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Oasis Center

Shelter Therapist

Oasis Center


Job Summary

To provide immediate crisis intervention/referral/intake services to clients referred through the crisis phone line and crisis walk-in services; provide counseling, case management, and aftercare services to assigned clients; actively participate in the program team.

Job Responsibilities

Direct Service

Essential Functions:

  • Provide crisis intervention counseling services through the crisis phone line, and crisis walk-in service.
  • Provide intake and assessment services to youth and families referred to the Shelter and Community-based Counseling program.
  • Facilitate the referral process for potential clients.
  • Provide primary counseling and case management for youth and families assigned.
  • Attend weekly staffings/meetings and regular supervision.
  • Document client interaction in a consistent and ethical manner.
  • Participate with supervisor and appropriate specialists or consultants on specific case-related problems.
  • Transport clients as needed.
  • Conduct groups with families and teens through Multiple Family Groups, Peace Circles, afternoon groups, and other groups as needed.
  • Related tasks as assigned.
  • Provide individual, family, and group counseling services for youth and families who are experiencing a housing crisis.
  • Utilize creative approaches to provide therapeutic support for youth beyond talk therapy or other traditional methods.
  • Assist in a comprehensive assessment of youth’s needs to ensure youth are matched with appropriate interventions
  • Operate from a family systems approach to support young people in family-strengthening efforts, as appropriate.
  • Engage in a case conferencing approach with youth, case managers, and other parties as relevant to understand youth’s needs, strengths, and goals and to create a plan for services.
  • Provide liaison, advocacy, and referral services with appropriate mental health centers, courts, physicians, school systems, the Department of Children’s Services, and others as needed.
  • Provide crisis response support in helping youth mediate conflict with families, friends, peers, and roommates.
  • Conduct therapeutic support groups with teens and families and other groups as needed
  • Participate in clinical on-call rotation
  • Provide clinical support to agency youth as needed.

Non-Essential Functions:  None


Essential Functions:

  • Maintain consistent and timely records, including relevant reports to meet funding and licensing


  • Assist in the preparation of monitoring visits by funding and licensing sources.
  • Participate in the hiring process and orientation of new staff when appropriate.
  • Participate in staff and program development.
  • Serve on intra-agency committees when requested or representation is significant to the agency mission.
  • Provide direction, leadership, and consultation for staff, volunteers, and interns during the evening shift
  • Provide formal supervision for interns
  • Participate, as needed, in community education to inform about shelter services

Non-Essential Functions:

  • Serve on related community committees when requested or representation is significant to the agency’s mission.


  • Strong capacity to form meaningful, caring, and affirming relationships with all young people, including LGBTQ+ youth.
  • Knowledge and ability to apply behavior management techniques, basic counseling principles, crisis intervention theory, group work theory, and systems theory.
  • Knowledge and ability to access community resources.
  • Knowledge of an ability to apply Positive Youth Development, Trauma-Informed Care, and evidence-informed practices based on an understanding of adolescent and family development.
  • A clear understanding of racial inequities and other forms of discrimination and willingness to operate from an anti-oppression model.
  • Understanding of and ability to deliver services through a low-barrier approach.
  • Ability to use phone and computer systems.
  • Ability to effectively communicate in oral and written form.
  • Knowledge and ability to apply crisis intervention theory.
  • Knowledge of adolescent development and family development.
  • One year of relevant experience.

Additional Information


  • Free employee-only coverage: health, dental, vision. 
  • HSA w/employer contribution.
  • 401K w/up to 3% match.
  • Paid Parental Leave.
  • Free LTD & Life Policy. 
  • PTO

How to Apply

Oasis Center – Therapist (paylocity.com)


  • Date Posted: May 31, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Clinician
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Salary Range: $42,000-$47,000