Bi-lingual Psychotherapist (English/Spanish)

Job Title
Bi-lingual Psychotherapist (English/Spanish)– full time during academic year (school holidays and some time in summer off).  Join a compassionate and wise team of culturally sustaining clinicians and educators serving our highest risk adolescents attending a small alternative public school of 250 students, providing them opportunities to thrive and grow. 

Background
Acknowledge Alliance, formerly the Cleo Eulau Center, is a non-profit organization based in Mountain View, California.  For 20 years, Acknowledge Alliance has been focused on creating classrooms where students want to learn and teachers want to teach.  As a mental health pioneer, we partner with educators and other caring adults in their school setting to support the social and emotional needs of youth and the well-being of school communities.

Function
The psychotherapist position will provide primarily individual and some family therapy to multi-cultural adolescents at Redwood High Continuation School in the Sequoia Union High School District located in Redwood City, CA.  Additionally, this therapist will perform some intensive case management and make referrals to outside resources as appropriate.  This therapist will be part of a student services team and, if licensed, may have the opportunity to provide clinical supervision to graduate students. This position is hired and supervised by the Clinical Director at Acknowledge Alliance. On-site, the position reports to Redwood High School’s Social Services Manager, who assigns referrals and serves as the clinical lead on campus.

Responsibilities

  • Provides weekly individual psychotherapy to students on campus
  • Provides family therapy to some families of students as needed
  • Intensive case management and crisis intervention
  • Able to run therapy groups as needed
  • Collaborates closely with Social Services Manager on site
  • Collaborates with education staff and may provide some consultation and clinical insight to staff
  • Partners with Social Services Manager to provide in house professional development related to mental health topics
  • Meets with clinical supervisor from Acknowledge Alliance on a regular basis

Desired Skills and Expectations

  • Clinical expertise working with cultural sensitivity, compassionately and effectively with adolescents and adults
  • Psychodynamic and strengths based approach
  • Knowledge and use of attachment theory in practice
  • Knowledge of family or other systems theory
  • Experience doing family therapy
  • Understanding of and experience working with complex trauma
  • Flexibility and ability to effectively and professionally navigate a variety of systems and collaborative relationships
  • Awareness of and honors cultural norms and implications in counseling
  • Adherence to confidentiality within complex systems
  • Natural and highly developed collaborative and rapport building abilities
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills

Required Education and Experience
Bi-Lingual (English-Spanish)
MSW, MA, LCSW, LMFT, Psy.D., Ph.D. (License-Eligible accepted. Supervision available.)
Experience providing psychotherapy to multi-cultural adolescents with complex trauma and some experience working in a school setting.

Terms of Employment
This position is a continuing full-time, benefited position.  It runs from August 1st through the second week in June every year. (Start time and hours may be flexible for the right candidate). Salary is competitive.

Applications accepted until the position is filled. You may submit your resume and cover letter to Judith Gable, LCSW, Director, Collaborative Counseling Program, at judith@acknowledgealliance.org / 650-961-4120


Resilient Consultant/
SEL Lesson Facilitator

3 – 16 hours per week
(flexible)

Anticipated hire date: 08/15/17, applications accepted until filed

Background
Acknowledge Alliance, formerly the Cleo Eulau Center, is a non-profit organization based in Mountain View, California. Since 1994, Acknowledge Alliance has been focused on creating classrooms where students want to learn and teachers want to teach. As a mental health pioneer, we partner with educators and other caring adults in their school setting to support the social and emotional needs of youth and the wellbeing of school communities.

Function
The Resilient Consultant with a focus on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) facilitation will provide support in service of the wellbeing of students and teachers through deliver of our original curriculum in classrooms. Facilitation will either be with an elementary (3rd, 4th, and 5th grades) or middle school (6th and 7th grades). Over the course of the school year, the Resilient Consultant at an elementary school leads 10 lessons in each contracted classroom; the Resilient Consultant at a middle school leads 7 lessons in each contracted classroom. Both positions also include meeting with the teachers for an initial session to orient them to and schedule the lessons; observing the classroom of each teacher, preferably at the time of the scheduled lessons at the beginning; providing support to the teachers as needed during the days onsite; and potentially providing an overview of the SEL program to parents during an open house night with the support of program staff. Mandatory training is provided in September for three half-days. There will be two additional half-day meetings over the course of the year (February and June) are required for all staff in these positions.

Responsibilities

  • Facilitate lessons from Acknowledge Alliance’s SEL curriculum (10 lessons for elementary, 7 for middle)
  • Support evaluation gathering process
  • Potentially co-facilitate an orientation presentation for parents
  • Some additional time outside of school day or time at office is required for electronic communication with school or agency staff
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with program staff, including responding to communications
  • Contribute to SEL facilitation meetings on a predetermined schedule
  • Attend all-agency staff meetings 2 times per year (optional)

Desired Skills and Expectations

  • Knowledge of counseling for both children/adolescents and adults
  • Understanding of or exposure to social emotional learning, pro-social behaviors, positive psychology, and mindfulness
  • Experience with delivering lessons or presenting to groups
  • Knowledge of family or other systems theory
  • Ability to manage a variety of personalities and complex relationships
  • Awareness of cultural implications in counseling
  • Adherence to confidentiality within complex systems
  • Belief and practice of strengths-based work with clients
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with technology, including office/ cloud-based applications

Required Education and Experience
LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, or license-eligible; may also be pursuing higher degree (intern supervision hours may be available). Experience working in a school setting or working with children or adolescents

Terms of Employment
This position is a part-time, fixed-term, non-benefited position that extends through the 2017-2018 school year. Salary is competitive based on the non-profit salary survey.

Please contact Sarah Kremer, Director, Resilience Consultation Program, at sarah@acknowledgealliance.org