Milieu Counselor - Non-Public School

LINCOLN CHILD CENTER Lincoln Child Center enables vulnerable and emotionally troubled children and their families to lead independent and fulfilling lives.

JOB TITLE: Milieu Counselor II or III PROGRAM: Non-public School ACCOUNTABILITY: School Supervisor

JOB SUMMARY: Implement a quality, comprehensive and individualized Life Skills Program for seriously emotionally disturbed residential and day treatment children in a non-public middle or elementary school setting.


  • Participate in the planning for and supervision of residential and day treatment children during class and milieu activities and events including field trips, parties, meals, recess, swimming, picnic, carnival, open house, etc.;
  • Supervise, protect and care for children individually and in groups at all times, assisting each child in working with a group and in handling individual problems;
  • Administer discipline appropriately and set limits for child’s behavior;
  • Support and actively work to implement the therapeutic plans for each child in the daily living process as prescribed and developed by the clinical treatment plan, provide written notations of the child’s progress, as required, identify the need for professional services and communicate such findings to the professional staff;
  • During school holidays develop and implement a recreation program for campus-based residential children;
  • Develop and implement a team-teaching approach to achieve individual, group and school goals for life skills interventions, curriculum and outcomes; Build supportive climate for team effectiveness;
  • Participate in on-going process evaluation of Life Skills Program interventions and curriculum to ensure quality, consistency and relevance of program;
  • Participate in on-going and in-service of Elementary and Middle School staff in life skills interventions and curriculum;
  • Coordinate and participate in the August Program “School Without Walls” for all residential children at Lincoln Child Center;
  • May provide supplementary supervision of Instructional Assistant to assist in instruction, child supervision and activity planning for Life Skills Program;
  • May participate in interviewing and evaluation of Instructional Assistant staff; Input may be solicited for probationary and annual employee performance appraisals;
  • Enrich class and student’s instructional programs to meet their individual instructional and treatment needs, goals and interests using Lincoln Child Center and community resources;
  • Use clinical insights, educational motivational techniques and a commitment to excellence in education to promote growth in the classroom and milieu;
  • Must be able to physically manage acting out behavior of children ages 6-15 years;
  • Maintain all appropriate records including crisis intervention files, lesson plans consistent with IEP goals and objectives, attendance records, clinical notes and other records as required;
  • Administer periodic testing measures and use record of results to set individual goals and improve intervention strategies;
  • Prepare for and attend educational and treatment team meetings; Conduct self in a professional manner; Write educational and clinical notes as requested;
  • Develop and implement written plans that are marked by relevance to life skills curriculum and individual child’s needs, creativity and ease of application;
  • Respond with cooperation and flexibility when planned or unforeseen disruptions occur such as substitute staff, make-up meetings, special events, etc.; Substitute teach in any area of school program as requested;
  • Use, care and ordering of materials, supplies texts and equipment and maintenance of related rooms and grounds;
  • Participate in parent/guardian conferences and maintain quality communication with student homes consistent with treatment program guidelines;
  • Develop effective child management techniques consistent with IEP goals and treatment plans and Lincoln Child Center philosophy; May include protective containment, supervision of Quiet Room intervention, incident reporting and interpretive work;
  • Develop group handling techniques consistent with the milieu program and individual residential and day treatment children’s IEP and treatment goals; May include after-school hours supervision of consequences;
  • May participate in provision of group therapy modality; and
  • Public relations duties as requested.


  • Attend required meetings as assigned;
  • Follow Lincoln Child Center policies and procedures;
  • Participate in Lincoln Child Center in-service training programs;
  • Understand and follow all Lincoln Child Center safety policies, procedures and rules; Perform all job duties safely; Attend all required safety training sessions; Identify and immediately report all workplace hazards, safety rule violations, near misses, and work-related injuries; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Milieu Therapist II: BA or BS degree from an accredited college or university, preferably with a major in a behavioral science subject (child development, psychology, counseling and guidance, early childhood education, human services, nursing, social science, social welfare, social work, sociology). One (1) year of mental health experience with experience in a recognized childcare facility with SED children preferred;
  • Milieu Therapist III: MA or MS degree in a behavioral science subject (child development, psychology, counseling and guidance, early childhood education, human services, nursing, social science, social welfare, social work, sociology) or a BA or BS degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a behavioral science and four (4) years mental health experience;
  • Experience in a recognized childcare facility with SED children preferred;
  • Experience working in a non-public school or treatment setting providing crisis and clinical interventions;
  • One (1) year of specific group experience with children in a psychiatric treatment setting preferred;
  • Demonstrated awareness of, sensitivity to and competence in dealing with the cultural and socioeconomic diversity of the client population;
  • Good written and verbal communication skills;
  • The ability to relate effectively and professionally with children, supervisor, co-workers and staff;
  • Valid California driver’s license, a clear driving record and personal vehicle insurance coverage; and
  • Availability of a personal vehicle in good working condition to be used on Lincoln Child Center business.
  • Must meet eligibility requirements to bill for Medi-Cal services


  • The willingness and the ability to be first aid and CPR trained;
  • The willingness and the ability to be trained, using our therapeutic and relationship-building philosophy that includes Collaborative Problem-Solving, Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI), and SAFE Environments training programs;
  • Physical fitness with the ability to bend, stoop, kneel, drop to one knee and get back up; and
  • Must be able to physically manage acting out behavior of children ages 6-15 years.


  • A commitment to empowering others to solve their own problems;
  • Valuing a nurturing family as the ideal environment for a person;
  • A conviction about the capacity of people to grow and change;
  • The ability to establish a respectful relationship with persons served to help them gain skills and confidence;
  • The ability to work collaboratively with other personnel and/or service providers or professionals;
  • The capacity to maintain a helping role and to intervene appropriately to meet service goals; and
  • The ability to set appropriate limits.

CLASSIFICATION: Regular, full-time, non-exempt, benefited position.

SCHEDULE: Generally weekdays from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15p.m., weekends as needed. AFFILIATION: Union.

COMPENSATION: Union Salary Scale.

BENEFITS: Competitive benefits package.

How to apply

Please apply directly at:

Oakland, California

4368 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, California, 94602, United States