PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY: The primary role of the Behavioral Health Clinician is to provide comprehensive strengths based behavioral health services to homeless and/or marginally housed transitional aged youth. The Behavioral Health Clinician is responsible for behavioral health screening and assessment, crisis intervention and de-escalation, individual and group therapy, treatment planning, linkage and referrals, and clinical consultation and professional development to program staff. The Behavioral Health Clinician works from a strength-based model using trauma-informed interventions. This position emphasizes Harm Reduction and Restorative Practices in behavioral health work with youth and clinical consultation to staff. Performs related work as required.


  • Provide on-site behavioral health screening, clinical assessments, crisis intervention and support services at sites with greatest acuity of behavioral health needs across Larkin Street programs.
  • Provide short term mental health and/or substance use support for youth at various Larkin Street sites including individual and group modalities.
  • Provide clinical consultation and professional development to staff on a range of behavioral health issues and best practices for TAY population.
  • Facilitate and coordinate Collaborative Case Conferences to assist in determining treatment plans for clients with behavioral health concerns.
  • Support youth with linkage to community resources, as needed.
  • Ability to travel independently throughout the community to Larkin Street’s various program and partner agency sites.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends.
  • Assist with special projects and other assignments as requested by the Senior Leadership team and the Chief of Programs.
  • Act as Program Manager during On-Call rotation.



  • Link youth to continuum of services offered through Larkin Street and in the community.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Maintain a creative, team-building, cooperative approach to job performance and seek to bring a constructive, problem-solving orientation to all tasks.
  • Maintain professional standards of performance, demeanor and appearance at all times.
  • Perform tasks and responsibilities in a complete and timely manner, complying with agency policies and standards and conforming to scheduling requirements of this job description and program.
  • Maintain an awareness of the agency’s mission and work to promote the positive individual and social change goals it embodies.
  • Exercise discretion and professional judgment at all times keeping with the responsibilities carried personally and by the agency for the care and welfare of the youth we serve.
  • Actively strive to upgrade professional skills through engaging in appropriate professional training and experience.
  • Ability to work with a diverse staff and excel in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Requires ability to lift, transfer, push/pull, maneuver, and reposition 25 lbs.
  • Finger manipulation.
  • Ability to comprehend complex materials.
  • Ability to speak and write in English.
  • Ability to conduct psychotherapy in Spanish.



  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Social Welfare, Psychology, or closely related field.
  • Current license or registered with the BBS as an Associate Clinical Social Worker, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, or Associate Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.



  • Experience providing mental health services in a social service setting, preferably with a high risk youth population.
  • Experience providing individual and group therapy, psychoeducational groups.
  • Knowledgeable of the following behavioral health theories and capable of integrating them across Larkin Street Youth Services programs: Trauma-Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, Restorative Practices, and Harm Reduction.
  • Strong Commitment to the agency and philosophy of Larkin Street Youth Services.
  • Experience working with transitional age youth, homeless and/or marginally housed individuals, people with active mental illness/co-occurring behavioral health and/or substance abuse disorders preferred.
  • Prior case management experience working in clinical and or housing/supportive housing programs preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills, including public speaking.


Larkin Street reserves the right to revise job descriptions or work hours as required.

Larkin Street is an Equal Opportunity Employer