Mental Health Counselor

2 days ago(1/19/2018 9:00 AM)
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Direct Care


At Sonoma Compass, we view short-term residential treatment for youth as an intervention that must be integrated with a wide array of family and community-based services.  As an alternative to inpatient hospitalization, treatment begins in a therapeutic home with consistent support focused on stabilization.  Treatment supports successful step downs to a Wraparound Program in order for young people to achieve permanency in a nurturing family home.


The Mental Health Counselor provides crisis support and coaching to youth while providing a safe and nurturing environment. Counselors work in collaboration with the treatment team to assist the youth in stabilizing and perform case management duties as needed. The Mental Health Counselor adapts to the changing locations of the youth which may include time in the residential setting, at home, in the community as well as in the school setting.  



  • Assist the clinician in the intake process, including creating a welcoming environment for the youth and family while explaining and touring the program.
  • Facilitate a life skills group and assist in developing services, strategies, interventions and activities to support the youth across different environments    
  • Assist in the continued development and strengthening of the youth and caregiver’s natural support network and permanency plan
  • Supervise youth across different environments, providing supervision for visits with family when necessary 
  • Plan and lead community-based activities for youth (may include families)  
  • Engage the youth in therapeutic activities and projects as well as educational activities 
  • Assist clients in self-administration of medication as needed 
  • Work in collaboration with the caregiver and treatment team members, including assisting the preparation of treatment plans and safety plans.
  • Complete daily progress notes and incident reports, which keep track of significant events that happen on site 
  • Participate in weekly supervision and team meetings
  • Provide crisis intervention for youth, using de-escalation techniques to resolve conflicts; this may include physical management of clients and implementation of Seneca’s Ahimsa Model


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Bilingual abilities a plus! 
  • Prefer experience in working with children in residential care and/or in the community
  • Clearance of TB test, fingerprinting, and any other State/Federal requirements
  • Own vehicle, California Driver’s License, and insurance


  • Full time, Wednesday-Saturday


  • Competitive salary
  • Comprehensive employee benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, and chiropractic coverage, as well as partially paid premiums for dependents
  • 4 weeks of flexible paid time off
  • Mileage Reimbursement 
  • We provide a 403b retirement plan
  • Ongoing training and professional development
  • Employer-paid Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)
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