Mental Health Therapist

Position: Mental Health Therapist
Program: School Based Services
Supervisor: Program Director
Schedule: Year-Round, *Position requires some evenings
Hours: 40hrs Weekly
Classification: Non-Exempt/Hourly
Starting Rate: (Depending on experience) + Benefits


Alameda Family Services is a progressive, non-profit agency that provides clinically sophisticated, comprehensive mental health and early childhood educational services to individuals and families in the City and County of Alameda through several programs: Early Head Start, Head Start, Family Support Services, School Based Services, and Behavioral Health Care Services. One of Alameda Family Services’ core values is fostering wellbeing. This focus on wellbeing provides a philosophical orientation for our work and guides our daily practice. As an agency that is deeply rooted in Alameda, we are constantly striving to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients, families, and communities. We cultivate self-care, professional growth, and family-like work environment.


Alameda Family Services’ School Based Services Program provides a multitude of health and wellness services to youth on school campuses in the Alameda Unified School District. Services include individual and group counseling, case management, family engagement, as well as health education, and youth development.


The Mental Health Therapist is responsible for providing individual and group psychotherapy, as well as completing all documentation and data entry associated with services. There are currently 2 open positions. One position supports both a High School and Elementary school, providing all services onsite from 8am-2pm. In the second position, the therapist will travel to schools within the City of Alameda to provide school-based services from 10am-3pm. In the early evening 3pm-6pm, the therapist will provide services to youth and their families in-person out of AFS main office or via telehealth. 


  1. Provide a full range of culturally sensitive, strength-based behavioral health services to students.
  2. Complete accurate and timely documentation of services and maintain all records in compliance with legal and professional laws. 
  3. Participate in follow-up behavioral health coordination meetings to ensure appropriate referrals and service implementation. 
  4. Collaborate with school site administration and faculty, as well as School-Based Health Center staff, if applicable.
  5. Provide referrals and resources to students, families, and school community.
  6. Coordinate service delivery with other service providers. 
  7. Conduct outreach and provide consultation about behavioral health services offered on-campus and within the community through presentations and workshops. 
  8. Attend and participate in a variety of staff and program related meetings, as well as professional development trainings. 
  9. Attend and participate in weekly individual and group clinical supervision.
  10. Other duties as assigned by Program Director.


  1. Master’s Degree in Counseling or Social Work (Board Registration required).
  2. Minimum 1 year experience providing behavioral health services
  3. Experience providing trauma-informed and culturally responsive individual and group behavioral health services.
  4. Experience working with ethnically and socio-economically diverse youth and families.
  5. Embraces a strength-based approach to clients, their families, and systems.
  6. Knowledge of school related systems such as PBIS, COST, and IEPs.
  7. Knowledge of unique stressors and needs impacting children, youth, and adolescents.
  8. Knowledge of laws and regulations impacting systems serving minors.
  9. Ability to effectively facilitate behavioral health groups.
  10. Ability to effectively organize and prioritize multiple tasks.
  11. Ability to work independently and as a part of a team.
  12. Skills in effective oral and written communication.
  13. Multi-language capacity desired.


  1. Must be able to sit for at least 85% of the time and stand for 15%.
  2. Must be able to lift 25 pounds (books, files, etc.).
  3. Must possess valid California driver’s license & have reliable transportation to travel between school sites.
  4. Home and community visits as necessary to connect with youth’s family.


  1. The School Based Services program requires a background check and clearance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) background prior to employment.
  2. A current TB Test Results is required prior to employment.


Alameda Family Services offers a very generous benefits program.

  • 4+ weeks of vacation based on a 40-hour work week
  • 100% of Kaiser Medical paid for employee
  • Employer contribution to dependent medical coverage for dependents enrolled in agency plan
  • Generous Dental coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Group Term Life coverage
  • 401k match of up to 1% for calendar year
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • CEUs for licensed staff
  • Clinical support for new supervisors
  • Multiple staff appreciation events throughout the year

Equal Opportunity Employment

Alameda Family Services does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

If interested, please send cover letter and resume to: