Clinician (License- Preferred)
San Diego Youth Services seeks a Clinician (License-Preferred) in the I CARE Program. This is a full-time & exempt position reporting to I CARE Program Manager.
San Diego Youth Services: Who we are
San Diego Youth Services has helped improve the lives of more than 780,000 homeless, runaway and vulnerable youth since its beginning in 1970. We provide safe places to live and long-term solutions through shelter, foster homes, community centers and housing to more than 28,000 youth every year at 100+ community and school locations. Through prevention, early intervention and treatment, we also help youth before they need higher levels of care or become homeless.
We aim to:
Meet the basic needs of youth. Hunger, poverty and youth homelessness are on the rise for many youth and their families today. We help meet these basic needs for youth. What could be more vital than food and shelter? We provide safe places to live and long-term solutions through shelter, foster homes, community centers and housing.
Create positive connection. We help youth focus on positive life changes and healthy relationships as part of providing needed resources and services. San Diego Youth Services has long provided foster homes and adoption support services for families considering adopting a youth in the foster care system.
Help youth develop life skills. In addition to a range of safe and stable housing options, we offer support to help youth develop the independent living skills necessary to become self-sufficient and keep off the streets.
Promote overall health and well-being. Early intervention and care for the whole child are critical. We provide a broad continuum of services to help youth overcome trauma and challenges that put them at risk, including case management, counseling, mental health treatment and educational support and resources.
SDYS has a staff of approximately 215 employees and 80 volunteers working across San Diego County and an annual budget of approximately $22 million.
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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION HIRING FOR
I CARE supports youth, up to age 21, who are at risk for or have experienced sex trafficking or other commercial sexual exploitation. The program provides a mental health clinic and a drop-in center. I CARE provided services to 129 youth and community training to more than 2,160 individuals during the past year.
CONTEXT OF THE POSITION
Provide mental health services to Commercially Sexually Exploited (CSE) Youth throughout San Diego County through unprecedented patience, creativity and acceptance, as youth develop relational competencies and life skills. Manage participant motivation, removal of barriers, intakes and assessments, creating Treatment Plan in coordination with the youth, facilitate referrals, and collaborate with community partners.
Essential functions include:
- Collaborate and partner with local law enforcement, schools, other service providers, and community stakeholders to provide coordinated care for current service partners as well as address the issue of CSEC and human trafficking in San Diego.
- Conduct in-depth assessment for potential mental health and/or substance abuse issues, CSE, domestic/community violence, physical/sexual/emotional abuse, and physical health needs.
- Provide individual/group/family therapy; co-occurring disorders treatment; crisis intervention, service/discharge planning; and case-management services.
- Facilitate outpatient treatment groups in the Drop-In Center to address the therapeutic and psycho-educational needs of adolescents who have been commercially sexually exploited; develop and maintain group curriculum. Provide milieu supervision as needed.
- Consult and care coordination with integrated primary care, mental health and substance abuse treatment.
- Maintain minimal productivity standards.
- Maintain Uniform Medical Record documentation and reporting and billing logs on all youth.
- Utilize eye movement desensitization reprocessing TF-CBT, Motivational Interviewing and Seeking Safety.
- Provide services in-home, at satellite offices, in shelter environments and in the community as needed. Position requires travel to North and East County and be willing to be available for on-call rotation.
- Attend required meetings, including, but not limited to supervision, staff meetings, and trainings.
- Develop and cultivate a culture of advocacy and empowerment for service partners who have been victims of CSE.
- Demonstrate ability to work well under pressure, meet multiple and competing deadlines.
- Cooperate and collaborate with colleagues and supervisors, and positively contribute to the culture of the program and agency.
- Respond to service-partners during a crisis or urgent matter, including those that occur outside of normal business operating hours, by implementing and following the on-call procedures whenever the rotation of on-call falls into the scope of responsibilities for the assigned period.
PREFERRED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- License Preferred in Marital and Family Therapy, Social Work, or Psychology.
- Minimum 2 years of relevant experience under the direct supervision of a licensed Clinician with high-risk adolescents, preferably those who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and/or human trafficking.
- Experience in crisis intervention, therapeutic group facilitation, documentation, curriculum maintenance/development, and case management and who has provided services with Cerner in a Medi-Cal funded clinic.
- Knowledge of Motivational Interviewing, Seeking Safety, My Life My Choice curriculum is a plus. Must be a team player with ability to work independently.
- Must possess or be willing to develop working knowledge of trauma-informed care and dual diagnosis treatment; experience working in trauma-informed and dual diagnosis preferred.
- Familiarity with juvenile justice and social service systems preferred.
- Preferred bilingual English/Spanish.
- Must have reliable vehicle, relevant auto insurance, a clean driving record, valid CA driver’s license and willing to drive vehicle for job related tasks (mileage reimbursement).
- Maintain certification in CPR & First Aid. Employment is subject to required clearances which include tuberculosis test, fingerprinting, background checks, and drug testing.
- Must be registered with the Board of Behavioral Science and must be in good standing.
- Adhere to and uphold the rigorous standards of SDYS as mandated by its mission, purpose, guiding principles and standards of quality.
- Maintain confidentiality and privacy standards of service partner protected health information and other applicable information and material in accordance to agency and center policies, and applicable regulations and laws including HIPAA.
- Welcome and support SDYS volunteers and assist them in accomplishing their services whenever applicable.
- Effectively communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
- Receive and give supportive feedback to foster equity and inclusion in working relationships.
- Recognize, nurture, and learn from strengths in co-workers.
- Maintain warm, welcoming and safe work environments.
- Possess flexibility to accomplish job responsibilities in several work environments, whether it be from home, on the road, or in an office.
Salary: $67,808-$70,000 Unlicensed/$74,880-$78,000 Licensed
SDYS offers a comprehensive benefits package to full time employees that includes generous PTO, personal holidays, health, vision, dental, life insurance, parental leave and a 403(b)-retirement plan with matching contribution.
Candidates must be able to follow all the guidelines provided by the agency, government, and health authorities to maintain safety and health when the job requires physical presence and/or contact with others during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the submission of proof of vaccination as mandated by the California Public Health Order. The successful candidate will need to submit verification of vaccination or have a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated.
SDYS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. In compliance with the Immigration and Nationality Act as amended, all new employees must verify their eligibility to work in the United States.
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