Alcohol/Drug Clinician, Full-Time
Are you a BBS licensed or registered intern who is looking for more than just a paycheck?
Are you passionate about bettering the lives of children?
If so, then consider becoming a part of our NEW TEAM in our expanding Mental Health Program!
We offer a wide range of benefits, including:
- Paid Time Off
- 12 Paid holidays
- Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
- Healthcare spending or reimbursement accounts such as HSAs or FSAs
- 401k with up to a 4% match after the first year
Sierra Forever Families, established in 1983 as Sierra Adoption Services, is a private, non-profit foster family/adoption agency that focuses on finding and sustaining permanency for children and youth in the foster care system. We serve children and families in 12 Northern California counties. We do more than place children into loving homes. We believe that every child needs a permanent family, we are advocates of all children in Foster Care. Children are the heart of our mission and in everything we do.
The Alcohol/Drug Clinician is a member of the mental health Therapeutic Support Services (TSS) team, specializing in substance use disorder (SUD). The Alcohol/Drug Clinician provides clinical assessments, counseling, and other strength-based, in-home, and community-based services to children and families involved in the child welfare system with co-occurring substance use disorder needs. The primary focus of this position is to stabilize and secure permanency for families and children, to stabilize placement for children in the Foster Care system, and to support a lifelong, secure, and permanent family connection as expediently as possible so that no youth will age out of foster care without a permanent family connection. Services provided by the Alcohol/Drug Clinician will have a strong mental health aspect, focusing on relational, attachment, and trauma informed practices.
- SUD Clinical Services:
- Provide clinical assessments, make “medical necessity” determinations, and create treatment plans.
- Provide appropriate psychotherapy to meet client’s needs behaviorally, developmentally, and emotionally.
- Work collaboratively with a wide range of clinical and non-clinical disciplines, and various community resources to address client needs;
- Provide crisis intervention and referrals for medical care when appropriate;
- Develop and apply knowledge of trends and advancements in the field of substance use disorder treatment.
- Provide on-call support, case management, and crisis intervention services as required by the Agency, the County Children’s Behavioral Health, which are appropriate to the clients’ needs.
- Therapeutic Records and Documentation
- Develop effective treatment plans with clear and measurable intervention strategies, which are tailored to client strengths, needs, and cultural preferences.
- Prepare and maintain treatment and progress reports and document patient medical charts as needed which include treatment recommendations, discharge planning and follow-up services.
- Documentation adherence must meet Medi-Cal (EPSDT), other regulatory agencies, and SFF requirements.
- Facilitate the development and refinement of effective behavior and risk specific reactive and proactive safety plans.
- Professional Collaboration
- Work with SFF Clinicians for client supervision exchange, case reviews, and client treatment planning.
- Work in collaboration with county, state, schools, and private agencies participating in interdisciplinary treatment planning.
- Provide pertinent information with authorized representatives of the client.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Specialized experience in providing clinical services to clients impacted by Substance Use Disorders (SUD) , working with children and families preferred (3 years minimum).
- Clinical experience working with children and families (2 years minimum).
- Ability to identify and analyze problems; weigh relevance and accuracy of information; generate and evaluate alternative solutions and make recommendations.
- Knowledge of relevant trends and practices in child welfare, adoption, and permanency.
- Working knowledge of:
- State Regulations for child placement agencies set forth by CDSS and CCL.
- Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT)/Medi-Cal billing requirements.
- Welfare and Institution Code and other related state and federal rules, regulations and laws pertaining to adoption, foster care, youth permanency, mentoring, and concurrent planning.
- Adoption clinical issues.
- Principles, practices and techniques used in the treatment of families and youth involved with adoption, foster care, youth permanency, family reunification, and concurrent planning.
- Child psychology, child development, principles of individual and group behavior, family relationships, and family dynamics.
- Accreditation Standards (COA).
- Knowledge of best practices such as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Therapeutic Adoption Competency (TAC), and Positive Behavior Practices (PBP).
- Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and the ability to communicate with staff, clients, community partners, and all levels of management.
- Demonstrate a high level of initiative and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently.
- Ability to organize, prioritize, and multi-task on a daily basis.
- Be able to maintain a professional, confidential work environment.
- Proficiency in computer technology, Microsoft Office 2010 Suite as well as Database/Case Management systems.
- Master’s degree from an accredited school in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or related human service field.
- Registered with BBS: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), or Licensed or Registered Psychologist.
- Registered intern within appropriate California Professional Board: Associate Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, Professional Clinical Counselor Intern, or Psychological Assistant.
- Local travel required, typically within a 10 to 30-mile radius to visit children and families.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
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 regularly required to stand, walk, climb or balance, stoop, sit, bend, squat, kneel, twist, crouch or crawl, and reach with hands and arms in an office or event setting. Be able to drive and transport children as well as supplies to events. Specific use of speech and hearing to communicate in person and by telephone; vision to read handwritten and printed materials and computer screen; and lift moderate weight (up to 50 lbs.), including children. Work hours include occasional nights and weekends.
- Must submit to and pass health screen, tuberculosis test, criminal record, and child abuse index clearances.
- Must possess a valid California driver’s license, provide proof of adequate vehicle insurance and have access to reliable transportation.
If you meet minimum qualifications for this position you can apply by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org that includes your resume and cover letter detailing how your skills and experiences are relevant to the requirements of this position.
Req #: 2019-0043