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School Based Mental Health Clinician

Location: San Francisco, CA

Department: Mental Health

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

School Based Mental Health Clinician

Hours: 32-40 hours per week. Hourly, non-exempt. 

Oakes Children's Center, Inc. is a mental health and educational facility serving emotionally disturbed children and children with autistic spectrum disorders. Our purpose is to promote the children's emotional, psychological and academic development, helping them achieve their highest potential.

The Partnership Program is a joint effort between Oakes and the San Francisco Unified School District. This project utilizes Oakes’ clinical expertise in an effort to allow severely emotionally disturbed children to stay in the public school. Oakes clinical staff therapists work with S.E.D./S.L.I. classrooms providing therapy and consultation at the public school site.

Additionally, Oakes has a small outpatient program for children with pervasive developmental delays. Oakes provides socialization groups and outpatient counseling to children from various San Francisco public schools. These activities take place at the main Oakes site. Oakes also provides an onsite Day Treatment Program.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Requires license in Psychology, Social Work, or MFT, or license eligibility, and experience working with children in a psychotherapeutic setting.
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of individual and family therapy, case management, and clinical social work.
  • Ability to apply clinical skills effectively; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; secure and record accurate and clinically pertinent psycho-social data.
  • Ability to work well with school, social, legal and medical systems.
  • Knowledge of public schools and public school systems strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of DSM V  required.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Good computer skills and experience with electronic medical records.
  • Demonstrated understanding of child development and mandated reporting laws.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a multicultural client population.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English a plus.
  • Training and experience with Autistic Spectrum Disorders a plus.
  • Experience with digital health records and Medi-Cal documentation. 


Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Conducts psycho-social assessments and provides psycho-therapy and clinical case management services for children and their families.
2. Performs comprehensive mental health and treatment services to clients including: intake evaluations, assessments, individualized treatment plans, crisis intervention, individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, treatment planning, collateral, case management, and outreach.
3. Establishes good working relationships with school staff members and outside professionals in order to maintain continuity of care.
4. Coordinates with SFUSD and CBHS Staff for ERMHS Services.
5. Participate as an active member of the treatment team. Provides support and contributes to the creation of a positive and supportive work environment. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships and represents the agency in the school community.
6. Attends pertinent IEP’s
7. Insures and monitors that all operations, procedures, interventions and documentation comply with agency, state, and county guidelines and quality assurance standards.
8. Complete all documentation as required by CBHS in a timely manner.
9. Responsible for producing the required number of billable units per month.
10. Regularly reviews clinical interventions and case documentation with supervisor.
11. Participate in staff meetings, trainings, case conferences, and peer review process.
12. Other clinical, administrative, and operational duties as assigned.

*This position description is not intended to be all-inclusive; other duties may be assigned as the program moves through the school year, and some of these described may be modified.

Experience in working with children with emotional and behavioral concerns is a must. Patience, compassion and cultural sensitivity are essential. Oakes Children’s Center is a supportive community and succeeds because of its team-oriented approach and love of children. We are looking for someone who is interested in staying with us long-term and becoming a part of the team.

Benefits: Oakes Children's Center offers a comprehensive benefits package, including Medical, Dental, and Vision. 


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