Location: Statewide, Delaware

Salary Range: $38,000 1st year, $40,000 2nd year

The Delaware Guidance Services Advanced Clinical Training Program is a two year workforce development effort designed to train master’s level graduates to become competent clinicians and obtain licensure.

With over 25,000 children and adolescents in Delaware in need of mental health treatment services, it is critical that we have a quality professional workforce available to meet the growing need. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, not only do mental health problems affect one in every five young people at any given time, but an estimated two-thirds of all young people with mental health problems are not getting the help they need. The rate of unmet needs is even higher for minorities, especially Hispanic children with 88% not receiving needed mental health care.

Advanced Clinical Training Program Trainees will experience:

  • Seminars and advanced training courses that will cover and extend beyond the range of issues research has shown where new clinicians need further training. Examples include: suicide assessment and treatment, ethical considerations, family therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, therapeutic alliance, evidence-based therapies, etc.
  • Practical experience in Outpatient Therapy within the largest non-residential not-for-profit child and family mental health agency in Delaware. Caseloads approximately ¾ the size of a full-time clinician will provide experience across the broad spectrum of outpatient issues from adjustment difficulties and attention problems, to complex trauma.
  • Trainees will receive a minimum of one hour weekly supervision and up to three hours of group supervision per week from highly qualified and experienced licensed therapists (Three hours first year, 1.5 hours second year).

Job Requirements

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited school in the respective field (e.g., social work, psychology, counseling)
  • Minimum of two years of relevant full-time post graduate experience
  • Delaware licensure in the respective field (e.g., social work, psychology, counseling) required.

About Delaware Guidance Services

Delaware Guidance Services (DGS) is Delaware’s largest non-residential mental health provider for children and families. With 5 main offices and many community partners, DGS services are accessible from anywhere in the state. DGS aims to provide comprehensive mental health services to all families regardless of insurance, socioeconomic status or ethnicity. With over 200 staff, DGS is focused on growing a knowledgeable workforce that delivers treatment in an ethical and innovative way.


Delaware Guidance Services exists to provide quality therapeutic services to children, youth, and their families to increase their social, emotional, and behavioral wellness.

Benefits We Offer

DGS offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees, including:

  • Competitive Compensation
  • Incentive Pay for Certain Clinical Staff (Productivity Bonuses)
  • Medical and Dental Insurance
  • Company Paid Vision Insurance
  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Medical and Dental Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life, AD&D, Long Term and Short Term Disability
  • Paid Vacation (3-4 weeks), sick (12 per year) and ALL Major Holidays, as well as Two Floating Holidays
  • 403(b) plan with match (2%) and generous company contribution (6%)
  • Internal Professional Development and Training
  • Clinical Supervision

**Employee contributions are required for some benefits.**

Some DGS locations are approved by the NHSC (National Health Service Corps) for the Federal Loan Repayment program. Loan Forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program is also available.