A Better Way

Mental Health Clinician

San Francisco, CA

A Better Way (ABW) was founded in 1996 primarily as a Foster Family Program. During the past 17+ years ABW has provided foster care services to more than 2,000 children and has finalized 300 adoptions. We are the one of the few organizations in Alameda County and San Francisco County with expertise in assessing and serving children 0-5 in the pre- or post-adoption and reunification services. ABW has provided behavioral health services to over 2,000 children in these counties. All services focus on helping families achieve permanency for their children, either through reunification, adoption, or stabilization of their current placement. Our mission is to empower children and families to develop the insights, life skills, and permanent relationships that promote their social, emotional, educational and economic well-being.


Under the supervision of the Mental Health Program Director and the Clinical Supervisor, the Clinician has the primary responsibility for providing direct mental health services to children and their families. Services include: assessment; development of a family centered treatment plan; providing developmentally appropriate mental health treatment; coordination of care with child welfare workers, parents, foster parents, and other collaterals; maintaining a written record of treatment, including initial assessments and treatment plans.


  • Direct client care in home or the community for children and their families
  • Provide mental health services in Spanish.
  • Be linguistically and culturally competent
  • Attend appropriate meetings, which include weekly group supervision, staff meetings, trainings and supervision
  • Obtain consent for treatment from the child welfare worker, where appropriate
  • Monitor eligibility and obtain authorizations where appropriate.
  • Through regularly scheduled sessions, provide psychotherapy, intensive clinical case management, and crisis intervention, to assigned children and families. Work with various modalities including individual, dyadic, and family therapy. Conduct assessments, diagnosis, and treatment plans in collaboration with clients, caregivers, and other providers. Provide appropriate mental health services.
  • Follow all procedures and protocols related to EPSDT
  • Follow regulatory guidelines, mandated reporting, and program/agency protocols in performing duties
  • Abide by all provisions of the ABW personnel manual
  • Perform any other duties as directed


  • MSW, MA, PhD or PsyD from accredited school of social work or psychology. Must be licensed or registered with BBS or BOP.
  • Excellent clinical and writing skills.
  • Direct experience working with diverse racial and ethnic populations
  • Understanding of basic theoretical and developmental principles of infant, early childhood, and family mental health
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred.
  • Ability to understand psychological assessment reports; psychological assessment experience a plus for psychologist applicants
  • Must have a car and good driving record
  • Understand and desire to work with a strength-based mental health approach
  • Knowledge, understanding, and willingness to work with interdisciplinary approaches and partnerships
  • Understanding DSM, DC: 0-3R, and treatment plans
  • Ability to work independently and to work as a member of a team
  • Excellent organizational, computer and communication skills.
  • Ability to pass various background checks needed to work with children


  • Fantastic benefits package including Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance
  • 4 weeks Paid Time Off a year to start, 5 weeks after 2 years
  • Comprehensive training
  • Access to psychological counseling
  • Contribution to nonprofit retirement plan
  • Humbling, rewarding, and culturally diverse work environment
A Better Way

Anne Grascoeur

HR Generalist
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