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Mental Health Therapist- Santa Barbara 

Category Clinical  

Why join our countywide agency?

*Because each day we are making a difference in our community, and because we have a positive, employee- and client-centered work culture.

*We pay competitive rates and offer a strong benefits package that includes generous vacation, sick leave and holiday pay, employer-paid medical insurance, a free subscription to the mediation/sleep app Calm, and much more!

*We offer continuous employee education and development and paid clinical supervision.

*We work with our staff to offer flexibility whenever possible.

We look forward to you joining our team at FSA of Santa Barbara County!

The Position:

The School-Based Mental Health Therapist is an on-site direct service and supportive service provider at Quetzal, an alternative education placement option for students enrolled in Alta Vista Alternative High School or Alta Vista Alternative Junior High School. The Mental Health Therapist works with students and staff in order to promote social-emotional learning and provide trauma-informed mental health services to support student success and positive social and academic engagement. The Mental Health Therapist also works with community agencies to make appropriate referrals.

FSA strives to be a trauma-informed and resilience-oriented organization. Because working with those impacted by trauma can affect staff in various ways, FSA actively identifies and employs methods to support staff to embody a healthy and sustainable balance of care for both themselves and others.

Sample Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with Quetzal staff and students to identify and facilitate classroom practices, such as 'mindful moments,' 'restorative circles,' and 'reflection rooms,' that can promote positive self-regulation and relationship/community building skills.
  • Model, prompt, encourage, reinforce, and provide psychoeducation to students regarding positive social-emotional skills, including responsible decision-making, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and self-awareness.
  • Help students understand the connection between adverse childhood events and dysregulated behavior/traumatic stress reactions. Support students in replacing survival coping strategies with healthier coping alternatives.
  • Provide crisis intervention services and assist Quetzal staff in responding to concerning student behavior, following a trauma-informed, culturally-sensitive approach that is supported by ACE-related science.
  • Provide direct, trauma-informed, mental health services to students through mental health screenings and direct counseling support (individual, group, family, crisis, and drop-in).
  • Assist students in developing self-management skills, such as those described in the Community Resiliency Model (CRM), to enhance student resiliency in response to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
Position Requirements

Employment Requirements:

  • Masters degree required; must be an AMFT, ASW, APCC, LMFT, LPCC, or LCSW in good standing with the BBS in CA.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) required. May consider qualified candidates with a moderate level of Spanish proficiency.
  • Two years of professional experience working with at-risk youth required.
  • Experience working with secondary school population preferred, understanding of ACE studies preferred, knowledge of Community Resiliency Model (CRM) preferred.
  • Excellent analytical, computer, written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Professional attitude, teamwork, and ability to maintain confidentiality a must.
  • Must possess valid CA driver license and auto insurance.

Classification, Hours and Pay Rate:

  • The position is part-time (20-22 hours per week), non-exempt, with limited benefits available. Benefits include: sick leave accrual, limited holidays, and eligibility for flexible spending accounts and 403(b) retirement account.
  • Pay is dependent on experience.
Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Shift -not applicable-  
Position Mental Health Therapist- Santa Barbara  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Req Number CLI-21-00014  
Location Santa Barbara (Administration)  
About the Organization Family Service Agency (FSA) has long been regarded as one of Santa Barbara County's most reliable and effective nonprofit human service organizations. Our mission is to strengthen and advocate for families and individuals of all ages and diversities, helping to create and preserve a healthy community.

We are committed to providing services where they are needed most: in the community. Eighty percent of our services are delivered on school campuses, at community centers and in clients' homes. Our programs, which serve more than 25,000 people annually, combine clinical expertise, bilingual and bicultural staff, and close collaboration with other agencies. At FSA, all services are provided free or on a sliding fee/donation scale and no one is denied assistance because of an inability to pay.

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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