EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR

40 hours per week, Full-Time

Position Open Until Filled

  • Salary Scale: non-licensed: $43,869-$54,015 (8 steps)

  • Beginning Salary Scale, Licensed: $4-$61,006 (8 steps)

  • Bi-lingual pay eligible (additional .21 cents per hour)

  • Health and Retirement Benefits Eligible

About the Position

Under the supervision of the Behavioral Health Manager or designee, performs outreach, intervention assessment, counseling and case management services children between the ages of 0-19 and their families; and performs other related work as is required.  This position will have a primary focus on the young child ages 0-5.

 

About the Agency

Pajaro Valley Prevention & Student Assistance, Inc (PVPSA) has been the leader of youth prevention and intervention services in the Pajaro Valley. We believe that every child in our community should have the opportunity to thrive. We are committed to assisting young children and their families with age-appropriate counseling and related supports to further ensure that the child can achieve a healthy and prosperous early year of life. PVPSA’s mission is to improve the quality of life of students and families in the Pajaro Valley by providing health education, prevention services, mental health services, and by advocating for public policies that protect the health of our community.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct evaluations, assessments, and counseling services of referred children and their families in a school, home or community-based clinic setting

  • Provide client-centered and age-appropriate counseling services. Listen, respond empathically and engage in problem solving.  

  • Facilitate group meetings, family meetings and individual counseling session that enhance behavioral stability for the young child

  • Participate in staff meetings, in-service trainings, conferences and workshops

  • Participate as a team member in case management conferences

  • Maintain Medi-Cal (EPSDT) documentation inclusive of Assessments, Treatment Plans and Progress Notes in a timely manner as required by Medi-Cal standards

  • Adhere to all confidentiality requirements

 

Employment Standards

Knowledge of:

  • Symptoms and behaviors of mental illnesses

  • Basic social rehabilitation, socialization and practical life management skills

  • Principles and methods of interviewing, counseling, crisis intervention and assessing psychosocial behaviors

  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) Criteria

  • Medi-Cal/EPSDT service delivery and productivity standards

  • Strength based and cultural appropriate services

  • School policies and procedures

 

Ability to:

  • Work with children, adolescents and families

  • Assess child’s behavioral and emotional strengths and challenges to make knowledgeable recommendations and/or design appropriate service plans

  • Work with computers, especially utilize an electronic health record database system

  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of duties

  • Prepare a variety of administrative and professional reports

  • At times be flexible to meet with family for family care during the week

  • Bilingual/Bicultural skills needed and eligible for additional compensation as noted

 

Training and Experience 

For Non-Licensed Classification:

Possess a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Social Work, Psychology, Marriage, Family and Child Counseling, or closely related behavioral science field and be registered with CA BBS. Must have at least one-year experience working in clinical setting.  Bilingual, English and Spanish, desirable.

 

For Licensed Classification:

Requires a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Social Work, Psychology, Marriage, Family and Child Counseling, or closely related behavioral science field and be licensed with the CA BBS; must have at least one year of experience working in a clinical setting. Bilingual, English and Spanish, desirable.

 

All positions receive clinical supervision. Routine training opportunities offered.

 

Benefits:

PVPSA offers competitive benefits including Paid Time Off, Medical, Dental, Vision, Life for self and family (employee copayment applies) and Employer Sponsored Retirement Plan.

How to Apply:

If interested, please submit your resume and a cover letter via email or mail to:

PVPSA Human Resources

c/o Beatriz Collazo, Sr. Analyst email: beatriz.collazo@pvpsa.org

mail: 335 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076

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