Pre-Licensed Therapist: Child and Adolescent Specialty Program (CASP)

Join Our CASP Team!

About clinical work at the Institute: The Institute for Girls’ Development, located in Pasadena, California, is hiring a licensed therapist to join our CASP team. 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. Specialists work with a variety of issues from ethno-culturally responsive approaches. 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, 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, mindfulness-based, developmental, and cultural-relational approaches.

Essential Criterion for Successful Candidates:

Diversity Component: Successful candidates will demonstrate responsiveness and sensitivity in working with a community that is diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. As the Institute is committed to increasing the diversity of both our staff and the clients we serve, candidates should identify their strengths and experiences in ethnically diverse settings and with other under-represented groups. The Institute’s JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Initiative offers varied opportunities for training and leadership development among our team members; we’re interested in hearing from applicants about their areas of interest in leadership and ongoing learning in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and antiracism and cultural responsiveness in therapy.

Clinical Component: Successful candidates will demonstrate strong and effective clinical skills appropriate to their level of training and experience, as well as a passion for working with our primary client population of girls, young adults, gender expansive individuals and families. Successful clinicians at the Institute are able to articulate and implement effective and known-to-work treatments in a collaborative, compassionate spirit and individualized to the needs of the clients and families. Candidates should identify the approaches they utilize, the ages of clients they work with (children, teens, adults) and any areas of particular passion and/or expertise, including certifications. (Examples of sub-specialty areas of interest include but are not limited to: working with youth on the spectrum, health psychology and pain management, anxiety/OCD treatment, body image and eating disorder treatment, neuro-feedback, and family systems.)

Educational Component: As an organization, we are interested in education on many levels. The successful candidate will have a commitment to lifelong learning and identify areas of interest for professional development. In addition, if candidates have an interest in providing community education to youth, community education to parents, professional trainings to others in mental health, and/or ongoing clinical supervision, we invite candidates to note this along with any experience they have in offering such educational activities.

Organizational Component: As a group private practice and an entrepreneurial setting, we hold strong values in collaboration, teamwork, community relationship building, social and racial justice, professional advocacy, mentoring, innovation in program development and systems,  and organizational creativity. Successful candidates should identify experiences that demonstrate their commitment to one or more of these values within an organizational setting.

Our Master’s level supervisor is certified in supervision by CAMFT and AAMFT.

Our Postdoctoral fellowship is accredited by CAPIC.

  • 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.
  • Participating in weekly team-wide Case Consultation meetings and other consultation groups.
  • Engaging in individual and group supervision with the Institute leadership team to meet board requirements.
  • Participating in weekly team-wide Case Consultation meeting.
  • Attending Institute Professional Trainings; an educational stipend is provided for trainings related to area of interest.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


  • Graduate degree and completion of at least 1000 hours of supervised experience.
  • A background of working with children, adolescents, families, and groups.
  • Demonstrated competency in the 4 Essential Criterion for this position: Diversity, Clinical, Educational, and Organizational
  • Ability to work with clients in-person and via telehealth
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) is required.
  • Knowledge of current research and theory on girls’ and gender development is desirable.

More about our Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice: The specialists on this team provide treatment and assessment to clients ages 3–19. Specialists work with a variety of issues including emotional regulation, anxiety, depression, attention and executive functioning, cultural identity, 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.

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; 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 BBS. 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/vision/dental insurance plan, 401k plan, annual educational and professional memberships stipends.

To apply:

  1. Provide a cover letter, explaining your interest in this position. Please include your experience and demonstrated interest in each of the 4 Essential Criteria: Diversity, Clinical, Educational, Organizational.
  2. Provide your curriculum vitae
  3. Provide 3 letters of reference.
  4. Email to Dr. Melissa Johnson, CEO at
  5. In the subject line, please note your last name and specify your interest, i.e. Perez, Pre-Licensed Therapist: Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice.

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