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. Clinicians joining the DBT team will initially 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 (if not all) of these will be clients receiving DBT-informed treatment. 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.
- 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. 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.
- Provide a cover letter, explaining your interest in this training position. Be sure to address the 4 Essential Criteria for this position.
- Include your curriculum vitae.
- Include 3 letters of reference.
- Email to Dr. Melissa Johnson, CEO at HR@InstituteForGirlsDevelopment.com.
- 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