DBT Training Position for Licensed or Pre-Licensed Therapist

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 DBT-informed services.

The start dates for this 2 year position will be early 2021 and/or summer2021.

About the Institute: The Institute for Girls’ Development promotes excellence in psychotherapeutic and assessment services as well as community programs for girls, young women, gender-expansive youth, and their families. Our asset-based model of comprehensive, culturally-responsive services is based on current research on gender development and effective psychotherapeutic interventions. We are well- respected in the community as a collaborative team private practice. We are active in the larger San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles communities of Southern California – collaborating with schools and youth organizations to empower connection, inclusion, growth, and mindfulness.

Components of the Institute’s DBT Program: We have a comprehensive program for teens and young adults, including non-binary and transgender youth. This includes: individual DBT therapy, DBT skills groups, phone coaching, parent coaching, and team consultation. We also offer DBT-Informed treatment for pre-teens, teens and young adults. Our DBT-informed program for latency age girls and their parents is called WaveRiders™. The clients served in our DBT practice often have a history of self-harm, emotional regulation challenges, suicidal ideation, and previous hospitalizations.   Clinicians training on the DBT team will learn to provide DBT-informed therapy, and will be in a consultation group of clinicians who provide both comprehensive and DBT-informed treatment.

4 Essential Criterion for Successful Candidates: All Candidates are asked to speak to their interest and experience in our 4 essential criterion: Diversity, Clinical, Educational, and Organizational. Candidates should briefly address these 4 components in their cover letters.  Click here for further information.

Responsibilities would include:

  • Carrying a caseload of individual clients and groups (20-25 clinical hours per week). A number of these will be clients receiving DBT-informed treatment. Others will be CASP clients.
  • Leading weekly therapy groups for children, teens, or young adults with a range of goals
  • Engaging in supervision with the DBT team and the Institute leadership team (This will meet board requirements for pre-licensed individuals; this will provide training and consultation for those already licensed).
  • Participating in weekly DBT Consultation Team meetings and team-wide Case Consult meeting.
  • Attending DBT trainings: support is provided for ongoing introductory and advanced training.
  • Participating in monthly consultation with our team consultant, Dr. Charlie Swenson.
  • Attending Institute Professional Trainings; an educational stipend is provided for additional trainings related to area of interest.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


  • Graduate degree and at least 1000 hours of clinical experience.
  • A background in working with children, adolescents, families, and groups.
  • Demonstrated competency and interest in the 4 Essential Criteria for this position: Diversity, Clinical, Educational, and Organizational
  • Ability to work with clients in-person and via telehealth
  • Successful candidates interested in the DBT Subspecialty Training should also have experience working with high risk youth and young adults and previous experience participating on a DBT team, providing individual DBT therapy and leading DBT skills groups. Previous experience using behavioral and mindfulness approaches is preferred.
  • Demonstrated use of behavioral approaches.
  • Demonstrated use of mindfulness approaches.
  • 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, Outlook) is required for all candidates.

More about our Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice (CASP):

The specialists on this team provide treatment and assessment to clients ages 3 – 17. Specialists work with a variety of issues including emotional regulation, anxiety, depression, attention and executive functioning, social skills, cultural identity development, 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, ACT and other 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.

Diversity: The Institute for Girls’ Development embraces diversity in our staff and in the clients we serve. Please review our 4 Essential Criteria for this position and learn about our Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. Bilingual/bi-cultural applicants are encouraged to apply.

Hiring Procedures: Positions are available now. Start dates are negotiable.

: Base salary plus percentage-based bonus; 10 days paid vacation; paid holidays and sick pay; group health, dental, and vision insurance plan; 401k plan; annual educational and professional memberships stipends.


  1. Provide a cover letter, explaining your interest in this training position. Be sure to address the 4 Essential Criteria for this position.
  2. Include your curriculum vitae.
  3. Include 3 letters of reference.
  4. Email to Dr. Melissa Johnson, CEO at HR@InstituteForGirlsDevelopment.com.
  5. In the subject line, note your last name and specify your primary interest (Example: Perez: Training: CASP Program with DBT Sub-Specialty.

Application Due Date: Open until position is filled.

Please check out our website to learn more about our organization:www.instituteforgirlsdevelopment.com

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