Crisis Therapist (693, 694, 695)


In exchange for your skill and experience, Hillsides offers an excellent benefits package, which includes:

  • This role is eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • Competitive salary 
  • Medical insurance with a $20 premium per paycheck for employee only coverage plan 
  • Dental insurance 100% employer paid for HMO employee only coverage plan 
  • Life and AD&D insurance 100% employer paid up to two times the annual salary
  • Flexible Spending Account with $500 roll-over limit 
  • 401(k) with no wait period, 5% employer match cap and no vesting schedule 
  • 12 paid holidays per year and generous paid time off policy accruing up to 22 days off annually 
  • Bilingual stipend of $2,000 or $4,000 for applicable positions 
  • Robust training opportunities: Shared Core Practice Model & Trauma Informed Care


The Essential Functions Include:

  • Provide crisis support services to residential clients while they are in the residence, at school, or when they are in aftercare services in collaboration with the attending Therapist.
  • Provide on-call crisis support on a rotating basis via phone consultation and/or in person after hours
  • Support with providing immediate notifications to placement workers and emergency contacts following crisis
  • Facilitate client debriefings following restraint and seclusion, assaults, runaway, and psychiatric hospitalizations in collaboration with the attending clinicians
  • Conduct timely risk assessments when clients are in crisis
  • Facilitate conflict resolutions and mediation following client-to-client conflicts
  • Facilitate weekly clinical groups as appropriate
  • Cover cases of attending Therapists as needed, and fulfill all aspects of that role including all clinical documentation, and providing individual, group, and family therapy to cases, as well as ongoing crisis support
  • Maintain contact and working relationships with other treatment team members and milieu staff to effectively support and monitor client's progress in treatment
  • Evaluate progress and make recommendations as necessary
  • Maintain and complete all required case records and forms
  • Write progress notes in a timely manner and regularly meet billing productivity standard
  • Keep the Crisis Program Manager informed of case updates specifically as it relates to risk and safety
  • Participate in treatment team, individual and group supervision, child and family team meetings, and other meetings as appropriate
  • Other duties as required


Communication Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from clients,  office personnel, other employees and the general public
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret manuals and office documents

 Mental/Interpersonal Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to define problems, gather, transcribe and post data, analyze, synthesize and classify information, and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to work independently and with others - including other employees, clients and members of the public -- in face-to-face and telephonic contexts
  • Ability to multi-task, establish priorities and manage time, meet deadlines and perform duties under time constraints
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing work demands
  • Maintain high level of concentration and attention to detail for extended periods of time
  • Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints
  • Maintain a high level of ethical and professional standards in accordance with agency and community policy

Physical Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to talk or hear in order to give and receive information and instructions
  • Ability to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls
  • Ability to reach with hands and arms
  • Ability to use computer keyboard up to 50% of the day
  • Visual acuity, ability to adjust focus and peripheral vision for work on a laptop or other computer equipment
  • Lift and/or move up to 10 pounds

Equipment and Computer Software Skills and Abilities:

  • Computer literate (basic knowledge of Microsoft WORD, Excel, and Outlook) and data/electronic records program currently in use
  • Able to use office equipment as required.


  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends
  • Perform CPR/First Aid when necessary


  • Regularly work indoors and in the community in a variety of environments
  • Potential exposure to blood borne pathogens


  • Master's Degree in related field required
  • Active License, waiver and/or registration with California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • Experience working with communities from diverse SES backgrounds, with emphasis on DCFS dependent children.
  • Knowledge of and acts in accordance with all prevailing governmental laws regulations regarding the provision of mental health services, including confidentiality and limits thereof, the reporting of child abuse/neglect, and related regulations
  • Knowledgeable of and acts in accordance with Ethical and Professional Standards established by appropriate professional organizations, whether or not the individual is a member of any such organization
  • Valid California driver's license, driving record and personal vehicle insurance acceptable to Hillsides' insurance carrier
  • DMH experience preferred


This position performs tasks that may involve exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues.  All Hillsides employees are offered the opportunity to receive the Hepatitis B vaccination series.

Hillsides is an Equal Opportunity Employer