MHS is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve people’s lives and instill hope by providing cost-effective community based mental health, drug and alcohol recovery, and housing services. We continually seek new and improved ways of serving our clients and communities.
The outpatient Therapist provides direct care and supervision, emotional control and anger management to adolescent clients in an outpatient mental health program in a school environment. The MH Counselor interacts with clients on a day-to-day basis providing care and supervision, assist in groups, as well as engaging in activities. The MH Therapist provides symptom management information and leadership necessary to provide clients with the ability to function in the school, community and family environment.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
• Oversees milieu, initiates appropriate and timely intervention to provide support to clients, especially in crisis situations such as client decompensation and agitation.
• Encourages participation, team building, feedback, and problem-solving with clients.
• Facilitates assigned groups.
• Sets regular goals with program participants. Assists in the development of new target goals for clients consistent with overall treatment goals. Assists Therapists in developing plans for client discharge and continuity of care.
• Recognizes behavior or changes in mood that indicate suicidal or homicidal intent or plan, and immediately reports any concerns to client’s Therapist, Program Manager, and/ or psychiatrist.
• Assists other staff in dealing with problematic client behavior.
• Interacts therapeutically with clients maintaining a distinction between therapeutic and social relationships.
• Provides input to develop and improve program service and delivery. Provides behavioral data to the attending psychiatrist regarding medication and treatment of clients.
• Maintains timely, accurate and legible documentation using assigned forms and formats for each client in their caseload. Responsible for medical record documentation in accordance with contract, Medi-Cal, and Medi-Care requirements.
• When necessary, willingly filling-in for colleagues given little or no notice.
• Attends treatment meetings and provides input to treatment plan.
• Assists clients in maintaining financial security, such as assisting in the completion of SSI paperwork.
• Assists clients in reaching their vocational goals.
• Creates daily activities and recreational activities, and short-term special groups (e.g., arts and crafts, cooking)
• Regularly contacts clients to assure stability and regular program attendance.
• Displays regular and reliable attendance. Reports to and departs from work on time as scheduled.
• Successfully functions as a team member.
• Complies with all MHS and program rules, policies, and procedures including HIPAA standards.
• A minimum of a B.A. in a social service-related field.
• A minimum of two years’ experience working with an emotionally disturbed adolescent population.
• Bilingual in English and Spanish
• Working knowledge of rehabilitation programs and treatment, and the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Model.
• Knowledge of individual, group, family, and cognitive therapy techniques.
• Class B California driver's license.
• Knowledge of behavioral management techniques and crisis intervention skills.
• Knowledge of laws and ethics guiding the profession.