Job Posting: Bilingual Therapist – Tagalog

Union of Pan Asian Communities’ (UPAC) Children & Adolescent Mental Health Division: Bilingual Therapist – Tagalog

Date: May 3, 2013
Start Date: July 1, 2013
Position: Bilingual Therapist – Tagalog
Program: Multicultural Community Counseling
Classification: Exempt, Full-Time
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Reports to: Program Manager
Division: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Under the supervision of the Program Manager the Therapist provides intensive outpatient behavioral health services and case management for Seriously Emotionally Disturbed (SED) children and families utilizing a comprehensive approach that is community based, ‎client and family driven, trauma informed, and culturally competent. The focus of this program is to provide services to underserved Asian Pacific Islander (API) and Latino SED clients with emphasis on API clients.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides community based practices by connecting with API and Latino communities and other service providers
  • Receives referrals from community organizations and community members with appropriate follow-up including crisis intervention
  • Provides intensive short term in home, clinic, and/or community based outpatient behavioral health services with individuals, families and groups
  • Provides a minimum of one family session a month
  • Manages a 21+ caseload of Severely Emotionally Disturbed clients
  • Conducts regular mental health screenings and behavioral health assessments
  • Provides case management, family education/support and crisis intervention as needed
  • Functions as a member of a multi-disciplinary team and participates in diagnosis, client plan development, treatment and discharge planning
  • Participates in staff meetings, case conferences, trainings, treatment utilization reviews and other quality assurance activities
  • Prepares medical records of all services rendered, mental status examinations, progress notes, treatment plans, quality assurance forms and completed required outcome measures
  • Provides accurate and timely documentation of required reports
  • Utilization of Electronic Medical Record system
  • Some evening and weekend work required
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in counseling from an accredited MFT Program or MSW Program.
  • Current CA licensed MFT/MSW or CA registered MFT/MSW Intern
  • Experienced and knowledge of principles and practice in providing outpatient, community based mental health services
  • Familiarity with community resources and delivery of case management  services
  • Knowledge and experience in working with children, adolescents and families of the Asian/Pacific Islander and Latino communities
  • Bilingual in Tagalog
  • Ability to establish and maintain diagnostic and psychotherapeutic relationships with clear understanding of ethical and professional standards
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality with regard to sensitive or proprietary information or materials
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, prioritize and successfully bring them to fruition
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must demonstrate intermediate level of computer literacy and experience using office productivity software (i.e. word processing, spreadsheet, database, and email programs).

Preferred Additional Education and Experience:

  • Trained in Motivational Interviewing and/or Trauma Informed Care
  • Experience in Dual Diagnosis treatment
  • Trained in Anasazi Electronic Medical Records System
  • Knowledge of County contracted Medi-Cal and MHSA programs
  • Knowledge of San Diego County documentation standards


  • Position involves working in Central Region area of San Diego. Must have own transportation for business purposes. If employee drives his/her personal automobile for UPAC business, employee must have a valid driver’s license and comprehensive automobile insurance coverage, as required by law
  • Will not be debarred or excluded from participation in Federal programs by the General Services Administration and/or the Department of Health and Human Services of the Inspector General
  • Must pass fingerprint background check (Live Scan)
  • Must have TB clearance
  • Flexible with work schedule

Please Mail, Fax or Email Resume to:

Ludy Baclig-Passons, Human Resources Administrator
Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC)
1031 25th Street
San Diego, CA 92102
Fax: 619.232.4113