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A Place Called Home

Youth & Family Therapist

Employment type
about 1 month ago
Los Angeles

A Place Called Home is a dynamic, non-profit youth and community center in South Central Los Angeles. APCH provides educational programs, counseling, mentoring, music, dance and art classes, fitness and health and wellness opportunities. As youth participate in our programs, they discover interests and talents and develop a better sense of themselves and their place in the world around them. Our goal is to increase the likelihood that youth will stay in school, pursue higher education, attain viable jobs, and become active community members capable of making positive change in the world in which they live.

Under the direction of the Director of Counseling, the Therapist will facilitate counseling sessions and activities for participating members and families. The Therapist will collaborate with Case Managers and Member and Parent Services Coordinator to provide holistic or therapeutic support services to members.


  • Conducts mental health assessments and coordinate services for APCH members in the Counseling program
  • Provide therapeutic services to APCH members and family thru individual, family and group therapy
  • Facilitate counseling program according to Board of Behavioral Services standards and regulations
  • Collaborate with department staff to plan and implement program activities
  • Work collaboratively with all APCH programs to facilitate psycho-educational support to members and training for staff members
  • Collaborate with the community to develop relationships and partnerships with other organizations 
  • Refer and report per mandated requirements any issues of abuse and neglect according to the law
  • Document member progress through case notes and Individual Program Plans (IPP)
  • Compile monthly case studies and reports 


Other Responsibilities

  • Remain informed of best practices with regard to the administration of therapeutic services
  • Remain informed of requirements imposed by grantors and other funding sources including the federal government
  • Attends internal or external meetings as requested or required
  • Maintains strong relationships with department’s external collaborating partners
  • Regular attendance and accountability as well as punctuality with regard to work meetings and commitments
  • Adhere to the highest ethical, legal, and professional standards and values at all times
  • Assist with the supervision of members during program hours, special events and field trips
  • Serve as a mentor and role model for members
  • Attend all required program meetings and events
  • Perform other tasks as assigned


The Expectations
The ideal APCH Therapist is someone who has a love for helping others and will be an individual who carries high personal and professional standards and enjoys partnering with others to achieve successful outcomes. To be successful in this role the Therapist candidate will focus on achieving excellence of service and performance in the five core competencies identified by the agency: integrity & trust, adaptability, accountability, learning and development and compassion.  As a Therapist, the candidate will also be expected to excel in the five Programs competencies of Internal & External Collaboration, Communication, Prioritizing & Planning, Analytical Thinking and Work Quality & Innovation. The candidate will embrace the APCH culture of a learning organization and strive to constantly improve upon systems and services for the benefit of our employees and our constituents; and will be demonstrably committed to their own ongoing personal and professional development. Our culture encourages individuals to speak up, we respect diversity of thought, and we look to our staff to be candid with concerns and constructive suggestions. Together, we can continue to take APCH to even higher levels of excellence and service to the community.

Technical and Performance Skills 

  • Excellent Communication Skills        
  • Professionalism
  • Customer Service      
  • Time Management
  • Ability to Multitask      
  • Flexibility
  • Mission-Driven           
  • Dedicated to excellence
  • Detail-Oriented           
  • Strong Organizational Skills
  • Microsoft Office Skills
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) Preferred



  • Degree: Masters degree in counseling or marriage and family therapy and social work
  • Knowledge of best practices in client-centered, trauma-informed care and family systems
  • 4 years of experience in counseling youth and families in at-risk environment preferred
  • Registered under the Board of Behavioral Sciences 


Physical and Mental Demands

  • Able to work in a dynamic and high noise level environment typical of a youth center
  • Sitting and use of hands/vision for computer work for extended periods of time
  • Lift up to 25 pounds occasionally 


Additional Information

  • Able to work well with diverse populations of employees and clients
  • Able to work some evenings and/or weekends for the department and/or agency events
  • Solution-oriented team player who both promotes and practices a growth mindset
  • Provides exemplary customer service and welcoming hospitality
  • Temporary Telecommuting due to COVID-19


A Place Called Home provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including but not limited to pregnancy), gender expression, gender identity or sexual orientation, military and veteran status, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, citizenship national origin, age, physical and/or mental disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, A Place Called Home complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

Background screening required.

To apply

Thank you for your interest in APCH. Please click on the link to submit your resume and cover letter to complete your application.