September 3, 2015

Position Opening: Clinician in Child Abuse

The Center for the Protection of Children (CPC) at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital is seeking candidates for a mental health clinician to work in the Stine Foundation Transforming the Lives of Children (TLC) Clinic. The TLC Clinic is a specialty service within the Department of Pediatrics treating children, adolescents, and families who experienced physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and/or other types of maltreatment. The TLC Clinic is located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The position is a 2-year grant-funded position with the possibility of continued employment after the completion of the grant-funded period. 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. A portion of this work will involve implementation of the TLC Clinic’s new Incredible Years program that will be integrated into primary pediatric care at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center’s main campus.

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 a mental health clinician who is 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; licensed or license-eligible in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania preferred.
2.      Clinical experience with children required; experience working with children exposed to maltreatment and/or trauma preferred.
3.      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), Incredible Years, and/or Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents (DBT-A) 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 hour/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 #970

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