Child and Family Mental Health Clinician

Job Overview

We operate as a residential facility that serves up to 120 women (with the capacity for up to 20 children under the age of 5) seeking recovery from substance use disorders. We offer gender responsive, trauma informed, person- centered and evidence based interventions.  For clients with co-occuring mental illness, we provide integrated substance use and mental health services which treat both conditions as primary.  

The primary responsibilities of the Child and Family Mental Health Clinician include providing direct participant care in a manner that exemplifies HealthRIGHT 360’s philosophy, goals, policies, mission and vision. The Child and Family Mental Health Clinician is responsible for providing assessment, direct clinical intervention, and supportive services to children, caregivers, and families presenting with various emotional and behavioral problems related to a participant’s addiction and potential co-occurring disorder.  S/he acts as a liaison between the agency and outside organizations, linking participants with the appropriate resources to meet their health, mental health, and human service needs. S/he provides trauma-informed, developmentally appropriate services that promote resiliency and the ability function in the community and crisis intervention services as required. They will demonstrate the ability to obtain and interpret information in terms of the participant’s needs, document knowledge of client’s growth and progress, and demonstrate an understanding of the range of treatment needed by participants served.  Must enjoy working as a member of a diverse team in a cooperative effort and be able to exercise creative and independent judgment to solve problems.  May also be assigned to assist in signing off on treatment plans of other staff.

Key Responsibilities

Have experience working with children and adolescents affected by trauma and be comfortable intervening on a family level. 
Conduct mental health assessments to identify treatment needs. 
Conducts intakes and discharges determining appropriate level of care based on ASAM criteria and able to document effectively.  
Provide direct participant care such as facilitating psycho-educational groups, individual therapy, couples and family therapy. 
Act as a liaison between other programs and referring agencies.  
Monitor participant conduct, record participant activity, and inform treatment  team of potential problems. 
Handle crisis interventions.
Maintain and successfully retain assigned caseload of clients. 
Maintains composure while under great pressure. 


Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Education and Experience


-Must be a MSW, MFT, PCC or Psychologist from a regionally accredited graduate program in the field of Psychology or Counseling Psychology.

-Masters level candidates must be registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences and possess a valid registration number.

-Minimum of two years of experience in a substance abuse treatment or community mental health setting.

- Must have experience working with children and adolescents with an emphasis on ages 0-5.

-Experience in working with people with co-occurring disorders.

-Experience working with the criminal justice population.

-Familiarity with trauma informed therapy models, cognitive behavioral therapy, brief psychotherapy and psycho-educational approaches.

-Familiarity with working with psychotic and other severe mental health presentations.

-First Aid certified within 60 days of employment.

-CPR certified within 60 days of employment.

-A valid California driver’s license and current automobile insurance.



- Licensed MFT or LCSW, LPCC, Psychologist

- Bilingual English/Spanish


Background Clearance


 - Must not be on active parole or probation, clear with OIG database




- Culturally competent and able to work with a diverse population

- Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, specifically Word Outlook and internet applications

- Experience working successfully with issues of substance abuse, mental health, criminal background, and other potential barriers to economic self sufficiency

- Must possess a basic understanding of all ages of development, child abuse, substance abuse issues,  impact of trauma, and self-sufficiency issues.

- Experience with motivational interviewing techniques



-Knowledge of trauma, co-occurring disorders and substance abuse treatment

-Knowledge of Clinical documentation (treatment plans, progress notes etc.)


Skills and Abilities


- Ability to understand, and interpret information, and can manage a consistent workflow.

- Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to work effectively with people in a constructive manner

- Must be able to demonstrate strong boundaries.

- Ability to enter data into various electronic systems while maintaining the integrity and accuracy of the data

- Professionalism, punctuality, flexibility and reliability are imperative

- Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills

- Integrity to handle sensitive information in a confidential manner

- Action oriented

- Strong problem-solving skills

- Excellent organization skills and ability to multitask and juggle multiple priorities

- Outstanding ability to follow-through with tasks

- Ability to work cooperatively and effectively as part of interdisciplinary team and independently assume responsibility

- Strong initiative and enthusiasm and willingness to pitch in whenever needed

- Able to communicate well at all levels of the organization including working with organization leadership and high-level representatives of partner organizations

- Able to work within a frequently changing project scope while maintaining overall direction and structured priorities


Compensation: TBD
Type: Salary/ Exempt
Benefits: HealthRight360 offers a competitive benefits package
City: Escondido, CA
Hours/wk: 40

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