Position Title: Mental Health Therapist
Program: Counseling and Treatment Center
Classification: Non-Exempt, Full Time
Salary: $22-$24 per hour; Commensurate with experience
Summary and Range of Authority: The Counseling and Treatment Center (CTC) provides outpatient mental health treatment for adults and older adults with serious mental illness and promotes psychosocial rehabilitation principles of wellness and recovery. CTC’s target population is Asian and Pacific Islander adults, ages 25 and older and Asian and Pacific Islander Transition Aged Youth (TAY), ages 18-24. Under the direction of the Program Manager, the MH therapist will promote psychosocial rehabilitation principles of wellness and recovery in all aspects of treatment.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Manage caseload of 80+ clients with a moderate to severe mental health diagnosis.
• Function as a member of a multi-disciplinary team and participates in assessment, treatment and discharge planning.
• Receive referrals from external providers and community members with appropriate follow-up including crisis intervention.
• Perform intake assessments for clients in need of mental health services.
• Prepare medical records of all services rendered using electronic health record (Cerner, previously known as “Anasazi”) such as BHAs, client treatment plans and progress notes within timeframe required by the County of San Diego.
• Provide short-term, goal-oriented counseling.
• Provide family therapy and psychoeducation to caregivers and family members as appropriate.
• Assist clients in obtaining vocational, educational and/or housing objectives as needed.
• Coordinate discharge of clients to a lower level of care after they have achieved stabilization.
• Conduct at least one group therapy session per week. Examples of group include Illness Management and Recovery, WRAP, Social Skills, etc.
• Participate in outreach event per quarter or as needed including outreach events primarily Asian and Pacific Islander adults
• Participate in home visits and mobile outreach visits with a peer specialist, when clinically necessary.
• Participate in staff meetings, treatment team meetings and individual and group supervision.
• Must achieve County of San Diego’s billing productivity standards each month.
• Other duties as assigned.
Required Education, Certifications/Licenses and Language/Cultural Skills:
• Master’s Degree (or higher) in social work, psychology, marriage and family therapy or counseling from accredited college or university with major work in clinical therapy.
• Registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences (ASW, AMFT, APCC) or Board of Psychology.
• Ability to communicate effectively in English and an Asian language.
Minimum Experience and Qualifications Required:
• Two years or more of clinical experience in a mental health setting, with solid clinical skills in individual/group therapy, assessments, crisis intervention and case management.
• Trained and experienced in diagnosing clients utilizing the DSM-V.
• Knowledge of the theory and practice of psychotherapy (individual and group) and the principles and practice of community mental health.
• Knowledge and experience in working with diverse cultures and non-ethnic minorities, including LBGT
• Understanding of and commitment to the psychosocial rehabilitation model of psychiatric rehabilitation services, and a strong belief in empowering clients/consumers towards recovery.
• Understanding of cultural competency in the delivery of mental health services
• Familiarity with community resources and the delivery of case management services.
• Ability to establish and maintain diagnostic and psychotherapeutic relationships with clear understanding of ethical and professional standards.
• Ability to communicate mental health principles to clients, family members and providers.
• Ability to maintain strict confidentiality regarding client information, and other sensitive or proprietary information.
• Ability to prepare written reports and records of services rendered
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Excellent organizational and time management skills, and able to manage a large caseload.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well in a multicultural environment, including tact, diplomacy, patience and professionalism in dealing with individuals from a variety of backgrounds.
• Must demonstrate intermediate level of computer literacy and experience using office productivity software i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Internet browsers, and Outlook.
• Must pass background check (Live Scan Fingerprint).
• Must be able to drive for business purposes to other program locations in San Diego County.
• Must have a valid California driver’s license and comprehensive automobile insurance coverage, as required by law.
• Will not be debarred or excluded from participation in Federal programs by the General Services Administration and/or the Department of Health and Human Services of the Inspector General.
Additional Preferred Education or Qualifications:
• Previous work with Asian/Pacific Islander community in mental health or social services setting.
• Ability to communicate effectively in Asian language.
• Experience with working with interpreters in a healthcare setting.
• Experience using electronic health record utilized by the County.
• Experience with dual-diagnosis programs and/or behavioral health integration.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Spends approximately 70% of work time sitting and meeting with others or working at a desk and/or computer. Spends approximately 30% of work time standing or walking within the work area or outside the office at meetings and events, also bends, twists, stoops and reaches. Ability to communicate in writing and verbally. Regularly required to sit and talk or hear. Frequently is required to use hands to touch, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. Occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 25 pounds. Working conditions are normal for an office environment and event venues. The noise level is usually moderate.