Location: Seaford, Delaware

Lewes, Delaware

Delaware Guidance Services (DGS) is currently seeking Community Services Therapists for a full-time opportunity in our Seaford and Lewes office. Under the supervision of the Community Services Supervisor, the Community Services Therapist provides intensive community-based therapy for children, adolescents and their families. Staff provide children and their families with individual, family and group therapy sessions, client recreation and parent skill building.

**Some remote/telehealth work eligible!**


Outpatient/Therapeutic Support for Families (OP/TSF)

Our statewide OP/TSF program is for children and teens who need more than one counseling session per week to make the necessary changes in their young lives. These are children who haven’t been successful in traditional outpatient therapy or who are transitioning out of a higher level of care, such as a residential treatment center or a hospital. Care is primarily provided out of the office— in the family’s home, the child’s school, a community center, and/or anywhere the family feels comfortable.

OP/TSF clinicians work in teams of two. The lead therapist spends about five hours per week of intensive therapy meeting both with the family and the child—sometimes separately and sometimes together. Another clinician meets with the child for about five hours per week and is focused on reinforcing positive behavioral change. The timeframe for this level of care is usually nine to 12 months.


  •  Provide intensive community based therapy for children, adolescents and their families who would otherwise require residential treatment or psychiatric hospitalization
  • Work in a team of 2 to coordinate treatment delivery of clinical services for both child and caregiver clients
  • Provide children and their families with individual, family and group therapy sessions, client recreation and parent skill building
  • Develop and reviews treatment plans according to the DPBHS requirements to meet client’s therapeutic needs
  •  Serve as an advocate for the client/family with community agencies and educational establishments and coordinate therapeutic recreational activities for clients
  •  Maintain assigned caseload and meet or exceed required billable hours and other productivity requirements
  •  Participate on the treatment team meetings for clients on assigned caseload
  •  Implement the designated treatment plan through a variety of methods and activities, including appropriately selecting and conducting individual and group intervention sessions with children and family clients in accordance with their treatment plan
  •  Teach and administer a variety of psychological intervention techniques (e.g., behavior management, social learning theory, conflict de-escalation, attachment-focused) to children and families in conjunction with their treatment plan
  •  Complete all required paperwork within program designated timeframes and maintain clinical files
  •  Adhere to clinical standards and practices of the program, and agency policies, including those regarding confidentiality
  •  Attend all required trainings and meetings (e.g., supervisory, department, county staff, clinical training), and remain updated on all program and agency processes and administrative procedures
  •  Communicate on a weekly basis with team member about cases to remain current and updated on all clients
  •  Recognize and respond accordingly as a mandated reporter and engage MRSS Crisis services when appropriate
  •  Provide 24 hour on call support and response as necessary to clients
  •  Uphold professional standards of treatment and the mission of Delaware Guidance Services in imparting services to children and their families.
  •  Uphold a quality code of conduct, ethics and professionalism as outlined in the Program Manual
  •  Perform other duties as assigned


  •  Two or more years of experience as a psychological behavioral interventionist with children
  • Two or more years of experience in counseling or other related experience
  •  Master’s Degree from an accredited school in counseling, social work or other related field. The degree must qualify for licensure in the state of Delaware as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), License Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPCMH), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or Licensed Psychologist.
  •  Competencies in individual growth and development, family and community systems and psychological intervention techniques


  •  Individual growth & development
  •  Family & community systems
  •  Diagnostic & psychotherapeutic services
  •  Psychological intervention techniques
  •  Treatment services authorizations & documentation
  •  Community resources
  •  Employee management/leadership
  •  Influencing & negotiation
  •  Planning & organization
  •  Team building & conflict management
  •  Financial management & budgeting
  •  Process design & improvement
  •  Adaptability/continuous improvement
  • Computer applications
  •  Customer focus
  •  Initiative/drive, results orientation
  •  Interpersonal skills/relationships/teamwork
  •  Judgment/decision making/problem solving
  •  Written & oral communication

Principal Internal Working Relationships:

  •  Chief Clinical Officer
  •  Management Team
  • OP/TSF Treatment Team and clinical departments with agency
  •  Intake, Billing, & other administrative staff
  •  Medical Staff

Principal External Working Relationships:

  •  Clients, families, community agencies
  • Community and state agencies

Direct Reports:

  •  OP/TSF NCC Program staff
  •  OP/TSF Kent/Sussex Clinical Supervisor

Reporting Relationship:

  •  Chief Clinical Officer

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, Dental and Vision Insurance

· Voluntary Employee Elected Benefits (Accident, Critical Illness, Cancer)

· Health Savings Account (HSA)

· 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) plans 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.


Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $42,000.00 /year