Palomar Family Counseling Service (PFCS) is one of most recognized and respected providers of mental health services in North San Diego County. Established in 1956, PFCS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive services that professional, personal, and affordable. In addition to office-based clinical services such as individual, couples, or family therapy, PFCS offers services in schools, child development centers, and homes.  PFCS also offers psychoeducation groups to treat domestic violence and anger management, as well as school-based prevention and early intervention services.  Our main office is in Escondido and we have satellite offices in Vista and Fallbrook.

PFCS has an annual budget of over $6 million and a dedicated team of 80+ licensed and pre-licensed therapists, case managers, and administrative professionals.  Each year we typically serve over 8,000 individuals.  Our enduring mission is to support and strengthen children, youth, adults, families, school and communities.  As we look to the future of San Diego County, we continue to envision and implement ways to ensure a healthy and vibrant community for our fellow citizens.


Palomar Family Counseling Service is led by a dynamic leadership team dedicated to fostering a culture of autonomy, inclusivity, and growth. Lisa Turner, LCSW, has been with the organization over 20 years and has been the Executive Director since 2015.  Our 15-member Board of Directors is comprised of North County residents with expertise in the fields of business, law, mental health, health care, and education.

Our passionate and dedicated staff strive to provide effective and evidence-based care with skill and sensitivity.  It is our goal to provide the highest standards of professional service.  We believe all individuals possess strengths and the capacity for positive growth.


Through funding from the County of San Diego, the Therapist joins an energetic and talented team of profesionals and paraprofessionals working collaboratively to implement the Screening to Care Initiative (SCI).  SCI is a school-based behavioral health program that, in close collaboration with Vista Unified School District, utilizes a Multi-Tiered System of Supports framework in coordination and service delivery.   SCI reviews school-administered mySAEBRS student screening results, identifies and provides small group interventions to students identified as potentially benefiting from Tier 2 services, provides limited care coordination activities for students requiring Tier 3 treatment interventions, and uses a Promotora model to support and engage students’ parents and caregivers. The SCI Therapist is the key service provider at identified school(s) in accordance with the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Framework. The Therapist reports to the SCI Program Manager.


  • Assists identified schools with mySAEBRS implementation.
  • In close collaboration with school personnel, reviews mySAEBRS results and makes recommendations for appropriate and indicated interventions.
  • Once trained in Second Step, modifies and develops curriculum to meet student needs.
  • Delivers small group interventions to students identified as benefiting from Tier 2 interventions.
  • Ensures completion of satisfaction surveys for all students receiving small group interventions.
  • Assists in time limited care coordination for students identified as needing Tier 3 interventions.
  • Provides program presentations to school community groups (e.g. Parent Teacher Association) as well as other community organizations.
  • Tracks and reports service delivery data.
  • Attends and participates in SCI staff meetings as well as MTSS coordination meetings at identified schools.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Salary Range: $29 – $35 / hour
  • Medical, + Dental, Vision, LTD options available
  • Retirement plan available
  • 13 paid holidays
  • Generous vacation accrual beginning in year one and increasing in year three
  • 12 annual wellness days
  • Professional development and CEUs offered.


The position is based out of our Vista office, working primarily in community locations and local elementary and schools in Vista.


  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Human Services, Psychology, or a related field.
  • State of California Licensed or license eligible (LCSW, LMFT, IMF, ASW) by the California Board of Behavioral Science.
  • Minimum of two years related experience in child, youth, and family mental health services.
  • Strong understanding of early childhood behavioral and developmental health issues.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to convey complex information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Proficiency in using electronic health record systems and other technology tools to support documentation and treatment planning.
  • Knowledge and experience in evidence-based practice implementation of prevention/intervention programming.
  • Familiarity with child development and social learning theory.
  • Experience working in a school/classroom setting.
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English and proficiency in other languages relevant to the community.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and adequate auto insurance.
  • Completion of a TB test and DOJ/FBI clearance/Trustline.


Edralyn Botz, Human Resources & Administrative Coordinator
1002 E. Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025


[email protected]

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