Reach Therapist

PACE Center for Girls, Alachua

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At Pace we transform girls’ lives through academic and counseling programs based on a gender-responsive, strength-based and trauma informed framework. Team members create a safe place for girls to learn, grow, and heal.

The Therapist role provides community-based prevention, diversion, and early intervention services to girls ages 11-17. This position is aimed at helping girls build resiliency and decrease risk-related behaviors through the application of a holistic clinical framework.

Qualifications and Education Requirements


  • Master’s degree required with a major in Social Work, Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy or related field required

  • Minimum three to five years’ experience required preferably working with at-risk youth

  • Current driver’s license required

  • Licensed as a Mental Health Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist or Clinical Social Worker or meet licensing eligibility as a registered intern

  • Understand culturally relevant needs of diverse populations

  • Knowledge of case management and community behavioral health practices

  • Youth development knowledge

  • Experience using personal computers and basic office equipment required

  • Knowledge of laws relating to youth and families

Roles and Responsibilities

Direct Care Services

  • Increase girls’ resiliency by building protective factors at the individual, family and community levels.

  • Address risk factors using holistic assessment, goal setting, and care plan development, and through provision of targeted clinical interventions

  • Empower girls and families by improving relationships, increasing self-efficacy, and encouraging self-advocacy, and to make decisions that will lead to productive, fulfilling, and healthy lives

  • Utilize the Transtheoretical Model of Change and Cultural-Relational Theory, considering any history of trauma and leveraging girls’ strengths

  • Provide weekly therapy services to girls in a variety of settings (school/home/community/center) using evidenced-based and research-informed therapeutic interventions

  • Provide family support/counseling with caregivers to encourage girl progression in the change process and to work with girls’ natural support systems

  • Provide solution-focused counseling approaches toward the resolution of risk factors for substance abuse following the standards of the Florida Administrative Codes Chapter 65D-30

  • Provide crisis intervention as warranted, including risk assessments and family support

  • Conduct psycho-educational and therapy groups that are girl-centered, focusing on social-emotional and life skill development

  • Provide wrap-around care (case) management services, including transportation services when needed, collaborate with outside entities and community providers involved in girls’ care, make referrals as appropriate, and advocate for needed resources

Non-Direct Care Services, Care Planning, and Monitoring

  • Engage in clinical supervision for girls served and contribute clinical knowledge to the care planning team

  • Provide advocacy within the community by attending conferences and public speaking events

  • Review eligibility requirements for girls entering the program, complete enrollment paperwork, biopsychosocial assessments, clinical documentation, screening tools, care plans and transition plans

  • Collaborate with schools and community agencies to support the change process of girls, infusing Gender-Responsive, Trauma-Informed, and Strength-based programming

  • Contribute positively toward programmatic outcomes and the collection of data

  •  Other duties as assigned

Additional Qualifications and Requirements


  • Ensures the integration of the Six Developmental Domains and Gender Responsive programming in daily practices

  • Must adhere to the Pace Center for Girls Values and Guiding Principles and upholds the ethical standards of the Agency

  • Follows mission, values and principles, policies and procedures of the Pace Center for Girls

  • Availability to work evenings and weekends as required to fulfill workload requirements

  •  Must be able to travel by automobile, plane, train, etc.; occasional overnight travel may be required


  • Achievement oriented – action oriented.

  • Teamwork – collaborates.

  • Self-awareness – demonstrates self-awareness.

  • Functional expertise and usage – functional.

  • Accountability – ensures accountability.

  • Oral communication – communicates effectively.

  • Customer focused – focused on customer.

  • Integrity – instills trust.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics can be stressful, is fast-paced and requires alertness and flexibility. The noise level is usually quiet; however, noise can accelerate to moderate and high levels.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s

contact information

business: PACE Center for Girls, Alachua
address: 1010 SE 4th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601
phone: 352-374-8799 (Call Now)

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