Huckleberry Youth Programs (HYP) is a community-based youth agency, providing a full spectrum of services to homeless, runaway, and other at-risk youth and families in San Francisco and Marin counties. Our programs are characterized by a commitment to community-based, collaborative services; attention to the urgency, complexity, and ever-changing nature of our clients’ needs; and recognition of the value and dignity of youth and their capacity to become healthy, productive adults.
Our counseling program offers family and individual therapy as well as case management, groups and behavioral health classes. We strive to provide culturally relevant, high quality services in English and Spanish to youth (ages 11-24) and their families.Therapists are located at our health center, youth shelter, education program or juvenile justice program in San Francisco. Placement at schools or other community sites may occur as part of the positions. Counseling staff meet weekly for group supervision and/or staff meetings.
The Outpatient Psychotherapist/Clinical Social Worker will be based at our 299 Kansas location in San Francisco. The primary responsibility of this position will be providing family and individual therapy to clients in Huckleberry’s HART Program. HART provides services designed specifically for youth ages 11-24 who are experiencing commercial sexual exploitation or who are at risk. HART acknowledges the strengths and struggles of youth who have experienced sexual exploitation. HART creates a safe space where youth are provided meaningful options with compassion and integrity in the hope they can heal and lead the lives they desire. HART is committed to a youth empowerment perspective and prioritizes youth choice. Youth are referred by county child welfare, Juvenile Probation, school staff, medical providers, by peers, and self-referred. Clinician will also maintain a small caseload of outpatient clients to supplement the caseload. Clinicians are expected to maintain a caseload that enables them to book at least twenty clients per week.
OPPORTUNITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Psychotherapist will receive:
● Weekly individual clinical supervision
● Group supervision (3x/month + team meeting)
● BBS hours if needed
● Ongoing training and support in genuine learning environment
● Agency commitment to addressing compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma
● The opportunity to work with a wide range of clinical issues within a diverse client population
Psychotherapist responsibilities will include:
● Provide family and individual therapy to adolescents and young adults.
● Seek to reduce barriers to accessing mental health services, by demonstrating flexibility in approach and location of services,
● Demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skill in conducting biopsychosocial assessments, evaluating and responding to clinical risks, creating diagnostic formulations, developing treatment plans and choosing and applying effective interventions to bring about therapeutic change.
● Develop rapport with youth and families in a manner that demonstrates awareness of the impact of sociocultural factors on experiences, values, learning and counseling needs.
● Demonstrate ability to engage and retain youth and families in services.
● Demonstrate thorough knowledge of legal and ethical issues and apply this vigilantly to clinical practice. Consistently maintain appropriate boundaries with clients and staff.
● Perform accurate, thorough and timely record-keeping and documentation.
● Consistently work to advance clinical skills and knowledge of self and the clinical team by actively engaging in group and individual supervision, pursuing training opportunities and sharing knowledge.
● Facilitate behavioral health groups or presentations as needed.
● Maintain professional standards of performance, demeanor, and appearance at all times.
● Perform tasks and responsibilities in a thorough and timely manner in compliance with agency policy and standards, and conform to scheduling requirements of this job description and
● Maintain a creative, team-building, cooperative approach to job performance and seek to bring a constructive, problem-solving orientation to all tasks.
● Maintain an awareness of the agency’s mission and work to promote the positive individual and social change goals it embodies.
● Exercise discretion and professional judgment at all times in keeping with the responsibility carried personally and by the agency for the care and welfare of youth and families.
● Actively strive to upgrade personal skills through engaging in appropriate professional training experiences. ● Strong commitment to the well being of youth, social justice, and a positive youth development and harm reduction approach.
Required qualifications include:
● A master’s degree in social work or counseling
● A clinical license registered with BBS in pursuit of licensure
● Criminal background check and TB test
Preferred qualifications include:
● Experience with adolescents
● Experience with family therapy
● Experience working with trauma or crisis populations
● Ability to provide individual and family therapy sessions in Spanish
● Experience with Medi-Cal documentation, currently AVATAR
● Experience, awareness and knowledge of cultures of HYP clients and families
ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY QUALIFICATIONS:
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
HYP offers a generous benefit package: http://www.huckleberryyouth.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2019-Benefits-Summary.pdf
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:
Huckleberry Youth Programs is an equal opportunity employer, committed to providing equal opportunity to its employees and applicants for employment without discrimination on the basis of race; color; ethnic background; religion; gender; gender identity or expression; sexual orientation; national origin; ancestry; age; marital status; pregnancy, childbirth, or other related medical condition; disability, including HIV- related conditions; or status as a covered veteran. This policy applies to every aspect of employment, including but not limited to: hiring, advancement, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, compensation, benefits, training and working conditions.
Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
For 50 years, Huckleberry Youth Programs' mission has been to educate, inspire, and support under served youth to develop healthy life choices, to maximize their potential, and to realize their dreams. We accomplish this by providing San Francisco and Marin youth and their families with a network of services and opportunities.
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