Staff Therapist- School Based Behavioral Health (SBBH)
Job Details
Experienced
Full Time
Graduate Degree
$50,000.00 Salary/year
Any
Nonprofit - Social Services
Description

POSITION OVERVIEW:

As a SBBH Therapist, the clinician will be an integrated member of the school community and will help to increase access to social-emotional health services and improve students' academic functioning and wellness. The Therapist will work in close collaboration with the Coordination of Services Team (COST) at school, maintain an active caseload of EPSDT clients and meet monthly productivity goals for clients referred through COST; attend weekly group supervision at the Children’s Outpatient Department in Hayward, and participate in trainings as assigned by his/her clinical supervisor.  The Staff Therapist will work within all compliance standards; complete documentation in a timely manner per La Familia’s policy; and maintain strict confidentiality protocols. La Familia proposes linguistically-appropriate (Spanish) and culturally sensitive mental health services, specializing in trauma focused and family oriented treatment. This position reports to the EPSDT Clinical Director.

Schools with current openings:

Bohannon Middle School

Cesar Chavez Middle School

Winton Middle School

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Attends monthly COST meetings at the school and participates in any follow-up mental health coordination meetings in order to ensure appropriate referrals and service implementation.
  • Makes psychological evaluations of assigned clients; determines appropriate diagnostic procedures and tests to be used; clinical interviews with clients and other interested persons to develop information pertinent to diagnosis and treatment.
  • Interviews clients and families to gather social and psychiatric data; prepares mental health/environmental case histories for use in diagnosis; and participates in developing psychological treatment programs and case planning for clients.
  • Provides individual psychotherapy (a minimum of 25 students per year with an average monthly caseload of 18-20 students) during school hours.
  • Provides group psychotherapy (at least 28 hours of group psychotherapy per academic schoolyear) during school hours.
  • Works to engage families into treatment; is available to provide services in family settings and in the evenings, as needed.
  • Meets with clients (and families) for regular therapeutic interviews; guides the client (and family) in understanding his/her illness and contributing personal, social, and economic factors; assists client (and family) in developing realistic plans; advises client/family on community resources; and makes referrals and other arrangements as necessary.
  • Provides consultation to school staff and other mental health clinicians as necessary.
  • Participates in social and/or school events at the school.
  • Complies with all agency’s policies and procedures and maintains strict HIPPA guidelines.
  • Submits billings/client logs on a daily basis to the Outpatient Administrator located in the Outpatient Department in Hayward.
  • Follows Short-Doyle Medi-Cal charting and documentation requirements and agency regulations in a timely manner.
  • Provides input and feedback on potential related projects/programs, as appropriate.
  • Supports agency-wide Quality Improvement efforts.
  • Other miscellaneous duties as assigned

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Graduate degree in mental health (e.g. PhD, PSY.D., MSW and/or MFT).
  • Bilingual Spanish/English strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of modern clinical psychology, including abnormal psychology, personality theory, diagnostic interviewing. Psychotherapy including brief therapy and behavior change, casework, systems theory, family therapy, community psychology and community mental health.
  • Ability to work as part of an integrated team and the capacity to be flexible, as needs and special events arise;
  • Ability to determine the needs of individual situations regarding diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, taking an effective course of action, and follow through with effective treatment plans.
  • Excellent speaking and writing abilities.
  • Knowledge of use of computer systems such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and FileMaker Pro or similar database applications.
  • Valid California driver’s license and current automobile insurance.
  • Ability to pass background clearance and clear TB Test. 

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • Assumes responsibility for doing assigned work and for meeting deadlines.  Completes assigned work on or before deadlines in accordance with directives, policies, standards and proscribed procedures. 
  • Demonstrates an awareness of and sensitivity to clients including cultural and ethical beliefs; and implements care in a thorough, skillful, consistent and continuous manner.
  • Knowledge of community resources for client referrals.
  • Attends work regularly and adheres to policies and procedures regarding absences and tardiness.  Provides adequate notice to supervisor and management with respect to vacation time and time-off requests.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of legal issues including client confidentiality and risk management in all aspects of client care and department functioning.
  • Performs other duties as necessary.

TEAM COMMITMENT:
 

  • Viewed by others to be an effective team member who is flexible, cooperative, and willing to assist others; and acts as a resource to team members and clients where appropriate.
  • Handles difficult or conflict situations constructively and seeks appropriate assistance.
  • Takes accountability for own actions and accepts constructive criticism.
  • Attends all mandatory meetings and staff meetings as required, and actively participates in other departmental professional development including providing training and consultation.
  • Participates in the assessment of current and future department learning needs and assist in the development of learning plans.
  • Observes and keeps self-informed of activities in the department and makes recommendations for change.
  • Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships with fellow employees, supervisor, managers in other departments, senior management and executive staff, and community stakeholders.
  • Tactfully and effectively handles requests, suggestions and complaints from other departments and persons in order to maintain good will within the agency.  

WORKING CONDITIONS and JOB SETTING

  • Ability to occasionally or frequently stand, walk, sit and reach with hands and arms above shoulders 
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee routinely is required to sit; walk; talk and hear; use hands to keyboard, finger, handle, and feel; stoop, kneel, crouch, twist, crawl, reach, and stretch
  • The employee is occasionally required to move around the office
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus
  • May require travel dependent on agency needs
  • The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.
  • Can work under deadlines
  • Performing general physical activities such as picking up moving, and using objects, tools or controls
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate

COMPENSATION:

  • Full- Time, Non- Exempt, Union Position
  • Work life balance
  • Great working hours
  • Supportive/Collaborative work environment
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Opportunities for Growth and Professional Development
  • Holiday and employee celebrations
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