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Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT)

JOB TITLE:                               MFT/PCC/SW Associates

FLSA STATUS:                        Hourly, Non-Exempt

DEPARTMENT:                       Clinical

DIRECT SUPERVISOR:       Program Director


SALARY RANGE                   $21-27 per hour



The Marriage and Family Therapist Associates, Professional Clinical Counselor Associates, and the Social Worker Associates are expected to conduct evaluations and provide treatment to meet the mental health needs of the diverse population of participants in VARP, INC.’s Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Program. Clinical supervision by a licensed therapist as well as many opportunities for training. Associate therapists get experience with providing individual therapy as well as leading or co-leading groups and psychoeducational classes. 


NOTE: Performance reviews are conducted annually upon the anniversary of your hire date. Raises and promotions are based on merit, (job performance, work ethics, attendance, etc.) which will be at the discretion of the Executive and Program Directors. Raises are not guaranteed upon review.



  • Conduct client assessments and provide a diagnosis of substance use disorder(s).

  • Participates in the intake process by interviewing clients and/or their family members to obtain family, social, employment, medical, and mental health treatment history; provides crisis intervention, treatment, case management, referrals, and other related mental health care services to clients and their family members.

  • Participates in the multi-disciplinary team to review client cases, treatment approaches, clinical issues, client progress, and treatment recommendations; and to prepare and present progress reports.

  • Participates in the development of individual and group treatment plans designed to address mental, emotional, and family disorders and dysfunction.

  • Provides ongoing clinical assessment, treatment planning, and clinical treatment for clients and families.

  • Performs intensive casework services with children and adult clients and their relatives through individual and group sessions.

  • Prepares and maintains clinical case histories for use in diagnostic evaluations and recording client treatment progress.

  • Coordinates continuity of care and other treatment-related services with caseworkers, probation officers, and community outreach techniques supportive of client recovery in the community.

  • Coordinates mental health support services to clients and families by linking them to other community resources to maximize client self-sufficiency and independence significant to the client’s continuum of care.

  • Interviews clients seeking mental health intervention services on an emergency basis and utilize crisis intervention and community outreach techniques supportive of recovery in the community.

  • Under the supervision of a licensed clinician, evaluates clients and arranges for voluntary or involuntary admission to psychiatric facilities for treatment.

  • Serves as liaison and consultant to schools, organizations, parents, children, etc. on issues concerning clients; may serve on committees, boards, etc.

  • Provides mental health treatment services in schools and other community settings to emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children with the goal of helping them to achieve higher functioning in interpersonal relations and academic performance. 

  • Maintains cooperative professional relationships with local community agencies significant to the continuum of care for clients; conducts outreach and community-based service provisions.



  • Patient, caring, and compassionate.

  • Must possess self-confidence.

  • Must possess good judgment and strong decision-making skills.



A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in marriage, family, and child counseling, marital and family therapy, psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, or counseling with and emphasis in marriage, family, and child counseling or marriage and family therapy, and successful completion of the required stipend internship program with the Department of Mental Health; registration number from the State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences within thirty (30) days of appointment. Additionally, and in accordance with the State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences guidelines, registered Marriage and Family Therapist Interns must obtain Marriage and Family Therapist licensure within six years of initial registration.



The duties, responsibilities and qualifications listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Moderate sitting, standing and walking.

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