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TGC Postdoctoral Fellowship in Child Clinical Psychology (The Guidance Center)

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TGC Postdoctoral Fellowship in Child Clinical Psychology

Location: Long Beach Office, 1301 Pine Ave. Long Beach, CA 90813

Classification/Status: Exempt/ Full-Time One Year Fellowship

About The Guidance Center (TGC):

The Guidance Center is a private, nonprofit community agency incorporated in California in 1946. We
operate four mental health service delivery sites in southeast LA County, including Long Beach, San
Pedro, Compton, and Avalon (Catalina Island). The mission of TGC is to provide comprehensive mental
health treatment to our community’s most disadvantaged children and their families struggling with
mental illness and abuse, leading them toward a positive and productive future. TGC offers a
competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, 403b with employer match, vacation,
and 12 paid holidays.
Summary Statement:

The full-time, one-year fellowship in child clinical psychology provides a particular focus on
providing a comprehensive range of treatment services to children, adolescents, and families who
are medically fragile and also meet criteria for specialty mental health services. The fellow is
expected to attend to the emotional, cognitive, and developmental needs of children with co- morbid
medical and mental health diagnoses who are seen in an outpatient clinic or where necessary to
overcome treatment barriers for vulnerable families. Cases will be referred from local hospitals
and specialty medical clinics.
Works well under pressure; meet multiple and sometimes competing deadlines and at all times
demonstrate ethical and cooperative behavior with staff, clients, visitors, and others associated
with The Guidance Center.
Regular attendance is an important factor in employee job performance in order for The Guidance
Center to maintain efficient operations. Employee would be expected to report to work as scheduled
and on time.

• At least three years of pre-degree (practicum and internship) experience in therapy,
diagnostic, and psychological testing experience with children, adolescents, and families
• Doctoral degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D) from an APA-accredited institution AND completion of an
APA-accredited predoctoral internship program with children and families. Applicants who do not
meet both of these requirements will not be considered.
• Experience with consultation and liaison and/or interdisciplinary consultation in a medical
• Experience providing training or supervision
• Experience with brief treatment modalities

• Experience or comfort with providing treatment in non-traditional settings (e.g., school,
home, park, etc…)
• Experience with LACDMH documentation/paperwork
• Bilingual Spanish strongly preferred

Duties (but not limited to):

1. Provides direct clinical, psychosocial, and/or rehabilitative mental health services to Center
clients, including but not limited to psychodiagnostic assessment, individual, collateral, group,
and family therapy, crisis intervention, in-home, community services, and/or services at locations
away from the Center. Coordination of services and case management, discharge planning, and case
consultation are also required.
2. Provide neuropsychological and psychological assessment to clients in the clinic for
diagnostic clarification and treatment planning.
3. Co-leads doctoral practicum trainee didactic therapy and assessment seminars.
4. Provides non-evaluative group peer supervision to doctoral interns 1x/month
5. Serves as primary therapist of mental health services for assigned cases.
6. Maintains and completes all clinical and administrative record keeping associated with
delivery of services.
7. Interacts with the community at large and with specific allied agencies, other programs, and
funding sources in a manner that facilitates and enhances the operation of the Center. In doing so,
must understand the mission of the program and the Center.
8. Participates in monthly interdisciplinary case review meetings
9. Attends weekly Intensive Services team meetings
10. Participates in grand rounds and interdisciplinary training through Miller Children’s and
Women’s Hospital and Long Beach Memorial Care Family Medicine Department
11. Provides a specific amount of direct services with regard to prevailing workload standards.
Training Objectives

• Obtain advanced competence in rapid psychological assessment and treatment recommendations for
a wide variety of medically hospitalized children
• Develop and maintain effective collaborative professional relationships with
interdisciplinary staff
• Develop leadership skills through participation in practicum trainee didactic seminars and
consultation with interdisciplinary staff
• Obtain advanced competence in providing psychotherapy to children and adolescents who have
both significant medical and mental health needs that impact one another
• Obtain certification in at least one evidence-based practice

Equal Employment Opportunities:

The Guidance Center provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants
for employment without regard to race, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming
practices), gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability,
pregnancy (including breastfeeding and conditions related to breastfeeding), genetic information,
marital status, ancestry or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal,
state and local laws. The Guidance Center complies with applicable state and local laws governing
nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy
applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion,
termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. We are firmly
committed to maintaining a work setting in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may
grow personally and professionally.
The Guidance Center expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on an
individual’s race, ancestry, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices),
national origin, marital status, sex (including sexual harassment and gender identity), sexual
orientation, disability (physical or mental including HIV/AIDS diagnosis), pregnancy (including
breastfeeding and conditions related to breastfeeding), medical condition (cancer and genetic
characteristics), age (40 or over), military and veteran status, or exercising the right to any
legally provided leave of absence in the application of any policy, practice, rule or regulation.
Improper interference with the ability of The Guidance Center employees to perform their expected
job duties is absolutely not tolerated.
How to Apply:

Please submit:
1) A 1-2 page letter outlining a) career development aims and b) prior training experiences that
are commensurate with the postdoctoral fellowship objectives, roles and responsibilities
2) An updated CV
3) Three letters of recommendation. One letter must be from an internship supervisor and at least
two must be from supervisors who know your direct clinical work. Letters should be emailed to Dr.
Vo-Jutabha directly from the reference.
4) A written letter or email from your DCT or chair that your dissertation has been completed if
your degree has not posted. Letter should be emailed to Dr. Vo-Jutabha.
5) Verification of attendance at an APA-accredited internship and that you will or have
successfully completed the internship.
All documents should be sent to Dawn Vo-Jutabha via email at

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