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LifeSpring Therapist

LifeSpring is a growing program that assists youth and young adults who are exiting the foster care system as well as youth and young adults who are experiencing homelessness/at-risk of homelessness. Under the general supervision of the LifeSpring Program Manager,the therapist assures that all services provided to LifeSpring participants are being implemented through a youth driven, wellness and recovery model that is strength based, culturally relevant, trauma informed, and outcome based that supports self-sufficiency. The LifeSpring Therapist utilizes evidenced based and/or promising practices as the preferred treatment modality. Provides treatment to LifeSpring participants that may include crisis management and safety planning as well as individual, group, and family therapy. The LifeSpring Therapist is expected to function as part of a multi-disciplinary team while making appropriate independent decisions for the benefit of the client(s).

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Specific Activities
  • Utilize evidence based or promising practices as the preferred treatment modality for crisis management and safety planning as well as individual, group, and family therapy.
  • Utilize therapeutic engagement strategies to build rapport, identify strengths and barriers to participant self-sufficiency, and empower youth to achieve goals and permanent independence.
  • Conduct comprehensive behavioral health assessments utilizing DSM- 5 Level 1 & 2 Cross-Cutting Symptom Measures and other clinical evaluation tools to determine the impact of mental health on current functioning, utilizing result as a baseline for measurement of client progress and symptom reduction.
  • Develop client centered treatment plans and individualized goals.
  • Provide coordination of care with other mental health professionals and primary care providers.
  • Provide coordination of care with other mental health professionals, primary care providers, and other supportive services.
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary teams/collaborative meetings to identify service gaps, barriers, and successes in order to create best practices, policies, procedures, and protocols.
  • Provide crisis management consultation to other frontline staff.
  • Participate in collaborative meetings, and other community based meetings.
  • Develop, expand, and strengthen coordinated case management.
  • Make referrals to other service providers as needed.
  • Maintain accurate clinical records 
  • Participate in individual and group clinical supervision.
  • Follow all legal and ethical guidelines pertaining to the treatment of youth and families, per state and county requirements (e.g., Child Abuse Report, Duty to Warn, Confidentiality, Grievance Procedures, and Serious Incident Reporting).
  • Complete all other duties as assigned.
MA in social work or related field and registered intern with the BBS required; state-licensed LCSW or LMFT preferred. A minimum of two years’ experience in a social service setting working  with transitional age youth (TAY), former foster youth and/or youth experiencing homelessness; a strong background in direct clinical services, client centered approach, trauma, and dual diagnosis. Must have experience in group training/instruction and ability to work independently while focusing on multiple priorities and meeting required deadlines. . Must be able to engage diverse groups effectively in an educational format.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:  
Possesses advanced knowledge that is primarily intellectual in character and includes exercising discretion and independent judgment
Establish and maintains effective working relationships while showing open mindedness and a collaborative spirit. Compatibility with agency purpose, goals, philosophy, and approach. Demonstrates enthusiasm and passion for their work. Utilizes a creative approach to problem solving. Interactions with others reflect a spirit of honesty, humbleness, and self-awareness. Accepts constructive criticism with a positive attitude and willingness to implement change. Ability to work well independently and demonstrate appropriate initiative. Must demonstrate knowledge of trauma Informed, client driven, and culturally competent care. 
Other Requirements
Reliable transportation. Must have a California driver license and good driving record. Willing to use own, properly insured, reliable vehicle for the job (mileage reimbursed). Employment subject to clearances, including background finger printing checks, driving record, tuberculosis testing, and drug testing.
Compensation and Benefits
Your well-being matters at North County Lifeline!
  • Paid vacation
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid holidays (14 days)
  • Exceptional medical, dental, vision, chiropractic and acupuncture coverage
  • Free health and wellness programs
  • Free Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance program
  • Great employee incentive award programs
  • Training and education assistance
  • Matched 403b retirement plan
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Menu of optional benefits, including short term disability, critical illness, accident, hospitalization and cancer policy
Pay Range Salary will commensurate with experience and education. Differential pay offered for bilingual skills. EEO.
Physical Demands/Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee may be exposed in an extremely stressful environment where there are considerable mental and emotional demands. Travel is required to client homes. Employee may be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.  The employee will be required to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer.
Work Schedule
Non-exempt, Full-time, 40 hours a week- Monday – Friday- Flexible hours (may include evenings and weekends)