Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services Lead Psychologist in Culver City, California



Responsible for:

  • Providing clinical guidance, support and development to the unlicensed therapists and interns on the nationally-recognized crisis hotline and in the Suicide Prevention Center (SPC).

  • Co-facilitating support groups for individuals bereaved by suicide and for individuals and/or families who are dealing with suicidal ideation.

  • Conducting clinical lectures and trainings on suicide prevention.

Primary Duties

  • Facilitates the Survivors of Suicide Attempt (SOSA) and Survivors After Suicide(SAS) groups and may provide individual therapy.

  • Provides clinical supervision to unlicensed therapists and interns, as well as select volunteers working on the Suicide Prevention Center (SPC) crisis line; will complete associated documentation for individuals earning hours towards licensure.

  • Coordinates SPC-related trainings and conducts community training and outreach through LA County

  • Develops community relationships (i.e., schools, religious groups, clinics, law enforcement and hospitals) ensuring participation in lecture groups.

  • Conducts clinical and lay lectures to staff, interns, and the community (ensuring lecture material is updated as necessary)

  • Develops training modules and serves as one of the trainers for the crisis line volunteers and staff.

  • Updates all program collateral materials (handouts, brochures, etc) on an as needed basis.

  • As needed, will engage in media interviews.

  • Provides crisis intervention and initiates 5150 holds for clients presenting a danger to themselves or others and are in need of hospitalization.

  • Performs intake assessments by phone and/or in-person.

  • Assesses and monitors client to evaluate success of treatment and adapts interventions as needed.

  • Provides referrals and links to community support services, psychiatrist, medical care, housing, rehabilitation programs, drug/alcohol services and social activity groups.

  • Monitors and maintains documentation of client services, ensuring compliance with Agency policies and procedures, Department of Mental Health contract and other related agencies’ standards and guidelines.

  • Develops and maintains therapist skills through seminars, workshops, or other forms of training/education related to suicide prevention.

  • Attends and participates in program, Agency staff meetings; and related community agency meetings as required/requested.

  • Required to be on-call for clinical emergencies.

  • Provides intake coverage for supervisor on an as needed basis.

  • Provide coverage as a back-up facilitator on an as needed basis.


  • Must be CA licensed as a Psychologist.

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working with individuals with a history of mental illness in a social service/mental health environment.

  • A working knowledge of conducting support groups for those with a history of mental illness and their families and a preference toward those with experience in working with those who are bereaved by suicide.

  • Experience supervising unlicensed or pre-graduate interns.

  • Must possess knowledge of research and statistics, so it can be incorporated into clinical program and training development as needed.

  • Individuals interested in this position must have flexibility in their schedule to work some evening and weekend hours.

  • Individuals with expertise in DBT are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Strong working knowledge of crisis intervention and individual therapy, documentation, supervision, and multicultural and socio-economic issues.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills for group facilitation and trainings and lectures in the community; ability to present ideas, information, and viewpoints clearly, both verbally and in writing.

  • Know and comply with Agency policies and procedures, HIPAA, Department of Mental Health, policies and documentation guidelines, and other state/federal regulations relating to service programs for adults with a history of mental illness.

  • Basic advocacy skills.

  • Efficiently use the personal computer to include a variety or word processing software.

  • Utilize analysis, experience, and judgment to make decisions.

  • Demonstrate commitment to team objectives and Didi Hirsch philosophies

  • Adapt to changing needs by acquiring new skills and knowledge.

  • Current California driver’s license and a driving record acceptable to the Agency’s insurance carrier.

Candidates must be able to clear all criminal background checks in order to qualify for this position.

Requisition Number: 16-0060

Post Date: 8/25/2016

Title: Lead Psychologist

Full Time/Part Time: FT/Exempt - Salaried

Division: SPC/Clinical

Pay Frequency: Semi-Monthly

City: Culver City

State: CA