Postdoctoral Training Fellowship

Postdoctoral Training Fellowship

2022-2023 Position

Application Deadline:  February 4, 2022

Position Starts: August 15, 2022

The Institute for Girls’ Development is a Postdoctoral Member Agency of the California Psychology Internship Council (CAPIC). CAPIC Postdoctoral Member Agencies are recognized by the California Board of Psychology (BoP) for the accrual of Supervised Professional Experience (SPE) hours toward licensure as a psychologist.

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, growth, and mindfulness.

Training: We are currently looking for post-doctoral candidates with a dedication to our mission of empowering girls, young women, gender-expansive youth, and families. We provide a training sequence that builds on skills and competencies needed to prepare for independent practice. In addition, the Institute provides socialization into the mental health profession through mentoring, didactic exposure, role modeling, enactment, observational/vicarious learning, supervision and consultative guidance. The Institute therapists work collaboratively together in team consultation and creative program development. Planned activities address the integration of current and evolving psychological knowledge, principles, theories, legal and ethical concerns, responsible practice management skills, community involvement and public speaking skills.

Click here to learn more about our Postdoctoral Training Program.

Candidates apply to one of the following two practice areas:

Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice (CASP): CASP specialists work with a variety of issues from ethno-culturally responsive approaches. The specialists on this team provide treatment and assessment for girls and young women ages 3-19, non-binary and transgender youth, families and parents. There is also the opportunity to work with our growing adult clientele. Presenting issues include but are not limited to emotional regulation, anxiety, depression, health concerns, attention and executive functioning, identity development, social skills and neurodiversity, grief, maternal mental health (perinatal/postpartum services) and adjustment to challenging life situations. Modalities include individual, family, parenting, and group therapy. Our specialists work from a variety of theoretical orientations, including CBT, DBT, ACT, mindfulness-based, developmental, and cultural-relational approaches.

Sub-specialty in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): The specialists on this team provide both Comprehensive DBT and Informed DBT services. Postdoctoral candidates selecting this sub-specialty will provide DBT Informed treatment. The clients served in this practice often have a history of self-harm, emotional regulation challenges, suicidal ideation, and previous hospitalizations. Postdoctoral Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in and/or provide: DBT skills groups, individual DBT Informed therapy, and will participate in weekly DBT case consultation, mindfulness practice, and self-study.

Assessment Specialty and Young Adult Program Specialty: Candidates have the opportunity to be involved in these specialty practices as well, depending on their interests and our program needs.

4 Essential Criterion for Successful Candidates: All Postdoctoral Fellow 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).
  • Leading weekly therapy groups for children or teens, with a range of goals, based on interest and experience.
  • Engaging in supervision with the Institute leadership team to meet board requirements.
  • Participating in weekly team-wide Case Consult meeting.
  • Working collaboratively with our DBT Specialty team, if accepted into this subspecialty program.
  • Attending Institute Professional Trainings; an educational stipend is provided for additional trainings related to area of interest.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


  • Doctoral degree in clinical, counseling or educational psychology 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 a plus.
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) is required for all candidates.

Work Schedule: This is a full-time position at 40+ hours per week. Supervised activities include clinical hours in individual, family and group therapy; supervision; training; orientation; practice development; program development, community education; and some research opportunities. Clinical hours are generally mid/late morning into the evening hours; some weekend hours are an option.

Consultation and Training:  Supervision meets the standards required by the Board of Psychology. Additional training and consultation are provided.

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.

Compensation: Base salary $35,000; 10 days paid vacation; paid holidays and sick pay; group health, dental, and vision insurance plan; 401k plan; annual educational and professional membership 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
  5. In the subject line, note your last name and specify your primary interest (Example: Perez: Training: Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice
  • Training: Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice (CASP) OR
  • Training: CASP with DBT Subspecialty

Application Due Date: February 4, 2022

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