Behavioral Health Therapist (LCSW or LMFT)

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Planned Parenthood Los Angeles is seeking an experienced Behavioral Health Therapist (LMFT or LCSW) with excellent clinical and communication skills to work full-time at our high school well being centers in San Fernando Valley. Provide a variety of mental health services to a culturally diverse population in the Los Angeles County area. Activities include but may not be limited to, a) Provide assessment and diagnosis using DSM-5 and ICD-10 manuals, b) collaborate with clients and family members as appropriate to develop treatment plans focused on reducing symptomology, improving resiliency and family functioning, and connecting individuals with community resources as needed; and c) providing individual and family therapy in office and via telehealth. Therapist must demonstrate an ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse population and staff. Responsible for timely completion of clinical documents using PPLA’s electronic health records (EHR) including assessments, treatment plans and progress notes, and other clinical documentation.


Over one hundred years ago, Planned Parenthood was founded on the idea that everyone should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams. Founded 56+ years ago, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles is one of the largest providers of reproductive health care services in Los Angeles County. The Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA) team works together to provide high-quality, affordable reproductive health care to women, men, and young people across Los Angeles County. At PPLA, you will discover a culture of like-minded individuals who are eager to make positive contributions to their community and to the Planned Parenthood mission.

All employees of PPLA are defined as Healthcare Workers by current Public Health Orders and are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to have an approved medical or religious exemption on file by September 30, 2021. Proof of vaccination or an approved exemption must be submitted in order to be eligible for employment consideration.

Our Ideal Candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy or Social Work required
  • Current Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or Social Worker’s (LCSW) license in the state of California required
  • Works out of 3 high school sites in San Fernando Valley as well as our Downtown Los Angeles Headquarters
  • A minimum of 3 years of post-graduate experience with at least 2 years of direct clinical services to adults and/or adolescents
  • Must meet Los Angeles County background check requirements via Live Scan fingerprint clearance
  • Knowledge of evidenced based practices (EBPs), cognitive behavior therapy, interpersonal therapy, motivational interviewing, psychodynamic practices and trauma work preferred
  • Must be able to work in a paperless environment utilizing the electronic management of all client information
  • Reliable means of transportation for onsite and off-site work
  • If using a personal vehicle to drive for work purposes, a valid CA driver license and current auto insurance in compliance with the minimum requirements of CA vehicle code are required

Clinical/Patient Care Responsibilities:

  • Provide intensive, short term individual therapy either on-site or via telehealth
  • Complete bio-psychosocial assessments and develop treatment plans designed to help facilitate client’s growth and to assist with client’s ability to interact with others
  • Act as liaison with LA County Department of Mental Health, Department of Public Health, and other entities as needed
  • Provide appropriate community based mental health services to adults and teens
  • Conduct appropriate referrals and linkages to community services including housing, drug and alcohol services, medical care, and other services as needed using warm handoffs when possible
  • Maintain timely and detailed clinical records of all client interactions and other required documentation, which conforms to standards of best practice and Department of Mental Health guidelines
  • Caseload size will be determined based on the type of services provided, location of services, and capacity determined by behavioral health and clinical services manager, in collaboration with Patient Services leadership
  • Assessing and monitoring client’s condition to ensure successful transition or discharge
  • Ensure that all appropriate policies and guidelines are followed
  • Initiate and conduct individual and family counseling/psychotherapy sessions; provide crisis intervention and case management services as needed

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a clinical resource for PPLA staff regarding behavioral health protocols and patient management
  • Adhere to all PPLA protocols, as well as federal and state standards
  • Attend clinic staff, clinic management, and general staff meetings and in-services, as applicable
  • Participate in Task Forces or committees as needed and/or as requested
  • Apply strong internal and external customer service standards of all program staff
  • Adhere to protocols related to quality, safety/risk management
  • Inspiring trust and confidence in those PPLA serves by providing reliable and trustworthy services
  • Demonstrate sensitivity and the desire to serve
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings and case reviews as necessary
  • Support and facilitate positive working relationships within the department
  • Collaborate with colleagues in other departments to expedite necessary activities
  • Work in a multidisciplinary team to provide quality services to individuals
  • Actively participating in, and contributing to making the work environment as free from hazards, risk and errors as possible
  • Showing consideration and thoughtfulness with each person and being polite, professional and acting according to individual cultural beliefs
  • Demonstrating a level of respect for the importance and value of the Agency’s and each individual’s choices, efforts and achievements

Generous salary and benefits package includes:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage options for you and eligible dependents
  • Free basic life/AD&D policy with additional voluntary coverage options
  • Short Term Disability, Critical Illness and Accident policies
  • 403(b) Retirement plan with up to 3% employer match
  • Medical and Dependent Flexible Spending Account plans
  • Public Transportation and Commuter Pre-Tax Reimbursements
  • Generous vacation, sick, and holiday benefits

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace. People of color, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are encouraged to apply. We consider all applicants without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, marital or veteran status, pregnancy status or sexual orientation. PPLA will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in accordance with the requirements of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles is seeking an experienced Behavioral Health Therapist (LMFT or LCSW) with excellent clinical and communication skills to work full-time at our high school well being centers in San Fernando Valley. Provide…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    October 25, 2021
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required
  • Professional Level


Los Angeles, CA, USA

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