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Staff Therapist- Strong Minds Strong Hearts at THE ALLIANCE FOR COMMUNITY WELLNESS

Staff Therapist- Strong Minds Strong Hearts

Job Details

Job Location
EPSDT, SBBH, DD, Administration - Hayward, CA

Position Type
Full Time

Salary Range
$53,055.30 - $70,734.92 Salary/year

Travel Percentage
Up to 25%


POSITION TITLE: Staff Therapist- Strong Minds Strong Hearts

DEPARTMENT: School Based Services

PROGRAM: Strong Minds Strong Hearts

REPORTS TO: Assistant Director of School Based Services

FLSA STATUS: 1.0 FTE, Exempt, Union Position

COMPENSATION: Licensed $70,734.92; Master's Level $60,617.808; Non- Master 2nd year $53,055.30(plus bilingual differential)


As a Strong Minds Strong Hearts Therapist, the clinician will be an integrated member of the school community and will help to increase access to social-emotional health services and improve students' academic functioning and wellness. The Therapist will work in close collaboration with the Coordination of Services Team (COST) at school, maintain an active caseload of eligible clients and meet monthly productivity goals for clients referred through COST; attend weekly group supervision at the Children's Outpatient Department in Hayward, and participate in trainings as assigned by his/her clinical supervisor. The Staff Therapist will work within all compliance standards; complete documentation in a timely manner per La Familia's policy; and maintain strict confidentiality protocols. La Familia proposes linguistically-appropriate (Spanish) and culturally sensitive mental health services, specializing in trauma focused and family oriented treatment. This position reports to the School Based Assistant Director.

  • Attends monthly COST meetings at the school and participates in any follow-up mental health coordination meetings in order to ensure appropriate referrals and service implementation.
  • Makes psychological evaluations of assigned clients; determines appropriate diagnostic procedures and tests to be used; clinical interviews with clients and other interested persons to develop information pertinent to diagnosis and treatment.
  • Interviews clients and families to gather social and psychiatric data; prepares mental health/environmental case histories for use in diagnosis; and participates in developing psychological treatment programs and case planning for clients.
  • Provides individual psychotherapy (a minimum of 25 students per year with an average monthly caseload of 18-20 students) during school hours.
  • Provides group psychotherapy (at least 28 hours of group psychotherapy per academic school year) during school hours.
  • Works to engage families into treatment; is available to provide services in family settings and in the evenings, as needed.
  • Meets with clients (and families) for regular therapeutic interviews; guides the client (and family) in understanding his/her illness and contributing personal, social, and economic factors; assists client (and family) in developing realistic plans; advises client/family on community resources; and makes referrals and other arrangements as necessary.
  • Provides consultation to school staff and other mental health clinicians as necessary.
  • Participates in social and/or school events at the school.
  • Complies with all agency's policies and procedures and maintains strict HIPPA guidelines.
  • Submits billings/client logs on a daily basis to the Outpatient Administrator located in the Outpatient Department in Hayward.
  • Follows appropriate charting and documentation requirements and agency regulations in a timely manner.
  • Provides input and feedback on potential related projects/programs, as appropriate.
  • Supports agency-wide Quality Improvement efforts.
  • Other miscellaneous duties as assigned


  • Graduate degree in mental health (e.g. PhD, PSY.D., MSW and/or MFT).
  • Bilingual Spanish/English required.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of modern clinical psychology, including abnormal psychology, personality theory, diagnostic interviewing. Psychotherapy including brief therapy and behavior change, casework, systems theory, family therapy, community psychology and community mental health.
  • Ability to work as part of an integrated team and the capacity to be flexible, as needs and special events arise;
  • Ability to determine the needs of individual situations regarding diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, taking an effective course of action, and follow through with effective treatment plans.
  • Excellent speaking and writing abilities.
  • Knowledge of use of computer systems such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Salesforce or similar database applications.
  • Ability to pass background clearance and clear TB Test.
  • Valid CA Driver's license
    • Auto insurance: Personal vehicle may be used for business related purposes; it is recommended you inform your auto insurance carrier.
Current state-mandated guidelines requires employees in this position to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including booster shots. Accommodations may be available as required by law. Applicants who are offered a position will be asked about their vaccination status and applications will be required to provide proof of vaccinations against COVID-19 including booster shots. The agency can provide accommodations as required by law in certain circumstances.

  • Assumes responsibility for doing assigned work and for meeting deadlines. Completes assigned work on or before deadlines in accordance with directives, policies, standards and proscribed procedures.
  • Demonstrates an awareness of and sensitivity to clients including cultural and ethical beliefs; and implements care in a thorough, skillful, consistent and continuous manner.
  • Knowledge of community resources for client referrals.
  • Attends work regularly and adheres to policies and procedures regarding absences and tardiness. Provides adequate notice to supervisor and management with respect to vacation time and time-off requests.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of legal issues including client confidentiality and risk management in all aspects of client care and department functioning.
  • Performs other duties as necessary

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