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Full Time Position (40 hours)
Multiple Positions Available

Salary: $54,080.00 – $65,734.58, commensurate with experience

Open until Filled

About the Position

Under the supervision of an EPSDT Lead and EPSDT Director, the Behavior Support Counselor is responsible for providing support services in the community to children and youth by assisting in skill building developed during therapy sessions with a Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts (LPHA). This is a wonderful opportunity to impart positive changes in the lives of children and youth in the region.

About the Agency

Pajaro Valley Prevention & Student Assistance, Inc (PVPSA) has been the leader of youth prevention and intervention services in the Pajaro Valley for the last 33 years. We believe that every young person in our community should have the opportunity to thrive. Our 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. The agency is committed to helping employees fulfill a balanced approach in managing their careers and personal life.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Aid in skill building to develop and maintain functional living skills, including social skills, emotional regulation skills, daily living activities, and build up support resource

  • Provide education and skill training to assist clients in achieving their goals in various life domains as determined by the treatment plan developed by the overseeing LPHA

  • Utilize evidence-based interventions in sessions with clients based on the therapy modality being utilized by the LPHA

  • Identify areas of strength and skill deficits to be communicated back to the LPHA for further treatment planning

  • Communicate with the overseeing LPHA to note the interventions that appear to be successful with each client, and those that are not reported as helpful by the client

  • Document activities through routine use of an electronic health records system(s);

  • Provide case management support as needed

  • Attend clinical and administrative supervision and trainings as required

Employment Standards

Knowledge of:

  • Basic social rehabilitation, socialization and practical life management skills

  • Evidence-based therapeutic interventions is preferred

Ability to:

  • Communicate clearly and effectively in both oral and the written word

  • Work with peers, children, adolescents, and families

  • Assess clients’ behavioral and emotional problems and collaborate with LPHA to develop treatment recommendations

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

Training and Experience 

Requires an Associate’s (AA) degree and 6 years of experience or a Bachelor’s degree and 4 years of experience. Up to two years of graduate professional experience may be substituted for the experience requirement on a year-for-year basis​

Additional Requirements

Valid California driver's license and clearance for agency vehicle insurance coverage. Negative fingerprint screening and tuberculosis skin test/x-ray.



PVPSA offers competitive benefits including Paid Time Off, Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Employer Sponsored Retirement Contribution.

How to Apply

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

PVPSA Human Resources


Mail: 335 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076

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