Staff Therapist - Youth For Change
Job Details
RWS- Fruitvale - Oakland, CA
Full Time
Graduate Degree
$51,510.00 - $68,674.68 Salary/year
Nonprofit - Social Services

POSITION TITLE:               Staff- Therapist – Adolescent Substance Use Treatment Program

DEPARTMENT:                   Recovery and Wellness

REPORTS TO:                    Primavera Program Manager

FLSA STATUS:                   Exempt, Union Position

COMPENSATION:              Licensed $68,674.68; Master’s Level $58,852.24;

                                            Non-Master’s (2nd Year) $51,510.00 (plus bilingual differential) 





We have an exciting full-time opportunity for a well-qualified Staff Therapist position in the Adolescent School Based Program (Primavera) of our Recovery and Wellness Department. This program provides substance abuse treatment counseling services primarily in schools located in the Oakland area, Alameda County.


Primavera is a school-based adolescent treatment program that provides intake and assessment, individual, group and family counseling, information and referrals, education groups, social, recreational, and supportive services to youth between the ages of 12 and 21 years of age. The goal of the program is to reduce the likelihood of alcoholism and drug abuse by youth and to assist them in becoming an established and integral part of the community.



  • Participates in the evaluation of strengths and needs, the formulation of diagnoses, and the development of treatment plans for clients;
  • Services are provided primarily in a school setting, with options to provide services at our clinics, in homes, and/or in the field;
  • Coordinates with school staff, participate in COST (Coordination of Services Team) at assigned schools, when appropriate;
  • Provides individual, group, and family counseling and psychoeducation to clients and their families;
  • Coordinates with SUD Counselors, school staff, and other staff members and community agencies in carrying out treatment plans;
  • Participates in staff development programs and in conferences regarding clients and professional clinical approaches;
  • Interprets and explains to clients, relatives, community groups about social and emotional factors pertaining to mental illness and substance use;
  • Refers clients to appropriate community agencies;
  • Provides quality clinical documentation;
  • Utilizes a Windows-based computer to send and receive work-related electronic mail, and access and maintain electronic health records and files.
  • Monitors and reviews client assessment/plans and approves other staff’s documentation as a back-up to Clinical Supervisor and Director.


  • Completed a graduate psychology degree and be duly registered or licensed (or license-eligible) with the Board of Behavioral Sciences or Board of Psychology (e.g., Licensed or Registered Psychologist, AMFT/LMFT, ASW/LCSW, APCC/LPCC);
  • Knowledge of evidence-based practices for SUD treatment including Trauma-Informed Care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Relapse Prevention, and Psychoeducation;
  • Knowledge of and sensitive to the needs of the Latino Community and underserved populations generally;
  • Knowledge of the effects of alcohol and drug abuse;
  • Knowledge of adolescent alcohol and drug prevention and recovery/ treatment programs and principles;
  • Strong oral and written skills;
  • Strong problem solving skills;
  • Ability to comprehend written material and accurately process information;
  • Ability to organize and prioritize several projects simultaneously;
  • Knowledge for use of computer systems such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
  • Valid Driver’s License and automobile insurance;
  • Reliable access to private transportation;
  • Willingness to perform related duties as assigned.


  • Excellent Interviewing skills
  • Listening
  • Assessment Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Be able to meet deadlines and production standards
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Effective Written and Communication Skills
  • Team Collaboration
  • Change Agent
  • Flexible/Adaptable
  • Accountable
  • Resilient
  • Ethical
  • Strong Attention to details
  • Organized
  • Results Oriented



  • 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); must be eligible for licensure via the BOP or BBS.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English required.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of modern clinical psychology, including family systems, 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 establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients and staff of all levels.
  • 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
    • 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


  • Full-time, Non- Exempt Position
  • 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