EmploymentCome Join the DGS Family
DGS continues to experience steady growth. The agency is large enough to make an impact in the community, yet not too big to lose a caring work environment where employees can make a difference. With the wide variety of positions and programs, employees have several options to develop their careers.
Our employees tell us Delaware Guidance Services (DGS) is a great place to work. There is opportunity for work-life balance, challenging work, and a supportive and stimulating work environment. Employees at DGS have a great opportunity to make a significant impact in the lives of children throughout the state of Delaware, on the agency, and within their careers.
We offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees, including:
- Competitive compensation
- Incentive pay plan for certain clinical staff positions
- Medical and dental insurance
- Health savings accounts (HSAs)
- Life, AD&D, LTD, STD
- Paid vacation, sick, and holidays
- 403(b) plan with match and generous contribution
Employee contributions are required for some benefits. Delaware Guidance Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Location Location Location
DGS has 5 locations throughout the state of Delaware – Dover, Lewes, Newark, Seaford, and Wilmington. Our facilities provide secure settings for high quality treatment services.
Employees have a great opportunity to live and work near the beach and/or a metropolitan area, with easy access to New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.
Some DGS locations are approved by the NHSC (National Health Service Corps) for Federal Loan Repayment. Loan Forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program is also available.
Advanced Clinical Training Program and DGS Interns
We’re gearing up for another great year of training, mentoring and professional development for DGS clinicians, we are accepting applications for the ACTP program and internship placements.
This year DGS celebrates 70 years of providing clinically excellent behavioral health care to children, youth, and families in the First State. DGS operates offices in Wilmington, Newark, Dover, Lewes, and Seaford, and we are the only statewide not-for-profit outpatient behavioral health organization for children and adolescents accredited by JCAHO. In 2020, we were honored as a Compassionate Champion for our dedication to serving youth and families using a trauma-informed approach.
Through DGS, clients and families have access to outpatient counseling, group therapy, parent-child interaction therapy, and school-based services. Our community-based service lines serve youth and families who require a more intense therapeutic protocol. DGS’ 24-hour statewide Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS) dispatches skilled crisis intervention clinicians to provide immediate care to children experiencing behavioral health crises. Therapeutic options are available for a wide range of diagnoses including depression, anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders, traumatic stress-related disorders, and suicidal ideation. In 2021, DGS clinicians provided over 54,000 direct care hours to children, youth, and families in Delaware. Over 93% of clients report improvement in their level of functioning following treatment, and therapeutic benefits derived from trauma-informed care extend to clients’ siblings, caregivers, classmates, and peers.
Over the past 8 years, DGS has provided unique clinical training opportunities for university students as well as those who have already earned their graduate degree. I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you and your faculty about the opportunities available to your students through DGS and how we may help them as they grow professionally.
DGS internships offer students the chance to build and reinforce skills necessary for matriculation and professional development. DGS has hosted many masters level students from schools of Social Work and Clinical Counseling. At the associates and bachelor’s level, Human Services students have benefited from placement in our Operational Support Service department as they acquire valuable skills related to medical records management, clinical scheduling, client relations, and development of policies and procedures.
DGS’ Advanced Clinical Training Program (ACTP) launched in the Summer of 2014 and provides relevant and practical clinical training for those graduates seeking professional state licensure. This two- year program prepares clinicians to utilize clinical skills in the outpatient and community settings. Clinical supervision aligns with clinical licensing requirements and supports growth in the areas of knowledge, competency, and self.
Please feel free to share this information with colleagues and students who may be interested in pursuing an opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience with DGS.
I am available to discuss any questions you may have regarding our programs, and I welcome the opportunity to connect.
Cori L. Meek, LPCMH, NCC, ACS
Clinical Professional Development Program Manager
Delaware Guidance Services
DGS Intern Feedback
“Interning in DGS’ outpatient position could not have prepared me more for starting my career as an ACTP Outpatient Clinician. I was able to comfortably ease into the work field, being guided and mentored each day while building my personal and professional confidence in my own therapeutic approaches. I continue to draw from my internship experience daily in the work that I do now, readily equipped to serve my families.”
“I was able to develop confidence in utilizing modalities with clients and families and learn strong practice management skills to stay on top of documentation. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to learn and grow within each day and I look forward to continuing my growth as an individual and clinician”.