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 The San Francisco Boys & Girls Home provides residential treatment and mental health services to adjudicated youth ages 12-18, most of whom are transitioning out of a juvenile hall setting. A combination of therapeutic, educational, day treatment, and recreational programs addresses each child's multiple and diverse needs. The youth live in two residential San Francisco houses, which are staffed 24 hours a day.

The staff psychotherapist is a Mental Health Services Department member and reports to the Director of Mental Health Services. The therapist is responsible for evaluation, assessment, therapy, and case management. In addition to the provision of individual, group, and family therapy, the therapist is responsible for treatment planning and documentation.

Staff therapists typically work weekdays, with an occasional Saturday or Sunday if the need for weekend scheduling of family therapy or outreach exists. In general, therapists are in the agency during business hours, but modifications are often made to accommodate families who need evening hours.

Annual Salary: $60,000.00 plus benefits
  • 10 Paid Sick Days 
  • 15 Vacation Days
  • 401K
  • Medical 
  • Dental 
  • Vision

  • Accepts case assignments and reviews referral material
  • Psychotherapy as indicated in the treatment plan; at minimum, 1x/wk
  • Family therapy as needed according to the treatment plan
  • Weekly supervision for one hour
  • Case review with consulting psychiatrist
  • Regular meetings with program supervisors to discuss case progress
  • Coordinates or arranges for any evaluation which should be done before the thirty-day conference
  • Documentation of all therapy and counseling sessions in the progress note
  • Schedule quarterly case reviews and provide documentation of findings in the treatment plan and quarterly report
  • Participate in weekly department meetings to review selected cases
  • Schedule special reviews with DSS, Mental Health, or Probation workers when indicated
  • Request modified reviews when indicated because of new material, need for status change, unexplainable behavior, etc.
  • Attend monthly rounds meetings to discuss medication management and other treatment issues with staff and consulting psychiatrist
  • Meet with agency staff as requested; meet with teachers as needed
  • Consult with placing agency about medication requests, the need for medication, and documentation surrounding them
  • Coordinate home visits and all other out-of-agency visits – e.g., appearances in court
  • Attend IEP meetings whenever possible; attend all IEP meetings for children placed through 3632
  • Participate in the clinical on-call system for after-hours coverage if psychiatric emergencies
  • Devise a working plan with DSS or Probation worker for the transition from agency to next setting
  • Provide reports and assessments to the next setting, if indicated
  • Plan follow-up interviews and/or aftercare
  • Participate in the on-call system for after-hours coverage if psychiatric emergencies
  • Meet with program supervisors to review, revise or renew existing policy and procedures regarding treatment.
  • Provide in-service programs as requested.
  • Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Candidates must be licensed or license eligible MA or MSW
  • Experience with children and families in a residential treatment center or psychiatric hospital
  • Experience with extremely dysfunctional families and seriously emotionally disturbed children
  • Experience in assessment and evaluation
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Knowledge of social work practices, marriage and family therapy, & psychology.
  • Knowledge of extremely dysfunctional family systems and seriously emotionally disturbed children and the applicable modalities for their treatment in a residential treatment setting.
  • Knowledge of clinical assessment and evaluation modalities.
  • Knowledge of group therapy modalities.
  • Ability to write & communicate clearly.
  • Ability to provide accurate, timely documentation.
  • Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge, and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in cross-cultural situations.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • The work environment includes homes, schools, offices, and community resources such as recreation facilities, churches, or various outing and store locations.
  • May include contact with clients with mental health issues who demonstrate behaviors such as cursing, shouting, running away, self-harm and violence.
  • Occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions while monitoring clients in the outside courtyard and assisting clients to and from transportation vehicles.
  • May be exposed to odors such as fragrances, cleaning products, and clients who experience difficulties with personal hygiene.

 DISCLAIMER:  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER and is committed to providing equal employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, legal domicile status, veteran status, disability or AIDS/HIV status or any other characteristic protected under federal or state law.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Department or Program: Boys and Girls Homes
This is a non-management position
This is a full time position
Union status: Non-union
Fingerprinting clearance: Required
TB Screening: Required
First Aid Certificate: Standard First Aid required

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