Residential Therapist/LPHA - Serenity House/Residential

Job Overview

Join a dynamic, recovery-focused team supporting adults in San Mateo County who are in crisis. The Serenity House program offers daily recovery groups, providing skills which support recovery back to baseline functioning, establishing and maintaining healthy relationships, and promoting overall wellness. In addition to groups, the program offers one-on-one case management and psychotherapy services with the goal of serving our clients wherever they are on their recovery journeys.

Therapist/LPHAs are an essential part of the Serenity House program. From the time clients enter the program, LPHAs support in assessing client’s needs and strengths, collaborating with clients in treatment planning, and engaging clients in the process of supporting their health and recovery. They provide individual and group therapy to adults and deliver curricula in accordance with program specific requirements. LPHAs also assist clients in navigating systems of care and accessing resources, while providing a supportive treatment environment.

Utilizing a gender responsive, trauma informed approach, therapists have clinical responsibilities and LPHA (Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts) assessment responsibilities. This position will have the ability to carry a caseload of individual clients in the residential crisis stabilization/social rehabilitation program.  As a therapist, this person will provide individual and group therapy/counseling, collaborate with other providers both internal and external to HR360 to assist clients with meeting their treatment plan goals and participate in discharge planning. In addition, this individual will provide crisis management as needed and handle all necessary follow-up.  As a LPHA, this person will administer intake and admission assessments, create comprehensive treatment plans, sign off on treatment plans and other required documentation including diagnosis and medical necessity.

Key Responsibilities

Individual Treatment Responsibilities: Provides individual therapy to clients in residential treatment (as needed), and to their families when clinically appropriate. Ensures interventions and techniques are appropriate for each individual client; individualizes treatment to meet the needs of clients while maintaining quality care and promoting health and safety. Maintains confidentiality while working as part of a collaborative treatment team and adhering with program norms. Participates in case conferences, treatment planning and clinical discussions to provide holistic care and quality assessments. Communicates with prescribing psychiatrists and on-site nurse practitioner regarding psychotropic medication management, side effects, and follow up appointments.

Clinical Responsibilities: Designs and implements a dynamic, varied, and clinically-minded program of groups and activities; facilitates groups/activities each work day; ALWAYS models a clinical style that respects program values and beliefs; treats every interaction as a clinically-relevant moment; assesses prospective residents; provides counseling to various individual crisis clients as needed; supports staff in crisis procedures; participates in case conferences, treatment planning and clinical discussions; holds all-house meetings as necessary.

Team Lead Responsibilities: Facilitates weekly treatment and team meetings as needed; assists the program manager and program director in auditing all charts for compliance; assist with staff training; be on-call after hours as scheduled.

Treatment Setting Responsibilities: Facilitates evidence-based group counseling on a variety of core curriculum topics including CBT, Seeking Safety, DBT, Grief and Loss, co-occurring disorders, etc. Coordinates discharge planning with client’s Care Coordinator. Provides consultation to staff regarding symptom management, co-occurring disorders and crisis intervention strategies.  Attends individual and group supervision, attends staff and agency meetings.  Participates in agency trainings as required. Complies with Board requirements for license registration/renewal.  Provide individual therapy and group counseling to clients in treatment as needed, and to their partners and families when clinically appropriate.  Communicate with prescribing psychiatrists regarding psychotropic medication compliance, side effects, follow-up appointments. Coordinate discharge planning in collaboration with the rest of the treatment team.  Provide consultation to staff regarding symptom management, mental health conditions and crisis intervention strategies.  Comply with Board requirements for license registration/renewal.  Participate in the development of treatment plans and assessments and complete all assigned documentation in a timely manner.

Documentation Responsibilities: Maintains accurate records by data entering documentation into various electronic systems for all client interactions in accordance with guidelines established by HealthRIGHT 360 to satisfy internal and external evaluating requirements. Develops treatment plans, completes release and consent forms, etc. In addition, completes Medicare and Medi-Cal documentation and billing as needed.

Other Treatment Setting Responsibilities: Provides consultation to staff regarding symptom management, mental health conditions and crisis intervention strategies. Attends staff and agency meetings. Participates in agency trainings as required. Complies with Board requirements for license registration/renewal. Availability to work at least 1 weekend shift per work week to ensure continued coverage to meet client and programming needs.

Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


Education and Experience Required:

  • Licensed or Board Registered LMFT or AMFT, LCSW or ASW, LPCC or APCC.
  • Minimum two years of working with acute psychiatric issues and dual diagnosis issues in an inpatient or outpatient setting.
  • Experience in group dynamics and facilitation.


  • Bilingual.
  • Direct experience working with clients in extreme states.
  • Direct experience working with high-intensity environments.
  • Training in deeper listening skills, such as reflective listening and Motivational Interviewing.
  • A variety of expertise in various types of groups (process; movement; drama; art, music, etc.).
  • Demonstrable ability to convey accurate empathy.
  • Experience navigating 5150 or emergency/crisis procedures.

Background Clearance Required:

  • Ability to obtain and maintain background clearance with DOJ and FBI.
  • Must not be on active parole or probation, clear with OIG database.

Knowledge Required:

  • Culturally responsive and able to work with a diverse population.
  • Knowledge of DSM V diagnosis and criteria.
  • 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.

Desired: Knowledge and experience with DBT, CBT, MI, assessment tools, and trauma based treatment highly desirable.

Skills and Abilities Required:

  • 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.


  • Knowledge of trauma, co-occurring disorders and substance abuse treatment.
  • Knowledge of clinical documentation (treatment plans, progress notes etc.).
  • Experience working with criminal justice population.
  • Experience working with crisis prevention and de-escalation techniques.

"The work schedule is 7 AM-3:30 PM Tuesday through Saturday"

Compensation: $60,000.00-$61,200.00
Type: Salary/ Exempt
Benefits: HealthRIGHT 360 offers a competitive benefits package.
City: San Mateo, CA
Hours/wk: 40

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