Our Screening, Stabilization, and Transition (STAT) Program is an innovative, model program that provides mental health Screening, Stabilization and Transition (STAT) services to children as they enter the foster care system in Alameda County. Mental Health Therapists for Foster Youth, as part of the STAT program, complete a mental health screening and informal assessment of every child who arrives at the Assessment Center, providing both individual and milieu-based therapeutic interventions. In addition, clinicians provide community-based transition services (usually combining individual sessions and collateral contacts) to help children adjust to placement in foster or group homes. The STAT program serves children and young adults, ranging in age from just a few days up to their 21st birthday. The program is committed to helping them cope with the traumas of abuse and neglect while working to minimize the impact of being separated from their family, home, and community.
As a Mental Health Therapist for Foster Youth, you will:
Provide screening, assessment and therapeutic interventions as children enter into or change placement within the child welfare system.
Provide short-term therapeutic interventions to clients as well as collateral support and guidance to foster parents, relatives and group home staff in order to facilitate children’s transition to and stabilization in their placements.
Provide individual and family therapy, caregiver guidance, collateral contacts and case management to children with chronic placement instability for a period of 3-12 months (in both English and Spanish). May work with a case manager as part of a team to best serve youth.
Provide services at WCC program sites and in the community (youth’s homes, communities, other agencies, and schools); travel is required up to 90 miles one way.
Maintain clinical caseload minimum; meets billable hours & goals as set by the agency.
Collaborate with other professionals within WCC and partnering agencies to ensure the highest quality of service to WCC clients.
Make collateral contacts on behalf of clients as needed.
Comply with WCC policies, procedures, and deadlines related to billing, record keeping, and documentation.
Participate in agency and program meetings and professional development trainings as required, including: Agency and program- specific meetings (3 hours/week), Individual Clinical Supervision/consultation (1 hour/week), Clinical Case Conference (2 hours/week).
Note that this position is not remote and will require some onsite work at the Assessment Center.
The ideal candidates have…
A Master’s or Doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology, marriage and family therapy, or social work. Master’s level candidates must be currently registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
1-2 years of post-graduate experience with children/youth.
Demonstrated experience working with diverse communities
CPR, First Aid, and Bloodborne Pathogens certification is required.
Clean CA DMV record and current car insurance and car; travel is required.
Demonstrated clinical experience with foster care, DSS, and community mental health.
Weekend availability preferred (but not required)
Position details and compensation:
Salary range for all clinician positions is $58,500-$64k+ annually depending on experience and current licensure status, medial, dental, vision, and more, plus a 5% language differential, if applicable.