The Mental Health Counselor provides treatment services to approximately 30-35 adolescent clients presenting with mental health-related challenges. The Mental Health Counselor works closely with assigned Community Support Specialist.
- Provides an average of 25 contact hours a week in billable activities including diagnostic assessment, individual, family and group counseling sessions;
- Provides services to clients in the office, at school, and/or at home, depending on the needs of the family.
- Prepares written diagnostic assessments, assessing clients from multiple perspectives, including family functioning, psychological/emotional, social, academic, medical, and behavioral, substance use, skills, and strengths, trauma history, treatment history;
- Enters initial diagnostic assessment into electronic medical record within five (5) days of interview with client;
- Completes Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) at intake, and every 90 days thereafter;
- Develops Treatment Plan with client using a person-centered approach and submits to Clinical Supervisor within fifteen (15) business days of initial meeting with client;
- Enters notes into electronic medical record 48 hours after face to face encounter with client, family and/or collaterals;
- Reviews and updates Treatment Plan at least every 180 days;
- Meets regularly with Clinical Supervisor for individual and group supervision;
- Provides crisis intervention when needed;
- Provides Community Support Services when needed;
- Makes appropriate referrals to community resources;
- Prepares progress reports as required by referral source;
- Collaborates and coordinates with other case-involved service providers and professionals;
- Updates clearances and completes training as required by LAYC and DBH regulations;
- Improves professional skills by attending workshops, seminars, and training sessions;
- Performs other activities specifically assigned by the Social Services Director and Clinical Supervisor;
- Adheres to all LAYC personnel policies.
- Masters in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or related field;
- At least graduate-level license in the District of Columbia (LGSW or LGPC);
- Fluency in English and Spanish required;
- At least two years of experience working with adolescent mental health and/or substance abuse clients within a culturally diverse population;
- Flexible schedule, including evening and weekend hours, as needed;
- Complete criminal record, medical evaluation and child abuse clearances;
- Knowledge of services and resources in the areas of mental health treatment and rehabilitation;
- Knowledge in crisis intervention;
- Ability to evaluate youth’s emotional, behavioral and social needs and determine the optimal treatment strategies;
- Ability to conduct individual, family and group counseling sessions;
- Excellent communication and organizational skills;
- Ability to relate to culturally diverse population;
- Computer proficiency.
This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 10 lbs. May require the ability to travel locally and/or regionally.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.