Therapeutic Behavioral Specialist

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Closing date: 10 January 2021

Catholic Charities is one of the largest, most comprehensive human services agencies in Northern California, reaching more than 32,000 individuals a year in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin counties. We tackle some of the most pressing challenges in our community – homelessness, generational poverty, inequality, aging in isolation, HIV-AIDS,  and immigration to name a few – with determination, expertise, and collaborative problem-solving with those we serve. 


As an integral part of our communities, we work to keep our neighborhoods diverse, productive, safe, and healthy through our more than 30 programs, comprehensive services, and social justice advocacy. We bolster our neighbors – single mothers, adults and families experiencing homelessness, adults with disabilities, seniors, children and youth, people living with HIV/AIDS, and immigrants – when they need help, solutions, and hope. We are compassionate caregivers, ardent advocates, and champions of those in need. If you are eager to have a substantive impact on the lives of others and the health of our community, apply here. Join us as we change lives.


St. Vincent’s provides residential treatment and mental health services to over 85 boys, ages 7-18, who are referred from in-patient psychiatric facilities and county agencies throughout Northern California each year. A combination of therapeutic, educational, day treatment, and recreational programs address the multiple and diverse needs of each child. The boys live in five residential houses, which are staffed 24 hours a day, on the St. Vincent’s campus.


Therapeutic Behavioral Services workers are responsible for providing behavioral management of individual children through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other evidence-based services, extensive case documentation, development of goal-based behavioral treatment planning, and consultation with residential staff and supervision meetings. 




- Provides mental health services to individuals in the individual's milieu.

- Provides daily treatment documentation for each client and weekly summaries in a timely fashion.

- Participates in clinical case reviews and other evaluation meetings for the purpose of providing observations and recommendations regarding the treatment needs of clients.

- Develops behavioral management plans for their assigned client.

- Provides CBT and other behavioral /mindfulness interventions to individuals.

- May participate in family meetings.

- Interfaces with and assists clients in interfacing with other milieus such as school, worksite, and community.

- Offer consultation to unit staff, placement workers, attorneys, teachers, and other significant care providers involved with clients.

- Provide in-service education as requested.

- Participate in agency-wide program design and evaluation activities as schedule permits.


Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.




To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education & Experience:


- The minimum requirements for the position is an MHRS: Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist

- The completion of at least one year in a Master’s level program in counseling, Psychology, or Social Work with at least two years of experience working with at-risk children.

- Completion of a Master’s level program and registration with the Board (BBS/APA). The residential treatment experience is preferred. Clinical supervision hours toward licensure are available.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:


- Knowledge of residential treatment operations.

- Knowledge of treatment planning & treatment modalities pertinent to residential treatment for severely emotionally disturbed youth & their families.

- Knowledge of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, goal-oriented treatment planning, and other evidence based services.

- Knowledge of clinical assessment & evaluation.

- Ability to write & communicate clearly.

- Ability to organize and time manage paperwork flow & due dates.

- Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge, and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in cross-cultural situations.


Clearances Required Prior to the First Day of Employment:

- Fingerprinting Clearance: Required   

- TB Screening - Negative Tuberculosis Test: Required

- First Aid Certificate: N/A




The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


- Occasional bending, standing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, twisting, and walking.

- Occasional lifting, pushing and pulling.

- Frequent repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.

- Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.

- The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and extensive reading.

- Must be able to drive at night.


If driving a car is required for the position, the incumbent must have a valid California driver's license and be able to provide proof of DMV record and personal insurance (if required.)      




The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


- The work environment is a clinical setting and may include travel to homes, schools, offices, and community resources such as recreation facilities, churches, or various outings and store locations.  

- The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate in accordance with a typical office environment.  

- May include contact with clients with mental health issues who demonstrate behaviors such as the use of profanity, shouting, running away, self-harm, and violence.   

- The work environment will include children ages 4 to 17 years old

- The worker is occasionally exposed to perfume or scents in personal care products used by employees, clients, and visitors.  

- The work environment may include driving a personal vehicle.   


DISCLAIMER:  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.


CATHOLIC CHARITIES IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER and is committed to providing equal employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, legal domicile status, veteran status, disability or AIDS/HIV status or any other characteristic protected under federal or state law.


Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Department or Program: St. Vincent's Facility Rental

This is a full time position

Union status: Non-union

Fingerprinting clearance: Required

TB Screening: Required

First Aid Certificate: Standard First Aid required


How to apply

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San Francisco, CA 94122
United States
Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE):

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