Join our DBT Team and

Learn this Known-To-Work Treatment!

(For Licensed or Pre-Licensed Therapists)

Are you behaviorally oriented in your clinical work?
Do you incorporate mindfulness in your personal life and professional work?
Do you have the interest and energy to take a deep dive into learning
adherent DBT on a dedicated and skillful DBT team?
Do you enjoy working with children, teens and families? Especially those
who struggle with emotional dysregulation?

We are excited to be expanding our DBT team with this training position for a licensed or pre-licensed clinician! The Institute for Girls’ Development is located in Pasadena, California. We have an open position for a clinician who would love to learn DBT by working on a DBT team, providing informed and comprehensive DBT services. The start date for this position would be June – August 2020.

We have a comprehensive program for girls, teens, and young women with three skills groups (middle school multi-family, high school multi-family, and young women) and an adapted DBT program for latency age girls and their parents. The specialists on this team also provide treatment for non-binary and transgender youth.

Responsibilities would include:

  • Carrying a caseload of informed individual DBT clients. When ready, adding comprehensive DBT clients with phone coaching.
  • Leading weekly DBT skills groups, starting with our informed DBT group for latency age children.
  • Participating in weekly DBT Team Consultation meetings.
  • Attending DBT trainings: support is provided for ongoing introductory and advanced training.
  • Participating in monthly consultation with our team consultant, Dr. Charlie Swenson.
  • Treating a select number of clients in our Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice (not DBT; an opportunity to work with other clients using additional approaches as needed).
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


  • Pre-Licensed or Licensed Therapist
  • A background of working with children, adolescents, families, and groups.
  • A passion for working with girls, young women, gender-expansive youth, and their families.
  • Demonstrated use of behavioral approaches.
  • Demonstrated use of mindfulness approaches.
  • Previous training in DBT or experience on a DBT team is a plus – but not necessary
  • Interest in innovative program development and evaluation.
  • Motivation to work with our team to build our program and practice.
  • Interest in ongoing advanced DBT training, including moving toward DBT Certification in the future.
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook) is required.
  • Knowledge of current research and theory on girls’ and gender development is desirable.

More about our Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Specialty Practice:

The specialists on this team provide treatment to girls, teens, young women (elementary school through young adulthood), and transgender and non-binary youth. They also provide services for the parents of these youth and young adults. The clients served in this practice often have a history of self-harm, emotional regulation challenges, suicidal ideation, and previous hospitalizations. Our DBT team provides skills groups, individual DBT therapy, phone coaching, and participates in weekly DBT case consultation, mindfulness practice, and self-study. Skills groups and coaching for parents are also provided. DBT therapists provide some select services in the Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice.

More about our Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice:

The specialists on this team provide treatment and assessment to girls ages 3 – 17. Specialists work with a variety of issues including emotional regulation, anxiety, depression, attention and executive functioning, social skills, health concerns, grief, and adjustment to challenging life situations. Parent counseling and perinatal/postpartum clinical services are also provided. Modalities and approaches to treatment include individual, family, and group therapy. Our specialists work from a variety of theoretical orientations, including CBT, DBT informed, mindfulness-based, developmental, and cultural-relational approaches.

Work Schedule:

This is a full-time exempt position at 40 hours per week. The first 3 months are dedicated to building a full-time caseload (approximately 20-25 clinical hours weekly). Clinical hours are generally mid/late morning into the evening hours; weekend hours are also an option.


The Institute for Girls’ Development embraces diversity in our staff and in the clients we serve. Bilingual/bi-cultural applicants are encouraged to apply.

Hiring Procedures:

Positions are available now. Start dates are negotiable.


Base salary plus percentage-based bonus; 2 weeks paid vacation; 7 paid holidays and sick pay; group health, dental, and vision insurance plan; 401k plan; annual educational and professional memberships stipends.

To apply:

  1. Provide a cover letter, explaining your interest in this position. Please include any additional specializations, i.e. neurodiversity, eating disorders, substance abuse, etc.
  2. Provide your curriculum vitae and 3 references.
  3. Email to Dr. Melissa Johnson, CEO at
  4. In the subject line, please note your last name and specify your interest, i.e. Perez Licensed Therapist: DBT Practice.

The Institute for Girls’ Development promotes excellence in psychotherapeutic and assessment services as well as community programs for girls and their families. Our asset-based model of comprehensive services is based on current research on girls’ and women’s development and effective psychotherapeutic interventions. Our specialists take pride in providing high-quality treatment and assessment in a collaborative team practice. We are well-respected and active in the community – collaborating with schools and youth organizations to empower connection, growth, and mindfulness.

Please check out our website to learn more about our organization: