Position begins September 2024

The Children’s Program is seeking a full-time psychologist resident. Our private multidisciplinary children’s mental health clinic in southwest Portland employs more than two dozen professionals (psychologists, licensed professional counselors, developmental & behavioral pediatricians, psychiatrists, psychometricians, speech-language pathologist, and educational consultant) and has served thousands of families over more than three decades. The Children’s Program is also a multitiered training site, offering placements for practicum students, interns, and residents. The residency position will start early September 2024 and continue for one year.   

This residency will focus on the treatment of trauma and anxiety in children and adolescents. The position will be comprised of core training experiences as well as supplemental opportunities based on trainee interest.

Core training experiences include the following:

  • school-based individual and group trauma services for high school students (1 afternoon per week)
  • co-leading support groups for parents raising children with early trauma, attachment wounds, and loss (1 group per week)
  • psychological evaluations of children and adolescents in the child welfare system (1-2 per week)
  • small caseload (4-6 per week) of individual therapy cases presenting with anxiety and related disorders
  • co-leading Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) groups for parents of children with anxiety (1 group per week)
  • therapeutic day camp for middle-school aged youth (1 week in the summer)

Supplemental training opportunities can include:

  • co-leading adoption support groups for adolescent adoptees
  • individual trauma therapy with children and adolescents
  • opportunities to learn a range of evidence-based models for the treatment of trauma, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy
  • co-leading Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) groups for adolescents with anxiety
  • training in Exposure and Response Prevention, Habit Reversal Training, Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics, or mindfulness-based practices
  • providing services to children with chronic illness and their families to improve coping, adherence to medical regimens, and daily functioning

Residents will receive at minimum two hours of supervision each week. Additionally, residents are encouraged to participate in the clinic’s established seminar schedule for further training and growth, as well as monthly clinic meetings in which leading experts in the field are invited to present. 

Required Qualifications:  

  • Candidates should hold a Psy.D. or Ph.D. in Clinical or Counseling Psychology from an APA accredited institution   
  • Applicants must have completed an APA-accredited or APPIC-member pre-doctoral internship  
  • Background in evidence-based assessment and intervention with children and families is necessary

The benefits of working at our clinic include:   

  • $55,000 annual salary
  • Generous vacation and leave policy
    • 5 days PTO per quarter (to use as sick time, vacation, etc.)
    • 8 paid holidays per year: New Year’s Day, Labor Day, Juneteenth, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, day after Thanksgiving, Christmas, Memorial Day
  • Insurance-eligible position
    • Medical and dental benefit-eligible (with employee contribution)
    • Access to FSA and dependent daycare through AFLAC
    • Disability insurance (1x employee salary up to $50,000 after a 60-day waiting period)
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Training stipend available for approved trainings
  • Access to legal/ethical consultation resources
  • Numerous internal training/continuing education opportunities
  • Full-time staff support with administrative tasks, including:   
    • Intake screening
    • Scheduling
    • Billing & collections
    • Credentialing & insurance paneling
    • Marketing & community outreach
    • IT
  • Well-established sources of client referrals from medical & mental health professionals, schools, and other institutions in the Portland metro area
  • A vibrant, fun, supportive office environment       

Children’s Program values diversity among staff, trainees and the population we serve. Our non-discrimination policy indicates that trainees, clients and staff have the right be treated considerately and respectfully regardless of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, cultural background, economic status, education or disability. We believe that diversity enhances the climate and training environment and are committed to ongoing efforts to recruit and retain diverse staff (including training supervisors) and trainees, as well as to improve our ability to serve diverse populations in our region. We seek to provide ongoing training and educational opportunities for our staff and trainees around issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, with a goal of improving clinical practice, increasing outreach to underserved communities and improving our ability to welcome and support trainees and staff from a wide range of backgrounds. 

Residency applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of January 15th, 2024. 

For further information and to apply for the position, please email CV and cover letter to Rose Eagle, Ph.D., Director of Training, at reagle@childrensprogram.com.