Counsel individuals regarding psychological or emotional problems and develop and implement therapeutic treatment plan. Provide Mental/Behavioral Health services for adult individuals, families, and groups in residence at Mary Isaac Center/COTS. Individual must be adept at working with dual diagnosis and crisis intervention. Under the Director of Counseling and the clinical supervisor, staff therapist is responsible for coordinating activities in accordance with federal, state and local standards, guidelines, regulations and established policies and procedures of Petaluma People Services Center. Training and supervision is provided.


Interview and observe client(s) in residence at Mary Isaak Center to make a mental health assessment concerning current problem, relevant history and other pertinent information.

Plan treatment and administer therapeutic intervention for individuals in regard to personal and social problems, and psychosocial, educational, vocational, or behavioral objectives as established in conjunction with a given client.  Set concrete and observable goals with specific timelines.

Adopt approach and interventions to suit each client’s needs.

Discuss progress toward goals with client on a regular basis.

Consult with collaterals (i.e., doctors, teachers, probation officers) concerning treatment plan and amend plan as necessary.

Make appropriate referrals as needed to supplement counseling and treatment.

Perform an average of 40-45 counseling sessions per calendar month (based on .625 FTE). This includes individual therapy, collateral sessions, initial assessments or group therapy hours as assigned by the clinical supervisor.

Provide group therapy and psychoeducation groups.

Attend and participate in weekly case management with COTS staff.

Attend PPSC group consultations, staff meetings, trainings and all Agency meetings.

Prepare monthly statistics, keep accurate written accounts of client contact, and complete all client paperwork in a timely manner.

Ensure positive communications with supervisor and other staff members in such a way that client privacy is maintained, supervisors are kept fully informed of all activities that impact compliance with funding source expectations, and other team members are supported.

Participate in community outreach as time permits.

Collaborate with various community organizations and attends meetings and events as requested.

Develop and maintain positive relationships with community-based organizations, schools, the County Probation Department, the Police Department and any other community stakeholders. Represent PPSC in the community and conduct him/her (self) in a fashion that reflects positively on the agency.

Assume other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Minimum of M.A. in psychology or equivalent degree.  Minimum of three years experience in psychotherapy.  Demonstrated ability to perform all aspects of therapy, including the ability to guide clients through the beginning, middle, and final stages of treatment.

Knowledge of and support of PPSC mission and core values. Knowledge of processes, systems, standards, and procedures associated with customer service and basic office procedures. Two years or more experience in community non-profit work preferred. Basic Microsoft Office and 365 skills.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Bilingual Spanish / English highly preferred. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Must be a qualified Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, ASW Intern or Psy-D intern. Must have a valid MFCCI, LCSW Associate registration or an MFCC or LCSW license.  Driver’s license, good driving record and access to a vehicle for personal transportation.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodates may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.


Send resumes to or fax to 707-765-8482.