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Behavioral Health Therapist

  • Full Time
  • Santa Clara, CA
  • 70,000.00 USD / Year
  • Salary: 70,000.00

Website Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County

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The Behavioral Health Clinician/Therapist will promote Catholic Charities’ mission and values and build effective relationships that inspire others to action inside and outside the organization. Knowledge and experience in treating trauma using trauma-informed care are essential. This role requires someone adaptable, self-reflective, and an empathetic team player with strong interpersonal skills and a desire to support the needs of children, families, adults, older adults, and probation youth. The Behavioral Health Clinician/Therapist will bring an understanding of cultural competency, conflict resolution, self-initiative, evidence-based practices, and a genuine interest in professional and personal growth. This individual should also demonstrate interest and proven skill in implementing best practices. The Behavioral Health Division serves clients under multiple programs:

Golden Gateway
Family and Children (F&C)
Supportive Therapeutic Options Program (STOP)
Prevention and Early Intervention-school based (PEI)
Wellness & Recovery Medication Services (WARMS)
Responsive Intervention Services and Intervention (RISE)

The Behavioral Health Clinician/Therapist will provide case management and supportive services for children and families, adults, older adults, and probation youth.


Provide individual and group therapy to clients.
Maintain documentation per Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Division and Catholic Charities standards in the AWARDS data system.
Work with clients (ages 6-90) dealing with trauma, behavioral and mental health issues, including dual diagnosis or addictions, and cognitive disabilities.
Under the AOA program, assist older adult clients with basic living needs (shelter, clothing, etc.)
Consult with individual clients or families about community knowledge, needed resources, and their strengths in accessing services, including utility discounts and other essential services.
Provide identifying appropriate community resources and consultation to the client regarding those resources to accomplish their goals.
Under the RISE program, work closely with the Probation Officers and juvenile hall to support youth on probation.
Conduct group sessions for resource sharing and learning socialization skills.
Work closely with psychiatrists, primary care physicians, vocational programs, therapists, legal representatives/guardians, Veteran’s Administration staff, Department of Mental Health / Drugs and Alcohol staff, parole and probation officers, judges, police, and other community services/organizations to assure the individual’s access to services and the service delivery systems.
Crisis intervention and create safety plans with the client.
Collaborate with the case manager, schools, and other agencies for additional resources.
Conduct intake, and assessment, create treatment plans, diagnose and document according to DSM V.
Engage clients and family using evidence-based practices, Trauma-Informed CBT, Person-Centered Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing to reduce trauma symptoms and provide coping skills to improve family functioning.
Attend all necessary staff meetings to facilitate client services coordination and collaboration.
Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Maintain a caseload of 16-18 cases
Meet with clients at a minimum of a weekly basis-in-person/telephone and telehealth
Provide community-based services for sessions and assistance as needed
Must meet a minimum standard of 104 hours of productivity per month
Complete all progress notes within five business days of service
Attend weekly individual supervision and weekly team meetings
Provide weekly schedule to the program supervisor, program assistant, and others in the program as requested


Graduate degree in MSW, MA, or MS in counseling, psychology, or related field
Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) registration as MFT Intern, ASW or PCC Intern or LCSW, LMFT, LPCC, or licensed psychologist.
Counseling experience in a community-based setting
Effective verbal and written communication skills
Knowledge of DSM V
Understanding of Medi-Cal eligible service provision and billing requirements
Understanding of and sensitivity toward economic and cultural issues in diverse communities
Demonstrated computer literacy (MS Word, Excel, and Internet usage)
Ability to pass certification requirements for CANS assessment 90 days of hire (training and support will be provided)
Knowledge of trauma-informed care, strength-based, and motivational interviewing skills.
Availability to work flexible hours, e.g., evening until 7:00 pm and Saturdays.
Team oriented with strong interpersonal and organizational skills
Certified in Triple P Teen (recommended)
Bilingual Spanish/English (preferred)

Willing to go to clients or community agencies as necessary through own vehicle or public transport. If using your car, clean DMV record, proof of current auto insurance, and valid driver’s license.
Successful results from a criminal background check, including fingerprint clearance.
Must provide TB test results
Provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster(s)
Demonstrate eligibility to work in the United States.

This position requires you to work with adults and children, and your profession qualifies you as “mandated reporters” of Elder abuse or neglect. Child abuse or neglect, which is found in California Penal Code Section 11164-11174.3 and Welfare and Institution Code 15610-15610.70. In addition, you are required to report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect and Elder abuse and neglect.

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This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant Because of a need to remain responsive to the needs of our clients and our Agency’s operations, responsibilities may be modified at any time.

Catholic Charities is a non-profit, non-discriminatory service organization and employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability. Persons seeking employment are entitled to freedom from harassment and retaliation and reasonable accommodation for qualified disabilities.

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