive outcomes in these individuals, such as executive function skills or mental health. We are seeking multiple individuals to assist with data entry for this project. You will receive training and support throughout the process. If you would like to apply, please send us the following: 1. Resume, 2. Unofficial (free) Transcript (you can find this at Onestop, save as a PDF for free, and send the file), 3. In the Subject Line, please write "Application for Project 1 - Coding" or "Application for Project 2 - Data Entry" depending on which project you are interested in, and 3. 1-2 paragraphs explaining why you would be interested in this position (you can include it in the body of your e-mail). Please send the materials as soon as possible, and by June 26th at the latest, to ramak032@umn.edu and aefiat@umn.edu.

    Courses

    IMPORTANT: Not all courses listed below are offered by the Department of Psychology, and you will need to meet with your college advisor to find out how they will fit into your academic program.
    2. CSPH 3211- Living on Purpose: An Exploration of Self, Purpose, and Community
    Living on Purpose is a 2 credit course designed to help students explore questions of meaning and purpose in college and in their lives. In this class community, students will examine the context and meaning of their own lives, explore other peoples' ways of living on purpose, and consider the big questions that shape their present and future. Through, readings, reflections, experiential exercises, and assignments, the course offers students time to define their own purpose at this time in their lives and to help build a framework to lead a purposeful life now and into the future. The course is primarily web-based with three mandatory, in-person classes. Students must have 30+ completed credits (or instructor consent) to enroll.
    3. SEAM Courses
    The Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) at the University of Minnesota strives to prepare students to become leaders in a multicultural and constantly changing society. The Student Excellence in Academics and Multiculturalism (SEAM) program offers students the opportunity to explore multicultural perspectives and disciplines in a variety of courses of all levels offered in different colleges across campus. This is done primarily with the help of faculty members interested in exposing students to social justice and multiculturalism. SEAM advantages and opportunities for instructors and students include: Accessible one-on-one advising by MLK professional advisers; Easy access to MCAE’s services including holistic academic coaching; One-on-one and small group facilitated tutoring; Free printing; Academic and social justice workshops and retreats and community learning activities; Participation in OED Certificate Training program; MCAE/COIN Newsletters; Free access to sporting and cultural events around the Twin Cities; Drawings for gift certificate and other prizes; Opportunities to get to know and interact with an array of students from various backgrounds and life experiences; Eligibility to participate in internship and scholarship opportunities exclusive for SEAM students such as two $2,000 scholarships sponsored by Target Corporation. The FOLLOWING FALL COURSES are SEAM designated: MATH 1271 DIS 023. Calculus 1; CFAN 3301 section 001. Grad & Prof School: Success Strategies for Prep; OLPD 1301W / PA 1961W Section 020 & Section 006; APPS 1620, Section 021: Navigating Diversity; CFAN 1902 Section 001: Ways of knowing Science.

    Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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    4. CLAgency is Hiring Students!
    CLAgency is recruiting up to 5 additional sophomores or juniors for next fall (ideally CLA students). We are looking for creative/artistic designers, photographers, video editors, sound editors. You can find the full job posting online./p>
    5. Volunteer at The Link
    The Link is a Twin Cities-based non-profit that serves more than 3,500 at-risk youth each year. Since its founding 24 years ago, the agency has served thousands of young people and their families when homelessness, exploitation, school failure, truancy, or trouble with the law have put youth at risk of not reaching their potential. The Link prides itself on its innovative, trauma-informed, strength-based programming for youth. The Link's mission is to build a supportive community that links youth and their families to their inner strength through life skills, education, advocacy, supportive housing, and a dynamic network of social services to transform lives. The Link provides programming to youth ages 12-24 in three main areas: 1. Supportive housing for homeless youth and young families, 2. Positive alternative programs in juvenile justice, and 3. Shelter, housing and supportive services for sex trafficked youth. Our Lindquist Apartments located off W. Broadway, Evening Reporting Center and Juvenile Justice Division are all seeking volunteers to engage with youth and assist in developing lifelong skills as they transition to adulthood. We are seeking individuals and groups to volunteer with the following: providing monthly meals, recreation nights, group facilitators/life skill (cooking, cleaning apt., grocery shopping, financial literacy, holiday gatherings, budgeting, resume writing, interview skills, etc.), tutor, yoga, wellness, nutrition, art classes, creative activities and so much more. If you have any questions or would be interested in volunteering, please contact Carla Kress, Volunteer Coordinator, at 612-999-0042 or ckress@thelinkmn.org. To learn more about The Link, please visitour website.
    6. Volunteer or Intern with Tumban
    We are looking now for some excellent candidates for Fall opportunities at Tubman. We have a big need for Community Advocates, Legal Counseling Advocates, Child Care Assistants, and Youth Advocates at our South Minneapolis and Maplewood sites. After a screening process, all volunteers and interns attend our training series before beginning their roles. Our Fall training series is August 29 – September 10. Please contact Katie Massie by phone (651) 789-6752 or email kmassie@tubman.orgto request the training schedule, ask any questions. More info (including our application) can also be found in the Volunteer area of our website.
    7. Full-Time Positions with BestPrep
    BestPrep is a statewide nonprofit organization with a mission to prepare students with business, career and financial literacy skills through hands-on experiences that inspire success in work and life. BestPrep’s programs engage 4-12 grade students and their educators in active learning, while connecting them to the world outside the classroom. With the help of more than 4,000 professional volunteers each year, BestPrep bridges classroom curriculum and the business community, enriching the teaching and learning experience for students and educators. Currently, BestPrep is hiring a program Manager, a Program Associate, and a Development Assistant (will be posted this summer). Being that BestPrep is a small, local organization, every employee plays a critical role. These are great opportunities for recent graduates to gain experience in the non-profit world. The Program Manager position can be found here, and the Program Associate here.
    8. Full-Time Mental Health Practitioner
    We have an exciting opportunity for a Mental Health Practitioner to be part of our team at the Como Community Unit of the Minnesota Specialty Health System (MSHS), which provides rehabilitation and supportive residential services for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness. Located in an apartment complex, MSHS Como allows clients to practice living independently as they work toward improving their functional skills. The Mental Health Practitioner provides leadership to program staff in the delivery of services to promote consumers' independence, autonomy, personal responsibility, and self-control necessary for successful reintegration and placement into the community. This full-time position works a rotating day-evening shift (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or 4 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.) and is eligible for full benefits and insurance coverage. In addition to a paid comprehensive new employee orientation, we provide ongoing continuing education opportunities to keep our staff and organization on the leading edge of behavioral health care. Join us for a rewarding chance to make a difference in the lives of others! The deadline to apply to this job is MONDAY, June 22nd. Please contact Caroline Dillon, Recruitment Specialist (651-431-3673 Caroline.Dillon@state.mn.us) to request a full job description. The Application will be filled out online, follow the instructions: 1. Go towww.mn.gov/careers 2. Select “Applicant Help” 3. Click “Apply for Jobs” to create an account and submit your resume 4. Apply for job posting number: 14DHS002263 (NOTE: the state classification for this position is Behavior Analyst 2).
    9. Behavior Therapist (Full Time/Part Time)
    The Lovaas Institue is looking for behavior therapists to conduct in-home behavior therapy services for young children with autism in the Twin Cities Metro area. 1500 hours of Experience working with adults or children with disabilities, and a Bachelor’s level degree is required. Paid training is provided. This is a salaried position with full benefits. Contact Carly Haugen at carlyhaugen@lovaas.com for more information.
    10. Student Experience is Hiring Personal Care Assistants
    Student Experience is Hiring Personal Care Assistants Have you been looking for an opportunity to gain experience in your field, help others, and make money doing it? If so, we have the opportunity for you!Student Experience, located in Minneapolis, specializes in matching college students with young children, adolescents, and adults with physical or behavioral needs to assist with daily living activities as a Personal Care Assistant. Our company helps clients that range from age 4 to mid-sixties. While the majority of student employees are studying helping professions such as Healthcare, Education, Psychology, and Sociology, all majors are welcome. Working at Student Experience provides you with an opportunity to work on your professional development, gain transferable skills for your career path and helps to build your resume for future positions or graduate school. Student Experience does require a commitment of 12-15 hours per week and a minimum two semester commitment (summer semester included). We also ask that you have access to a vehicle. Student Experience is hiring NOW. Visit our website to apply today.
    June 17th, 2015

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