Mental Health Therapist/Transitional Coach

North Santa Barbara County
Full Time
The Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse

Mental Health Therapist/Transitional Coach
School-Based Therapy Program

The Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA) is hiring a Mental Health Therapist for a new school-based position at an elementary school in Lompoc. This is a grant-funded project using a proprietary Coaching Model and includes paid training and clinical supervision to learn and work within the model. The therapist will be known as a “Transitional Coach” to reduce the potential stigma towards therapy.

This is a rewarding position working with children/youth and families, and an opportunity to work with one of the county’s leading providers of school-based services. The position requires strong experience in one-on-one psychotherapy and group therapy with children/youth. It also requires demonstrated successful performance of clinical assessments, formulating treatment plans, making clinical diagnoses, providing case management services, and in being able to appropriately document all services provided.

The position is available in the Lompoc Unified School District for the 2022-23 school year and is renewable for up to five years. It is full time (40 hours per week) and is a year-round appointment including summer months. Job hours worked coincide with school schedule and the Transitional Coach must be available during school hours.


Per the requirements of the grant, applicants must be either an LCSW, LMFT or LPCC with current registration with the BBS, and have experience working with children/adolescents (preferably in a school setting). Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred but not required.

Compensation: The salary for this position is $36.50/hr (base salary of $75,920/yr) not including benefits. Benefits include health, dental, vision and life insurance, a retirement contribution; and paid time off (vacation, sick, holiday). Benefits are likely to add approximately 20% to the base salary. There is a slightly higher compensation potential for a bilingual (English/Spanish) candidate.


The Mental Health Therapist/Transitional Coach reports to the Director of Education and Prevention Services. This is an in-person position required to work directly with students and school staff on-site. In compliance with California’s healthcare worker mandate, CADA requires that all staff providing in-person services with clients receive the Covid-19 vaccine, as well as a booster dose.


Email resume and cover letter to and reference Mental Health Therapist/Transitional Coach. For questions or more information, call Martena Wilson, LMFT at (760) 459-9790.


(805) 722-1308
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