Lead Clinical Therapist


Lead Clinical Therapist

FUNCTION: Under the oversight of the Director of Counseling Services, and within the scope of the agency’s goals and objectives, the Lead Clinical Therapist is responsible for provision of therapeutic services to adults impacted by domestic violence and children who have been abused, neglected and exposed to violence in their homes, in their schools or in their communities.


  1. Implement counseling service utilizing current best practices in core arenas of trauma treatment, holistic strengths-based case management, danger and lethality assessment, high-risk case management, crisis intervention, healthy relationships, constructive coping, resiliency, and interdisciplinary teamwork.
  2. Assist in ensuring that therapy staff completes required documentation, including client records, service reports and administrative paperwork thoroughly and in timely manner.
  3. Assist in managing intake process, counseling waiting list, and ensuring high-risk or recently traumatized individuals are prioritized.
  4. Maintain professional license as require by the California Board of Behavioral Science.
  5. Provide training and professional development to the therapy interns, trainees, and associates on all procedures regarding the delivery of service.
  6. Assist in recruitment and evaluation of MFT, MSW, and PCC interns.
  7. Attend practicum, internship, and community fairs and assist in the ongoing marketing of the Counseling Program.
  8. Serve as a clinical consultant for Associate staff and interns/trainees in the absence of Director of Counseling.
  9. Provide intake and assessment for children participating in the CHAT Program.
  10. Secure signed releases and informed consent forms.
  11. Provide direct therapy and services to adults impacted by domestic violence and children who have been abused and neglected and/or exposed to violence in their homes, schools or community.
  12. Administer standard psychological tests such as the CBCL in order to assess, diagnose and develop a treatment plan.
  13. Assess clients for ongoing treatment progress and effectiveness, and revise treatment plan accordingly.
  14. Provide accurate and timely documentation of therapeutic services, including ongoing treatment notes, intake and assessment forms, treatment plan and termination summaries.
  15. Consult with colleagues, co-workers and other professionals when appropriate.
  16. Be familiar with and utilize the Standards of Care Task Force Guidelines for working with child crime victims.
  17. Actively participate in clinical supervision.
  18. Initiate and develop relationships with collateral agencies who make referrals to the program and who accept referrals from the program.
  19. Participate in all agency meetings as appropriate: program meetings, weekly and monthly staff meetings, case management meetings.
  20. Demonstrate ability to be an effective team member by communicating openly, co-operating with other staff, demonstrating positive attitudes and working together to solve problems.
  21. Communicate professionally and appropriately with staff and the public by observing confidentiality, staying focused on job tasks and demonstrating active listening skills.
  22. Demonstrate ability to work effectively under supervision by being open to feedback, reporting on activities as directed, staying within the job description and following through on suggestions.
  23. Other duties related to operation of the Counseling Program and House of Ruth.

Required Qualifications and Skill Sets:

  • LCSW/MSW (Licensed)
  • Bilingual Spanish an asset.
  • Leadership skills ad the ability to thought partner regarding program and services.
  • The ability to interact well with children.
  • Command of multiple treatment modalities to intervene with children, adults and families.
  • Experience working under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional with specialized training in the treatment of trauma victims.
  • Access to supervision or peer review.
  • Familiarity with the applicable business and ethics codes
  • Understand the concepts of professional boundaries and dual relationships.
  • Ability to limit practice to the scope of their ability and expertise.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Please send resume and cover letter to: Toni Schrader aschrader@houseofruthinc.org

House of Ruth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  House of Ruth prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, cultures, religion, immigration status, veteran status, political beliefs, sexual identity, ability/disability, and health/mental health status in all its programs and activities, not only in respect to employment practices but also in the delivery of services.


To comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable laws insuring equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, reasonable accommodations are made for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability unless an undue hardship, direct threat to health and safety or other job related consideration exists. Applicants or employees who require accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job should contact the Executive Director to request such an accommodation. The accommodation she/he is requesting or needs to perform the job should be specified. The request will be discussed, and if necessary, we will investigate barriers that make it difficult for the applicant or employee to have an equal opportunity to perform her/his job. Necessary accommodations will be made unless precluded by an undue hardship or other permissible considerations.