Mental Health Clinician ACSW AMFT APC - #495533

STARS Behavioral Health Group

Date: 10/14/2021 16:01 PM

City: Orange, California

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

Stars Behavioral Health Group was recently certified as a great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work® , based on extensive ratings provided by its employees in anonymous surveys

We are committed to providing a career-enhancing environment for dedicated professionals desiring to improve the lives of people living with mental health and other challenges to their wellbeing. SBHG currently employs approximately 1,900 people at more than 45 different sites throughout California. We serve more than 30,000 adults, children, youth and families annually throughout the state. We strongly value and are committed to having a truly diverse workforce and environment including LGBTQ, cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity in our workforce

Our experienced staff of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Therapists, Parent Partners and other therapists/counselors provide case management, mental health care and a range of support services in our outpatient clinics and 24/7 treatment facilities, and in community settings such as schools and homes. Our dedicated teams work collaboratively and in partnership with family members, school administrators and faculty, county social workers, case managers, probation officers and other community-based agencies

JOB SUMMARY: This position assesses clients at start of treatment (reviews as needed), develops and maintains treatment plans, and conducts family collateral and discharge planning


Applicants must have attained the age of 18 years of age

Employment is contingent on:

  • Successfully completing a pre-employment Health Screening and a TB clearance
  • Receipt of “clear” or approved Live Scan results and Criminal Background Clearance


Masters Degree in psychology, social work or other related mental health field

License or Certification

Registered with the Board of Behavioral Science as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) or Associate Clinical Social Worker (ACSW) and a minimum of at least 2 years experience in a mental health setting

Valid California Driver's License

First Aid certification from persons qualified by agencies including but not limited to the American Red Cross

Other Qualifications Required:

Ability to relate to youth and adults with emotional disturbances and their families

Ability to drive to and from client’s homes and elsewhere in personal vehicle

Ability to perform clear and concise documentation

Knowledge of Community Resources, especially related to the Mental Health field, is highly desirable to make appropriate linkages

Specialized Skills

Ability to interact and communicate both verbally and in writing with seriously emotionally disturbed adolescents, parents, foster parents, care takers, schools, other staff, physicians, county agencies, other health care providers and the public

Demonstrated understanding of psychiatric illness and its treatment

Demonstrated organization and management skills

Demonstrated CSI Skills

Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of community services and county agencies preferred

Ability to develop ongoing relationships with referral sources and interface with County Mental Health Departments and Educational Districts

Physical Requirements

Ability to visually and audibly assess adolescent’s behavior and needs


Assaultive clients

Blood and Body Fluid Contact (Category I)

Operation of vehicle


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


Interviews consumers to team with mental health professionals in determining the needs of individuals or groups on a walk-in/telephone basis; responds to potential suicide or other emergency events; Describes basic services to consumers; Discusses goals and objectives of proposed treatment plans and establishes contract with consumer; Assists consumer in recognizing and solving conditions in the consumer's environment which may contribute to mental health problems; As part of a team, counsels individual consumers and groups to develop social adjustment skills and to increase consumer resolution of identified problems. Visits clients, individually or as part of a team, in a variety of living situations to help assess the mental health needs of individuals and families, to observe progress, provide counseling, gather data, and report significant changes in the client's condition to designated professional staff; Places clients who may have difficulty caring for themselves into an appropriate care or treatment facility. Refers clients to appropriate resources and/or makes appointment with mental health professional(s) for diagnosis and evaluation; Assists the client, family, and other concerned individuals in filing for and obtaining various kinds of assistance such as financial, housing, or legal; Monitors consumer services to insure that a continuum of services is available. Availability by phone to assist in crisis intervention and provide support and assistance in problem resolution. Gathers data from consumer/family interviews, past records, other information, to gain understanding and verification of previous disorders and treatment episodes; Refers clients to physicians for medication, observation, and treatment; advocates for the consumer; Consults with other individuals and groups regarding services available within the Mental Health Department and specific needs of particular clients. May provide direction to volunteers interested in performing services in programs; Acts as a liaison between the program and other agencies, departments, organizations, and community groups; may act as an agency representative to community organizations. Schedules or assists in the scheduling of needed transportation for consumer services; Maintains records and writes reports and summaries for consumer records or other documentation including care status, care reviews, case management plans, summaries, and reports; Leads and/or facilitates evidence based practice groups. Prepares correspondence and special reports as necessary; Attends in-service workshops and training. Leads staff members involved in care of clients on caseload in regards to fulfillment of therapeutic interventions, as specified in Client Care Plan. This includes leading collaborative efforts such as team meetings and treatment case consults. Responsible for assessing Client for appropriateness, including assessing for medical necessity and safety. Reviews diagnosis with MD and completes all assessment documentation, as well as MHSA and DMH required documentation (initial, quarterly and annual updates). In conjunction with Client, develops care plan (Treatment Plan), which involves goals that are Specific, Measurable and Quantifiable. Solicits input from Care Team and leads Team to ensure care plan goals and interventions are monitored and carried out; adding new care plan goals as needed. Ensures that Care Plan remains current, based on client need and goals, adjusting as need (reviewing quarterly and updating annually). Attend weekly supervision sessions with Licensed supervisor. When appropriate per Client stability and need, conducts weekly psychotherapy sessions with Clients, as specified in Client Care Plan


Participates in the agency’s and SBHG’s Total Quality Management and Continuous Quality Improvement systems which support compliance with Joint Commission and other accreditation standards as applicable. Participates in TQM activities as requested including CQI subcommittees, probes, peer review, audit and/or tracer activities as appropriate. This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive and the employee will also perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by the Clinical Supervisor or his/her designee as needed

For more information,

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
  • DailyPay


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