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Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic Employer Reviews

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Toxic. I dont care how bad you need a job. Run!
Former job lover (Current Employee), Los Angeles, CAFebruary 20, 2014
Supervisors and managers in intensive services are disgusting. The worst is the director who insists that she hates being lied to though she is the biggest liar I have ever met. Other departments may be safe but do not take a job in this department. You will not learn anything to prepare you to take your licensing exam and will be too burned out to – more... prepare on your own if you can make it past your qualifying period. The new management fired a handful of people when they started six months ago to set the tone and will start again soon, just wait. There is nothing to be gained here for anyone who cares to push themselves to be a better clinician. Didn't meet your numbers? (which is all anyone talks about) It's your head. Did meet your numbers? Get accused of fraud. Either way, it's micromanagement hell for even a very competent professional no matter what you do. This department had its problems before and clearly hasn't been working well for a long time, but new management has turned things into a miserable hole with a fear based monitoring system that will crush anyone's spirit and positive attitude. Don't even bother. – less
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New management for Intensive Services are not for the employers or clients
Cinical Therpist (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CAJanuary 2, 2014
Pros: pay rate, some training available
Cons: management, staff relations, focus of employment is only on numbers
I am a former employee of the clinic and the new management proved within weeks that she/thry did not care about the employees or the clients that were being provided much needed services. When I decided to be a Mental Health professional I did so to help children and families function at their greatest capacity, but found that difficult with the great – more... expectations to get "numbers" (productivity). If you speak up about the difficulties with reaching productivity, the likely to be labeled as "difficult to accept change" and be bullied or terminated. Many people have been fired since hiring the new Director of Intensive Services and it's not due to the performance of the employees. If you are looking for employment opportunities, consider your professional goals and what you want to provide to your families and if good, ethical, life changing skills is your goal it will be extremely difficult to do so as this agency. Take your education to an agency what will not cause you physical symptoms due to stress and will help you develop your skills and be an A+ Clinician. – less
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Productive and fun
Family Advocate / Case Manager (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CAOctober 7, 2013
Pros: working with the community
Cons: not being able to provide families with proper resources
I enjoyed working with the community. I had the best Co-Workers
Hardest part of job was new system.
Mot enjoyable part of job is providing assistance to mental health teens and families
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Productivity and paperwork are the highest priority
Clinical Therapist (Current Employee), Los Angeles, CAApril 30, 2013
Pros: versatile caseload, can earn your bbs hours quickly, get trained in at least one evidenced based practice
Cons: too much paperwork, long hours, not enough focus on building therapist's skills and too much focus on "numbers"
As a new clinical therapist coming in, I imagined my experience would be full of many opportunities to gain knowledge on how to become a better mental health service provider. However, I found that all that truly matters to supervisors, directors, and the CEO are "numbers": productivity (face to face hours), documentation and outcome measures. It seems – more... that management are not so much concerned about the welfare of the therapists as they are about being able to report how many billable hours were calculated in the last month. Therapists keep high caseloads, expected to travel all over Los Angeles area (no restrictions on how far away client's live from the clinic), are overwhelmed with paperwork, are pretty much forced to work 50-60 hour work weeks with no overtime pay. And when you are burnt out after about 3-6 months, they simply guilt trip you into continuing or replace you with another naive new therapist who has no idea the amount of work they are really about to take on. This job is simply a test on how much work you can handle without passing out from mental exhaustion. This job has an extremely high turn over rate for therapist (I've been here less than a year and have already said goodbye to 5 therapists). That's insane! You would think that upper management would see how stressed out their therapists are and attempt to make steps to lessen the work load a little bit in order to increase the quality of services that their therapists provide. The hardest part of this job is worrying about not making enough billable hours at the end of the month due to client cancellations (which are beyond a therapists' control) and falling behind in paperwork (which is inevitable). The most enjoyable part of the job (of course) is the chance to work with the clients and families and actually help them achieve treatment goals. – less
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Run for the Hills!
Administrative Liaison (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CAMarch 28, 2013
Management procedures and policies are outdated and executive team will throw you under the bus when they no longer need you. The environment is very toxic with strict surveillance and staff members are treated poorly and undervalued. The job may seem enticing at first, but definitely do your research and get out as fast as you can if you do end up – more... at LACGC. – less
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Great company aiming for a great cause.
Reconciliation Specialist (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CAJanuary 29, 2013
A company there to help children, teens, and adults who need help, guidance that they need to have healthy relationships with their family.
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Amazing group efforts and management.
Art Therapist/MFT Trainee (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CANovember 20, 2012
LACGC provided great supervision and was a great practicum experience.
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Great place to develop theraputic skills.
Milieu Aide (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CAJune 14, 2012
Case management, treatment planning, assessment, behavior modification, social skills training, coping skills development, and crisis intervention.