MAT Assessor- Licensed Therapist – Counseling4Kids – Torrance, CA

Job Title: MAT Assessor-Licensed Clinical Therapist Pay Differential for Bilingual Spanish

Department: Clinical- Torrance

Reports To: Clinical Supervisor

Hours: Full-Time, 40 hours (M-F)

FLSA Status: Exempt,

Field-Based- Yes

Job Summary:

Are you a team player with a good attitude ready to step into a challenging position? Do you have impeccable communication and organizational skills to contribute to an amazing team? If you are a licensed therapist with experience in MAT assessment and you answered yes to these questions, then Counseling4Kids has a great employment opportunity for you.

About Us: Counseling4Kids (C4K) has been serving children and families for over 20 years. We were founded with the goal of providing mental health services to children in Los Angeles County’s foster care system. We responded to the immense need for mental health services to help these children heal from the abuse and neglect they had suffered. Initially, the C4K treatment program had eight therapists providing services for 25 clients. Today C4K has grown to serve approximately 1600 children per year. Most of our clients have experienced trauma from severe abuse and neglect. Our range of services include: individual therapy, family therapy, psychological evaluation, medication support, case management and referral to community resources. C4K is currently in a transformative state as we are looking to build a large team of highly skilled, licensed/associate therapists providing assessments and weekly therapy to children and youth. Our goal is to create an agency that provides quality services to the community. You can be a part of this vision by joining our team.

Why Work for Counseling4Kids? Our success depends on attracting and retaining a diverse range of people who are committed to excellence, making a positive impact in the lives of children and families, and the overall promotion of healing. C4K strives to foster a community of respect, teamwork, growth and fun. In addition, we are able to offer our talented staff several benefits including but not limited to: Fully paid employee medical, dental and vision; Supplemental Insurance; Retirement plan matching up to 5%; and generous paid time off. If that weren’t enough we also offer several perks such as: Work-life balance; time off to volunteer; access to discounted fun; lunch and learn sessions; fun team-building exercises; community networking opportunities; mileage and expense reimbursements; and CEUs, compliance and professional development access via Relias training portal and other community resources.

Job Summary:
The MAT Assessor Licensed Therapist reports to the Clinical Supervisor, providing in-home and school-based specialty Mental Health Services to young children from ages zero to five throughout Service Area 2 or Service Area 8. The MAT Assessor will provide comprehensive community-based therapy services to infants, young children, and their families using standard therapy practices and documentation protocols according to the Department of Mental Health (DMH). The MAT Assessor is responsible for meeting weekly productivity expectations (26 billable hours of care on average each week), and maintaining accurate and up-to-date case records using the electronic health record system, EXYM, for all services rendered, in accordance with State of California and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. MAT Assessors may supplement their caseload with non-MAT focuses cases in order to meet billing expectations and respond to the needs of our community.

The MAT Assessor will travel to our clients’ homes and/or schools to provide services. Counseling4Kids emphasizes quality treatment and trauma-informed care. Our Services are primarily Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI), using the evidence-based treatment models of TF-CBT, MAP, CPP, PCIT, Triple P and Seeking Safety. Through Stepped care, the therapist will provide Infant Massage services, in which parents learn to use nurturing touch to foster positive connections with their infant. MAT Assessor perform thorough assessments for children that have recently been removed from their home by DCFS. Our clients have high rates of trauma exposure and the majority have parents or caregivers who are involved with the Department of Children and Family Services. They will also have the additional opportunity to obtain training, experience, and supervision required for endorsement as an Infant-Family Early Childhood Mental Health Professional. Therapists in our MAT program may also carry cases with older children and teens. This will provide a balanced clinical experience and allows our agency to respond to the needs of our community.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree required in Clinical Psychology, Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling, or Social Work
  • Licensed as an MFT, LCSW, or Psychologist and current, unrestricted registration with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • Two years or more previous experience working with children and families
  • Experience providing mental health services requiring diagnostic evaluation, treatment planning and crisis intervention, as well as providing the various modalities of therapy
  • Must be able to document in a clear and concise manner and in accordance with DMH and other program standards using the EXYM
  • Strong commitment to children and families, and a willingness to take the steps necessary to assure their well-being
  • Valid California Driver’s license and copies of all current certifications to the facility.
  • Knowledge of the L.A. County Department of Mental Health system is a plus
  • Experience, training, and/or strong interest in working with clients ages birth to five presenting with symptoms of trauma and/or disruptive behavior.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Experience with young children in a MH setting and/or in other settings
  • MAT Trainings: DC: 0-5 and ICARE, Other core B-5 trainings
  • Training/Certification/Rostered in Parent-Child Interaction Therapist and/or Child-Parent Psychotherapy
  • Working towards endorsement as an Infant Family Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist


  • Maintain a high level of professional practice and promote positive individual relations
  • Be flexible in scheduling in order to meet individual needs
  • Knowledge of the principles and current practices in the field of psychotherapy
  • Effectively conduct individual and family therapy with various age groups
  • Knowledge and practice of ethical principles
  • Ability to present ideas with a high degree of effectiveness, both verbally and written
  • Establish rapport and confidence with clients and their families

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides evidenced based interventions and/or MAT based on DMH and C4K guidelines
  • Works collaboratively with clients and the clinical team to develop a comprehensive assessment, treatment plan and desired treatment outcomes
  • Maintains clients records related to assessment, treatment, progress toward goals and objectives, discharge summary, and treatment outcomes that are accurate, concise, timely, and useful for coordinating treatment team planning, monitoring, and review
  • Participates in treatment team meetings and makes recommendations as appropriate
  • Maintains agency billing requirements- 26 Billable hours of Care
  • Seeks guidance and remains knowledgeable of, and complies with, all applicable federal and state laws, as well as company policies that apply to assigned duties
  • Complies with the company’s and Board of Behavioral Sciences’ (BBS) expectations regarding ethical behavior and standards of conduct
  • Other duties as assigned

Supervisor Responsibility

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Physical Demands:

Must be able to remain in a stationary (stand/sit) position at least 50% of the time. This person in this position needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc. Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer. Frequently communicates with staff, clients, families and other community organizations and must be able to exchange accurate information. Regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions when out in the community.

C4K provides a generous benefits package, including:

A choice of several different Medical plans through Health Net and Kaiser – 100% coverage for Employee, Dental Insurance Plans, Vision Insurance Plans. Flexible Spending Account for Medical expenses, including dependents, Supplemental Insurance: (AFLAC), Group Coverage: Life, AD&D, Short & Long-Term Disability at no cost to the Employee, 15 Paid Holidays and additional Time Off, 403B Retirement Savings Plan, with an up to 5% match, EAP, CEUs, Compliance and Professional Development access via Relias Training Portal, Mileage reimbursement, Qualification for Student Loan Forgiveness Program, Access to Great Work Perks, Team-Building Activities and More!

EEO Statement:

Counseling4Kids provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Counseling4Kids complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Counseling4Kids expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Counseling4Kids’ employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

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