Lead Staff Therapist
Job Details
Full Time
4 Year Degree
$73,000.00 - $75,000.00 Salary/year
Up to 50%
Admin - Clerical
Lead Staff Therapist


POSITION TITLE:         Lead Staff Therapist DEPARTMENT:      Recovery and Wellness

PROGRAM:                  Si Se Puede

REPORTS TO:               Si Se Puede Program Manager

FLSA STATUS:             1.0 FTE, Exempt, Non- Union

COMPENSATION:      $73,000.00-$75,000.00 (DOE)



WHO WE ARE: La Familia has a 40-year history of providing high-quality mental health and community support services in the San Francisco Bay Area. The agency started as part of a grassroots movement and our ties to the community remain deep and passionate. La Familia is committed to building a vibrant and multicultural agency to provide services that meet the needs of the individuals and families in our community. Our current work includes:


  • Outpatient Behavioral Health Services
  • Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
  • Community Outreach Services
  • Youth Education and Employment Services
  • ReEntry Services
  • Substance Use Recovery and Wellness
  • Leadership to Community Coalitions to Advance Equity Initiatives
  • 24/7 Peer Respite

-Community Health Services



Our Recovery and Wellness Department consists of four distinct programs that provide Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment services through a contract with Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH), under ACBH’s new Organized Delivery System (ODS) for Medi-Cal funded SUD Treatment. The programs include: El Chante Men’s Recovery Home – an 20-bed residential program for adult men; Si Se Puede– an intensive outpatient program for adults of any gender; Mujeres con Esperanza/Women with Hope – a specialty program for women who are pregnant or parenting minor children; and Youth for Change/Juventd por el cambio– an adolescent, school-based program and clinical-based program. These programs include managerial, administrative, direct service staff, graduate trainees, and interns.


The Lead Staff Therapist supports the SUD Counselors and clients in collaboration with the program manager of Si Se Puede to provide clinical oversight and support to all staff within the program including: providing individual clinical support and quality assurance processes, providing feedback on clinical matters to program leadership, and maintaining knowledge on regulatory and treatment standards.


Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

  1. Lead Program Support:
    1. Supports Program Manager in client support and administrative tasks, including aiding in completing quarterly reports, participating in chart reviews, and overseeing other projects and tasks as assigned;
    2. Collaborate with Program Manager regarding performance evaluations and potentially disciplinary action for staff members;
    3. Provide support and guidance to other staff within the Si Se Puede/Mujeres program, including clarifying program procedures, aiding in onboarding of new staff members, and referral to take questions to supervisor(s);
    4. Support Program Manager at Si Se Puede, as appropriate in other assigned areas;
    5. Attends leadership trainings/meetings as encouraged by the Program Manager.


  1. Therapist Expectations:
    1. Provide outreach, engagement, linkage, and follow-up services to clients      ;
    2. Serve as role model and coach to inspire, engage, and advocate for clients and their family member/caregivers’ rights;
    3. Accompany clients        to appointments and other services with the goal of coaching and promoting sustained independence;


    1. Collaborate with the Program Manager and Program Admin. in weekly case management and peer review meetings, as well as monthly training sessions;
    2. Participate, create, and facilitate appropriate groups for clients
    3. Provide complete and thorough documentation, e.g. case notes, treatment plans, intake/assessments and report client progress to staff;
    4. Timely respond to work-related calls and emails;
    5. Utilize Motivational Interviewing and other evidence-based interventions to assist clients;
    6. Must maintain confidentiality concerning client access and maintain electronic records and files;
    7. Maintain compliance with all quality improvement measures and County requirements;
    8. Work with the management team around assessments and individual case management plans for each client.
  1. Support Staff Training:
    1. Evaluate need for and provide training to all department staff on topics relevant to the work of the department including, but not limited to:
      1. ASAM
      1. Motivational Interviewing
      2. Cognitive behavioral therapy
      3. Trauma-informed care
      4. Other department identified training needs
  1. Documentation Review and Quality Assurance Support
    1. Review documentation in Alameda County Behavioral Health’s electronic health records system, Clinician’s Gateway, to evaluate and approve clinical documentation completed by program staff such as ALOC, Assessments, and treatment plans.
    2. Complete initial and ongoing medical necessities (IMN) with SUD Counselor or direct client meeting.
  2. Additional Responsibilities:
    1. Attend trainings, monitor trade publications, and participate in events relevant to key responsibilities.
    2. Track and regularly report on key metrics for responsible function areas.
    3. Lead and/or collaborate on special projects related to agency objectives, as appropriate.




  • Excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills.
  • Ability to work professionally in a multi-cultural team setting, including ability to maintain client confidentiality.
  • 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.
  • Ability to quickly assess and respond to crisis situations.
  • Strong interest in working with clients diagnosed with a serious mental illness.
  • Ability to maintain hope and a recovery-orientation for clients diagnosed with a serious mental illness and / or co-occurring conditions.
  • Ability to coordinate mental health services with other care providers to ensure optimal treatment coordination efforts for clients
  • Team Collaboration
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Ethical




  • Graduate degree in mental health (e.g. PhD, Psy.D., MSW and/or MA in Psychology or related field). Must be registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences or Board of Psychology (or able to show proof of pending application)
  • Licensed via the BOP or BBS.
  • Demonstrates and models excellent “customer service” orientation, especially in the ability to interact with people at all levels within and outside the agency.
  • 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;
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Thinks independently and can make informed decisions when needed.
  • Exercises extreme discretion with the ability to hold, balance and transmit public and confidential information needed by various parties.
  • Working knowledge of Medi-Cal billing and authorization required.
  • Maintains a strong attention to detail with excellent organizational and written communication skills.
  • Maintains proficiency using MS Office products, particularly Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Acquires or maintains proficiency in using Google Drive products, including Docs, Sheets, and Forms.
  • Personal vehicle may be used on occasion for business-related purposes; it is recommended you inform your auto insurance carrier.
  • Be able to provide proof of COVID Vaccination.



    • 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 aspectsof client care and department functioning.
    • Performs other duties as necessary



    • 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.
    • 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.



  • 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





  • Excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision benefits, vacation, sick, and holiday leave, life insurance, and 403(b) retirement plan.
  • Work life balance
  • Great working hours
  • Supportive/Collaborative work environment
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Opportunities for Growth and Professional Development
  • Holiday and employee celebrations




I reviewed this job description and I understand my job duties and responsibilities. I understand I am responsible for satisfactorily performing my job duties and responsibilities. I am capable of performing the essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodations. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned according to the needs of the agency. I was given the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback (i.e. clarification) regarding this job description prior to signing this form.


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***For positions that require a degree, La Familia requires that potential employees provide proof of having received their degree. External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws.


La Familia is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, disability, veteran status, or any other protected status.


External hires must pass a background check. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws.