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Mental Health Director

We Care Services for Children – a private, nonprofit agency devoted to serving children birth to five and their families in Contra Costa County – is currently looking for a skilled, professional early-childhood Mental Health Director . Throughout our 57-year history, our programs have been rooted in the knowledge that success comes through understanding each family’s unique cultural, linguistic, racial and socioeconomic needs and experiences. Our programs provide the best opportunities for children with and without special needs to heal, play, learn, and interact with their caretakers and each other in an attachment-focused and developmentally appropriate environment.

Position Summary: This important role oversees all functions of We Care’s Mental Health programs including therapy, mental health consultation, Wraparound, Katie A. and school-based Inclusion. The Director is responsible for the quality of care, effectiveness, and efficiency of these services and determines operating policies and practices, develops and maintains contractual relationships, and selects and supervises staff.

What you can look forward to:

  • Providing administrative and clinical oversight of mental health services across multiple service areas and programs. This includes developing protocols, policies, and procedures applicable to all behavioral/mental health staff and programs.
  • Designing and implementing staff training and development.
  • Providing leadership through a thorough understanding of both clinic- and home-based models of early childhood mental health service provision.
  • Helping develop an agency-wide strategy as part of the executive team.
  • Ensuring adherence to legal and ethical standards as they relate to treating young children and monitoring changes in these areas.
  • Overseeing all internal Quality Assurance functions and ensuring compliance with all Medi-Cal EPSDT requirements.
  • Analyzing data relevant to productivity and outcomes, and working with staff and administration to modify operations as needed.
  • Attending, participating in, and reporting at various internal and off-site meetings.
  • Providing reports as needed to the Executive Director, funders, and agency Board.
  • Representing We Care’s Mental Health Services in the community.

What you’ll bring to the position:

  • California licensure as an LCSW, MFT, or Psychologist.
  • Experience managing a mental health program – preferably serving young children.
  • Demonstrated supervisory, motivational, organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong commitment to teamwork and the tenets of Reflective Supervision
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills demonstrated by the ability to communicate effectively and relate congenially with stakeholders, parents, children, clinic staff and providers, and community referral representatives.
  • Proven understanding of standards and practices governing patient/client confidentiality; demonstrated ability to preserve client confidentiality.
  • Thorough knowledge of and willingness to adhere to mandated reporting requirements as stated by law; working knowledge of generally accepted QA standards and procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and to coordinate effectively with different components of the mental health system.
  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills (Word, Excel)
  • Conscientious self-starter with a track record of hard work, self-motivation, productivity, efficiency, follow-through, and the ability to juggle multiple projects with ease.
  • Enthusiastic interest in supporting the mission of We Care Services for Children.
  • The above responsibilities are a highlight of responsibilities and not a full list. Other responsibilities may be performed as assigned. 
  • A criminal background check including fingerprint clearance, as well as passing a standard physical with TB clearance.

Mental Health Family Therapist

Job Summary

Under general supervision of the Mental Health Director and Clinical Supervisor this position provides infant/child parent psychotherapy and clinical case management services to children ages 0-6 years old and their parents/caretakers in both Spanish and English utilizing both a center-based and home-visiting model. The clinician designs treatment plans for these dyads based on her/his clinical assessment of client needs. She/he maintains treatment records and appropriate billing for services in accordance with program expectations and EPSDT Standards.
Family Therapists participate regularly in clinical staff meetings as well as agency-wide meetings and takes responsibility for clinically related activities as assigned by the Mental Health Director and Clinical Supervisor.

Direct Service:

  • Initiates contacts with clients and referral sources to determine appropriateness for therapy services.
  • Assesses each client to determine appropriate diagnosis, treatment modality and interventions, with clinical consultation as needed.
  • Provides dyadic, play and family therapy and conducts collateral sessions with significant support persons as needed.
  • Provides therapy in the home, community and/or office as appropriate
  • Provides case management, such as linking clients to community resources and/or coordinating contacts with other service providers, including, but not limited to, Wraparound, Schools, Social Service Agencies and other mental health providers.
  • Participates in case consultations with other We Care Services for Children treatment team members for all shared cases.
  • Consults with Clinical Supervisor as needed

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Maintains an appropriate caseload and meets program billing goals as determined by Mental Health Director.
  • Maintains appropriate client files in alignment with agency and funding standards.
  • Prepares files on a yearly basis for EPSDT Utilization Review
  • Documents billable services according to county guidelines.
  • Attends all agency staff meetings and designated training events
  • May be asked to carry staff responsibility for agency special events or other projects.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Skills Required:

  • Ability to accurately form initial diagnostic assessments, and to work under pressure of crisis and emergency situations.
  • Knowledge of early childhood development and mental health and the ability to apply this knowledge to relationship based infant/child parent psychotherapy.
  • Ability to establish initial therapeutic alliance and convey parameters of treatment of infant/child psychotherapy.
  • Knowledge of multi-cultural communities and family support concepts.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and work independently on a day-today basis clinically, legally and ethically and to consult with supervisor when appropriate.
  • Must have working knowledge of all laws pertaining to mental health in general and child
  • abuse in particular and be able to apply them in everyday practice.
  • PROFICIENT in both Spanish and English is highly desired!

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in: Social Work, Marriage Family and Child, Counseling or Clinical Psychology
  • Licensed, or License Eligible MFT, LCSW, PhD or PsyD.
  • Experience working with young children and their families.
  • Knowledge of child abuse and social service system.
  • Previous experience in multi-cultural communities.
  • Valid California driver’s license, auto insurance and car.

Highly desirable:

  • Bilingual English/Spanish

  •  Home Visiting Experience
  • Clinical experience working with children and their families.
  • Culturally diverse.


Teaching Associate

We Care Services for Children – a private, nonprofit agency devoted to serving children birth to five and their families in Contra Costa County since 1960 is currently looking for an experienced Teacher Associate to join our team. Over the past 50 years, We Care’s developmental services programs have grown to meet the needs of young children with developmental disabilities. Our programs have been based on the belief that each child and family is unique and we honor their beliefs and cultural, linguistic, racial and socioeconomic diversity. Our programs provide maximum opportunities for children with and without disabilities to play, learn, and interact with each other in a developmentally appropriate inclusive environment.

Working 30-40 hours per week, the Teacher Associate will provide assistance to an inclusive classroom of children 18 months to 5 years old. In this position you will work within a team to provide play based developmentally appropriate activities to children in a classroom setting.

What you can look forward to:

  • Implementing curriculum, activities, techniques etc. to address children’s individual objectives. Assigned paperwork, observation notes, assessment implementation, developmental checklists.
  • Assisting children in reaching their potential in all developmental areas (gross motor, social-emotional, self-help, fine motor, communication & cognitive).
  • Assisting children with daily self-help skills (eating & toileting, etc.).
  • Diapering of children.
  • Preparation of food (cutting, chopping & pouring).
  • Performing routine light housekeeping (sweeping, wiping & laundry as requested and as assigned).

What you’ll bring to the position:

  • A minimum of 6 ECE Units
  • High school graduate or equivalency
  • Proficient writing skills
  • Able to clearly communicate with children, staff, and families,
  • Able to function as a team member.
  • Exhibit a genuine interest in children and their welfare.
  • Experience and/or training working with young children, preferably those with special needs

Bi-lingual Spanish/English or Farsi/English encouraged to apply.


On Call Substitute Teaching Associate

This position is hourly as needed Monday through Friday.

Requirements:
This position requires fingerprint clearance including criminal background check as well as passing a standard physical with TB clearance.

Experience and Education:

  • Minimum 6 ECE Units
  • High school graduate
  • Proficient writing skills
  • Able to clearly communicate with children, staff, and families
  • Able to function as a team member
  • Exhibit a genuine interest in children and their welfare
  • Experience and/or training working with young children, preferably those with special needs

Bi-lingual Spanish/English encouraged to apply

All positions require fingerprint clearance including criminal background check as well as passing a standard physical with TB clearance.

 Please submit a cover letter and resume by email only to:  humanresources@wecarechildren.org

 Thank you for your interest in We Care Services for Children.