Treatment Counselor

  • Job Tracking ID: 512884-655967
  • Job Location: San Dimas, CA
  • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
  • Level of Education: BA/BS
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: November 01, 2018
  • Years of Experience: Not Applicable
  • Starting Date: ASAP

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Job Description:

McKinley Children’s Center is a highly respected child welfare organization, conveniently located near Los Angeles and Orange County in the city of San Dimas, with 4 other locations throughout Southern California. McKinley Children’s Center’s comprehensive array of programs and services - which touch nearly 1,500 lives annually - include Residential Treatment, Foster Care, Adoptions, Mental Health Services and Special Education. McKinley is nationally accredited, licensed by the California Department of Social Services and is certified by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Our environment is highly therapeutic with many opportunities for activities with the children. Our beautiful 30 acre campus has a large covered outdoor basketball court, Olympic size pool, football/baseball field, play grounds, huge cafeteria, and a sports complex across the street which has baseball fields, tennis courts, and a running track.


The Treatment Counselor is responsible for providing professional Child Care Services in a culturally sensitive, trauma informed manner while serving as a positive role model.


  1. Constant supervision, protection and care of children, individually and in groups at all times in a manner consistent with their personal rights, to ensure safety within a trauma informed framework.

  2. Work as a part of the treatment team to help children in the development of various skills including social, vocational, educational, hygiene and other skills.

  3. Notation of the child’s progress and identifying the possible need for additional services and communicating those findings to the Unit Manager.

  4. Reporting to Unit Manager and/or those designated as Facility Managers any problems and/or recommendations.

  5. In collaboration with the treatment team and Child and family team (CFT), develop and implement various activities for the children.

  6. Administer appropriate discipline and limit setting for behaviors.

  7. Utilizing acquired training skills, provide crisis intervention including the use of physical restraints if needed.

  8. Dispense medications as directed when indicated.

  9. Interact with the children’s family and other significant persons in a helpful, therapeutic and non-judgmental manner.

  10. Complete all required documentation in a legible, professional, and timely manner.

  11. Successfully complete all required training and attend/participate in required meetings.

  12. Assist in the orientation and training of new Treatment counselors.

  13. Other related duties as assigned to ensure health and safety of the children.

Experience and Skills:

EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Must have one of the following

  1. Bachelor of Arts or Sciences Degree

  2. Valid Child Development Teaching Permit

  3. Completion of 12 semester units of Early Childhood Education, Adolescent Development, or Foster and Kinship Care Education and have at least 100 hours of experience working with youth

  4. Valid certificate as an Alcohol Counselor, Drug Counselor or Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and have at least 100 hours of experience working with youth

  5. Valid Vocational Training certificate, credential or documentation demonstrating that the individual is a trade journeyperson who instructs children in vocational skills and have at least 100 hours of experience working with youth

  6. Previously been employed as a staff or volunteer at a group home or STRTP for at least one year.

  7. Have relevant experience as determined by CDSS to meet any of the above requirements.


  1. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and other office-related software

  2. Possess superior oral and written communication skills as well as interpersonal skills

  3. Detail oriented and organized

  4. Able to work independently and organize multiple projects with minimum supervision

  5. Able to work as a team member

  6. Able to maintain the highest level of confidentiality and professional boundaries with clients and staff

  7. Able represent the agency professionally and appropriately with all constituencies


  1. Must pass pre-employment physical exam, TB and drug screening

  2. Ability to drive to various sites on and off campus

  3. Ability to bend, stoop, and kneel

  4. Ability to physically restrain children (if needed)


DOJ, FBI, Child Abuse Index; Insurability under Corporate Automobile Insurance

Job Benefits:

We are committed to providing our valued employees of McKinley Children’s Center, with a comprehensive, high quality, affordable employee benefits program that meets your family’s needs and serves as an integral and valuable component of your total compensation package. Designed to provide you and your dependents with protection and security, this program allows you to choose the plans and coverage that are right for you.