top of page



Mental Health Clinician – High Acuity Care

40 hours per week, Full-Time

1 open position

Salary Scale:

 Non-Licensed: $45,348 - $56,125 (8 steps)

Licensed: $53,353-$66,033 (8 steps)

Starting Salary Commensurate with Experience

 Bilingual pay eligible (additional .21 cents per hour)

Health and Retirement Benefits Eligible

Position Open Until Filled

About the Position

Under the supervision of the Chief of Clinical Programs, 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. This position focuses on providing care to children who demonstrate a high acuity in mental health need, and being part of a team providing wrap around services to meet this level of need.


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 and Responsibilities

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

  • Provide client-centered counseling services focusing on the present. Listen, respond empathically, and engage in problem solving. Identify symptoms and assist in self-management skills for mental illness.

  • Facilitate group meetings, family meetings and individual counseling session that enhance behavioral stability for clients.

  • 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 an electronic health record system in a timely manner as required by program 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 students behavioral and emotional strengths and challenges to make knowledgeable recommendations and/or design appropriate service plans

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

  • Prepare a variety of administrative and professional reports

  • Bilingual/Bicultural skills a plus 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;                                                                                


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. Bilingual, English and Spanish, desirable.


All positions receive clinical supervision. Routine training opportunities offered.


Salary and Benefits:

Competitive Salary, commensurate with experience. A $500 sign-on bonus after completion of the probationary period, usually 6 months. 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:

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

PVPSA Human Resources


Mail: 335 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076

bottom of page