Company Name:

WestCoast Children's Clinic


Oakland, California

Approximate Salary:

Commensurate with Experience

Job Category:

Clinician, Child Psychology, Community Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Family Psychology

Work Setting:


Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

Less than 2 years

Required Education:

Master's Degree

Date Posted:

September 24, 2019

Mental Health Clinician

WestCoast Children’s Clinic provides high quality and community-based mental health services to children (0-17), non-minor dependents and families who are either currently in the foster care system or are in transition in terms of housing or care. As a trauma-informed care agency, our focus includes advocacy and research in services for commercially and sexually exploited minors (CSEC), specifically in the assessment, identification and treatment. Services are provided out in the community or on site in Oakland (Fruitvale) and Hayward.

We are seeking skilled mental health professionals with a heart for strengthening our communities of color, working from a trauma-informed and social justice lens to optimize the social and emotional wellbeing of children, youth and families. We value a team-based approach with a focus on personal and professional development, in an environment that encourages remaining open and curious about the intersectionality of race, gender, power and privilege. You will be joining a dynamic team of community-focused mental health clinicians with a passion for influencing social change through intensive strategies that address current needs for stabilization, crisis intervention and trauma-focused treatment.

Our Programs:

C-Change: Transforming the Lives of Sexually Exploited Minors
C-Change is an intensive mental health program that helps children heal from sexual exploitation. C-Change staff build relationships with exploited youth and stay with them through all stages of recovery.

Catch-21: Helping Youth Out
By focusing on the vulnerable period between leaving intensive mental health programs and returning to live in the community, Catch-21 helps youth ages 17-21 develop the skills they need to function successfully.

Outpatient Program

The Outpatient Therapy Program provides long-term individual and family psychotherapy, parent guidance, and clinical case management services and aims to help children develop adaptive coping mechanisms, positive relational skills, and to facilitate their healthy development.

STAT (Screening, Stabilization, and Transition) Program

The STAT program is committed to helping children cope with the trauma of abuse and neglect as well as minimizing the impact on children of being separated from their family and community.

How our Clinicians make an impact:

▪ Provides screening, assessment and therapeutic interventions as children enter into or change
placement within the child welfare system; assess cognitive, emotional and social functioning and
needs; facilitates the identification and engagement in mental health services.
▪ Provides individual and family therapy, caregiver guidance, collateral contacts and case
management to children. May work with a case manager as part of a team to best serve youth.
▪ Provides intensive mental health, clinical case management, and wrap-around service
development, including crisis intervention and stabilization
▪ Provides services at WCC program sites and in the community (youth’s homes, communities,
other agencies, and schools); travel is required up to 90 miles one way.
▪ Maintains clinical caseload minimum; meets billable hours & goals as set by the agency.
▪ Collaborates with other professionals within WCC and partnering agencies to ensure the highest quality of service to WCC clients; make collateral contacts on behalf of clients as needed including Child Welfare Workers, Juvenile Justice personnel, parents and caregivers, and other providers.
▪ Engage with the program leadership to foster a continuum of quality improvement and strength building strategies for enhanced client services.
▪ Complies with WCC policies, procedures, and deadlines related to billing, record keeping, and documentation.
▪ Complies with WCC and California state Boards’ requirements pertaining to supervision, consultation and case conference attendance.
▪ Understands and complies with policies, procedures, documentation and paperwork for EPSDT Medi-Cal billing, meeting billing requirements as set by the agency.
▪ Actively participates in agency wide trainings, program staff meetings, clinical supervision and case conferencing as required.

The successful candidate has:

▪ Master’s or doctoral degree in psychology, counseling, marriage and family therapy, or social work with current CA license in good standing (or be CA license eligible at time of hire.)
▪ Direct clinical experience working with vulnerable populations and at-risk youth, foster care, DCFS, and community mental health.
▪ Demonstrated clinical skill in assessment/evaluation and treatment and crisis intervention.
▪ Knowledge of child and adolescent development, trauma, and chemical dependency.
▪ Sensitivity and awareness in dealing with issues of cultural competency; efficiency and time management – ability to be well-organized and complete timely documentation – able to work independently and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team.
▪ Proven effectiveness working with clients who have complex traumatic histories and attachment difficulties.
▪ Experience working with diverse communities.
▪ Ability to be supportive and provide guidance in a non-judgmental manner.
▪ Clean CA DMV record and current car insurance and car; travel is required.
▪ Bilingual Spanish skills (spoken and written) a plus.

Competencies (skills, abilities & knowledge):

▪ Clinical service skill — assessment/evaluation, clinical skills, crisis intervention, ability to use
supervision effectively, ethical and legal responsibilities, high quality clinical documentation.
▪ Knowledge of attachment theory, brief psychotherapy modalities, early childhood and adolescent
development, trauma, and principles of milieu therapy.
▪ Cultural competence – knowledge of issues of race, class, and ethnicity.
▪ Efficiency and time management – ability to be well-organized and complete timely documentation.
▪ Excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills.
▪ Knowledge of or ability to learn Medi-Cal reimbursement procedures and billing.
▪ Collaboration and team functioning – able to work independently and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team.
▪ Prior knowledge and experience with EHR such as Welligent, preferred.
▪ Professional conduct.

Bilingual clinicians and clinicians of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position details and compensation:

Salary range for all clinician positions is $57,240-$64k+ annually depending on experience and current licensure status, plus a 5% language differential, if applicable.


  • Performance-based compensation and retirement plan contribution
  • Employer paid medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability coverage
  • 403b option
  • Flex-spending options
  • Bilingual pay differential for qualified candidates
  • 20 days paid time off per year (equivalent to 4 weeks), 11 Paid Holidays, plus Self-Care Leave (additional PTO accrual with increased years of service)
  • Excellent clinical training provided by field experts
  • Individual and group supervision, and assistance towards licensure
  • Casual work environment that is professional and social justice-focused: Staff Affinity Groups including Staff of Color, LGBTQ+, Equity and Inclusion, White Accountability and Health and Wellness

Please indicate which program you are interested in applying for (TAYS, STAT, Outpatient, or all programs), and include a resume and cover letter.

WCC is passionate about leading and encouraging open conversations around race, gender, power, and privilege, and how these impact community mental health. Our staff affinity groups include Staff of Color Council, LGBTQ Staff Group, White Accountability Group, and Equity and Inclusion Council.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diminishing the influence of privilege and discrimination in our field and our workplace, whether due to differences concerning age, citizenship, color, disability, marital or parental status, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

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