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40 hours per week, Full-Time

Salary Scale:

40 hours per week, Full-Time

Non-Licensed: $54,080 - $62,604   ~   Licensed: $64,209 - $70,791

Starting Salary Commensurate with Experience

 Bilingual pay eligible (additional $1.00 per hour)

Health and Retirement Benefits Eligible

Position Open Until Filled

About the Position

Under the supervision of the Director of Clinical Programs and Lead Clinician, performs outpatient counseling services to children ages 0-21 and their families. This position is critical to helping children excel and will join a team of very energetic, passionate and committed clinicians who care about the wellbeing of the children and families they serve.


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 31 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 & Responsibilities

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

  • Bill services through Medi-Cal

  • Spend at least 5 hours each day providing therapeutic interventions to clients, completing paperwork (progress notes, assessments, etc.), connecting with client families and supporting agencies to best coordinate client care, and connecting with school personnel regarding client functioning in the school setting.

  • Provide client-centered counseling services that are goal oriented utilizing evidence-based modalities. Listen, respond empathically, and empower clients to create change. Identify symptoms and assist in selfmanagement skills for mental health challenges.

  • Facilitate group therapy, family therapy, and individual sessions that enhance behavioral stability and wellbeing for clients. Provide wrap around support including case management and collateral support for clients and families.

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

  • Participate as a team member in case management and department collaboration.

  • Maintain Medi-Cal (EPSDT) documentation inclusive of Assessments, Treatment Plans and Progress Notes in an electronic health record system in a timely manner as required by program standards.

  • Adhere to all confidentiality requirements and mandated reporting laws.

Employment Standards

Knowledge of:

  • Symptoms and behaviors of mental health challenges and diagnosis.

  • Basic social rehabilitation, socialization and practical life management skills

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

  • Diagnosing using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5-TR) Criteria.

  • Medi-Cal/EPSDT service delivery and productivity standards

  • Electronic Health Record Systems (EHRs) and documentation standards.

  • Strength based and culturally competent services.

  • School based systems, policies, and procedures

Ability to:

  • Work with children, adolescents and families

  • Assess student's behavioral and emotional strengths and challenges to make knowledgeable recommendations and/or design appropriate Treatment Plans.

  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of duties, contributing to a positive climate and culture at PVPSA and with community partners.

  • Prepare a variety of administrative and professional reports meeting agency standards.

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

Training & Experience

For Non-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 a registered Associate with the CA BBS (AMFT/ APCC/ ASW), OR be enrolled in a practicum course of an accredited master’s degree program within a counseling field (MFT Trainee/ PCC Trainee/ Social Work Intern); must have at least one-year experience working in counseling 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 as a LMFT, LCSW, or LPCC. Bilingual, English and Spanish, desirable.

All positions receive clinical supervision at no cost to employee. Routine training opportunities offered interdepartmentally and agency wide.

Salary and Benefits

Competitive Salary, commensurate with experience. PVPSA offers competitive benefits including Paid Time Off, Medical, Dental, Vision, Life for employee and family coverage is also available. Employer also contributes to the employee’s retirement plan.


How to Apply

Interested applicants shall submit a cover letter and resume to

PVPSA Human Resources


Mail: 335 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076

For questions, please contact PVPSA’s HR Office at 831-728-6445.

PVPSA is a drug-free and smoke-free work place and an equal opportunity employer. 

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