Outpatient Therapist
WestCoast Children's Clinic - Oakland, CA

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Are you passionate about improving the lives of underserved children, youth and families?

WestCoast Children’s Clinic seeks a dynamic Outpatient Clinical Psychotherapist who is dedicated to optimizing the social and emotional well being of children, youth and families. Due to recent and anticipated promotions within the agency, we are looking for effective clinicians and collaborators who will provide superb psychosocial assessments, treatment planning, individual and family therapy, and case management.

Program Overview:

The Outpatient Therapy Program provides trauma-informed treatment and services to vulnerable and high-risk children, youth, and families exposed to various kinds of traumatic events. The Program promotes resiliency and healthy functioning in children and youths by helping them develop adaptive coping mechanisms, positive, stable relationships and the capacity to handle challenges and adversities.

The Outpatient Therapy Program (OTP) is the founding clinical program at WestCoast Children’s Clinic. We serve children ages 3-21, many of whom are in the foster care system. Outpatient clinicians provide psychological and supportive services not only at our clinic, but also in our clients’ homes, schools and other sites throughout the community. Clinicians partner with individuals and various systems the child is involved in, including primary caregivers and family, social workers and schools, the legal and foster care system, and others within the community. Embedded in our work is an approach that is culturally and ethnically relevant.

How the Outpatient Clinical Psychotherapist makes an impact:

  • Provides individual and family therapy, caregiver guidance, collateral contacts and case management in the clinic and community.
  • Collaborates with other professionals within WestCoast and partnering agencies to ensure the highest quality of service to clients.
  • Participates in agency wide trainings, specific program meetings, clinical supervision and case conference as required.
  • Works proactively with the program director and supervisor to ensure the strength of the program and completes additional tasks as requested.
  • Complies with WestCoast policies, procedures, and deadlines related to Medi-Cal billing, clinical record keeping and documentation.
  • Maintains clinical caseload that meets productivity goals as set by the agency.
  • Completes specific organizational projects benefitting WestCoast as a whole.

The ideal candidate has…

  • Masters or doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology, social work, or marriage and family therapy.
  • License eligible or current California mental health license required. (Based on our funding sources, California Department of Mental Health requires all unlicensed PhDs and PsyDs to apply for a professional licensing waiver or show proof of a valid waiver prior to hire date.)
  • Minimum two-years clinical experience in community mental health with emphasis on underserved and at-risk children and adolescents. Preferred experience working with foster care, child welfare, court system, poor and immigrant families in community mental health settings.
  • Clinical training and experience providing trauma-informed treatments to clients and families with complex trauma and attachment difficulties related to abuse, neglect, interpersonal and community violence, and foster care placement.
  • Demonstrated ability working with multi-cultural populations, particularly African American and Latino. Knowledge and awareness of issues of race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity is important.
  • Proven effectiveness working independently and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills.
  • Ability to be well-organized and complete high quality and timely documentation.
  • Candidates of color are encouraged to apply.
  • Bilingual language skills in Spanish are a plus.

Competencies (skills, abilities, knowledge):

  • Clinical service skill – assessment/evaluation, clinical skills, crisis intervention, ability to use supervision effectively, ethical and legal responsibilities, high quality clinical documentation
  • Cultural competence - knowledge of issues of race, class, and ethnicity
  • Ability to work effectively with clients who have complex, multiple diagnosis histories
  • Efficiency and time management - ability to be well-organized and complete timely documentation
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn Medi-Cal reimbursement procedures and billing
  • Collaboration and team functioning - able to work independently and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Professional conduct

Position Details and Compensation:

This is a full-time, exempt position reporting to our Outpatient Program Director. $48,000 - $64,000/year depending on experience and licensure type. Includes competitive benefits package, 403(b) plan, and incentive compensation.

To Apply: If interested, please submit a cover letter and a resume describing how you meet these qualifications and include the job title in the subject line. Please note that cover letters are an important part of our applicant review process. It is helpful to let us know where you saw this posting.


WestCoast Children's Clinic is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diminishing the influence of privilege and discrimination in our field and our workplace, whether due to differences concerning age, citizenship, color, disability, marital or parental status, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.