SPA 1: Palmdale/Lancaster
Reports to (title):
Seven Generations Child and Family
$57, 000 - $72,000/Annual DOQ/DOE
40 hrs. per week
POSITION PURPOSE AND SUMMARY
The Therapist is responsible for coordinating Mental health care services for American Indian clients in the Los Angeles County. Provides assessment and counseling/therapy to eligible children, youth, and adults as a member of a treatment team. The Therapist identifies needs and coordinates linkage of client with one-to-one therapeutic counseling regarding mental health or substance abuse issues. The Therapist will be a part of a multi-disciplinary team and the majority of services are provided in the field.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES, FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES
· Provide intake and initial assessment of children, adolescents and adults referred to Center.
· Provide individual/family in-home, field based counseling services and/or office-based treatment to children, youth and adults with a range of psychological, emotional, and behavioral problems.
· Needs a valid driver’s license and vehicle, as the majority of visits will be field based, so there can be a lot of driving.
· Assess family dynamics and home environment and prepare reports as needed/required.
· Identify and work with Case Coordinator to obtain resources for the client to sustain the client’s involvement in Center programs/treatment.
· Provide group treatment, parent support groups, and/or parenting classes as needed/required.
· Provide 24-hour availability and crisis intervention as needed/required.
· Evening and Weekend work may be required depending on the needs of the clients.
· Provide aftercare follow-up and support/assistance to clients completing Center programs/treatment.
· Participate in case planning with other Center clinicians, consulting specialists, and representatives from schools, DCFS, and other jurisdictions as required/needed.
· Participate in Outpatient Staff meetings, Clinical Case Conferences, and other meetings as appropriate/assigned.
· Participate in and conduct in-service training to Center staff and others as assigned.
· Maintain client charts in a responsible manner and meet all paperwork deadlines as required by DCFS, DMH and agency policy (e.g. complete case notes and discharge notes on timely basis, etc.).
· All paperwork should be completed and submitted to supervisor for review as required. Monday through Wednesday’s paperwork is due by 5:00 p.m. on Fridays. Paperwork for Thursday and Friday is due by 9:00 a.m. the following Wednesday.
· Productivity – 65% of hours worked each week must be billable productivity. For a 40-hour work week, the billable productivity requirement is 26 hours.
· Comply with agency guidelines, policies, and procedures.
· Arrange work schedule to benefit the Center program and clients with the approval of Clinical Supervisor/Program Director.
· Keep Program Director well-informed regarding activities, pending issues and potential problems.
MINIMUM MANDATORY QUALIFICATIONS
Experience & Qualifications:
· Minimum one-year clinical experience with children and families.
· Some experience providing home-based/community-based counseling services.
· Minimum one-year clinical experience working with multiple-problem families (e.g. unemployment, poverty, substance abuse, homelessness, etc.).
· MA in clinical psychology, MSW or Ph.D./Psy.D. in psychology from an accredited graduate program.
· California license or license-eligible preferred.
· Eligible for a registration number from the Board of Behavioral Sciences or waiver from the State.
Patient Care and Customer Service:
· Maintain strict confidentiality of client and personnel information adhering to HIPAA, professional codes of conduct, State of CA regulations, Privacy Act, and UAII policies and procedures.
· Demonstrable ability to communicate effectively and professionally both verbally and in writing.
· Proficient in English Language
· Communicate and deal effectively with people in a professional and courteous manner.
· Knowledge of MS Office, IPad
· Posses a current and valid CA drivers license and valid auto insurance
· Available and willing to travel, as needed.
· Available to work evening and weekend hours as needed.
· Maintains personal responsibility for maintaining a valid license and for ensuring timely completion of appropriate Continuing Education Units for renewal of license.
POSITION QUALIFICATION PREFERENCES
· Knowledge of Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (Public Law 93-638)
· Experience working with the American Indian community
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the primary functions of this job. Normal office conditions exist, and the noise level in the work environment can vary from low to moderate.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the primary functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to frequently stand, walk, sit, bend, twist, talk and hear. There are prolonged periods of sitting, keyboarding, reading, as well as driving or riding in transport vehicles. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include reading, distance, computer, and color vision. Talking and hearing are essential to communicate with clients, vendors, and staff.
There are a number of deadlines associated with this position. The employee must also multi-task and interact with a wider variety of people on various and, at times, complicated issues.
In performance of their respective tasks and duties all employees of United American Involvement, Inc. (UAII) are expected to conform to the following:
· Uphold all principles of confidentiality and patient care to the fullest extent.
· Adhere to all professional and ethical behavior standards of the healthcare and social services industry.
· Interact in an honest, trustworthy and dependable manner with clients, employees, and vendors.
· Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity.
· Meet or exceed the performance standards as set by your supervisor.
· Work independently and as a team member; consistently demonstrates professionalism, courtesy, efficiency, excellent internal and external customer service, high ethical standards and behavior that contribute to harmonious relationships.
· Maintain a current insurable California driver’s license if required.
UAII has implemented an Indian Preference in Employment Policy. Pursuant to this Policy, applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for this position and who are enrolled members of a federally recognized Tribe will be given primary preference in hiring and employment for this position.
All employees must maintain a current (annual) negative/inactive tuberculosis test/x-ray results on file, have a negative result on a pre-employment drug test, consent to and pass a character investigation as prescribed in P.L. 101-630, section 408 and uphold all principles of confidentiality and patient/client care to the fullest extent. This position has access to sensitive information and a breach of these principles will be grounds for immediate termination.
Disclaimer: The information on this position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performance by employees in this position. It is not designed to contain, or be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position. Employees will be asked to perform other duties as needed.