Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) Counselor at Catholic Charities

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San Francisco, CA

Tipping Point Community

Published 26 days ago

Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) Counselor 

Catholic Charities SF, the not-for-profit service arm of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, is one of the Bay Area's largest human services organizations. Catholic Charities SF provides programs and services for 70,000 people in need within the three county regions of San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo Counties. Catholic Charities SF's programs include a full spectrum of services for families and youth, single parents, aging adults, persons living with HIV, refugees and immigrants, homeless and those at risk of being homeless, individuals with physical disabilities, and incarcerated adults and youth. In conjunction with Mercy/Charities Housing Inc., Catholic Charities SF is also a recognized leader in a not-for-profit housing development. 



- Be familiar with individual young and teenage girls’ treatment plans, and integrate residents’ treatment plans into all aspects of their day to day treatment at San Francisco Boys’ and Girls’ Home, including all program activities, recreation activities, and crisis intervention. Support, direct, and advocate for youth to access to all treatment and program related activities.Set nurturing, but firm and consistent limits for the young and teenage girls and the group, so as to facilitate safety and age-appropriate behavior.

- Develop, encourage, and model participation in established house schedules, routines & programs.

- Provide documentation such as charting in resident logs, critical incident reports, communication logs, and milieu reports.

- Act as partner to parent(s)/guardian and facilitate family contact, as appropriate.

- Participate in case conferences and, as required, other treatment planning forums such as I.E.P.s and court hearings.

- Perform general housekeeping responsibilities such as cleaning, menu planning, shopping cooking and laundry, as they relate to individual young and teenage girls, the group, and the overall upkeep of the house, and model and teach the execution of those responsibilities as well.

- Transport and supervise young and teenage girls to, from and during various outings, locations, appointments, home visits, & community based activities in accordance with all procedures and policies regarding outings and the use of Agency vehicles, including the ability to obtain a valid California driver’s license and other licenses as necessary to operate agency vehicles.

- Be familiar with and support overall health procedures such as infection control, first aid, diet, and medication distribution within the young and teenage girls’ individual’ treatment plans.

- Perform all other such duties as directed by supervisor.

Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education & Experience


- Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science or four or more years of working with girls 7-18 years old in residential care facilities, the juvenile justice system or other therapeutic treatments facilities.

- STRTP Counselors must possess a valid California Driver’s License, and must posses the following abilities.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


- Experience with girls aged 13 – 18 in residential care facilities, juvenile justice system and other therapeutic treatments facilities.

- Ability to be a positive role model for individual young and teenage girl sand the group.

- Ability to maintain supportive relationships with other staff.

- Maintain clear boundaries between personal life and professional behavior on the job.

- Display situation-appropriate emotional responses.

- Maintain identification within the duties and responsibilities of a STRTP Counselor as outlined in this job description, not with the identity of the residential group.

- Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in cross-cultural situations.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


- Frequent bending, standing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, twisting, and walking.

- Occasional lifting, pushing, and pulling.

- Occasional repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.

- Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.

- The worker is required to have visual acuity to determine the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of the work assigned.

- Must be able to drive at night.

- If driving a car is required for the position, incumbent must have a valid California driver's license and be able to provide proof of DMV record and personal insurance (if required).


Council on Accreditation (COA) Roles


- Participates in establishing and ensuring policies and procedures are performed in accordance with the Accreditation(COA) standards.

- Collaborates with Catholic Charities CQI team to ensure compliance with standards of care and performance.

- Responsible for participating in Catholic Charities COA required trainings and reporting requirements.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

- The work environment is a community based group home for adolescents.

- Noise level in work environment is usually moderate in accordance with a typical treatment milieu containing up to 8 clients.

- May include contact with clients with mental health issues who demonstrate behaviors such as use of profanity, shouting, running away, self harm and violence.

- The work environment will include children ages 13-18.

- May be exposed to odors such as perfumes, cleaning products, and clients who experience difficulty with personal hygiene. 

- Occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.

- The work environment may include driving an agency vehicle.

- Maintain high standards of personal hygiene, grooming, and appropriate standards of personal dress


DISCLAIMER:  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER and is committed to providing equal employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, legal domicile status, veteran status, disability or AIDS/HIV status or any other characteristic protected under federal or state law.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Department or Program: Boys and Girls Homes

This is a non-management position

This is a full time position

Union status: Non-union

Fingerprinting clearance: Required

TB Screening: Required

First Aid Certificate: Standard First Aid required

Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) Counselor 

Catholic Charities SF, the not-for-profit service arm of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, is one of the Bay Area's largest human services organizations. Catholic Charities SF…

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San Francisco, CA

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