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Clinician / Clinician Trainee - Non Public School

Sierra Vista Child and Family • Turlock, CA

Posted 15 days ago

Job Snapshot

Degree - 4 Year Degree
Competitive Salary and Great Benefits
Not for Profit - Charitable, Other Great Industries
Nonprofit - Social Services, Other, Education
Relocation - No


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Job Description

Clinician / Clinician Trainee

Are you ready to help ensure our Commitment to Caring? We are a not-for-profit with a mission to assist children, youth, adults and families by empowering and supporting them in becoming stronger and healthier individuals, families, and communities. 

Why Sierra Vista?
It's Not Just a Job, It's a Mission

Our supportive, caring environment extends not only to our clients and families, but to our valued staff as well. Employees from a number of disciplines work together in a collaborative, stimulating environment that is considered by many to be a model for quality care.

Sierra Vista Child & Family Services offers:

  • Competitive salary
  • Desirable benefit package which includes medical, dental, vision insurance, retirement plan, vacation, sick and holiday pay
  • Professional growth/Job challenge
  • Excellent training program
  • Supervision for state licensure
  • Highly experienced and supportive clinical team
  • Release time for professional development

We are currently looking for a Clinician / Clinician Trainee who is ready to make a difference in the lives of others and help Sierra Vista Child & Family Services continue our commitment to caring!

As a Clinician / Clinician Trainee, you will be providing counseling services to children in a Non Public School program (Grades K-8).  You will provide case management, individual and family counseling, group therapy, assessment and consultation under direct supervision of the program supervisor. Duties include  Here are a few of the attributes that will make you successful in this position:


  1. Carry a caseload of Non Public School clients (at least 8 for a full time person) and provide effective individual and family therapy.
  2. Develop and maintain cooperative, constructive relationship with clients and client families.
  3. Provide group therapy for Non Public School children.
  4. Knowledge of crisis management and steps to take in a crisis, including child abuse and psychiatric hospitalization.
  5. Ability to provide appropriate referral information to clients as needed.
  6. Keep comprehensive and complex clinical records which meet standard for Stanislaus County Department of Mental Health, including but not limited to:
  • Current episode intake
  • Social history
  • Treatment plans
  • Diagnostic revisions
  • Weekly identification notes delineating client process and response to treatment
  • Requests for further treatment as needed
  • Discharge summaries

Possess and demonstrate a high professional ethical character, including but not limited to:

  • Recognizing the impact that the therapist has on the client in a therapeutic situation and use of that knowledge to further therapeutic goals.
  • Abide by all ethical and legal standards regarding client’s rights to confidentiality.
  • Maintenance of all clinical records in a legal manner.
  1. Decide appropriate treatment focus and methods without clinical supervision.
  2. Integrate a number of clinical approaches into a treatment program; and work within a team concept.
  3. Provide clinical supervisor to interns as assigned by the Program Coordinator or Program Director                                                                                                                                          

Milieu Support

  1. Consult with teaching/floor staff as necessary regarding clients and treatment plans.
  2. Provide guidance and support to milieu staff regarding agency treatment philosophy.
  3. Provide specialized behavioral treatment plans to milieu staff regarding client issues and provide milieu staff with monitoring and support around such plans.
  4. Be available to milieu staff as an “on-call" clinician in regards to answering questions, and dealing with crises.

Record Keeping

  1. See “clinical work" regarding records.
  2. Fill out suspension forms on clients as necessary.
  3. Fill out C.S.C. forms for client entries/exits.
  4. Incidents reports to be used in the events of runaways, accidents, containments, or serve property damage (over $10 or personal property).
  5. Filling out of child abuse report forms as necessary.
  6. Timely submission of all hours to direct supervisor.


  1. Attend all staff meetings and trainings as necessary, unless there is a justifiable reason.
  2. Attend Clinical team meetings, and prepare cases for presentation in a clear, comprehensive manner.
  3. Assist I.E.P. meetings regarding clients.
  4. Assist in judging effectiveness of clinical program, milieu management system.
  5. Ordering of necessary therapeutic materials.
  6. May provide training on agency philosophy or clinical issues to agency staff or outside persons/agencies.
  7. Everyone who works in the organization has responsibilities for preventing and controlling infection.
  8. Other assigned duties.

Our Clinicians / Clinician Trainees make a big contribution to our daily efforts and are extremely hands on.  If you are looking for a desk job, this position is not for you!  You will be responsible for attending weekly staff meetings, trainings, workshops, and in-service trainings in order to enhance your expertise!

One of the most important and rewarding parts of your career with us will be the clinical work.  Some of the essential job functions will include:

  1. Physical capability to restrain children, lift over 20 pounds, and engage in physical activity including various sports, sitting, walking, bending, climbing, kneeling, twisting, reaching, etc.
  2. Knowledge of principles, techniques, and trends in counseling and psychotherapy and various treatment modalities.
  3. Knowledge of biological, behavioral, and environmental aspects of emotional disturbances, mental disability, retardation, or substance abuse.
  4. Ability to stay abreast of current trends in the field.
  5. Be conversant in the philosophy, techniques, and language of comprehensive Day Treatment program, and a thorough understanding of Sierra Vista Children’s Center treatment philosophy.
  6. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, other professionals, supervisors, and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, political affiliation, age, or handicap.
  7. Have a genuine caring and commitment to working with emotionally disturbed children.

Job Requirements

  1. Graduation from an accredited undergraduate program with major in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, Behavior Analysis, or other related degree required.  Master in work in the same subject matter listed above.  This degree must be license eligible.         
  2. One year of experience in a treatment setting.
  3. Bilingual preferred.
  4. Sound personal qualifications (i.e. maturity, stability, high moral standards and sound mental health).                                              
  5. Previous work with children is not required but is desirable.
  6. Must possess a valid California driver’s license with less than 2 minor moving violations. 
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