Behavioral Health Clinician for Larkin Street Youth Center

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Closing date: 1 January 2021

Larkin Street provides youth between the ages of 12 and 24 with the help they need to rebuild their lives. Each year, more than 3,000 youth walk through our doors seeking help. We give them a place where they can feel safe; rebuild their sense of self-respect, trust, and hope; learn school, life, and job skills; and find the confidence to build a future.
We raise the bar by redefining success from securing independent housing to achieving a permanent pathway out of poverty. We have established bold goals for the youth in our services:
• Living-wage employment
• Two years of post-secondary education
• Safe and stable housing
• Physical and emotional well-being


PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY: The primary role of the Behavioral Health Clinician is to provide comprehensive strengths based behavioral health services to homeless and/or marginally housed transitional aged youth. The Behavioral Health Clinician is responsible for behavioral health screening and assessment, crisis intervention and de-escalation, individual and group therapy, treatment planning, linkage and referrals, and clinical consultation and professional development to program staff. The Behavioral Health Clinician works from a strength-based model using trauma-informed interventions. This position emphasizes Harm Reduction and Restorative Practices in behavioral health work with youth and clinical consultation to staff. Performs related work as required.



  •  Provide on-site behavioral health screening, clinical assessments, crisis intervention and support services at sites with greatest acuity of behavioral health needs across Larkin Street programs.
  • Serve in the Consultation Managers on-call rotation.
  • Provide short term mental health and/or substance use support for youth at various Larkin Street sites including individual and group modalities.

  • Provide clinical consultation and professional development to staff on a range of behavioral health issues and best practices for TAY population.

  • Facilitate and coordinate Collaborative Case Conferences to assist in determining treatment plans for clients with behavioral health concerns.

  • Support youth with linkage to community resources, as needed.

  • Ability to travel independently throughout the community to Larkin Street’s various program and partner agency sites.

  • Ability to work evenings and weekends.

  • Assist with special projects and other assignments as requested by the Senior Leadership team and the Chief of Programs.

  • Act as Program Manager during On-Call rotation.



  • Link youth to continuum of services offered through Larkin Street and in the community.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Maintain a creative, team-building, cooperative approach to job performance and seek to bring a constructive, problem-solving orientation to all tasks.

  • Maintain professional standards of performance, demeanor and appearance at all times.

  • Perform tasks and responsibilities in a complete and timely manner, complying with agency policies and standards and conforming to scheduling requirements of this job description and program.

  • Maintain an awareness of the agency’s mission and work to promote the positive individual and social change goals it embodies.

  • Exercise discretion and professional judgment at all times keeping with the responsibilities carried personally and by the agency for the care and welfare of the youth we serve.

  • Actively strive to upgrade professional skills through engaging in appropriate professional training and experience.

  • Ability to work with a diverse staff and excel in a multi-cultural environment.

  • Requires ability to lift, transfer, push/pull, maneuver, and reposition 25 lbs.

  • Finger manipulation.

  • Ability to comprehend complex materials.

  • Ability to speak and write in English.



  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Social Welfare, Psychology, or closely related field



  • Experience providing mental health services in a social service setting, preferably with a high risk youth population.

  • Experience providing individual and group therapy, psychoeducational groups.

  • Knowledgeable of the following behavioral health theories and capable of integrating them across Larkin Street Youth Services programs: Trauma-Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, Restorative Practices, and Harm Reduction.

  • Strong Commitment to the agency and philosophy of Larkin Street Youth Services.

  • Experience working with transitional age youth, homeless and/or marginally housed individuals, people with active mental illness/co-occurring behavioral health and/or substance abuse disorders preferred.

  • Prior case management experience working in clinical and or housing/supportive housing programs preferred.

  • Excellent written and verbal skills, including public speaking.

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Larkin Street reserves the right to revise job descriptions or work hours as required.

Larkin Street is an Equal Opportunity Employer


San Francisco, CA 94102
United States
Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE):

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