Senior Clinical Therapist

County of Riverside
$74,592 - $106,197 Per year CA Riverside County Department of Mental Health, 2085 Rustin Ave, Riverside, CA 92507, United States Apply before 5/14/2024 3:00



Bilingual Spanish 

We have an Immediate opening at:

Perris Behavioral Health Clinic, Perris, CA (Bilingual)
The Perris Behavioral Health Clinic provides Behavioral Health treatment services to Adults and children in the community with chronic and severe mental health illness.  This position will provide supervision to Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) registered associates and student interns, carry a small caseload, and act as a lead when the supervisor is unavailable.  This position will also conduct assessments, individual therapy, group therapy.  This position has a 4/10 schedule and may have some work in the field therefore a California Drivers License is required. 

Under direction, performs the full range of therapeutic assignments related to the field of mental or behavioral health services and psychiatric social work, which includes the design and implementation of personalized treatment plans, individual and group psychotherapy, evaluations and investigations, and professional counseling, as applicable by professional licensing law, in order to meet the needs of consumers or families with mental or emotional disorders; and performs other related duties as required.

The Senior Clinical Therapist is the lead/advanced journey level of the Clinical Therapist series.  The Senior Clinical Therapist class has responsibility for providing clinical supervision, according to licensure and training, over unlicensed clinical staff. This classification is also responsible for performing, within the scope of licensure, the full range of psychotherapy and counseling services for individual consumers, couples, families, and groups exhibiting a variety of mental health and related disorders in a clinic or institutional setting. Assignments range from moderately difficult to the most complex and include serving in a lead capacity over and providing consultative support to other mental health treatment staff.

This classification is distinguished from the class of Mental Health Services Supervisor in that the latter class is the first line supervisor responsible for the planning or implementation of specialized mental health services. The Senior Clinical Therapist is further distinguished from the Clinical Therapist II in that the former is the lead level and may provide extensive clinical supervision, according to licensure and training, over unlicensed clinical staff.


Provide extensive clinical supervision to unlicensed clinicians, within the scope of licensure.

• Monitor fidelity and provide clinical supervision and coaching for evidence based treatment models.

• Develop mental health related training curriculum and conduct training for clinical therapists and other departmental staff.

• Conduct clinical and quality improvement chart audits.

• Coordinate clinical decisions in response to operational demands.

• Conduct clinical discussions regarding complex or difficult cases.

• Act as a casework consultant to other clinical therapists and other departmental staff.

• Provide guidance to volunteers and staff.

• Serve as liaison with other sections, units, services, and agencies.

• Participate in mental health conferences and local area committees.

• Interview consumers, relatives, and other involved persons to gather personal and social data relevant to assessing mental or emotional disorders.

• Develop service plans with consumers; evaluate psychological, economic, vocational, educational, physical, health, socialization, and housing needs.

• Coordinate with other staff members (psychiatrists, psychologists, and other program staff) and community agencies in carrying out and designing treatment or rehabilitation plans.

• Assist consumers and other concerned individuals in understanding the nature of major psychological illnesses and their psychosocial effects.

• Assist consumers and their families in understanding and choosing options of mental health treatment.

• Initiate and conduct individual, collateral, group, and family therapy sessions.

• Perform specialized tasks including involuntary hospitalization procedures (5150) and Tarasoff assessments.

• Establish and maintain effective contact with local area mental health resources, including community members, parents, schools, residential facilities, and other agencies/organizations.

• Prepare reports and write correspondence.

• Respond to emergencies, within licensure, which may occur on the unit.

• Coordinate the flow of information and clinical data to ensure continuity in treatment or shift.


Experience: Two years of post-license professional experience in a psychiatric or mental health setting providing direct client services which must have included: client assessment and evaluation, development and implementation of appropriate treatment plans, providing psychotherapy or mental health counseling, and providing indirect services involving information, consultation, and educational services to staff and community.


License: Possession of a valid license to practice as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Marriage Family Therapist issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences

Knowledge of: Psychological aspects of physical and emotional disturbances and mental deficiencies; characteristics of emotional and mental disorders including their effect on the individual in the community; mental health local community resources and community support systems; principles of clinical interviewing and methods of recording consumer information; individual licensing law and the scope of professional practice governed by the same; laws, rules, and regulations of publicly operated health and welfare programs; principles and techniques for making psychosocial assessments.

Ability to: Effectively apply the principles and techniques of clinical therapy, including a variety of treatment modalities; analyze consumer behavior and apply treatment or counseling techniques in a coordinated care social rehabilitation environment; speak and write effectively; provide crisis intervention; prepare clear and concise reports and interpret data; work effectively with a multicultural consumer and family population with diverse backgrounds and needs; establish and maintain effective working relationships with consumers, their families, other staff members, and mental health organizations/ agencies; provide work direction and training to staff; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other professionals and to work as part of a multidisciplinary team; communicate the goals and objectives of the County's mental and behavioral health services to members of the community and other interested individuals; consult with and assist in the professional development and supervision of unlicensed clinical therapists, within the scope of appropriate licensure, and other mental health support staff.



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