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Requisition Number 99-10071
Post Date 1/16/2019
Title Therapist II
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Division Clinical
Pay Frequency Semi-Monthly
City Multiple Locations
State CA

  Therapist ll

Make a Difference in People's Lives While Expanding Your Knowledge and Skills

Diverse Role    ●    Excellent Training    ●    Career Options    ●    Great Culture

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services has been a leading provider of community mental health and substance use services since 1942.  With a history stretching back to the Great Depression, Didi Hirsch has established a strong reputation in the communities we serve.  We help more than 90,000 children and adults each year from 11 locations and 100 schools throughout Los Angeles and Orange County.  We are committed to excellence, diversity and opportunity.  We are dedicated and enthusiastic individuals who make a difference in the lives of the clients we serve.  We offer a competitive salary along with a full benefits package. 


Top five reasons to bring your career to Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services:

  1. This is a diverse role, allowing you to expand your clinical and leadership skills.  If you are interested in advancement, we’ll search for growth opportunities for you to gain experience supervising and leading. 
  2. You will support innovative and effective programs and stay current on best practices, evidence-based practices (EBP) and whole person care.
  3. Our Training Division provides you with access to free training.  Most courses lead to continuing education units (CEU).  Our online training offers thousands of courses on a wide array of topics. Through our dedicated Training Division, we provide extensive professional development programs, in class and online; you can take courses during work hours.
  4. This is a great opportunity to start building a rewarding career with a leader in community mental health services.
  5. You will find a strong family-like culture here; people enjoy working together to help some of the most vulnerable members of our communities improve the quality of their lives.

Your responsibilities will depend on the program to which you are assigned, but in most cases, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team.  Your key duties will include:

  • Providing crisis intervention, intake assessment, and psychotherapy to adults, children and/or families.
  • Coordinating support services to assist clients with case management needs.
  • Offering integrated mental health, physical health and substance use treatment that is culturally congruent with our clients’ needs.
  • Performing extensive documentation and paperwork for DMH and other agencies and organizations.

You’ll work in a variety of settings, including outpatient and field-based locations (clients’ homes, schools, etc.) and in an office.  In this role, you will be expected to:

  • Independently perform intake assessments and formulate diagnoses and case conceptualization using a culturally competent approach.
  • Demonstrate a collaborative approach within a multidisciplinary team and external systems; interface and collaborate with clinic psychiatrist regarding assessment and intake.
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize an integrated care approach in assessment, treatment planning and intervention.
  • Demonstrate competency in managing crises.
  • Assess treatment progress and adapt interventions as needed.
  • Use collaborative documentation during therapy sessions in accordance with Agency standards.
  • Use evidence-based practice (EBP) to formulate an initial plan of treatment; assess and monitor the condition of the client to evaluate treatment and adapt interventions as needed.
  • Assist with client evaluations, clinical diagnoses and case disposition.
  • Incorporate new technologies into treatment, including outcome measurements, to improve access, client engagement and effectiveness.
  • Initiate psychiatric holds for clients presenting a danger to themselves or others and/or gravely disabled, and in need of hospitalization.
  • Provide some case management to include referral and linkages to internal and community support services, such as psychiatrist, primary medical care, housing, rehabilitation programs, drug/alcohol services and social activity groups. 
  • Monitor and maintain documentation of client services; ensure compliance with Agency, county, state and federal policies and procedures, standards and guidelines.
  • Carry a caseload of clients and meet Agency client service expectations as assigned.
  • Attend and participate in Agency and program/team meetings, individual/group supervision, and related community Agency meetings as required/requested.
  • Maintain regular communication with supervisors and respond to emails/voicemails in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrate time management and organizational skills to meet Agency standards.
  • Develop and maintain clinical skills through seminars, workshops, or other forms of continuing education/training related to mental illness and substance use disorders. 
  • You may also be asked to provide after-hours on-call coverage and/or Officer of the Day duties.  There is additional pay included for being on-call after hours.

You must be able to successfully pass our pre-employment screening, including a background check and live scan fingerprinting.  For bilingual positions, you will need to pass a language assessment.  You will also need to meet the following requirements for this role:

  • Active licensure as a LPCC, LCSW, MFT, Psy.D, Ph.D (licensed)
  • Current LPS certification, or the ability to obtain it within one year of hire, to perform psychiatric holds. 
  • Current registration with BBS or Board of Psychology, unlicensed psychologists must have a DMH waiver. 
  • 2 years of experience working with individuals and families with a history of mental illness and/or substance use in a social service/mental health environment.
  • Legal authorization to work permanently in the United States without requiring a visa transfer or sponsorship. 
  • California Driver’s License and proof of insurance
  • Bilingual (if applicable to position)
  • Knowledgeable in Microsoft Office as well as electronic health record (EHR) system.
  • Some programs/divisions require working knowledge of evidence-based practices, co-occurring disorders and/or the recovery model of treatment.
  • The ability to learn and apply Agency policies and procedures, HIPAA, policies and documentation guidelines, and county, state and federal regulations relating to service programs for clients with mental illness and/or substance use.
  • The ability to utilize analysis, experience, and judgment to make effective business and therapeutic decisions.

Competencies and characteristics:

  • Self-motivated with strong initiative
  • Strong analytical skills, experience and judgment to make decisions
  • The ability to contribute as an active member of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Able to manage multiple tasks and priorities effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Able to present ideas, information and viewpoints clearly.
  • Able to adapt to changing needs by acquiring new skills and knowledge
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Patience in navigating complex public and private support systems and resources


Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services is an equal opportunity employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

  • Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
  • Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here.
  • The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
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Didi Hirsch is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, religious belief (including dress or grooming practices), color, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions (including breast feeding), age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identification and expression, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics, family care, marital status, status as a veteran or qualified disabled veteran, or any other classification protected by law.

Didi Hirsch is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all applicants for employment. We are an EEO/AA Employer.