Job Summary: Provide community based treatment for youth and family with complex clinical, social and educational problems. Over a period of 3 – 5 months, services are delivered in homes, neighborhoods, schools and communities. Emphasis is on promoting behavioral change in the youth’s natural environment. Family interventions seek to promote the parent’s capacity to monitor and discipline the adolescent. Initial family sessions identify the strengths and weaknesses of the youth, his family, peers, school, and other factors. Problems throughout the family are explicitly identified for change, and the strengths of each system are used to facilitate such change.
Perform a comprehensive psychosocial assessment of assigned consumers.
Provide individual, group, and family mental health and/or substance abuse therapy.
Apply knowledge of Psychiatric Diagnosis (DSM IV).
Assess clinical emergencies, including suicide and danger to others.
Maintain confidentiality and professional boundaries and relations with clients in accordance with Center
Ensure collection of urine samples and complete related paperwork as required by contract.
Transport consumers in own vehicle or Center van to planned activities and appointments.
Complete recordkeeping in accordance with Health Information Services (HIS) and other Center requirements within required time frames and abide by Center confidentiality policy.
Maintain cooperative relationships with other employees, consumers and the public.
Attend trainings and conferences.
Other duties may be assigned.
Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree required, with a strong clinical background. Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) or a related field is preferred.
Two (2) years of work experience in social work or clinical treatment. LICSW/ LMFT/ LMHC preferred.
Must have strong clinical skill and experience working with mental and behavioral health clients.
Must have experience with community based work and/or severely emotionally disturbed adolescents. Experience with implementation of interventions within or between systems in the youth’s natural ecology that affect or influence the behavior of youth (i.e. family, peer, and school) is preferred.
Knowledge about human development for children, ages 12-21, including the ability to identify developmental delays.
Skill in evaluation and clinical treatment with children, ages 12-21, and their families, with serious emotional disturbance and behavior disorders.
Basic knowledge about psychiatric medication and is aware of significant side effects.
Must possess theoretical knowledge and application of various treatment modes/modalities including: family systems, social ecological, behavioral therapies, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and pragmatic (i.e. structural, strategic and functional) family therapies.
Must be able to adapt treatment techniques in a flexibly manner to meet client/family needs.
Knowledge of social skills assessment and intervention.
Must have valid driver’s license and insured auto.
Must be able to work flexible hours.
Language Skills: Bilingual Spanish preferred. Ability to read and interpret documents such as policy and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before team members and other employees and have the capacity to work with other community agencies.
Schedule: Full Time, Flex, M-F 8am-4pm with flexibility to work early evenings