For Licensed Mental Health Professionals

Posted: April 2016
Application Deadline: Rolling
Start Date: Positions available to start between now and August.

We are currently seeking two licensed therapists:

  1. Expertise in working with children ages 5 – 12 to join our Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice. Some experience and interest in DBT is a plus as clinical hours can include participation in the DBT Specialty Practice.
  2. Expertise in working with teens, including teens who struggle with emotional dysregulation, self-injury and suicidal ideation. DBT training and experience preferred. Candidates who are psychologists with DBT training and experience may have the opportunity to supervise as well.

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. We are well-respected in the community. Our 12 specialists take pride in providing high quality treatment and assessment in a collaborative team practice. We are active in the community – collaborating with schools and youth organizations to empower connection, growth, and mindfulness.

We have two practice areas:
• Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice
• DBT Specialty Practice

We are currently seeking a licensed therapist with expertise in working with children ages 5 – 12 to join our Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice. Some experience and interest in DBT is a plus as clinical hours can include participation in the DBT Specialty Practice.

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, selective mutism, health concerns, grief, and adjustment to challenging life situations. Parent counseling and 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, mindfulness-based, developmental, and cultural-relational approaches.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Specialty Practice: The specialists on this team provide treatment to teens and young women (middle school through young adulthood). 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 comprehensive model of DBT includes skills groups, individual DBT therapy, phone coaching, and weekly DBT case consultation, mindfulness practice, and self-study. Skills groups and coaching for parents are also provided as appropriate. Note: Therapists in the DBT Specialty Practice will be able to apply some aspects of experience to the DBT certification process if they choose to pursue that. In addition, they have the option of providing some services in the Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice.

Minimum requirements: MFT, LPCC, LCSW, Registered Art Therapist, or Psychology license – or license eligible. Candidates must have a background with children, adolescents, families, and groups; a passion for working with girls, young women and their families; and motivation for practice building and professional development. Knowledge of current research and theory on girls’ development is desirable. Computer literacy in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) is required. Bilingual/bi-cultural applicants are encouraged to apply.

Full Time: This is a full time position, with the first 3 – 6 months dedicated to building a full time case load. While building up to full time, therapists work 20 or more hours per week (which includes clinical hours, consultation, orientation, practice development). Clinical hours are generally mid-day into the evening hours; some weekend hours are also an option.

Consultation and Training: Clinicians meet together weekly for case consultation and collaboration. Because of our unique model of services and programs, clinicians participate in ongoing quality training, study groups and professional development seminars.

Diversity: The Institute for Girls’ Development embraces diversity in our staff and in the clients we serve.

Hiring Procedures:
Positions are immediately available but start dates are negotiable. Compensation: Base salary plus percentage-based bonus.

To apply:

  1. Provide a cover letter, explaining your interest in this position. Include your curriculum vitae and 3 references.
  2. Email to Dr. Melissa Johnson, CEO at
  3. In the subject line, specify your interest – Licensed: Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice
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