Lead Staff Therapist
Job Details
TEAM/ACCESS, IHOT, RTT, Working Wellness - Hayward, CA
Full Time
Graduate Degree
$73.00 - $75.00 Salary/year
Up to 50%

POSITION TITLE:      Lead Staff Therapist       

DEPARTMENT:          Adult Behavioral Health              

PROGRAM:               Spanish Language ACCESS

REPORTS TO:           Spanish Language ACCESS/Service Team Program Manager

FLSA STATUS:          1.0 FTE, Exempt, Non-Union Position

COMPENSATION:     Pre-Licensure $66,000.00-$68,000.00 (DOE)  Licensed $73,000.00-$75,000.00 (DOE)


The Lead Staff Therapist will maintain an active caseload of ACCESS clients in addition to providing general program support to the Program Manager, and serving as the Intake coordinator. The Lead Staff Therapist will attend weekly clinical individual and group supervisions, manage intake calls and walk in referrals, participate in trainings as assigned by his/her clinical supervisor of LFCS Administration, and attend scheduled staff meetings.


Clinical Direct Service:

  • Provides Brief Individual Therapy, occasional family therapy, and minor case management support.
    • Collaborates with client families to encourage efficient treatment and with community agencies to assist clients in meeting treatment goals. When necessary, conduct home visits and attend appointments with clients.
    • Completes clinical documentation in compliance with Medi-Cal Specialty Mental Health Standards, using the provided Electronic Health Records System.
    • Increases client awareness of mental health symptoms, role of medication support in alleviating symptoms, diagnoses and co-occurring disorders.
  • Maintains all client records in accordance with HIPPA and the Quality Assurance standards of Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services.
  • Participates as an active member of the team.
    • Attends weekly staff meetings, all agency meetings and events.
    • Familiarize self with Alameda County Social Service resources. Develops initial and ongoing client treatment plans identifies and pursues necessary resources to implement treatment plans. Assesses and provides crisis intervention as needed.
    • Prepares and participates in clinical case presentations for group supervision.
    • Collaborates with other LF departments and agencies to find resources for clients.

Intake Coordination and Lead Support:

  • Conducts in-person and/or phone intakes for all new RFS, including walk-ins, as applicable.
    • Screens all Requests for Service (RFS) and responds to requests within 24 hours, prioritizing any crisis referrals.
    • Checks-in with ACCESS Program Manager regularly regarding openings in order to assign high priority intakes.
    • Maintains an active resource and referral list and provide referrals as needed.
    • Frequently monitors the status of RFS/Intakes and follow-ups with older RFS/Intakes to reassess and refer out as appropriate.
    • Enters RFS and Intakes into Filemaker Pro (and any other necessary platform) and Intake tracking spreadsheet.
  • Serves as Officer of the Day, providing support for more other team members across all of Adult Behavioral Health programs.
  • Provides direction and assistance to practicum trainees, as needed.
  • Serves as the Program Manager’s delegate in overall program needs, including
  • Other miscellaneous duties as assigned.


  • 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;
  • 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. 
  • Interpersonal Skills
  •  Effective Written and Communication Skills
  • Team Collaboration
  • Change Agent
  • Flexible/Adaptable
  • Accountable
  • Resilient
  • Ethical
  • Strong Attention to details
  • Organized
  • Results Oriented


  • Registration as a clinician with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Registered Psychologist, Psychologist) or Board of Behavioral Sciences (AMFT/LMFT, ASW/LCSW, APC/LPCC). Licensed preferred (Psychologist, LMFT, LCSW, LPCC).
  • Experience working with adults with serious mental illness and culturally diverse populations is strongly desired. 
  • Bilingual Spanish/English REQUIRED.
  • Valid California driver’s license
    • Auto insurance:  Personal vehicle may be used for business related purposes; it is recommended you inform your auto insurance carrier.  
  • Proof of COVID Vaccination required



  • 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


  • 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