Mental Health Clinician - Recovery Clinic (1.0 FTE, Days)

Category: Psychology & Social Science
Job Type: Full-Time
Shift: Days
Location:  Palo Alto CA 94034
Req: 18474
FTE: 1

United Health Workers

1.0 FTE, 8 Hour Day Shift

At Stanford Children’s Health, we know world-renowned care begins with world-class caring. That's why we combine advanced technologies and breakthrough discoveries with family-centered care. It's why we provide our caregivers with continuing education and state-of-the-art facilities, like the newly remodeled Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. And it's why we need caring, committed people on our team - like you. Join us on our mission to heal humanity, one child and family at a time.

Job Summary

This paragraph summarizes the general nature, level and purpose of the job.

The Mental Health Clinician shall collaborate with the multi-disciplinary treatment team in a psychiatric outpatient clinic settings to improve the health and well-being of pediatric patients and their families through the provision of crisis intervention services, individual, family and group psychotherapy and case management. Services and supports shall be provided in accordance with policies, procedures and protocols and standards of practice established by LPCHS as well as pertinent licensing and other regulatory requirements.

Essential Functions

The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification.  They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities.  Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patient rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.

Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the hospital’s policies and procedures, including its Service Standards and its Code of Conduct.

  • Assists with the diagnosis and assessment of patients and families who receive mental health services and support at the outpatient clinic.

  • Develops and updates treatment plans with the patient and/or family that address identified areas of need.

  • Implements interventions including individual, family and group psychotherapy services.

  • Provides case management support when needed including resource coordination and community referral.

  • Participates in multi-disciplinary team meetings to ensure well-coordinated and integrated care.

  • Provides crisis intervention services in partnership with appropriate members of the care team when necessary to stabilize the patient and family.

  • Maintains current documentation of assessment, treatment, referral and termination of services vis-à-vis the individual treatment plan that comply with LPCHS standards and payer requirements.

  • Provides needed psychiatric diagnosis and other clinical information to submit claims to third party payers 

  • Involves child and adult protective services and law enforcement according to established legal reporting mandates.

  • Coordinates with other providers and systems such as primary care providers, schools, community mental health and child welfare to ensure cross-system coordination of care.

  • Maintains knowledge of evidence-based practices application to the patient populations served.

  • Participates in regular supervision with Social Work Manager to ensure quality, professional growth and ethical practice.

  • Provides in-service presentations to staff as needed or required. 

  • Provides community service information as an outreach worker such as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

Education: Master's degree in Social Work or Marriage and Family Therapy from an accredited college or university

Experience: Two (2) years of progressively responsible and directly related work experience  

License/Certification: Valid license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences


Valid Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification. 

  • Ability to apply theories, principles and practices of medical social work and of social services delivery systems in a hospital or medical center setting

  • Ability to gather data needed to needed to assess needs of patients and families

  • Ability to manage a caseload, recall case details; maintain confidentiality of information; determine the appropriate course of action in emergencies and other stressful situations

  • Ability to provide written case narratives and reports

  • Ability to work with multicultural groups 

  • Knowledge of and ability to apply effective psychiatric assessment, interviewing, and counseling techniques

  • Knowledge of and ability to apply social work theories, principles and techniques

  • Knowledge of community and medical center resources to access and provide for patient care needs, and act on behalf of client needs to obtain necessary services

  • Knowledge of needs, problems, attitudes, and behavior of hospital patients and their families

  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

The Physical Requirements and Working Conditions in which the job is typically performed are available from the Occupational Health Department. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. 

Pay Range

Compensation is based on the level and requirements of the role.

Salary within our ranges may also be determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, location, and abilities, as required by the role, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data.

Typically, new team members join at the minimum to mid salary range.

Minimum to Midpoint Range (1.0 FTE): $110,947.20 to $124,404.80

Equal Opportunity Employer

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements, and where applicable, in compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.
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