March 7, 2014

Child Maltreatment Clinician Positions

Mental Health Clinician-Child Maltreatment

Position Description: The Center for the Protection of Children (CPC) at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital is seeking candidates for mental health clinician openings in its new outpatient mental health program serving maltreated children.

The CPC is a specialty clinic within the Department of Pediatrics serving children and adolescents who experience physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and/or other types of maltreatment. The CPC is an affiliate center of the Network on Child Protection and Well-Being, an interdisciplinary, inter-departmental collection of researchers, clinicians, and educators throughout the Penn State system devoted to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. The CPC enjoys established connections with Child Protection Services agencies and the local children’s advocacy center. 

The CPC’s mental health clinic is situated in downtown Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Our multidisciplinary team provides a supportive and collaborative environment and includes psychologists, social workers, pediatricians, and psychiatrists. In addition to clinical responsibilities, clinicians are exposed to the latest developments and research in the mental health field, and collaborate with some of the foremost clinicians and researchers in the field of child maltreatment.

Responsibilities: The primary responsibility of the position is to provide evidence-based mental health care to a caseload of children presenting with various concerns and maltreatment experiences.

Additional responsibilities include:
1.      Psychosocial evaluations with children, adolescents, and families
2.      The use of evidence-based treatments with fidelity to the models
3.      Participation as clinicians in various forms of clinical research, including clinical trials, and implementation of research procedures when required
4.      Participation in weekly case conferences, training didactics, and discussion groups
Qualifications: We are seeking mental health clinicians who are motivated and passionate about helping children who experience maltreatment. Specific qualifications include:
1.      Master’s or doctoral degree in psychology, social work, counseling, or a related field
2.      Licensed or license-eligible in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania preferred
3.      Experience working with children exposed to maltreatment and/or trauma
4.      Willingness to use evidence-based treatments with fidelity to the models. Training and experience in the use of Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and/or Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with adolescents is preferred; however, training and supervision may be provided to the right candidate. We are also interested in candidates with training and experience in the use of other evidence-based treatments, such as Alternatives for Families-CBT (AF-CBT) and the Oklahoma CBT model for children with sexual behavior problems.
Benefits: This is a full-time (40 hours/week) position and Penn State Hershey Medical Center benefit package is included. Salary is highly competitive and based on experience and qualifications.

Application: To apply, visit the Penn State Hershey Medical Center Human Resources webpage at Application should be made for the position of Clinical Psychiatric Specialist within the division of Child Abuse Pediatrics. Reference job posting numbers 34145 and 34146.

Contact: For questions, contact Ms. Patricia Verdon, at or by calling (717) 531-5158.

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