Clinical Therapist

Title:                    Clinical Therapist
Program:             Kayla’s Place
Reports to:          Director of Trauma Services
Kayla’s Place began in 2004 as a children’s therapeutic program. Children who have been exposed to violence as a primary victim, or a secondary victim, have a high risk for developing anger issues and repeating the cycle of violence.

This is a direct service leadership position designed to provide hands-on coaching direction and guidance to program staff. In this role, the Clinical Supervisor is responsible for working directly with staff in the implementation of program practices that are consistent with program policies and the agency’s treatment philosophy. Provides administrative and clinical supervision (individual and group) to staff, volunteers and interns. The Clinical Supervisor will be available to perform direct service tasks according to program needs.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Provide day-to-day supervision, leadership, mentorship, support and management to all program staff
  • Conduct and complete psycho-social assessments, psychological testing,  diagnosis, and establish treatment plans
  • Review and evaluate applications for therapeutic services
  • Create a case plan, which includes individual therapy services
  • Provide group and individual therapy to children who have witnessed or experienced abuse
  • Assist participants with the application process for victims claims
  • Implement policies, procedures and forms that facilitate the effective operation of individual and group therapy and delivery of high-quality services
  • Complete chart audit for Child Abuse Treatment Program
  • Complete monthly, quarterly, annual program reports
  • Recruit, screen, place and supervise interns who may provide short term services at agency service locations
  • Support interns by assisting with interventions, de-escalations and prevention efforts
  • Provide individual and/or group supervision to interns
  • Provide guidance, mentorship and evaluate interns performance expectations
  • Maintain and complete required internship documentation for each individual
  • Coordinate with interns and volunteers to provide and enhance services to participants
  • Empower survivors through trauma-informed and participant centered services that are intentionally equitable, inclusive, diverse, confidential and professional, and responsive to identified participant and community needs
  • Maintain files for each participant and keep them in compliance to ensure program outcomes, effective treatment plans and service delivery goals
  • Review participant chart notes to assure the maintenance of legal, ethical and professional standards
  • Ensure confidentiality of participant information and records
  • Maintain accurate documentation on participant caseload
  • Chart progress notes and maintain all records within Agency policy
  • Provide regular and on-going feedback to program staff including training, opportunities for growth, verbal and written improvement plans as necessary and regular evaluations
  • Train, coach, mentor and manage direct staff on program requirements, tools, and methods to meet those requirements set in place by our funders
  • Responsible for reviewing staff time sheets and submitting for payroll
  • Responsible for interviewing and onboarding of new staff; Communicate performance expectations and outcomes
  • Responsible for ongoing assessment of training needs for all staff and scheduling appropriate training opportunities
  • Resolve grievances in accordance to Agency grievance procedures
  • Counsel and resolve issues related to staff performance and behavior
  • Conduct and attend regular supervision meetings to engage staff in critical reflection and aid in professional growth
  • Manage program budgets to ensure performance measures are metAssist with program/fiscal audits and monitoring visits
  • Participate in planning for grant applications including budget and objective development
  • Collaborate with supervisor in matters related to the Agency’s therapeutic services
  • In collaboration with Supervisor, develop and implement policies, procedures, and systems necessary to maintain high-quality programs and services
  • Collaborate with funders, Finance and Compliance departments, to coordinate outcomes, budget reporting, monitoring and file review
  • Collaborate with Department of Children and Family Services, Psychiatric Mobile Response Team, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, as well as additional community-based agencies
  • Engage in professional development to stay current on evidence-based interventions for trauma treatment
  • Provide training to assist staff in developing a strong knowledge base and to stay current on evidence-based intervention and trends
  • Participate in staff meetings, individual and group supervision, case conferences and training as required
  • Attend agency and program meetings
  • Attend trainings and continuing education activities as assigned
  • In collaboration with Supervisor work with other program directors and leaders to identify programmatic challenges and gaps in services. Strategize on program innovations
  • Participate in efforts to identify and obtain community resources to support the program and to raise awareness of child trauma
  • Ensure maintenance of a clean, safe and supportive environment for participants and staff
  • Represent the Agency at various meetings held in the community; be an active participant in the community; act as a link to the community and the Agency
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with mental health providers to ensure that participants with ongoing treatment needs are successfully transferred to longer term services
  • Act as liaison between universities/colleges and the Agency
  • Adhere to agency policies and procedures including confidentiality, child/elder abuse reporting, and code of ethics
  • Additional tasks, projects and or responsibilities as assigned by Supervisor that are not outlined but which are an important part of the agency’s goals and/or program outcomes
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 
  • Clear understanding of the concepts of Harm Reduction, Trauma Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, and the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault
  • Knowledge and understanding of policy, systems, and local programs that impact victims/survivors and related public funding sources, regulations, requirements, and procedures
  • Knowledge of best practice models for assisting victims with varying degrees of needs/conditions and have a strong understanding of contractual requirements/compliance and applicable performance measures
  • Knowledge of issues facing victims/survivors (e.g. chronic health, substance abuse, mental health, homelessness, domestic abuse and resources for undocumented individuals)
  • Knowledge of community social service agencies and resources
  • Work effectively under conditions of limited supervision, high stress and rapidly changing situations and circumstances
  • Ability to handle common problems without supervisor intervention while knowing when supervisor participation is warranted
  • Must be able to exercise initiative, independent good judgment, flexibility, discretion, and solid decision making
  • Ability to respond quickly and effectively to individuals who may be ill, using substances, lack of personal care, in crisis situations and/or potentially hostile situations
  • Ability to work with a diverse population and provide culturally competent advocacy
  • Actively promote positive, nurturing interactions between participants and employees
  • Ability to deescalate aggressive/agitated individuals
  • Able to take appropriate steps to deal with emergency situations with the goal of maintaining the safety of all
  • Must be able to successfully manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines, adjust to changing; circumstances, and demonstrate confidence working with diverse stakeholders
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize strong judgement and interpersonal skills to manage sensitive interactions including with those who may be in distress
  • Project a professional demeanor and a high level of professionalism when dealing with sensitive matters
  • Outstanding communication skills, both written and oral; must communicate professionally and positively with participants, co-workers, management, community partners, employers, landlords, and other service providers
  • Promote cooperation and commitment within a team to achieve goals and objective; collaborate with team members, sharing ideas and differences openly; be receptive to new ideas and adapt to change as necessary
  • Strict confidentiality must be observed as it relates to client information, agency business, personnel, program decisions and all other personal information
  • Considers impact of personal and professional choices. Consistently make decisions in keeping with organizational values and professional boundaries
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to follow through from beginning to end on tasks
  • Proficient with office communication equipment and machines (telephone, copier, calculator, fax machine, personal computer, laptop, computer printer and scanner)
  • Proficient in use of laptop/desktop computer, Microsoft Windows and Office software programs (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Google drive
  • Strong time management skills and the ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced environment, while exercising sound judgment
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule; including nights, days, weekends and holidays
  • Ability to respond to emergencies some evenings and weekends as necessary
  • Use of a personal vehicle may be required to travel in and around Antelope Valley and/or Los Angeles County and periodically transport participants
  • Maintain professional boundaries and work collaboratively with participants, volunteers and staff
  • Accountability – be on time for scheduled shifts
  • Be able to read and write English
  • Bilingual Preferred but not required
Qualifications & Experience:
  • Masters or Doctoral degree from an accredited or state approved program that meets criteria for licensing as a clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist or clinical psychologist
  • Minimum two year experience in clinical supervision; must be licensed and eligible to provide clinical supervision
  • Supervised experience in individual, group and family psychotherapy with high risk children and trauma victims
  • Extensive knowledge of psychodynamics, patterns of growth and development, and proficiency and experience in diagnosis utilizing current edition of DSM
  • Maintain all required licenses and certifications
  • Experience with level one Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Minimum three years in a supervision/leadership role with programming/administrative experience in a nonprofit setting at an agency that services victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, or other vulnerable populations, and/or homeless, mentally ill, substance-using, or dually-diagnosed people is required
  • Minimum two year experience working with and managing grants from City, County, State and/or Federal funding agencies
  • Strong knowledge of the social services field and/or successful management and implementation of trauma victim programs in the non-profit, government or private sector
  • Experience in public speaking
Agency Requirements:
  • Must have a valid California Driver’s License
  • Reliable transportation
  • Auto Insurance
  • Clean driving record
  • Employee will be required to complete a TB test, fingerprinting, drug screen (employment pending on drug screen, background and Motor Vehicle Report review), 72-hour Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault training and CPR/First Aid certification 
Physical Demands & Work Conditions
An employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job must meet physical demands described:
  • May be in contact with individuals in crisis who may be ill, using substances and/or not be attentive to personal hygiene and safety for themselves
  • May experience unpleasant sensory demands associated with an individual’s use of alcohol and drugs, and lack of personal care
  • May experience crisis situations and potentially hostile situations, must be ready to respond quickly and effectively.
An employee is required to:
Walk and climb stairs; Handle, grasp and feel objects and equipment; Reach with hands and arms; extend both arms above the head and/or reach below the waist; Communicate ideas and information verbally and written word; Be able to move oneself quickly and easily from place to place; Repeat various motions with hands, wrists, fingers; Climb on stools, steps and/or ladders; Be subject to outside environmental conditions, including but not limited to: Rain, heat, wind.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. If accommodation(s) are required, employee must inform Human Resources by the first week of employment. If an accommodation is not required at the time of employment, but is later required, you must inform Human Resources at the time it is needed.
  • Health
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Paid Sick
  • Dental
  • Paid Vacation
  • Vision
  • Cafeteria 125 Plan
  • Personal Days
  • Acupuncture/Chiropractic
  • Retirement Plan
  • Life Insurance
  • 14 Observed Holidays
Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm (may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends, holidays and/or on call status)
Salary Range:
$80,000 – 90,000 annually (Exempt)

An Equal Opportunity Employer: Selection will be based solely on merit and will be without discrimination because of age, race, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability.

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