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Therapist/Clinician/Mental Health Specialist II (Community Services)

Fresno, CA, USA Req #809
Friday, August 9, 2019

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We are committed to providing a challenging, career-enhancing environment for dedicated professionals desiring to make a difference in the lives of young people and their families. Stars Behavioral Health Group (SBHG) currently employs approximately 1,500 people at 37 different sites throughout California in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Fresno, Central Valley, Stanislaus, Santa Clara, Alameda, and Sacramento counties. We serve more than 25,000 children, youth and families annually throughout the state.


Our experienced staff of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Specialists, Parent Partners and other therapists/counselors provide case management, mental health care and a range of support services in schools, homes or other community settings.  Our dedicated teams work collaboratively and in partnership with family members, school administrators and faculty, county social workers, case managers, probation officers and other agencies.

JOB SUMMARY:       Responsible for conducting initial assessment and collecting all documentation needed to develop treatment plans; lead admission and discharges planning process; conduct staff supervision as directed and provide back-up to Clinical Director as needed.




Master's degree in Social Work, Psychology, or Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from an accredited college or university.



Four (4) years direct service experience with the mentally ill, preferably adults.


License or Certification

Registered Intern or licensed professional in a Mental Health field, (ASW, AMFT, APCC)

Valid California Driver’s License.



General Skills

Ability to interact and communicate both verbally and in writing with seriously and persistently mentally ill clients, other staff, and the public.

Demonstrated experience participating on treatment team(s).

Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of basic medical/psychiatric terminology and psychopharmacology.

Demonstrated ability to visually and audibly assess the mental status and psychosocial needs of severely mentally ill clients.

Ability and willingness to assist in agency efforts to improve quality in operations.


Specialized Skills

Principles and techniques of interviewing clients and documenting and resolving individual, social, and environmental problems.

Principles, techniques, statutes and regulations applicable to social work and public
social services.

Knowledge of community agencies and the services they provide.
Ability to establish rapport with clients and families and apply casework knowledge and

Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public.
Ability to visually and audibly assess client's behavior and needs. 



Assaultive clients

Blood and Body Fluid Contact (Category I)

Operation of vehicle



Demonstrated use of Standard Precautions.




  1. Quality Patient Care 

  • Demonstrated ability to engage clients and families. 

  • Demonstrated ability to assess and diagnose clients with emotional disturbances.

  • Demonstrated ability to formulate and implement an effective treatment plan.  

  • Demonstrated understanding of psychiatric illness and its treatment as appropriate for Scope of  practice. 

  • Demonstrated understanding of age related development and other issues for the population(s)  served (i.e. early childhood (0-5), child/adolescent (6-15), transition age youth (16-24), adult (25-64), and older adult (65+).

    2. Compliance/Ethics 

  • Demonstrated understanding of company’s Compliance Program and Code of Ethics.

  • Demonstrated understanding of laws and regulation affecting behavioral health clinical care.

    3.Clinical Documentation/EMR 


  • Ability to perform clear and concise documentation including through the use of the EMR where applicable.

    4. Community or Facility Safety and Risk  

  • Ability to drive to and from
    client’s homes in personal vehicle, if applicable. 

  • Demonstrated understanding of
    how to behave in a safe manner while seeing clients in the community or
    facility as applicable.  

  • Demonstrated ability to
    recognize dangerous behavior by client and intervene as appropriate.



  1. Prepares a comprehensive written psychosocial evaluation and assessment on assigned
    clients, in addition to an intake note, daily progress notes, summary notes (as may be required) and a discharge summary.

  2. Responsible for assessing client’s readiness for discharge and coordination planning with treatment team; working with case managers to effect appropriate referrals for placement, case management and aftercare services; coordinates benefits (MediCal) with Business Office personnel; and maintains knowledge of community resources.

  3. Interprets facility policies and procedures to clients and family members.

  4. Verbally communicates to clients their legal status and rights under applicable law and acknowledges in writing their understanding of same.

  5. Actively participates in treatment team meetings and is responsible for working with other disciplines to develop a coordinated treatment plan for assigned clients.

  6. Provides consultation as needed with families and the Case Manager on issues regarding admission, discharge and aftercare plans.

  7. Assists clients and families in utilizing available resources to meet client and family needs.

  8. Documents social services that are provided and records them in the patient chart.

  9. Leads or co-leads therapeutic groups.

  10. Upgrades clinical skills through in-service and continuing education.

  11. May provide instruction to other staff via organized in-service programs.

  12. This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive and employees will also
    perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by the Clinical Director or
    his/her designee as needed.


We offer: 

  • MFTI and ACSW’s receive supervision for BBS hours
  • Competitive compensation
  • Company paid benefits package including medical, dental and vision and many other voluntary benefits
  • Rewarding work environment with excellent opportunities for career growth
  • Excellent work/life balance including generous vacation and holiday pay
  • Meaningful relationships with your co-workers and the individuals we serve
  • Family-oriented environment
  • On the job training including paid CEU opportunities and career development
  • Flexible work schedule and environment
  • Mileage reimbursement

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Fresno, CA, USA