Mental Health Therapist – Transition Age Youth (multiple openings)

WestCoast Children’s Clinic is seeking multiple TAYS Clinician for the Catch-21 Program and C-Change Program, who are passionate about improving the lives of underserved adolescents. The TAYS Clinicians provide community-based, intensive strategies to address any current need for stabilization, crisis intervention and trauma-focused treatment. 

Program and Position Overview:

C-Change, Transforming the Lives of Sexually Exploited Minors is a specialized program that provides mental health screening, advocacy, clinical case management and psychotherapy to youth at risk of, currently engaged in, or who have exited sexual exploitation and their families. C-Change provides a safe and supportive environment for youth to explore and process their life and goals for the future.

Catch-21 is a specialized program serving Transition Age Youth emancipating from residential treatment programs and other intensive mental health services. Catch-21 facilitates a safe and positive transition out of children’s mental health systems that place them at risk of negative outcomes upon discharge. Catch-21 provides intensive clinical case management and therapy to help youth develop and execute individualized emancipation and crisis prevention plans.

How the TAYS Clinicians make an impact:

  • Provide mental health screening to assess cognitive, emotional and social functioning and needs; facilitates the identification and engagement in mental health services.
  • Provide intensive mental health, clinical case management, and wrap-around service development for youth emancipating from therapeutic placements.
  • Provide crisis intervention and stabilization.
  • Collaborate with partnering staff to develop and provide trainings to other mental health providers on best practices in working with sexually exploited youth.
  • Assist youth in developing and executing their transition to adulthood plan.
  • Coordinate services with other agencies and resources to address youth’s needs including: housing, medical/physical health, mental health, education, employment, independent living skills, advocacy, placement stability, and age-appropriate enrichment activities.
  • Make collateral contacts on behalf of clients as needed including Child Welfare Workers, Juvenile Justice personnel, parents and caregivers, and other providers.
  • Assist youth in accessing and utilizing community resources.
  • Understand and comply with policies, procedures, documentation and paperwork for EPSDT Medi-Cal billing, meet billing requirements as set by the agency.
  • Comply with WestCoast and California state Boards’ requirements pertaining to supervision, consultation and case conference attendance.
  • Provide services in the community, for which travel by car is necessary.
  • Participate in agency and program meetings and professional development trainings as required.
  • Work proactively with the program director to ensure the strength of the program.

The ideal candidates have…

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bi-lingual Spanish (spoken and written) skills a plus.
  • Direct clinical experience working with transition age and high-risk youth.
  • Demonstrated clinical experience with foster care, DCFS, and community mental health.
  • Proven effectiveness working with clients who have complex traumatic histories and attachment difficulties.
  • Knowledge of child and adolescent development, trauma, chemical dependency and dual diagnosis.
  • Knowledge and self-awareness of issues of race, class, and ethnicity; experience in working with diverse communities.
  • Ability to operate independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of Medi-Cal reimbursement procedures and billing.
  • Prior knowledge and experience with EHR such as Welligent, preferred
  • Excellent communication skills: written and verbal.
  • Commitment to completing high quality and timely documentation, meeting agency deadlines.
  • Ability to be supportive and provide guidance in a non-judgmental manner

Salary and Benefits:

This is a full-time, exempt position reporting to our TAYS Program Director. Salary range for this position is $52,500-$64k+ annually depending on experience and current licensure status. Plus a 4% language differential, if applicable. Includes competitive compensation and benefits package, 403(b) and incentive compensation plans.

To Apply: If interested, please submit a cover letter and a resume describing how you meet these qualifications here. Please note that cover letters are an important part of our applicant review process, so please ensure your cover letter is included when you apply. It is also 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.


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