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Openings for professionals in the field of child traumatic stress. The newest postings appear at the beginning of the page. Job opportunities will remain posted for candidates to view and submit resumes for three months.

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Foster Care Counselor– Relocation Assistance Available

Youth Villages
Knoxville, TN and Chattanooga, TN

Youth Villages has been a national leader in the implementation of research-based treatment philosophies in the field of children's mental and behavioral health. Our commitment to helping troubled children and their families find success spans 20+ years and includes a comprehensive array of programs and services. 

If you are looking for a positive career move where you are meeting the challenges of life and striving to make a positive difference, then Youth Villages is the place for you. We are looking for people with a strong sense of purpose and focus to continually build confidence in yourself and our organization.

Program Overview
Our Foster Care program works with the foster care children to talk about their referral issues and to discuss why they are in foster care. This counselor also serves as a liaison between the child and the court and is always an advocate for the best needs of the child. The Youth Villages Foster Care Program uses intensive in-home based treatment where interventions are parent focused bringing change through the family, school, community, and peer groups.

Position Overview
Counselors provide services to the entire family, rather than just the identified youth. Counselors work with the family hands-on to build trust and align them with treatment

  • Counselors are responsible for a caseload of 8-10 families
  • Intensive but flexible schedule 
  • Counselors deliver services in the family's home or wherever they need us (school, court, etc.) and flexibly schedule sessions to meet the family's needs; available 24 hours a day (M-F) for your families with a rotating pager on the weekends
  • Documentation that is on-line/ web-based and available to you from home
  • Counselors meet with supervisors at least three times per week to discuss progress and personal development. 

Additional Information
Our leadership is always available for backup in difficult situations. 
All counselors complete a thorough training schedule designed to maximize clinical skill.


  • A Master's degree in a social services discipline is required
  • Degrees that can be considered include: social work, drug and alcohol education or counseling, psychology, criminal justice, guidance counseling, or marriage and family therapy. Other degrees will have to be evaluated further to determine if they meet the qualifications.
  • One year experience counseling adolescents in a clinical setting
  • Experience with  the Foster Care System is preferred
  • Excellent written, verbal, and oral skills
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Basic computer knowledge
  • Ability to maintain a flexible schedule
  • You must have your own vehicle to use for work purposes as well as have liability insurance
  • Experience growth and development through our continuous training, as well as tuition and licensure reimbursement, or pursue opportunities to advance both clinically and administratively with Youth Villages.

Additional Benefits
Medical, Dental, Prescription Drug Coverage and Vision
Retirement Savings Pension Plan
403 (b)
2 weeks paid vacation
12 paid sick days per year
9 paid holidays
Mileage & Cell Phone Reimbursement (when applicable)


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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Dissemination & Implementation Child Health and Development Institute

The Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI)

The Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI) is accepting applications for a one year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Dissemination and Implementation. The Fellow will spend four days per week at CHDI and one day per week working with faculty at the UCONN Health Center on disseminating evidence-based interventions for youth in schools and in the community, pending available funding. The anticipated start date of the Fellowship is July 1, 2015 (negotiable). The fellow recruited for the position will have a strong interest in (1) effective dissemination of evidence-based practices (EBPs) for children in public settings, (2) effective consultation to community-based agencies for implementing and sustaining EBPs, (3) applying implementation science to improve the practice of dissemination and implementation, and (4) contributing to the field of implementation science through publications and/or presentations. An optional second year is possible depending on Fellow interests, funding, and CHDI staffing needs.

Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut (CHDI)
CHDI is an independent, non-profit subsidiary of the Children’s Fund of Connecticut, which was established in 1992 and is located in Farmington, CT. Working in partnership with state and regional agencies, hospitals, universities, and other organizations, we combine direct funding with grants and contracts for research, evaluation, policy analysis, consultation, training, and technical assistance. The mission of the Institute is to improve the quality of care for all children, emphasizing family-centered, comprehensive care that encompasses both physical and behavioral health. Collaborating with the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, the University of Connecticut, and Yale University, we strive to advance sustainable improvements in primary and preventive health and mental health care practices and policy for all the state's children, with a particular focus on disadvantaged or underserved children and families.

CHDI also functions as an intermediary organization to develop, train, disseminate, evaluate, and expand effective models of practice in children’s mental health, juvenile justice, education, and other systems. CHDI partners closely with individuals from the Department of Children and Families, the CT Judicial
Branch’s Court Support Services Division, The University of Connecticut-Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, and FAVOR, a statewide family advocacy organization.

CHDI is currently participating in several EBP dissemination efforts for children’s mental health across Connecticut, including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems (MATCH-ADTC), and Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS). The Fellow will work on one or more of these or related initiatives at CHDI. CHDI uses the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Breakthrough Series Collaborative (or Learning
Collaborative) methodology to disseminate many EBPs. The Fellow’s specific projects and responsibilities will be jointly determined based on interests,
experience, project needs, and funding. Examples of activities include use of the learning collaborative methodology, developing and/or testing other EBP implementation and/or consultation strategies, quality improvement approaches, training, policy, and evaluation. Many opportunities exist for co-authorship on publications and presentations using archived or prospective data, and are highly encouraged. Fellows will receive weekly supervision from a licensed clinical psychologist at CHDI.

The individual selected for this position will work within grant- and contract-funded projects at CHDI and the UCHC Health Center, primarily projects related to implementation of evidence-based behavioral health treatments for children exposed to traumatic events such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, and
violence. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in Clinical or Community Psychology or a related discipline from an accredited academic program. Strong professional writing skills are required. Experience with children’s mental health, EBPs, statistical analysis, and/or dissemination and implementation is desirable. CHDI provides a unique opportunity to receive training in the practice of dissemination and implementation and to contribute to meaningful systems change through application of implementation science in community-based settings.

The Fellow will receive a stipend of $46,000 annually. A generous benefit package including health and dental care and paid time off is provided.

To apply, please email (1) a detailed letter of interest describing qualifications and experience; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) one example of scholarly writing (preferably a published article); and (4) three letters of recommendation, at least two of which are from supervisors, to Jason Lang (
Applications are encouraged by February 23, 2015 but will be considered on a rolling basis. The Fellowship is contingent upon continued funding.
The Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut is committed to providing equal access to our employment environment and ensures that all employment-related decisions are in accord with the principles of equal opportunity.

Faculty Position

Kennedy Krieger Institute & Department of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine & Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

The Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Department of Psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Department of Mental Health at The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health invite applications for a mid-career faculty member with expertise in the field of child traumatic stress.

The successful applicant will be an individual with a durable track record of securing extramural funding and will also be a licensed clinician with evidence of program development. The position will be primarily based at the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Family Center. The Family Center is a clinical and academic program that delivers evidence-based treatment to children who have experienced acute and/or complex psychological trauma. The Family Center serves over 1000 patients each year.

This position represents a unique opportunity to interface between Kennedy Krieger, a non-profit research and clinical institute and Johns Hopkins University.  The successful candidate will have a faculty appointment at Johns Hopkins with all of the responsibilities and privileges of being a faculty member. The academic rank of the successful applicant will be commensurate with prior scholarly achievements.

The Kennedy Krieger Institute is dedicated to helping children and adolescents with developmental and behavioral disorders.  It is a research, clinical, and educational institute with a dynamic and multidisciplinary team of professionals.  Faculty members at Kennedy Krieger hold academic appointments at Johns Hopkins University and are international leaders in their respective fields.

Applicants should send 3 documents, including 1) a curriculum vitae, 2) a 2-page statement of academic interests, and 3) the names and addresses of four professional references to Ms. Leah Boyd -

Part time Child Psychiatrist

The Board of Child Care in Maryland

The Board of Child Care is a non-profit human service organization that helps children. Since 1874, we have given children and their families hope for the future and power in their present lives. Today, we serve children, youth and families in our residential and community-based services.

The Board of Child Care in Maryland is looking for a trauma informed part time Child Psychiatrist, BC or BE to work in its child and youth serving programs, in Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties.  The overall expectations are regularly scheduled consultations to be used for child and adolescent evaluation, treatment planning conferences, medication management. Other responsibilities include timely documentation, including intake evaluations and treatment records, as well as documentation necessary to meet insurance and billing requirements.  A trauma informed approach in Outpatient with a collaborative treatment philosophy needed. Knowledge of Adolescent Pharmacotherapy required.  MD license and DEA certified required. Please fax your resume to Dr. Peter Coleman, Medical Director at 410-496-5620 or email your resume to

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Board of Child Care
Baltimore Maryland

The Board of Child Care promotes and serves the health and well-being of abused, neglected and traumatized children and their families who require physical, emotional, behavioral and social support. Through residential and community-based services, the agency endeavors to provide a safe, healthy and caring environment that seeks to sustain children and families by fostering healing, self-esteem, respect for the community, a sense of purpose and life skills needed to achieve their highest potential through excellence, leadership, evaluation, treatment, prevention, education, and advocacy.

The Board of Child Care is looking for a part time Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, trauma informed, BC or BE to work in its residential and community based programs in Maryland.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to regular consultation, evaluation, treatment planning conferences, and medication management. Other responsibilities include timely medical records, to meet insurance and billing requirements.  The Board of Child Care follows an Outpatient Trauma Informed  collaborative treatment approach. Knowledge of Adolescent Pharmacotherapy required.  MD license and DEA certified required. Please fax your resume to Dr. Peter Coleman, Medical Director at 410-496-5620 or email your resume to

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Child Trauma

Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis (CASGSL)
St. Louis, MO

Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis (CASGSL), a unit of the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri – St. Louis is accepting applications for a 1 year postdoctoral fellowship in the area of Child Trauma beginning September 1, 2015. CASGSL is a fully funded Category III site of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the Post Doc position is funded through the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (Grant #061114-01). The primary objective for this position is to produce clinicians who are well versed in the practice, supervision and training of evidenced based practice used to treat childhood traumatic stress. Fellows will be working on the Families Learning About Recovery Strategies (FLARES) project which provides simultaneous treatment of children and their caregivers who have experienced trauma. Training includes opportunities for assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning, outpatient individual, and family treatment as well as opportunities for supervision of student trainees and training of community clinicians all under the guidance of a clinical supervisor. Fellows provide services to a diverse clientele of children and families. The University of Missouri – St. Louis is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.

Applicants will have completed an APA-accredited internship and all requirements for a doctoral degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology prior to an anticipated September 1, 2015 start date.  Training and practice implementing Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is preferred. In addition to a 12-month competitive stipend, Fellows will be eligible for the University benefit package including medical, dental and life insurance and paid professional liability insurance. 


First consideration will be given to complete applications received by February 1, 2015. To apply, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a copy of graduate transcript through the University of Missouri- St. Louis Human Resources department via the link below. Please mail or email three letters of reference to:

Rachel Wamser Nanney, Ph.D.
Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis
Weinman Building, Upper Level
University of Missouri – St. Louis, One University Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63121

Submit application materials via: UMSL Child Trauma Postdoctoral Fellowship

Behavioral Health Implementation Research Scientist

Research Institute at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Established in 2008, PolicyLab is a highly innovative, multidisciplinary center within the Research Institute at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that works with practitioners, policymakers and communities to  make sure care provided for children is informed by the best research. PolicyLab’s faculty and staff are experts in medicine, law, public health, health policy, psychology, biostatistics, social work, health services research, program evaluation, and ethics. The Center’s work focuses on improving public systems, improving health care delivery, and improving child health outcomes and includes research portfolios on behavioral health and implementation science and evaluation.

PolicyLab is seeking a Behavioral Health Implementation Research Scientist to manage a citywide behavioral health implementation initiative serving children and families involved with child welfare in the City of Philadelphia. The research scientist will work in close collaboration with City child welfare and behavioral health leadership and staff, partners from private provider child welfare and behavioral health agencies, as well as other key City stakeholders. The behavioral health initiative is part of a broader system transformation in Philadelphia that is regionalizing child welfare services to community agencies. The priority of this broader initiative is to identify resources to support children remaining safely in their own homes and communities. 

Specific job responsibilities include:

•    Manage the execution of a strategic implementation plan for the scale up of evidence-based behavioral health services in Philadelphia, occurring as part of a broader City effort that is regionalizing child welfare services to community agencies.
•    Participate in the identification and development of evidence-based behavioral health services and strategies with City partners. 
•    Consult with the implementing agencies in the rollout, delivery, and evaluation of the behavioral health initiative.  Provide on-site consultation and clinical expertise to the implementing agencies.  Develop relevant implementation protocols and training materials.   
•    Serve as a clinical expert on the continuum of behavioral health services to be provided, working closely with the clinical and implementation staff.  Provide informational seminars, trainings, and resources to staff on the key interventions and models.
•    Develop evaluative research proposals related to the implementation of behavioral health programs for children in community agencies.
•    Oversees the initiative’s fidelity and monitoring plan.
•    Participates in data analysis and prepares data for publication.
•    Convene and participate in meetings with various internal and external stakeholders involved with the implementation of evidence-based behavioral health practices.

Candidates interested in a part-time position will be considered.



•    PhD in psychology, or related interdisciplinary degree (e.g., LCSW) with commensurate research, clinical, and implementation experience
•    Current Commonwealth of Pennsylvania clinical license
•    Experience with implementation science research
•    Experience evidence-based behavioral health service program development and implementation for children and adolescents
•    Clinical training and experience in the delivery of evidence-based behavioral health services to children and families
•    Experience working with vulnerable populations, particularly children and families with child welfare involvement
•    Excellent communication skills (both written and oral)
•    Great organizational and time management skills
•    Effective problem solving/critical thinking skills
•    Highly collaborative



Interested candidates should email your resume and cover letter to:  Shaun Jenkins, PolicyLab Office Manager, at

Should you have any questions, please email For more information about PolicyLab, see


Director – Child Abuse and Trauma Services (CATS)


Lead Every Facet of Trauma focused Diagnostic & Therapeutic Clinical Services

In all of Chicago, there is only one hospital solely dedicated to caring for children with chronic illness/disabilities and those suffering from abuse or neglect. That hospital is La Rabida. Our progressive facility is a recognized leader in the treatment of chronic disease, disabilities, abuse and trauma--working closely with leading institutions that refer patients for specialty care. Trauma services are provided at the hospital, beautifully situated on Lake Michigan just minutes from downtown, as well as satellite locations throughout Chicagoland.

Currently, an exceptional opportunity awaits the experienced Child Clinical/Pediatric Psychologist or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with impressive leadership skills and specific supervised training in childhood trauma. In addition to providing trauma focused assessment, testing, treatment, record review, etc., duties include administrative responsibility for day to day operations of the Child Abuse & Trauma Services (CATS) program.

Utilizing multiple techniques and demonstrating best practice treatments for sexually abused and traumatized children, the Director of this program will lead forensic as well as clinical supervisors, manage staff and budgets. The Director will also be working with agencies, foundations, and other funding sources and will secure and renew funding through grant writing and reporting of outcomes.

Qualified candidates must possess proven management/leadership skills in addition to:

  • Ph.D./Psy.D./MSW with current IL Clinical Psychologist license or LCSW required
  • Minimum 5 years post graduate experience with this population highly desired
  • Excellent communication (written + oral) skills and PC proficiency

In return for your ability to take charge and drive this vital program, La Rabida offers attractive compensation plus many excellent benefits!

To Apply:

Transnational Family Support Project Coordinator

Mexico City

Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migración, AC (IMUMI) seeks a Transnational Family Support Project Coordinator.

IMUMI is an NGO that advocates for women in the migration process in the Mexican context, whether they are women living in communities of origin, in transit through Mexico, immigrants residing in Mexico or Mexican migrants in the United States. IMUMI works from a rights-based perspective to ensure that women have the resources to take advantage of the positive aspects of migration, avoid the negative consequences, and remain in their communities of origin should they choose.

IMUMI collaborates with migration and anti-trafficking networks as well as civil society organizations, academic institutions, and government agencies to build on migration and anti-trafficking advocacy efforts and to ensure that issues of women are taken into account in these processes1.

Job Description:
The Transnational Family Support Project Coordinator will be hired for a 2 year period beginning in January 2015. The objective of the project is to promote coordinated practices between NGOs and governmental actors in Mexico and the United States to address issues of transnational families, preventing separation and promoting re-unification on either side of the border through policy advocacy, training, community outreach, and technical assistance.
The project aims to encourage better governance by promoting policy solutions to some of the causes of involuntary family separation between Mexico and the United States and legal remedies for families already separated. The project is framed in a regional context, demonstrating the impact on families on both sides of the border that have consequences for social assistance and enforcement agencies in both countries. By focusing on the needs of transnational families, it encourages government agencies to see beyond geo-political borders.
The Project Coordinator is responsible for implementing project activities in conjunction with IMUMI staff and the organizations providing technical assistance for the project. Responsibilities required of the Project Coordinator include:


  • Conduct training for DIF offices at a federal, state and municipal level on practices to assist migrant families including classes that meet CPS requirements and home studies that will support family re-unification efforts.
  • Conduct training with the Foreign Ministry´s regional offices in states with right rates of return migration (Michoacán, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Jalisco, Guanajuato, Zacatecas) and with its Mexican consular network.
  • Train US family court judges and social workers through collaboration with ICE, the National
  • Association of Social Workers, and professional and academic organizations in both Mexico and the US.
  • Develop collaborative training with CPS international liaisons in CA, AZ & TX.

Policy Advocacy:

  • Participate in the Secretary of Governance’s working group on return migration and family separation.
  • Attend meetings with the General Direction of Protection within the Foreign Ministry to identify protection policy issues for transnational families.
  • Hold meetings with DIF on a national level to advocate for the creation of a set of national guidelines for attention to families in situations of separation.
  • Provide information to the Migrant Affairs Commissions in the Senate and House of Delegates to identify relevant legislative activities to contribute to the prevention of family separation.
  • Participate in migration networks that address issues of child and family migration including unaccompanied child migrants, child and family detention and Best Interest Determination.

Outreach and Communication:

  • Coordinate videos for public policy advocacy and community education.
  • Coordinate/Produce graphic materials to illustrate sections of the toolkit, to be used for training purposes in communities.
  • Elaborate periodic e-Bulletins with resources, updates, and information.
  • Organize 2 annual regional meetings – bringing together actors to network, identify challenges, and participate in trainings.
  • Conduct joint training sessions with community organizations in communities of origin.
  • Publish articles regarding family separation and its impact in Mexico, social and legal service provision, and policy issues in scholarly or professional journals (US and/or Mexico).

**This is a full-time position, based at IMUMI’s office in Mexico City**


The Project Coordinator will be comfortable working with both government and civil society organizations in the United States and Mexico. S/he should have good knowledge of child welfare issues and child custody laws in both the United States and Mexico, particularly as they pertain to migration issues and immigration laws, with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in related issues. The candidate must have experience with public speaking and providing training to community organizations as well as government agencies. Experience in human rights work, especially public policy advocacy in the United States and Mexico, is required. Candidates should be fluent in English and Spanish, with excellent oral and written skills in both languages. The Project Coordinator will be motivated, well-organized, collegial, and patient with cultural differences on all levels. He or she must be proactive, prioritize with minimal supervision, and work well independently and as a member of a team.
The candidate should have a background in Social Work, Law, International Relations, or relevant experience in these fields.

Salary and Benefits:
The Project Coordinator will receive a salary that is competitive within the NGO sector in Mexico City. IMUMI will assist in obtaining the necessary work authorization in Mexico, if required.


IMUMI will be hiring for this position in November 2014 to begin in January 2015. We encourage all interested candidates to apply by emailing together a letter of interest, resume, three professional references, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others) to Please write “Project Coordinator Transnational Families” as the subject of your email. It is preferred that all materials be submitted via email.
Deadline for submissions is Monday, November 24, 2014.

Información en Español

Full-time Psychotherapist

The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy
Atlanta, GA

The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, a Children’s Advocacy Center and NCTSN Cat III site in Atlanta GA, is seeking a full-time clinician to provide therapy to children who have experienced trauma, particularly sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation. Applicants must have a Master’s degree or PhD in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or related field, be licensed or license-eligible in Georgia, and have a minimum of 1 year experience serving abused, traumatized, or at-risk children and families. Priority will be given to licensed applicants who have experience working specifically with commercially sexually exploited children and their families, and are experienced in the provision of Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy or other trauma-focused evidence-based treatment. The ideal candidate has strong written and oral communication skills, works effectively in a team environment, has knowledge of the child welfare and legal systems, is skilled at developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with others (clients, caregivers, co-workers, professionals from other agencies and organizations), and is committed to principles of cultural competency.

Please submit a cover letter and resume/CV (including references) to:

Kelly Kinnish, PhD

Director of Clinical Services

Georgia Center for Child Advocacy

PO Box 17770

Atlanta GA 30307 (email communication preferred)