APSS OUTPATIENT THERAPIST in Lancaster, CA at Penny Lane Centers

Date Posted: 4/29/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

We are seeking individuals to join our team who have high standards and a desire to positively impact the lives of others. 

Summary: 

Adoption Promotion and Support Services (APSS) Therapists provide mental health services including individual, group and family therapy for children, youth, and families in our APSS program.  Services are offered at our clinic, school and the client’s home. The APSS Therapist will be working within the context of a team to provide adoption focused mental health services to clients referred through Penny Lane’s Foster Family Agency Contract with APSS. The therapist works collaboratively with the team to assess, provide and/or link the clients and families to needed community services and coordinates all the services that the client receives. The Therapist will provide adoption-focused and/or adoption informed individual therapy to all referred children, non- minor dependents, adoptive parents, prospective adoptive parents and caregivers, including unmatched prospective caregivers. Therapist will assist child(ren) or non-minor dependents hesitant about adoption in exploring and resolving therapeutic issues including but not limited to past losses, rejections, and disappointments so that these issues do not impact their potential for a permanent adoptive placement. Therapist will assess the family needs and provide family therapy to address the needs of the family related to permanency.  The Therapist documents all service according to DMH and Penny Lane guidelines.

In addition to working with APSS children, youth, and families, the APSS therapist will also provide services for clients in our outpatient ISFC (Intensive Services Foster Care) program as needed.  The APSS therapist is to provide support, professional services, treatment, whether services are provided to APSS-specific children, youth, and families.  The APSS Therapist possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills when working with clients, outside agencies, members of the community, and co-workers. 

The APSS Therapist will employ a professional and calm demeanor and appropriate ethical and professional boundaries. Excellent clinical skills are used to assess the appropriate level of care for clients and stabilize clients in crisis.  Teaming, collaborating and coordination of care with all Penny Lane staff, DCFS, DMH, and other outside agencies is crucial.  This position requires flexibility, excellent time management skills and the ability to manage responsibilities efficiently with little supervision.


Position Location: Lancaster, CA


Salary Range: $60,100 up to $72,208 per year

Additional $5,000 per year bilingual Spanish differential.

Job Requirements

  • Active MFT Intern or ASW Intern registered with the BBS or Active Licensed LMFT, LCSW or Psychologist.
  • Post Master’s clinical work treating children and/or adolescents preferred.
  • Knowledge of DMH paperwork.
  • Bilingual Spanish Required.
  • Valid California Driver’s License, must have current automobile insurance and must maintain a clean driving record.

 

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