Screening, Stabilization and Transition Therapist
WestCoast Children's Clinic - Oakland, CA

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WestCoast Children’s Clinic is a seeking a skilled STAT Clinician who is committed to helping children and youth in the foster care system reach their full potential. STAT Clinicians provide community-based, intensive strategies to address current needs for stabilization, crisis intervention and trauma-focused treatment.

Program and Position Overview:

The WestCoast Children’s Clinic’s STAT program is an innovative, model program that provides mental health Screening, Stabilization and Transition (STAT) services to children as they enter the foster care system in Alameda County. STAT Clinicians complete a mental health screening and informal assessment of every child who arrives at the Assessment Center, providing both individual and milieu-based therapeutic interventions. In addition, Clinicians provide community-based transition services (usually combining individual sessions and collateral contacts) to help children adjust to placement in foster or group homes. The STAT program serves children of all ages and is committed to helping them cope with the traumas of abuse and neglect, while working to minimize the impact of being separated from their family, home, and community. In addition, STAT Clinicians may carry a small caseload of clients who experience chronic placement instability for whom treatment could extend up to a year.

The STAT Clinician is legally responsible for adherence to all state provider billing and documentation requirements, and works with the program leadership to identify policy, procedure and training needs.

How the STAT Clinician makes an impact:

  • Provides screening, assessment and therapeutic interventions as children enter into or change placement within the child welfare system. Consults with county social workers and makes recommendations regarding mental health needs of clients.
  • Provides short-term therapeutic intervention to clients as well as collateral support and guidance to foster parents, relatives and group home staff in order to facilitate children’s transition to and stabilization in their placements.
  • Provides individual and family therapy, caregiver guidance, collateral contacts and case management to children with chronic placement instability for a period of 3-12 months. May work with a case manager as part of a team to best serve youth.
  • Provides services at WCC program sites and in the community (youth’s homes, communities, other agencies, and schools); Travel is required up to 90 miles one way.
  • Maintains clinical caseload minimum; meets billable hours & goals as set by the agency.
  • Collaborates with other professionals within WCC and partnering agencies to ensure the highest quality of service to WCC clients.
  • Makes collateral contacts on behalf of clients as needed.
  • Complies with WCC policies, procedures, and deadlines related to billing, record keeping, and documentation.
  • Complies with WCC and California state board requirements pertaining to licensing and supervision.
  • Participates in agency and program meetings and professional development trainings as required, including: Agency and program- specific meetings (3 hours/week) Individual Clinical Supervision/consultation (1 hour/week), Clinical Case Conference (2 hours/week).

The ideal candidate has:

  • MA or doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology, marriage and family therapy or social work.
  • Current California mental health license preferred. (Based on our funding sources, California Department of Mental Health requires all unlicensed psychologists to apply for a professional licensing waiver or show proof of a valid waiver prior to hire date.)
  • Proven experience providing individual psychotherapy, parent support, and family therapy to children, adolescents and their families, particularly where children are or have been in foster care.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse communities
  • Clean CA DMV record and current car insurance and car; travel is required.
  • Demonstrated clinical experience with foster care, DSS, and community mental health.

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
  • Knowledge of attachment theory, child development, trauma, and principles of milieu therapy
  • 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 the STAT Clinical Supervisor. Salary is $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.

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.