Pre-Licensed Therapist: DBT Program

Posting: June 2017
Accepting Applications: Now
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Start Date: August/September 2017

The Institute for Girls’ Development promotes excellence in psychotherapeutic and assessment services as well as community programs for girls 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 11 specialists take pride in providing high quality treatment and assessment in a collaborative team practice. We are active in the community – collaborating with schools and youth organizations to empower connection, growth, and mindfulness.

Specialty Training: We are currently looking for two pre-licensed therapists with a dedication to our mission of empowering girls, young women 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 via the integrated modalities of mentoring, didactic exposure, role modeling, enactment, observational/vicarious learning, supervision and consultative guidance. The Institute therapists work collaboratively together, providing the experience of team consultation, creative program development, and more. Planned activities address the integration of current and evolving psychological knowledge, principles, and theories to the professional delivery of therapeutic services to the public. The emphasis in our practice is services to girls, young women, and families. Our clinical training promotes effective interventions for girls, women, and families. Consultation and training addresses clinical, legal, and ethical concerns and responsible practice management skills as well as professional development in community building and public speaking skills. Our PostDoctoral fellowship is accredited by CAPIC. Our MFT supervisor is certified in supervision by CAMFT and AAMFT.

We have four areas of specialized practice:

  • Child and Adolescent Specialty Program (CASP)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Assessment
  • Young Women’s Programs

We are currently looking for candidates for:
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Specialty Practice: The specialists on this team provide treatment to teens and young women (middle school through young adulthood).  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 comprehensive model of DBT includes skills groups, individual DBT therapy, phone coaching, and weekly DBT case consultation, mindfulness practice, and self-study. Skills groups and coaching for parents is also provided as appropriate. Note: therapists training in the DBT Specialty Practice have the option of providing some services in the Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice as well.

Minimum requirements: Masters or doctoral degree and at least 700 hours of clinical experience.  Candidates must have some background in working with children, adolescents, families, and groups; a passion for working with girls, young women and their families; and motivation for training, practice building and professional development. Candidates interested in the DBT Specialty Practice should also have experience working with high risk youth and young adults and have some prior training in DBT. Computer literacy in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) is required for all candidates. Bilingual/bi-cultural applicants are encouraged to apply.

Full Time: The ideal candidate is interested in a full time supervised clinical case load and training. 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-day into the evening; some weekend hours are an option.

Consultation and Training:  Supervision meets the standards required by the BBS and the BOP. Additional training and consultation are provided. See additional document for description of the training program.

Diversity:  The Institute for Girls’ Development embraces diversity in our staff and in the clients we serve.

Hiring Procedures:

Application deadline to be announced. Position begins in August, 2016. Compensation: Base salary plus percentage-based bonus.

To apply:

  1. Email your cover letter, explaining your interest in this training position. Include your curriculum vitae and 3 letters of reference. Email to Dr. Melissa Johnson, CEO at
  2. In the subject line, specify your interest — Training: Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice OR Training: DBT Specialty Practice
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