Safe Place for Youth (SPY) is the leading service provider for youth experiencing or at-risk of homelessness in West Los Angeles. Founded in 2011, our agency offers trauma-informed, low barrier programs that support young people in exiting the streets and achieving stability so that they can thrive, not just survive. Our robust continuum of care includes street outreach, drop-in services, health and wellness programming, case management, education and employment services, and housing programs.
SPY is a unique social impact agency that is committed to overcoming structural barriers to equity, community collaboration, and innovative youth-focused programming. If you have the skills, passion and collaborative spirit, join our growing team of nearly 60 employees.
SPY strives to attract and develop individuals who reflect a broad spectrum of diversity, including (but by no means limited to) racial, ethnic, gender identity and socioeconomic dimensions. We believe that inclusion... of diverse perspectives is essential to achieving long-term, systemic change. We explicitly seek applications from those who self-identify as coming from historically marginalized populations to enrich and elevate our equity-centered approach to problem-solving.
ABOUT THE ROLE:
A member of the Clinical Programs team, the Health and Wellness Therapist will support the growth and development of SPY’s clinical services and programming, including offering crisis emotional support, individualized treatment plans, and progress reports that outline a member’s needs, goals, and opportunities for growth with the purpose of improving mental and emotional stability.
The ideal candidate will have a strong clinical understanding of direct service to at-risk populations and trauma-informed care. Specific knowledge of how trauma impacts the brain and physical development as well as experience related to transitional aged youth experiencing homelessness is a plus.
WHAT YOU’LL DO:
● Be able to self-engage and accept referrals for new clients
● maintain a caseload of regular clients for individual counseling
● Develop individualized treatment plans, case summaries, and progress reports that incorporate evidence-based counseling techniques designed to meet member's goals and objectives
● Conduct comprehensive evaluations of biopsychosocial, emotional, and functional needs of members, including identifying risk factors and strengths
● Provide crisis management, intervention and safety planning services, along with stress management and life skills development
● Assist in programming related to Clinical Programs education and information
● Develop and facilitate mental health groups based on member needs
● Ensure Counseling services to TAY are strengths based, non-judgmental and grounded in harm reduction, and trauma-informed care models
● Advocate by attending external community meetings with government agencies and community groups as needed
● Work collaboratively across internal departments and assist with general SPY programming as needed
● Work within established legal and ethical guidelines
● Be able to travel and work across several locations
● Other duties as assigned
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
● A master’s or doctorate degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or related field
● Licensed or license eligible and registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences
● Knowledge of principles of mental health diagnosis and multicultural/ diversity counseling
● Knowledge of TAY social, emotional, and cognitive development
● Knowledge of TAY mental health and intergenerational trauma transmission
● Knowledge of child abuse laws and mental health, sexual abuse, violence, mediation techniques, family planning, etc.
● A commitment to and passion for the mission, vision, values and culture of SPY
● A self-starter who is prepared to drive innovative solutions
● An ability to work in a fast-paced environment that requires effective collaboration with a variety of organizations and individuals
● Must possess advanced computer skills including word-processing, database operations, spreadsheets and other software systems
● Advanced verbal and written communication skills, including organizational, detail and interpersonal skills
● Ability to work effectively with people of diverse races, ethnicities and sexual orientations in a multicultural environment
WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
· Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
· Changes in the environment, such as the office or outdoors.
· Physical effort/lifting, such as sedentary- up to 15-20 pounds at times.
Driver Positions (if applicable):
Upon request applicants are required to provide a copy of their driving record from the Department of Motor Vehicles, along with a copy of their valid driver’s license and proof of insurance. Job offers are contingent upon a satisfactory driving record. Examples of an unsatisfactory driving record include:
● Suspended or revoked license
● Three or more moving violations in the past 36 months
● Any violations, including drugs, alcohol, controlled substances, within the past 24 months
● Reckless driving, including hit and runs, within the past 24 months
● At fault accidents, resulting in fatality or serious injury, within the past 5 years
The motor vehicle record will need to include a review of all states listed on the individual's employment application and resume. See instructions on obtaining your driving record below:
For driver positions, driving is an essential job function and cannot be reasonably accommodated, employment may be discontinued