Adolescent Therapist
WestCoast Children's Clinic - Oakland, CA

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Do you believe in helping adolescents reach their full potential?

WestCoast Children's Clinic is seeking dedicated Transition-Age Youth Services Clinicians who are passionate about improving the lives of underserved adolescents. TAYS Clinicians provide community-based, intensive strategies to address any current need for stabilization, crisis intervention and individual trauma-focused treatment. Due to an expansion of our Transition-Age Youth Services Program, we are currently seeking effective leaders and collaborators who possess strong advocacy skills, demonstrate flexibility, utilize a strengths-based approach, and have demonstrated experience working with sexually exploited youth and/or adolescents with high mental health needs.

About the Programs:

C-Change, Transforming the Lives of Sexually Exploited Minors provides mental health screening, advocacy, clinical case management and psychotherapy to sexually exploited youth and their families. C-Change provides a safe and supportive environment for youth to explore and accept alternatives to street life. This is an exciting, groundbreaking program developing best practices in working with exploited youth.

Catch 21 is a specialized program at WestCoast Children's Clinic serving Transition Age Youth as they emancipate from therapeutic placements. Catch 21 is a short-term intensive mental health program. This program facilitates youth as they age out of therapeutic placements by providing intensive clinical case management to help youth develop and execute individualized emancipation and crisis prevention plans. The goal of treatment is to prepare youth for the transition to adulthood, support youth to stabilize in placement, reduce mental health symptoms, and build a positive team of community supports.

How TAYS Clinicians make an impact:

ο Provides mental health screening to assess cognitive, emotional and social functioning and needs; facilitates the identification and engagement in mental health services.
ο Provides intensive mental health and clinical case management services for youth emancipating from therapeutic placements.
ο Collaborates with partnering staff to develop and provide trainings to other mental health provides on best practices in working with sexually exploited youth.
ο Assists youth in developing and executing emancipation plan, when appropriate.
ο Coordinates services with other agencies and resources to address youth's post emancipation needs including: housing, medical/physical health, mental health, education, employment, independent living skills, advocacy, placement stability, and age-appropriate enrichment activities.
ο Makes collateral contacts on behalf of clients as needed including Child Welfare Workers, Juvenile Justice personnel, parents and caregivers, and other providers.
ο Assists youth in accessing and utilizing community resources.
ο Understands and complies with policies, procedures, documentation and paperwork for EPSDT Medi-Cal billing, meet billing requirements as set by the agency.
ο Complies with WestCoast and California state Boards' requirements pertaining to supervision, consultation and case conference attendance.
ο Provides services in the community, for which travel by car is necessary.
ο Participates in agency and program meetings and professional development trainings as required.
ο Works proactively with the program director to ensure the strength of the program

The ideal candidate has…

ο Advanced degree (Master's or Doctorate) in clinical psychology, social work or related field required. Current CA Board of Behavioral Science or Board of Psychology license and/or registration.
ο California License Preferred (LCSW, LMFT, Licensed Psychologist). 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.
ο Direct clinical experience working with sexually exploited and high-risk youth.
ο Demonstrated clinical experience with foster care, DCFS, and community mental health.
ο Proven effectiveness working with clients who have complex traumatic histories and other attachment difficulties.
ο Knowledge of child and adolescent development, trauma, chemical dependency and dual diagnosis.
ο Knowledge and self-awareness of issues of race, class, and ethnicity; experience in working with diverse communities.
ο Ability to operate independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
ο Knowledge of Medi-Cal reimbursement procedures and billing.
ο Excellent communication skills: written and verbal.
ο Commitment to completing high quality and timely documentation, meeting agency deadlines.
ο Ability to be supportive and provide guidance in a non-judgmental manner
ο Bi-lingual Spanish (spoken and written) preferred.

Position Details and Compensation:

This is a full-time, exempt position reporting to our Transition-Age Youth Services 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.

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.