The Clinical Fellow is a one-year position designed to introduce and further develop an understanding of the effects of trauma on individuals, families, and communities.  Our programs are aligned with the 5 Protective Factors comprising 1) Parental Resilience, 2) Social Connections, 3) Concrete Support in Times of Need, 4) Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development, and 5) Social and Emotional Competence of Children.  Specific goals of the counseling department are to reduce risk factors and strengthen protective factors: Parental Resilience and Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development.  Clinical fellows will be taught and supported to use a 4 stage model of prevention and recovery: 1) client safety and stabilization, 2) strengthening skills, 3) processing and focus on change, and 4) relapse prevention.

Fellows learn the clinical expertise necessary to effectively diagnose and treat trauma symptoms, particularly complex posttraumatic responses, and addiction/compulsive behaviors.  Clinical Fellows will work on a multi-disciplinary team and are responsible for doing intakes, providing therapy, conducting clinical consultations, crisis interventions, and group facilitation.  Fellowships are full-time (40 hours/week). Fellows receive an hourly rate as well as medical, dental, and vision benefits.


  • Maintain a clinical caseload of 12-15 clients, including work with adults, children, couples, parent-child dyads, and families (includes on-sight and off-sight appointments, including working in a school based setting and/or home visits).
  • Work with the transgenerational effects of trauma and addiction on the family system through the use of skill based and attachment based therapies.
  • Education and practice techniques may include Family Systems based interventions, Attachment theory techniques, Narrative Therapy, Sensorimotor and body focused treatment, Somatic therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Tapping, Mindfulness/Mentalization, Traumatic Memory Processing and use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills.
  • Facilitate and co-facilitate groups for parents, children, and staff which may include a Mentalization Workshop, Stress Management Group, Trauma Recovery group, and others as needed.
  • Attend the weekly clinical team meeting and provide feedback and ideas pertaining to the psychotherapy department and clinical trainings.
  • Attend weekly Service Delivery Team meeting(s) and provide updates on treatment practices and goals pertaining to specific family members.
  • Complete Avatar training to be able to support and document work with children with Medi-Cal/EPSDT Early & Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Attend Student Success Team (SST) and Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings as needed to support clients when necessary.
  • Complete 26-hour TALK Line training.  Cover one 4-hour shift per week, receive incoming calls and follow 4-6 clients weekly, cover 1 diverted overnight shift per month 11pm-8am.
  • Complete family and individual intakes, as well as conduct crisis management sessions as needed in Parent Drop-In.
  • Participate in weekly individual supervision (1-2 hours)
  • Attend outside trainings to further develop clinical practice
  • Attend and participate in monthly Friday Department meetings and All Center Staff Meetings.
  • May be required to assist with other projects or duties as assigned.


  • Post graduate MSW, MFT, or PhD/PsyD Registered Intern
  • Minimum of 3 years offering direct clinical services (including practicums and internships) to adults, children, and families
  • Experience with assessments and clinical formulation
  • Previous trauma informed education/training preferred
  • Group facilitation experience preferred
  • Knowledge of the effects of child abuse, child development, effective parenting practices, and family dynamics required
  • Proficient in Spanish strongly preferred
  • Ability to work with diverse staff and client populations
  • Ability to record and maintain time sensitive clinical records
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


  • Exempt
  • Position will be fingerprinted and reference-checked.


Typical Working Conditions: Standard office.
Equipment Used: Computer, phone, fax, copier.
Essential Physical Tasks: Occasional travel within the Bay Area, including to 3450 3rd St, light lifting
San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center is committed to workforce diversity. Qualified applicants will receive full consideration without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin.

Qualified candidates should submit a resume, a detailed cover letter and three professional references to Frank Landin, Manager of Human Resources at employment@sfcapc.org.