For over 30 years, the Violence Intervention Program (VIP) has been the leader in building transformative programs that raise the standard of care for all victims of child abuse, neglect, and sexual assault in Los Angeles County. Today, VIP functions as a public-private partnership between the publicly funded VIP Children’s Medical Village at the LAC+USC Medical Center and our non-profit, the VIP Community Mental Health Center, Inc. (VIP-CMHC). Our history of quality mental health care is due in large part to the dedicated and talented employees whose efforts have helped improve the lives of children, transitional age youth, and their families.
The Bilingual Clinical Therapist/Crisis Specialist is responsible for crisis intervention and mental health screening operations to assess mental health needs, ensure the psychological well-being of patients, and provide appropriate recommendations at the LAC+USC Medical Center HUB Clinic.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Reporting to VIP’s HUB Clinical Supervisor, the Clinical Therapist/Crisis Specialist is responsible for the following:
• Ability to work collaboratively with members of inter-disciplinary teams; and ability to provide ongoing clinical consultation to medical staff.
• Demonstrated awareness of sensitivity to and competence in dealing with cultural and socioeconomic diversity of client population.
• Conduct mental health screenings/crisis intervention, integrating forensic interviewing techniques and formulating recommendations.
• Educate patient and family regarding the diagnosis, mental health needs, and provide appropriate mental health referrals.
• Develop relationships and ongoing communication with DCFS workers and other staff.
• Participate in training on intervention techniques.
• Complete all required documentation in accordance with regulations (e.g. DMH).
• Maintain all appropriate records including crisis intervention files and/or incident reports, clinical notes and other records as required.
• Follow agency policies and procedures and participate in VIP in-service training programs.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Ph.D/Psy.D/MSW/MFT degree from an accredited university.
• Fluency in English and Spanish.
• Minimum two years documented experience in a mental health setting.
• Self-starter, independent therapist with the ability to adapt to change in a fast working environment.
• Must meet eligibility requirements to bill for DMH services.
• Strong clinical and communication skills.
• The ability to relate effectively and professionally with children, supervisor, co-workers and staff.
• Strong computer skills, Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word and web-based Electronic Health Record software (CareLogic).
• Well organized, detail oriented and skilled with time/task management, able to adapt to frequent changes.
• Strong problem-solving skills.
• Forensic interviewing skills a plus.
• Knowledge of Medi-Cal documentation requirements a plus.
• Familiarity with CQI.
• Must be willing to submit to a background investigation.
• Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States.
• Current registration with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) (AMFT, LMFT, ACSW, LCSW); unlicensed Ph.D./PsyD. is eligible for DMH waiver; must maintain CA BBS registration as a condition of employment.
BENEFITS & PERKS
• Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic Life, Flexible Spending Accounts, and Supplemental Insurance.
• 401(k) plan / Profit Sharing.
• 12 paid holidays per year.
• Generous paid time off accrual.
• Travel reimbursements at IRS rate.
• $4,000 Bonus
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.