We are excited to be accepting applications to our Postdoctoral Training Fellowship!

2020-2021 Position

Application Deadline: February 7th, 2020

Position Starts: Between August 17st and September 4th, 2020 – Exact Start Date Negotiable

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 services is based on current research on girls’ and women’s development and effective psychotherapeutic interventions. We are well- respected in the community. Our specialists take pride in providing high quality treatment and assessment in a collaborative team 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.

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.

Specialty 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): The specialists on this team provide treatment and assessment to girls ages 3 – 19.  Specialists work with a variety of issues including emotional regulation, anxiety, depression, attention and executive functioning, social skills, health concerns, grief, and adjustment to challenging life situations.  Parent counseling and postpartum/perinatal clinical services are also provided. Modalities and approaches to treatment include individual, family, and group therapy. Our specialists work and supervise from a variety of theoretical orientations, including CBT, mindfulness-based, developmental, and cultural-relational approaches.

More about our Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Specialty Practice: The specialists on this team provide treatment to girls, teens, young women (elementary school through young adulthood), and transgender and non-binary youth. 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 DBT team provides skills groups, individual DBT therapy, phone coaching, and participates in weekly DBT case consultation, mindfulness practice, and self-study. Skills groups and coaching for parents are also provided. Postdoctoral fellows in our Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice can also apply for subspecialty training in DBT.

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

 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 trainings related to area of interest.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


  • Doctoral degree and at least 1000 hours of clinical experience.
  • A background in working with children, adolescents, families, and groups.
  • A passion for working with girls, young women and their families.
  • Motivation for training, practice building and professional development.
  • 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. Bilingual/bicultural applicants are encouraged to apply.

Compensation: Base salary $32,000; 2 weeks 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. Include your curriculum vitae and 3 letters of reference.
  2. Email to Dr. Melissa Johnson, CEO at HR@InstituteForGirlsDevelopment.com.
  3. In the subject line, specify your primary interest — Training: Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice (CASP) OR Training: CASP with DBT Subspecialty


Application Due Date: February 7th, 2020