Open Position:

Licensed OR unlicensed clinician for juvenile justice center substance use disorder treatment program

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About Us

Family Spring’s mission is to reinvent substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health treatment for adolescents, young adults, and their families. We are an innovative mental health startup company that uses technology to enhance the therapeutic relationship and treatment outcomes. We are passionate about improving the lives of children, teens, and their families. Our clinicians specialize in working with teens, young adults, and their families who struggle with SUD and co-occurring mental health symptoms, but also serve children (ages 4 – 10) and adults (aged 26+) as well. We are collaborative, team-oriented, and value a positive, supportive, and creative workplace environment to complement the meaningful and challenging work we do. If you are an innovative mental health professional looking to both serve families and contribute to the emerging digital mental health space, Family Spring is the place for you!

About You

We are seeking applications from motivated clinicians who will provide direct therapy and coaching to teens, young adults, and their families. The ideal clinician will bring their unique history, skills, and approach to the work and be committed to ongoing learning and improvement. We welcome applicants with personal histories of struggle (SUD and/or mental health symptoms) that have influenced their transformation and work as a professional. 

Alongside having relevant expertise and a curiosity to grow as a clinician, the preferred candidate will be technology friendly and have several opportunities for growth within the company and be open to further develop their skills that are ancillary to direct treatment, including but not limited to: 1) marketing/promotion through webinars, 2) writing blogs, 3) training of community partners, and 4) using technology to benefit patients.

About The Position

This is a FULL-TIME, hourly position.

This position serves between a primary program and secondary program with an optional third component: 1) the intensive SUD program delivered within the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center (JJC), 2) the adolescent intensive outpatient (IOP) SUD program forthcoming in the Fall of 2021, and 3) general practice referrals (optional).

Primary Program: Alameda County JJC Intensive SUD Services Program

Family Spring has partnered with the Alameda County Probation Department to provide intensive substance use services within a specialized unit for youth and young adults who normally would have been referred to the California Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (CDRC) Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). The qualified clinician will provide intensive SUD services within the physical residential unit at the JJC multiple days per week. The program will be a mix between individual counseling, group counseling, and case management. All services will be trauma-informed, culturally-humble, mindfulness-oriented, and evidence-based (training will be provided). 

Secondary Program: Forthcoming Teen Intensive Outpatient (IOP) SUD Program

In the Fall of 2021, Family Spring will be launching a pilot adolescent SUD-specific IOP both in the community and virtually online. Alongside duties at the JJC, the ideal clinician will also spend time helping to plan and implement this new forthcoming program. This will be a multi-day, multi-hour commitment from families and involve individual, group, and family counseling, along with a strong educational recovery component. 

The preferred candidate may plan and implement curriculum, conduct casework for patients and their families, and may provide individual, group, and/or family counseling, as dependent on schedule in conjunction with the JJC program.

General Practice Referrals (Optional)

There will also be opportunities for the candidate to get individual clients from our group private practice. This may be a great way to work with young adults, adults, or other clientele not necessarily struggling with SUD and as a way to diversify one’s caseload.

Duties and Responsibilities

Weekly duties include:

  • Approximately 25-30 direct clinical hours per week online via telehealth and/or in office.
  • Complete assessments to determine relevant treatment plans for patients and their families
  • Provide evidence-based individual counseling and coaching to teens, young adults, and their families
  • Provide group counseling to teens, young adults, and parents/caregivers of patients as needed
  • Participate in team meetings, professional development training, and team-based supervision
  • Maintain all clinical documentation using online electronic health record (EHR) 
  • Dedicate administrative time, business development, and marketing tasks in addition to direct clinical hours. This may include but is not limited to networking with colleagues, writing blog posts, preparing content for a webinar, filming short videos for our target population, beta testing the forthcoming Family Spring web/mobile application, and other similar activities.

Other duties:

  • Attend work reliably and arrive on time consistently. 
  • Be properly licensed and/or certificated (if applicable)
  • Abide by all laws, rules, regulations, and codes of ethics that are binding upon or applicable to the services performed for Family Spring.
  • Respond to patients’ requests for service or calls within 24 hours whether such requests are made in person, by phone, voicemail, etc. or through the Family Spring website. Respond to such requests by meeting, evaluating, and providing services to such patients.
  • Communicate with a patient’s treatment team (i.e., pediatrician, PCP, psychiatrist, school, etc.) as necessary.
  • Use online EHR to timely complete written records for each patient including, but not limited to: intake notes, progress notes, treatment plans, termination notes, and other forms or documents which may be needed or required from time-to-time by Family Spring or third parties in conjunction with the treatment of the patient within a timely fashion (by Friday of each week). 
  • Keep patient files accurate and up to date.
  • Charge and collect payments from patients for services provided consistent with the policy and rate for such services as established by Family Spring.
  • Conduct and organize therapy services in a professional manner so as to maintain and increase the goodwill and reputation of Family Spring. 
  • Be respectful and collaborative with co-workers.
  • Tend to other duties which may be assigned by Family Spring.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Have a master’s or doctoral degree in counseling or clinical psychology from a regionally accredited school OR a substance use disorder certificate from a DHCS approved credentialing organization.
  • Have documented expertise and training doing clinical work with teens, young adults, and their families. We require a minimum of 2 years of direct services with this population. (This can include practicum and internship experience).
  • Have documented experience and training with populations struggling with SUD and co-occurring mental health symptoms.
  • Be available for 25-30 direct clinical services hours per week, and 10-15 administrative hours per week. 
  • Maintain consistent self-care practices.
  • Be willing to work collaboratively with colleagues and contribute to a positive workplace culture.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Have an active, unrestricted California license (MFT, LCSW, LPCC, PhD, or PsyD) in good standing with the appropriate governing body (BBC or BOP) OR, have an active certification as a substance use disorder counselor from one of the three DHCS approved credentialing agencies.
  • Have specialized training and/or certification in treatments with our patient population (e.g., SUD treatment models, trauma-specific training, mindfulness training, etc.)
  • Have specialized training and/or certification in treatments adjacent to our patient population (e.g., couples therapy, EMDR for adults, etc.).
  • Have experience and training working with traumatized youth and youth struggling with SUD.
  • Have experience conducting therapy in a language other than English (e.g., Spanish, Mandarin, etc.).
  • Be able to administer, score, and write reports of neuropsychological and/or psychoeducational assessments for children and adolescents.
  • Have experience conducting therapy with adults.
  • Have an affinity for technology and conducting presentations / trainings.


  • Work hours and schedule may vary depending on patient and Family Spring needs.
  • Applicants must commit to at least three evenings of work per week (as defined by after school hours 3pm – 8pm) and one weekend shift (4-hr block either in morning or afternoon).


  • $50,000 – $110,000 average per year
  • Compensation is hourly and largely depends on whether or not the candidate is licensed, their license/certification type, and their experience.

To Apply

  • Upload your CV in the appropriate area below (PDF uploads only, please). 
  • Upload a 4-paragraph cover letter in the appropriate area below (PDF uploads only, please). In your cover letter please address the four areas in the following order:
      1. Describe your experience providing therapy to teens, young adults and their families, and describe your experience with with populations struggling with or impacted by SUD and trauma. Please discuss any particular interests or passion you have for this work (two paragraphs maximum).
      2. List any specific specific training in therapy modalities that apply to teens,, young adults, families, and/or SUD work (one paragraph maximum).
      3. Describe the characteristics of your preferred work environment/culture. Please be specific (one paragraph maximum).
      4. Add anything else you think might be important for us to know about you, personally or professionally, regarding your application for this job (one paragraph maximum).

Please note: We serve teens and families from diverse backgrounds and life experiences. We endeavor to have a provider team that reflects our patient population, so we encourage people with lived experience, people of color, and LGBTQ+ professionals to apply.

  • Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 50 MB.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 50 MB.
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