Children's Bureau of Southern California

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Trauma Informed Behavioral Health Coach (school age)

at Children's Bureau of Southern California

Posted: 12/31/2018
Job Reference #: 1219

Job Description

Magnolia Place (Los Angeles)

Child Development Center

I.             TITLE:           Trauma Informed Behavioral Health Coach (school age)



Our Innovations 2 Community Resilience Program funded by the Department of Mental Health (DMH), will focus on building resilient families to prevent and address community trauma and provide trauma informed psycho-education and support to community residents, child care providers, early education centers, and elementary and middle schools within 12 identified zip codes.

Under the supervision of the Director of Community Resilience, the Trauma Informed Behavioral Health Coach will engage Elementary and Middle School leadership, administrators, teachers and afterschool staff to build capacity about trauma-informed and resiliency based approaches.

III.       REPORTS TO:           Supervisor


  • MSW, MFT or MA in related field
  • Holds a BBS Intern registration
  • Trauma Certifications, preferred
  • At least two year or more of experience working with low-income children aged 0-5 and their caregivers.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) capabilities desirable.
  • Ability to conduct suicide assessments and evaluations for homicidal ideation, and imminent danger
  • Have skills in providing counseling and therapy to clients experiencing emotional distress and crisis
  • Knowledge of child abuse/crisis intervention techniques
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Communicates effectively
  • Experience working with parents and children ages 5-15
  • Knowledge regarding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), toxic stress, and how trauma impacts child development
  • Knowledge about resiliency interventions
  • Possess strong creative and organizational abilities
  • Professional appearance and attitude
  • Computer literate
  • Able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple and diverse priorities
  • Must have the ability to consistently show good judgment and decision making skills
  • Must have knowledge of principles and techniques of training, supervision, and program operation

Special Requirements:

  • Must have a reliable automobile for use on the job (mileage to be reimbursed).
  • Valid California Driver License.  State required automobile insurance coverage.
  • TB clearance, to be renewed every two years.


  • Builds rapport and trust with teachers, school administrators, and other key school staff to engage them in trauma-informed training and support.
  • Promotes and supports the mental health of teachers, administrators, program staff, students, and families through ongoing education and linkage to community-based mental health providers and resources.
  • Develops and delivers trainings and technical assistance related to trauma and resilience strategies to teachers, administrators, and key school staff at schools sites. 
  • Provides ongoing mentoring and consultation to key stakeholders on campus and in the classroom around trauma and resiliency strategies including, but not limited to, Council (Community Circles).
  • Provides support and coach teachers in specific competencies to around relationship building, attachment, and the creation of safe, supportive and nurturing environments to support resilience, and to prevent burn-out and vicarious trauma.
  • Maintains regular communication with teachers and school administrators regarding any support or coaching they may need through phone calls, emails, and/or monthly meetings. 
  • Assists in building parent, resident, teacher, and community capacity to address adverse experiences through the promotion of protective factors and when necessary provides referrals to mental health treatment.  
  • Provides ongoing on-site mentorship to support the tools and strategies that teachers and school administrators have been given around trauma and resiliency at various identified school sites within the 12 identified zip codes of the program. 
  • Coordinates efforts to link staff and families with appropriate community resources for families experiencing high levels of toxic stress as a result of multiple traumas.
  • Works collaboratively with Community Resilience partners in problem solving, information exchange, and coordination of efforts.
  • Participates in weekly group supervision and training provided by the Community Resilience program.
  • Regularly reports to supervisor to provide program status updates.
  • Assists in the implementation of the Program through participating in appropriate meetings and activities.
  • Follows state laws regarding mental health issues and confidentiality.
  • Prepares correspondence and reports in connection with case requirements by legal and contracting entities i.e., child protective services, probation, courts, Department of Mental Health, etc.

VI.       GENERAL:

  • Must be able to maintain positive working collaborative relationships with partner agencies and school staff.
  • Must have the ability to nurture respectful relationship with families and students.
  • Must be sensitive to the socioeconomic cultural needs of the population served.
  • Performs other job related duties as directed by supervisor or director.

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