Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services Therapist II in Culver City, California



Responsible for:

  • Providing crisis intervention, intake assessment, and individual, family, and group psychotherapy to adults, children and families with a history of mental illness and/or substance abuse.
  • Coordinating support services to assist clients with independent living.

Primary Duties

Depending on specific program assignment, may perform any or all of the following:

  • Provides crisis intervention/therapy and facilitates conflict resolution; provides ongoing individual, group, and/or family therapy either short- or long-term, as needed.
  • Performs intake assessments by phone and/or in-person, client evaluations and provides diagnoses; formulates a plan of treatment which promotes development and maintenance of individual goals designed to facilitate individual growth, improved social interaction, ability to manage mental illness and/or substance abuse and live independently.
  • Assesses and monitors condition of client to evaluate success of treatment and adapts interventions as needed.
  • Provides case management to include referral and links to community support services, psychiatrist, medical care, housing, rehabilitation programs, drug/alcohol services and social activity groups.
  • Initiates 5150 holds for clients presenting a danger to themselves or others and are in need of hospitalization.
  • Interfaces and collaborates with clinic psychiatrist regarding client treatment planning.
  • Monitors and maintains documentation of client services, ensuring compliance with Agency policies and procedures, Department of Mental Health contract and other related state/federal agencies’ standards and guidelines.
  • Participates in officer-of-the-day duty coverage and twenty-four hour on call coverage.
  • Develops and maintains therapist skills through seminars, workshops, or other forms of training/education related to working with adults with a history of mental illness and/or substance abuse.
  • Attends and participates in program, Agency staff meetings; and related community agency meetings as required/requested.


  • Must be licensed in California as a Psychologist, Social Worker or Marriage and Family Therapist.
  • Minimum 2 years' experience working with individuals with a history of mental illness and/or substance use in a social service/mental health environment.
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to conduct service in Spanish preferred.
  • Working knowledge of conducting individual therapy sessions for those with a history of mental illness and/or substance abuse and their families.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Evidence Based Practices, Co-Occurring Disorders and/or the Recovery Model of treatment is required.
  • Strong working knowledge of crisis intervention and individual therapy, documentation, psychiatric intern supervision, and multicultural and socio-economic issues.
  • Knowledge of Suicide Prevention and Assessment preferred.
  • Know and comply with Agency policies and procedures, HIPAA, Department of Mental Health, policies and documentation guidelines, and other state/federal regulations relating to service programs for adults with a history of mental illness and/or substance abuse.
  • Basic advocacy skills.
  • Present ideas, information, and viewpoints clearly, both verbally and in writing.
  • Efficiently use the personal computer to include a variety or word processing software.
  • Utilize analysis, experience, and judgment to make decisions.
  • Demonstrate commitment to team objectives and Didi Hirsch philosophies.
  • Adapt to changing needs by acquiring new skills and knowledge.
  • Current California driver’s license and a driving record acceptable to the Agency’s insurance carrier.

Candidates must be able to clear all Agency background checks in order to be considered for this position.

Requisition Number: 16-0187

Post Date: 9/2/2016

Title: Therapist II

Full Time/Part Time: FT/Exempt - Salaried

Division: Suicide Prevention Center

Pay Frequency: Semi-Monthly

City: Culver City

State: CA