Clinical Child Development Training Program

Cheerful Helpers has been providing a clinical training program since 1966 when the agency was awarded a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. This program, for early childhood and mental health professionals, graduate students, and postgraduate students is integral to our service delivery model.

Trainees develop clinical skills through hands-on work in our therapeutic school, socialization groups, working one-on-one with children and with parents and family systems. Through group and individual supervision along with clinical case conferences, trainees are supported in the development of their clinical skills.

Associates registered with the B.B.S. may gain hours toward licensure (e.g. L.C.S.W., L.M.F.T.). Local educational institutions grant academic credit for the training program.

Interns are accepted throughout the year. To apply, please email your resume to

Click here to see our Practicum Program brochure.