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San Diego Youth Services Clinician in San Diego, California

SDYS Job Announcement:


Adoption Support Services

San Diego Youth Services provides vital services to more than 28,000 youth every year at 100+ community and school locations. We provide safe places to live and long-term solutions through shelter, foster homes, community centers and housing. Through prevention, early intervention and treatment, we also help youth before they need higher levels of care or become homeless.

Join us in building futures.

We Offer:

  • Comprehensive health insurance coverage

  • Dental/Vision/Life insurance

  • Employee wellness program

  • Generous PTO plan

  • Retirement plan

  • Diverse and inclusive work environment

Status: Full-time, $46,446/year

Specific Responsibilities: Accountable to Program Manager. Responsible for providing assessment and treatment services for children, couples, and families in need of therapy and psych-social education relevant to the adoption experience.


  • Responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of an integrated treatment approach for youth and families who are in the process of adoption or are adopted. Some family members may be diagnosed with co-occurring psychiatric and substance disorders.

  • Provide quality trauma informed support programs that adhere to the rigorous standards of San Diego Youth Services as mandated by its mission, vision, guiding principles and standards of quality.

  • Welcome and support volunteers in the organization and assist them in accomplishing their services whenever applicable.

  • Assist in updating agency policies and procedures. Carry agency big picture and stay current on agency activities.

  • Data collection and contract compliance of records as required.

  • Provide clinical assessments, treatment/service planning, and individual/group/family therapy for adoptive families as assigned by the Program Manager. Clinical intervention will be attachment focused and will seek to increase therapeutic parenting skills and awareness. Sessions may be in-home, on site, or other appropriate sites.

  • Assist in the creation of curricula, train Adoptions support staff, and facilitate parent/youth workshops/groups on topics to include but not limited to attachment, therapeutic parenting, and the core issues of adoption.

  • Implement parent coaching techniques with families and train Family Advocate Coordinators on this model.

  • Participate in movie night/support groups as facilitator or one-on-one with designated youth.

  • Facilitate or co-facilitate social skills groups and participate in wrap-around meetings when required.

  • Conduct in home therapy, provide school observations and interface with school.

  • Assist in training and supporting therapeutic respite providers and mentor/tutors as assigned.

  • Assist in the design of and facilitate of two specialized workshops for HHSA adoption social workers and other designated service providers.

  • Participate in monthly staff meetings, and clinical supervision.

  • Maintain a minimum of 20 hours of clinical-related training per year, 8 of which must be in Cultural Competency.

  • Assist in enrichment outings, movie night activities as assigned.

  • Follow all legal and ethical guidelines pertaining to the treatment of youth and families as per state and county requirements (e.g. Child Abuse Reporting, Duty to Warn, Confidentiality, Grievance Procedures, Informed Consent, Serious Incident Reporting).

  • Maintain confidentiality and privacy standards of service-partner health protected information, as well as other application information in accordance to agency and center policies, and applicable regulations and laws including HIPAA.

Perform other related duties as assigned or required

Qualifications: Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work, or related field required. License eligible MTF or LCSW preferred. Bilingual Preferred. Knowledge of case plan development and collaboration with multiple agencies and public entities. Must possess or be willing to develop a working knowledge of trauma informed care and dual diagnosis treatment. Must be able to work with and represent a culturally and ethnically diverse community. Must be able to work efficiently remotely; be able to follow all the guidelines provided by the agency, government and health authorities to maintain safety and health when the job requires physical presence and/or contact with others during the COVID-19 pandemic. Must possess excellent oral and written skills; work well autonomously and with multiple people/disciplines. Must have reliable vehicle, relevant auto insurance, a clean driving record, and willing to drive throughout San Diego County (mileage reimbursement available). Must maintain CPR and First Aid certification. Must pass clearances for working with youth, including TB test, drug test, and background check.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

SDYS is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. In compliance with the Immigration and Nationality Act as amended, all new employees must verify their eligibility to work in the United States.

Job Opened: 8/31/2020