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(MSW) Clinical Counselor -Youth Emergency Service Program

Adult Services | Los Angeles, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

Volunteers of America of Greater Los Angeles is a large, national not-for-profit organization founded in 1896. We provide a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans’ services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at


  • Responsible for day-to-day program implementation providing guidance and supervision for staff,budget oversight, project timelines, and anticipated outcomes
  • Works in conjunction with case managers to support mental health needs of clients, including providing direct counseling for homeless youth participants
  • Works with Program Manager to ensure all required program components are provided using continuous quality improvement standards
  • Ensures coordination with other agency-based and community-based agencies services needed to support permanency and self-sufficiency, including housing, health care, mental health care,substance abuse care, employment/supported employment, victim services, and education
  • Assists in conducting evidence-based training for staff on an ongoing basis
  • Assists case managers in designing and implementing Individual Service Plans based upon participant needs assessments
  • Responds to and intervenes in crisis situations
  • Makes referrals to community partners as needed
  • Conducts clinical reviews, as well as weekly quality assurance and utilization reviews



  • Must have a master's degree in social work (MSW) from a school fully accredited by the governing body


  • Three years of clinical experience providing trauma-informed care to homeless or other vulnerable youth
  • Working knowledge of evidence-based, psychosocial treatment modalities, especially cognitive behavioral therapy,positive youth development, dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, relapse prevention and/or Seeking Safety
  • Experience and knowledge of treatment plan design

Skills Required to Perform this Position:

  • Ability to develop relationships with homeless youth, their families, and landlords, as well as a variety of service stakeholders (schools, health and public benefit agencies)
  •  Experience and knowledge of treatment plan design and case management
  •  Effective written and oral communication skills
  •  Must be reliable and have the ability to multi-task
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and to write clearly to be able to complete required paperwork
  • Must be able to perform basic arithmetic (to count)
  • Must be able to work effectively with people from all walks of life with compassion, to be covered by VOA's insurance carrier

Preferred Skills for this Position:

  • Bilingual (Spanish) (Preferred)
Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law
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