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Our Mission is to transform the lives of children in foster care by building and nurturing permanent families.

Sierra Forever Families 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 and provides an array of other community-based services to families and children.

Check out our current employment opportunities below.

Social Worker I - Full Time - Sacramento, CA

JOB SUMMARY

The Permanency Social Worker works in the Permanency Placement Unit preparing children and families for permanency. The Social Worker is responsible for conducting SAFE home studies; developing, coordinating, and supervising needs and service plans for children in foster/adopt homes. The Social Worker provides case management to ensure that foster parents are providing quality care; the home is safe, and all needs of the children are being met.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education & Experience

• Master’s degree from an accredited school in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or related human service field.
• Experience working with children and families required
• Previous experience working with SAFE Home Studies preferred

Skills

• Strong verbal and written ability to communicate effectively with staff, clients, colleagues, community partners, and all levels of management. Clearly communicate key goals to obtain permanency goals and other program goals
• Ability to identify and analyze problems; weigh relevance and accuracy of information; generate and evaluate alternative solutions and make recommendations
• Demonstrate a high level of initiative, effort and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently. Demonstrates responsible behavior and attention to detail
• Ability to organize, prioritize, and multi-task on a daily basis
• Open to change and new information; rapidly adapt to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected situations
• Display high standards of ethical conduct and exhibits honesty and integrity. Show consistency in words and actions, model high standards of ethics
• Foster an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization
• Be able to maintain a professional, confidential work environment
• Knowledge of relevant trends and practices in child welfare, adoption, and permanency.
• Strong counselling and assessment skills
• Knowledge of treatment planning and effective treatment interventions for children and foster families
• Proficiency in completing legal documents required for facilitation of adoption
• Responds to supervision, makes changes to provide best support for children and families
• Ability to align behavior with the mission and goals of the organization
• Proficiency in computer technology, Microsoft Office 2010 Suite as well as Database/Case Management systems

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Position Specific

  • Recruitment potential families
    • Evaluation and assessment of the application of potential approved families
    • Support foster families in completing all required and necessary documentation
  • Case Management for assigned clients
    • Conduct home studies and home study updates using the SAFE Home Study format
    • Develop and update child centered needs and services plans
    • Maintain a working relationship with the foster parents, teachers, therapists, CPS case workers, birth families, and significant others in order to implement successful plans
    • Create and maintain accurate documentation of client records in compliance with CCL and all other relevant regulatory agencies. Contact notes and case records need to be updated regularly, including medical, dental, and psychiatric information. Documentation adherence must meet CCL, other regulatory agencies, and SFF requirements
    • Develop, review, and update quarterly reports for each child on caseload within timeline expectations
    • Provide pertinent information to all authorized representatives of the child
    • Responsible for program statistics, maintain and report monthly case load forecasts and report placement changes by monthly deadline
  • Support Post Adoption clients
    • Facilitate support groups as needed
  • Child Placements
    • Evaluation and assessment of a child for placement and continued placement in an approved family
    • Attend placement of the child in an approved family and assure all needed paperwork is completed within timeline expectations
    • Supervision of the placement of the child, including direct contact with the child and certified family.
    • Ensure foster family has the support system they need to make the child successful; assist child and parents with problems concerning relationships and other aspects of social and emotional functioning
  • Ongoing assessment of family for licensing standards compliance, develop a plan of correction for non-compliance when necessary
  • Facilitate reunification plans/efforts whenever possible
  • Conduct Workshops and Training
    • Develop informational material for educational purposes, conduct workshops and educational training sessions
    • Orientation of potential families
  • Other duties as assigned

Agency Specific

  • Performs all duties in a manner consistent with the principles and values of Stanford Youth Solutions + Sierra Forever Families, while adhering to applicable professional codes of ethics, Stanford Youth Solutions + Sierra Forever Families Policies and Procedures and County Mental Health Plan regulations
  • Model and communicate appropriate positive attitudes toward Stanford Youth Solutions’ Mission, Vision, and Values
  • Work collaboratively with all Stanford Youth Solutions + Sierra Forever Families programs and staff to provide support as needed
  • Utilize and maintain Microsoft Outlook calendar with all work-related details in order to manage time effectively and share calendar information with coworkers
  • Participate in on-going training to expand and develop professional skills
  • Perform other duties as necessary for the agency, as assigned

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • All Stanford Youth Solutions + Sierra Forever Families staff must remain physically fit enough to keep themselves safe. All direct service workers must be able to keep themselves and children safe by demonstrated ability to perform crisis intervention techniques in compliance with agency standards. All Stanford Youth Solutions + Sierra Forever Families staff must be able to perform the following physical task:
  • Lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
  • Use hands to handle, and/or feel objects, tools, and control
  • Stand, walk, sit, climb stairs, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl
  • Talk and hear
  • Move quickly/run
  • Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus
  • Drive a car

If you meet minimum qualifications for this position you can apply by sending an email to jobs@sierraff.org that includes your resume and cover letter detailing how your skills and experiences are relevant to the requirements of this position.

Resource Family Training Specialist - Full Time - Sacramento, CA

Position Summary:

The Resource Family Training Specialist, under the guidance of the SFF Agency Program Director, schedules, conducts, designs, evaluates, and implements trainings for Resource Families to assure that Community Care Standards are adhered to.  The Training Specialist implements training that provides both clinical/trauma informed parenting techniques, while also supporting families in their understanding of the many elements of the child welfare system.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Resource Family Training:
    • ISFC Training for RFA families.
    • RFA pre-approval and ongoing training to potential Resource Families for all SFF Offices.
    • Develop/keep current; training curricula meeting Resource Family training requirements and incorporating best practices in the field
  • SFF Staff Training:
    • Coordinate, and deliver quarterly training for SFF programs or all staff (depending on topic).
  • Training Coordination & Planning:
    • Develop, coordinate, and communicate the annual agency training calendar for Resource Families.
  • Training Records:
    • Maintain accurate documentation of training records in compliance with Council on Accreditation (COA) and Community Care Licensing (CCL and all other relevant regulatory agencies.
    • Gather, maintain and report training related data in agency database/SAM
  • Coordinate with PQI staff to determine needs for additional training.
  • Other duties as assigned

Essential Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Knowledge of relevant trends and practices in child welfare, adoption, and
  • Facilitation skills and ability to communicate effectively and translate needs between resource parents, staff, community partners, and all levels of management.
  • Ability to develop, plan, implement and evaluate curriculum
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Organized and detail oriented.
  • Working knowledge of:
    • State Regulations for child placement agencies set forth by CDSS and CCL
    • Welfare and Institution Code, Multi-Ethnic Placement Act (MEPA) 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 administration of adoption, foster care, youth permanency and concurrent planning
    • Child psychology, child development, principles of individual and group behavior, family relationships, and family dynamics
    • Accreditation Standards (COA)
  • Proficient in computer technology, Microsoft Office 365 as well as Database/Case Management systems

Education and Experience:

  • A Master’s degree from an accredited school in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, Education or related human service field preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Education or related human service field required. Five years of similar work experience may be substituted for education requirement
  • Experience in teaching, group presentation, facilitating groups and developing curriculum required

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.

Miscellaneous:

  • Frequent travel required between SFF offices for meetings and to conduct training.
  • Required to work at least two evenings per week and two Saturdays per month.
  • Must submit to and pass a health screen, tuberculosis test, criminal record, and child abuse index clearances
  • Possess a valid California driver’s license, provide proof of adequate vehicle insurance and have access to reliable transportation
  •  The employee is expected to adhere to all agency policies and to act as a role model in the adherence to agency policies

If you meet minimum qualifications for this position you can apply by sending an email to jobs@sierraff.org that includes your resume and cover letter detailing how your skills and experiences are relevant to the requirements of this position.

Req # 2019-0049

Youth Skills Trainer - Full Time - Sacramento, CA

Youth Skills Trainer, Full-Time

Are you creative, enthusiastic, and 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
  • Health insurance (Kaiser, Sutter, and others)
  • Dental insurance
  • 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 – they are the heart of our mission and everything we do.

Job Summary:

The Youth Skills Trainer works in the Therapeutic Support Services unit to support children, non-minor dependents, and their families. As a part of the mental health team, and under the guidance of the case carrying clinician, the Youth Skills Trainer builds positive relationships with youth and their caregivers to complete components of the client treatment plan. This position is community-based and focused predominantly in the Sacramento region.

Primary Job Functions:

  • Youth Engagement and Development
    • Build healthy relationships with youth and their caregivers
    • Connect with youth to encourage and support their engagement in their own treatment planning
    • Participate in school and/or community activities to support development of healthy relationships
    • Model and coach positive, constructive attitudes and behaviors in managing difficult situations in school, work, and living situations
  • Promote Permanency
    • Support completion of client treatment plan in consideration of overarching goal of permanency, both relational permanency as well as legal permanency
    • Identify barriers to permanency and work with youth to overcome surmountable barriers
    • Provide in-home support that will assess and assist families with strength enhancing-behavioral change and aid the development of natural supports
    • Collaborate with Child and Family Team (CFT) members to ensure youth voice and youth choice
  • Documentation
    • Create and maintain accurate documentation of client records in compliance with Medi-Cal (EPSDT) and all other relevant regulatory agencies.
    • Maintain and update progress notes and case records in a timely manner
  • Partnership Development
    • Build strategic partnerships with community-based organizations, as well as local and state entities
    • Cultivate and maintain relationships with collaborative partners—non-profits, community activists, business leaders and religious groups—to meet the agency mission
    • Possess specific cultural competence to work with and outreach to culturally diverse populations and communities
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills:

  • Initiative and drive to fulfill our agency’s mission
  • Communicate effectively (verbally and written) with staff, clients, colleagues, community partners, and all levels of management
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to engage and build a trusting relationship with families
  • Ability to work with diverse populations and communities
  • Complete a minimum of 24 hours of annual training in topics specific to job expectations
  • Proficiency in computer technology, Microsoft Office 2010 Suite, and Database / Case Management systems
  • Understanding of EPSDT billing, Welfare and Institution Codes, Continuation of Care Reform, and other pertinent state regulations
  • Work extended hours (including occasional weekends) when necessary to support children and families or when imposed deadlines need to be met
  • Meet revenue and productivity standards

Education and Experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited school in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or related human service field.
  • Experience working with children and families, as well as with developing partnerships (1 year minimum)

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 to events and set-up and take-down outreach materials.  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.

Miscellaneous:

  • Must submit to and pass a health screen, tuberculosis test, criminal record, and child abuse index clearances
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule as well as be available for emergencies and calls after hours and on weekends to meet the needs of the children and families
  • The employee is expected to adhere to all agency policies and to act as a role model in the adherence to agency policies

Travel:
Possess a valid California driver’s license, provide proof of adequate vehicle insurance and have access to reliable transportation. Position requires some travel throughout Northern California (typically less than 8 hours per week)

If you meet minimum qualifications for this position you can apply by sending an email to jobs@sierraff.org that includes your resume and cover letter detailing how your skills and experiences are relevant to the requirements of this position.

Req #: 2019-0040

Alcohol/Drug Clinician - Full Time - Sacramento, CA

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.

Job Summary:

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.

Essential functions:

  • 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.

Experience: 

  • 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).

Skills:

  • 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.

Education Required:

  • 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.

Or

  • Registered intern within appropriate California Professional Board: Associate Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, Professional Clinical Counselor Intern, or Psychological Assistant.

Travel

  • 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.

Miscellaneous:

  • 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 jobs@sierraff.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

Mental Health Clinical Supervisor - Full Time - Sacramento, CA

Mental Health Clinical Supervisor, Full-Time

Are you a BBS licensed individual who is looking for more than just a paycheck?

Are you creative, enthusiastic, and 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
  • Health insurance (Kaiser, Sutter, and others)
  • Dental insurance
  • 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 – they are the heart of our mission and everything we do.

Position Summary:

The Clinical Supervisor is responsible to ensure that the Mental Health department functions efficiently and that requirements for legal compliance with child welfare and employment laws are followed. The Clinical Supervisor also directs work performed by licensed Clinicians and interns, assigns cases to staff, and may follow up with clients, as required. It is also expected that the Clinical Supervisor work with the Clinical Program Manager in development, implementation, and evaluation of mental health policies and procedures, as well as goals and outcomes. This position carries out supervisory responsibilities including training and coaching.

Essential Skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and confidence in speaking with staff, clients, colleagues, community partners, and all levels of management.
  • Ability to rapidly adapt to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.
  • Ability to identify and analyze problems and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Knowledge of relevant trends and practices in child welfare, adoption, and permanency.
  • Knowledge of wrap around and community-based program principles.
  • Strong practical and theoretical foundation in evidence-based and best practices such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Positive Parenting Program (Triple P).
  • Knowledge of Medi-Cal (EPSDT) billing and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of:
    • State Regulations for child placement agencies set forth by CDSS and CCL.
    • California Family Code statues affecting scope of agency activity.
    • Welfare and Institution Code, Multi-Ethnic Placement Act (MEPA) 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 administration of adoption, foster care, youth permanency and concurrent planning.
    • Child psychology, child development, principles of individual and group behavior, family relationships, and family dynamics.
    • Accreditation Standards (COA).
  • Highly proficient in computer technology, Microsoft Office 2010 Suite as well as Database/Case Management systems.

Education and Experience Required:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited school in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling. or related human service field.
  • Possession of a valid California LCSW or LMFT.
  • Five (5) years’ experience in child welfare, special needs adoptions, foster care, birth family intervention, youth permanency, child abuse, family dynamics, crisis intervention, and community resources
  • Three (3) years’ supervisory experience.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to sit or stand for long periods of time in an office setting or while driving; intermittently walk, stand, bend, squat, kneel, twist, and reach with hands and arms; use speech and hearing to communicate in person and by telephone; vision to read handwritten and printed materials and computer screen; and lift moderate weight of up to 50 pounds, including children.

May work evenings and weekends.

Travel:

  • Position requires some travel throughout Northern California (typically less than 10 hours per week).

Miscellaneous:

  • Must possess a valid California driver’s license and proof of adequate vehicle insurance.
  • Must submit to and pass a health screen, tuberculosis test, criminal record, and child abuse index clearances.

If you meet minimum qualifications for this position you can apply by sending an email to jobs@sierraff.org that includes your resume and cover letter detailing how your skills and experiences are relevant to the requirements of this position.

Req # 2019-0042

Mental Health Clinician – Full Time - Sacramento, CA

Mental Health Clinician, Full-Time position

Are you a BBS licensed or registered intern who is looking for more than just a paycheck?

Are you creative, enthusiastic, and 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
  • Health insurance (Kaiser, Sutter, and others)
  • Dental 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 – they are the heart of our mission and everything we do.

Job Summary:

The clinician is a member of the Therapeutic Support Services (TSS) team, providing strength-based, in-home, and community-based services to children and families. 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 clinician will have a strong mental health aspect, focusing on relational, attachment, and trauma informed practices.

Experience:

  • Clinical experience working with children and families required.
  • Strong counselling and assessment skills.
  • Knowledge of treatment planning and effective treatment interventions for children and families.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of best practices such as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Therapeutic Adoption Competency (TAC), and Positive Behavior Practices (PBP).

Education Required:

  • 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.

Or

  • Registered intern within appropriate California Professional Board: Associate Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, Professional Clinical Counselor Intern, or Psychological Assistant.

Travel

  • Local travel required, typically within a 10 to 30-mile radius to visit children and families.

Miscellaneous:

  • 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 jobs@sierraff.org that includes your resume and cover letter detailing how your skills and experiences are relevant to the requirements of this position.

Req #: 2019-0037

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