Licensed Therapist: Comprehensive DBT Practice

Join our DBT Team!

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, culture, 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.   Depending on the level of experience, clinicians joining the DBT team may initially provide DBT-informed therapy and/or work with clients in our Comprehensive Program.

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). In addition to working with clients in our DBT programs, clinicians will also work with some of our CASP clients and can use a DBT-informed approach with these clients or other appropriate approaches.
  • Leading weekly therapy groups for children, teens, or young adults with a range of goals
  • Supervising opportunity: Licensed DBT therapists have the possibility of supervising pre-licensed therapists.
  • Engaging in consultation with the DBT team and the Institute leadership
  • 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.

Qualifications:

  • Licensed Therapist: LMFT, LPCC, LCSW, Psychologist
  • 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 should 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.
  • 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. The Institute’s JEDI Initiative supports our Institute community in antiracist work and systems change, as well as in building culturally responsive relationships. Bilingual/bi-cultural applicants are encouraged to apply. See our 4 Essential Criteria for more information.

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

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

TO APPLY:

  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 references (Supervisors and/or faculty).
  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: Licensed DBT)

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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