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Behavioral Counselor

Are you ready to be part of a team passionate about making a difference in helping children, families, and our communities? At Seneca, we seek a skilled Behavioral Counselor for our Therapeutic Behavioral Services Program (TBS) team.
Candidates who are bilingual in Spanish/English are encouraged to apply.
As a Behavioral Counselor, you will provide behaviorally focused mental health services to youth and families referred through the Contra Costa County Children's Behavioral Health system. Your role will involve supporting youth transitioning from institutional care, preventing hospitalizations, and offering strength-based interventions to individuals at risk of psychiatric hospitalization. If you are dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of youth and families, as a Behavioral Counselor, you will deliver therapeutic, family-focused, and strength-based interventions. At the same time, you will collaborate with other treatment providers to ensure continuity of care and a collaborative effort to support the youth and family in meeting their goals. Services are rendered in the community, including, but not limited to, schools, hospitals, and family homes.
Our TBS program supports children and families for stability and success at home and in the community. It serves children at risk of hospitalization or residential treatment, ages 2 to 21. We emphasize involving families in treatment for sustained behavioral change. Services are provided in community settings (home, school) to meet families where they are. TBS is a short-term, intensive intervention focusing on skill transfer to caregivers for long-term success.
Seneca is always looking for ways to actively empower and uplift traditionally marginalized communities. We are honored to lead a nationwide effort, Todo Por Mi Familia, a campaign to find and connect families who sought asylum in the United States to mental health services. Seneca’s agency-wide DEI Advisory Board, Employee Resource Groups, and Language Practice Groups help our employees provide culturally and linguistically relevant services to the families we serve.


  • Maintain caseload of 3-6 clients
  • Meet with clients and caregivers on a regular basis to provide time-limited, individualized, and behaviorally focused mental health support services to youth and their families to further treatment goals and ensure successful transition of clients and their families. 
  • Collaborate with the treatment team members to provide crisis intervention and mental health services. 
  • Cultivate relationships and maintain communication with all treatment team members including participation in treatment reviews, IEP meetings, and other client related meetings
  • Coordinate and implement overall services and treatment for assigned clients, including assessment, treatment planning, evaluation of progress, and termination. 
  • Complete treatment plans, functional behavioral assessments, progress notes, monthly reports, termination reports, and other required documentation accurately and in a timely manner. 
  • Maintain accurate and complete client charts and records to county and agency standards. 
  • Maintain accurate paperwork including but not limited to time sheets and mileage reimbursement. 
  • Maintain professional behavior at all times, appropriately representing Seneca's mission and philosophy. 
  • Commit to and engage in self-evaluation as well as organizational efforts goals, strategies, and systemic practices regarding diversity, equity and inclusion. 


  • Education/Experience requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree OR 
  • Associate degree and one year of relevant experience
  • At least 2 years of experience working directly with youth and their families within the mental health field
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English preferred
  • Experience providing crisis assessment, management, and interventions, preferred
  • Experience writing progress notes and other therapeutic documentation, preferred.
  • Ability and willingness to work independently in the office and in the community
  • Clearance of TB test, fingerprinting, and any other State/Federal requirements
  • Own vehicle, valid California driver’s license, and insurability through Seneca’s vehicle policy
  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Strong organizational skills as demonstrated by the ability to effectively manage multiple tasks.
  • Cultural responsiveness; ability to work with a diverse population
  • Must show proof of Covid-19 fully vaccinated


  • Full-time, Monday - Friday
  • Flexible schedule 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM or 10:00 AM- 6:00 PM


  • Starting at $22.00- $24.50 per hour, the actual salary is dependent on creditable experience above the minimum qualifications for the role
  • Additional compensation provided upon passing bilingual language proficiency exam
  • Salary increases each year
  • Comprehensive employee benefits package: 
  • Medical, dental, vision, chiropractic, acupuncture, and fertility coverage
  • Long-term disability, family leave, and life insurance
  • 50% paid premiums for dependents
  • 403b retirement plan
  • Employer-Paid Assistance Plan
  • 5 weeks of flexible paid time off 
  • 11 paid holidays
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Abundant promotional opportunities across the agency in California and Washington
Key Words: nonprofit, non-profit, mental health, mental health agency, behavioral health, healthcare, counselor, youth advocate, family advocate, children advocate, youth counselor, adolescent, advocate, behavioral specialist, behavioral coach. 

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