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Program Services Counselor

Dignity Health Medical Foundation Sacramento, California
Requisition ID 2022-265389 Employment Type Full Time Department Behavioral Health Hours/Pay Period 80 Shift Day Weekly Schedule Monday- Friday (8:00am- 4:30pm) Remote No Category Mental Health

Dignity Health Medical Foundation established in 1993 is a California nonprofit public benefit corporation with care centers throughout California.  Dignity Health Medical Foundation is an affiliate of Dignity Health – one of the largest health systems in the nation - with hospitals and care centers in California Arizona and Nevada. Today Dignity Health Medical Foundation works hand-in-hand with physicians and providers throughout California to provide comprehensive health care services to the many communities we serve. As Dignity Health Medical Foundation continues to grow and establish new premier care centers we provide increasing support and investment in the latest technologies finest physicians and state-of-the-art medical facilities. We strive to create purposeful work settings where staff can provide great care while advancing in knowledge and experience through challenging work assignments and stimulating relationships. Our staff is well-trained and highly skilled qualities that are vital to maintaining excellence in care and service.


Under the supervision of the Manager, Children's Center, this position supports and assists the Children's Center clinical staff in their daily tasks related to client treatment. The position also supports the therapeutic process by collaborating with full scope Medi-Cal clients and families to identify and meet their needs by identifying and accessing services within the community, co-facilitating groups, and teaching parenting and social skills. This position also provides Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) services related to homelessness and housing support


Minimum Qualifications

  • Associate's degree 
  • Minimum of two (2) years of full-time experience in a mental health, social service or educational setting
  • Knowledge of:
    • Developmental stages
    • Psychosocial interviewing
    • Mental status evaluation
    • DSM diagnosis
    • Psychotropic medications
    • Sacramento County Mental Health assessment/evaluation instruments
    • Coordination skills with other members of the treatment team
    • Crisis skills to coordinate with appropriate staff in an emergency and provide support
    • Knowledge to coordinate with appropriate staff in a crisis and/or emergency and provide support
    • Group dynamics and behavior
    • Psychosocial needs of children
    • Community resources for children and families
  • Strong, organizational skills and sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversities of clients and families
  • Maintains positive and professional customer skills with clients
  • Possess good interpersonal skills and ability to develop quick rapport with a wide variety of people
  • Schedules and performs clinical assessments and obtain psychosocial histories
  • Presents clinical findings professionally in clinical case staffing
  • Valid California Driver's license, valid automobile insurance, and reliable automobile transportation are required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a social science or a related field
    • Those with a bachelor's degree in social science or a related field can substitute this additional education for the experience requirement or enrollment in a field placement traineeship or internship at Dignity Health Medical Foundation as part of a Bachelor's / Masters's Degree program in an appropriate behavioral science discipline.
  • Enrollment in a field placement traineeship or internship at Dignity Health as part of a master’s degree program in an appropriate behavioral science discipline
  • Bi-lingual skills and outreach experience are desirable
  • Mental status evaluation

  • DSM diagnosis

  • Psychotropic medications

  • Sacramento County Mental Health assessment/evaluation instruments


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