START Therapist – Carpinteria

South Santa Barbara County
Full Time
Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara County

Why join our countywide agency?

*Because each day we are making a difference in our community, and because we have a positive, employee- and client-centered work culture.

*We pay competitive rates and offer a strong benefits package that includes generous sick leave and holiday pay, employer-paid medical insurance, a free subscription to the meditation/sleep app Calm, and much more!

*We offer continuous employee education and development and paid clinical supervision.

*Family Service Agency is a National Health Service Corps approved site. Licensed MFTs and LCSWs can receive $50K to $100K in loan repayment with a service commitment of two to three years. More information can be found here.

*We work with our staff to offer flexibility whenever possible.


We look forward to you joining our team at FSA of Santa Barbara County! 

The Position:

The START Therapist provides intensive, school-based, and family intervention services to youth and families referred by the school. The START Therapist will provide a range of counseling, crisis intervention, and social casework to an assigned caseload.

FSA strives to be a trauma-informed and resilience-oriented organization. Because working with those impacted by trauma can affect staff in various ways, FSA actively identifies and employs methods to support staff to embody a healthy and sustainable balance of care for both themselves and others.

Sample Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides counseling services to assigned clients at the school site on a regular basis.
  • Provides all methods of social casework services to clients as assigned. Ensures case collaboration with community agencies in linking families with needed resources appropriate to the treatment plan.
  • Provides crisis intervention and referrals to clients on the assigned caseload.
  • Maintains collaborative relationship with other members of the START team, school site and other community-based agencies. Participates in case conferences and attends meetings in regards to assigned caseload.
  • Maintains reports and case records per agency policy as it relates to START grant requirements.

Employment Requirements:

  • Masters degree required; must be an AMFT, ACSW, or APCC or licensed clinician (LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, or PSY) in good standing with the BBS in CA.
  • Two years of professional experience working with at-risk youth required.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
  • Knowledge of Medi-Cal documentation standards a plus (not required).
  • Excellent analytical, computer, written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Professional attitude, teamwork, and ability to maintain confidentiality a must.
  • Must possess valid CA driver license and auto insurance.

Classification, Hours and Pay Rate:

  • This position is full-time (40 hours/week), non-exempt, with benefits, including: medical, dental, vision, life insurance, flexible spending accounts and 403(b) retirement plan. Generous holiday and sick leave also offered.
  • Pay range is from $27-$36/hour, depending on experience.

Family Service Agency (FSA) has long been regarded as one of Santa Barbara County’s most reliable and effective nonprofit human service organizations. Our mission is to strengthen and advocate for families and individuals of all ages and diversities, helping to create and preserve a healthy community. We are committed to providing services where they are needed most: in the community. Eighty percent of our services are delivered on school campuses, at community centers and in clients’ homes. Our programs, which serve more than 25,000 people annually, combine clinical expertise, bilingual and bicultural staff, and close collaboration with other agencies. At FSA, all services are provided free or on a sliding fee/donation scale and no one is denied assistance because of an inability to pay.

To apply for this position, it is required that you submit both a cover letter and resume here.
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