Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Therapist

    Job Locations US-CA-SAN DIEGO
    Req No.
    Regular Full-Time
  • About our Program and Organization

    Our STEPS Program provides mental health treatment to children and adolescents with sexually abusive behavior problems. The program provides therapy designed to focus on self-awareness, emotions and behaviors associated to problem sexual behavior. An important emphasis is on the development of empathy to reduce the risk of any further abusive behavior. This program focuses only on client strengths and offers a very non-judgmental approach that helps bring awareness and build coping skills.


    Mental Health Systems is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to delivering innovative mental health, substance abuse, supportive housing, veteran, and recovery services. MHS provides over 75 broad-ranging programs that offer safety-net services and employs over 800 dedicated individuals across 6 California counties; Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Kings, San Bernardino, and San Diego.   Since 1978, Mental Health System’s client-centered, strengths-based solutions have been designed to offer comprehensive, culturally competent programs that embody our core values of Excellence, Hope, Action, Innovation, Integrity, and Dignity. MHS has a commitment toward reducing stigma and improving access to care using the principle of “whatever it takes”. MHS offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, company sponsored retirement plan, employee assistance program, generous holidays, vacation, and sick for eligible employees.

    Job Summary and Responsibilities

    The Mental Health Therapist is responsible for delivery of a full range of clinically related services including direct counseling and therapy, crisis intervention, rehabilitation and collateral services.  



    • Integrates clinical concepts with sound theoretical and practical applications of rehabilitative and individual group and milieu counseling principles.
    • Interacts therapeutically with clients, maintaining distinction between therapeutic and social relationships.
    • Sets regular goals with program participants, including vocational and educational goals.
    • Assists other staff in addressing and redirecting challenging client behavior.
    • Sets effective boundaries and ensures clients are informed of inappropriate behaviors as well as provide support to clients in redirecting behaviors. Role models pro-social behaviors.
    • Facilitates assigned groups in a timely manner.
    • Flexible in providing coverage for other groups and individual sessions, with little or no notice.
    • Supports participation by all clients in the milieu. Encourages team building, feedback and problem-solving in participants.
    • Assesses and recognizes behavior or changes in mood that indicate suicidal or homicidal intent or plan, and immediately reports any concerns to Program Manager and/or Program Supervisor.
    • Provides input to other treatment team members to develop and improve program services and delivery and individual client services. Attends treatment meetings and provides input to treatment plan.
    • Consults with attending psychiatrist regarding medication and treatment of clients.
    • Maintains a clinical caseload as prescribed by the Program Manager and supervised by the Program Supervisor. Provides a variety of interventions including individual and group therapy and case management services to each client.
    • Provides symptom management skills and information and the leadership necessary to provide clients with the ability to maintain the least restrictive care and the highest level of functioning.
    • Maintains timely and accurate documentation using assigned forms and formats for each client in caseload per contract and funding source requirements.
    • Becomes actively involved in community in areas related to mental health.
    • Assists clients in arranging services for continuity of care following their discharge or graduation from program.
    • Participates in quality assurance programs.
    • Initiates building maintenance and repair when recognized (i.e., clean bathrooms, empty trash)
    • Complies with all MHS and program rules, policies and procedures including HIPPA standards.
    • Demonstrates commitment to professional growth. 
    • Demonstrates adequate care and responsibility for equipment and ensures facilities upkeep and safety. 
    • MHS requires all employees to attain a minimum degree of training and knowledge in cultural competency, co-occurring and gender responsiveness.
    • Participates in the Injury and Illness Prevention Program and follows guidelines that promote workplace safety.


    • Minimum of a Masters Degree in Social Work or related field.
    • Current BBS registration or licensure as A/LMFT, A/LCSW, A/LPCC.
    • At least one year mental health experience working with children and adolescents, including clinical experience on a cross-disciplinary team.


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