Sacramento Violence Intervention Program (SVIP) Therapist
Job Details
105 - South Valley Center - Sacramento, CA

Sacramento Violence Intervention Program (SVIP) Therapist

Department: Family Development

Reports to:  SVIP Manager

Status: Full Time, Regular



Organization Information

WellSpace Health believes that everyone deserves to be seen, no matter who you are, where you come from, where you work or what place you call home. We see you and are here for you. To that end, we have committed ourselves to finding solutions for our community’s health and wellbeing to achieve regional health through high quality comprehensive care.


Our focus has always been to offer a full range of quality medical care, dental care, mental health and behavioral health services, and enabling services to underserved people.  We do this by placing ourselves within the communities we serve and employing outstanding healthcare professionals who are devoted to our mission.


We are a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and are accredited by the Joint Commission for Ambulatory Care and Behavioral Health. We are also certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Care Medical Home and a Behavioral Health Home.


Position Summary

The Therapist is responsible for conducting assessments, providing therapy and support groups to youth and young adults participating in the Sacramento Violence Intervention Program (SVIP), adults who have been severely injured due to community violence and parents, caregivers or other survivors of homicide victims. Therapist may provide family and group sessions. Therapist works with Intervention Specialists in supporting victims of community violence in healing and reducing risk of re-victimization and/or retaliation. Therapist will provide culturally competent trauma informed care and treatment.


Required Qualifications

  • Licensure with California Board of Behavioral Sciences (LCSW, LMFT, LPCC, or similar licensure in behavioral and mental health services) required.
  • Two plus years of experience providing family, child, adolescent and/or adult counseling or therapy preferred;
  • Experience and specific training in treating youth with traumatic injuries and/or experiences;
  • Knowledge of Adverse Childhood Experiences and their long-term effects;
  • Ability to practice and support others to practice Trauma Informed Care;
  • Knowledge and practice of the therapeutic techniques and modalities of trauma care;
  • Experience in EMDR, CBT, DBT, ACT preferred;
  • One plus years’ experience in direct clinical services to victims of community violence preferred.
  • Ability to facilitate support groups for victims of community violence and/or their families;
  • Knowledge and skill working with diverse populations;
  • Experience using Electronic Health Records systems preferred.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with team and supervisors.
  • Excellent interpersonal and supervisory skills, including conflict resolution, crisis intervention, quality assurance, staff development, and performance appraisal required.
  • Effective time management skills, ability to meet deadlines and strong organizational skills required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Computer (PC) literate in general, office functions such as word processing, outlook and preparation of spreadsheets.
  • Must be willing to visit hospitals, client homes and/or other community locations.
  • Ability to work program hours with occasional evenings and weekends required.
  • Ability to attend trainings, workshops and meetings out of town or state as needed.
  • Valid California Driver’s License, with insurable driving record
  • Current CPR and first aid certificates or the willingness to be trained with in the first 90 days of employment required.
  • Adherence to infection control procedures, including but not limited to, standard precautions of temperature monitoring, handwashing, symptom self-monitoring masking and social distancing.
  • Assist and support the organization to meet standards of high reliability.
  • Candidates who are reflective of the community and population served by the program are strongly encouraged to apply.

Essential Responsibilities  

  • Maintain and model professional and ethical standards supporting positive staff morale.
  • Complete therapeutic intervention process for assigned clients; engagement, assessment, treatment planning, reassessment and discharge.
  • Provide services during scheduled program hours. Services may be provided in office, in person or telehealth, in the community or in the client home.
  • Maintain program identified productivity.
  • Collaborate with Intervention Specialists, other therapists and management.
  • May attend community meetings as program and organization representative.
  • May provide transportation in personal vehicle.
  • Utilize Electronic Health Records system, computer and other common office devices.
  • Maintain documentation standards and deadlines.
  • Support Billing processes as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.




Successful candidate will receive regionally competitive salary, above average health benefits at reduced costs, company paid life insurance & long-term disability insurance, additional voluntary retirement plan with company match and no vesting schedule requirement.


  • Paid bereavement and jury duty leave
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • Paid time off
  • Paid sick leave
  • Flexible Spending Program
  • Company paid malpractice insurance for all providers
  • Professional development hours offered annually


Physical Demands and Work Environment

The work environment is characteristic of a medical clinic environment.  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to handle, or feel.  The employee is also required to stand; walk; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.   The employee must also possess hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the phone.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.


The employee may be in contact with individuals and families in crisis who may be ill, using substances and/or not attentive to personal health and safety for themselves or their homes. The employee may experience a number of unpleasant sensory demands associated with the client’s use of alcohol and drugs, and the lack of personal care.  The employee may also be exposed to bodily fluids (blood, urine) and hazardous chemicals.


WellSpace Health is committed to the principals of equal employment.  We are committed to complying with all federal, state, and local laws providing equal employment opportunities, and all other employment laws and regulations.  It is the intent of WellSpace Health to maintain a work environment free of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation because of age, race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws.  WellSpace Health is dedicated to the fulfillment of this policy in regard to all aspects of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, placement transfer, training, promotion, rates of pay, and other compensation, termination, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


                                                                                                    WellSpace Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer