SUMMARY:

The Housing Programs’ Counselor/Social Worker provides individual, family and group counseling services, diagnosis and treatment planning to youth who participate in housing programs and to their families.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conducts admission intake assessments and orientation according to District of Columbia (D.C.) and the Department of Behavioral Health procedures;
  • Performs appropriate mental health assessments (e.g., GAIN-I, GAIN-90, GAIN SS, LOCUS/CALOCUS, PTSD Index) and assessment updates with referred youth;
  • Conceptualizes and summarizes assessment information in written form (including diagnostic impressions) according to DSM-IV-TR within 72 hours of assessment;
  • Develops Treatment Plan with the client within 24 hours of admission;
  • Updates Treatment Plan on a monthly basis and/or when client’s condition(s) change;
  • Provides individual, group and family counseling services as needed;
  • Provides crisis intervention to clients as needed;
  • Writes progress notes after each contact and submit them within 24 hours to Clinical Supervisor for review and approval;
  • Assist in evaluating and tracking clients’ progress;
  • Makes appropriate referrals in accordance to the client’s treatment plan and works with program’s case manager to ensure that supportive services are delivered;
  • Documents all contacts with clients, family members, LAYC staff, and representatives from other agencies involved in the provision of client services;
  • Conducts workshops for clients around mental health issues, treatment, etc.
  • Attends meetings in and out of the LAYC in representation of the program;
  • Updates daily activities with clients in ETO with 48 hours of contact;
  • Attends individual and group clinical supervision on a weekly basis;
  • Attends programmatic meeting with Program Manager ;
  • Reports on time, unless a legitimate excuse is provided;
  • Improves professional skills by attending workshops, seminars, and training sessions as allowed by the time and funding constraints;
  • Performs other activities as assigned;
  • Adheres to all LAYC personnel policies.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Masters in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or related field; licensed at the LICSW or equivalent preferable.
  • At least three-years of experience working with mental health clients within a culturally diverse population
  • Complete medical evaluation, FBI, local police and child abuse and neglect clearances
  • Complete CPR and First Aid certification
  • Familiar with trauma informed care & strength based approaches
  • Knowledge of services and resources in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation;
  • Knowledge in crisis intervention;
  • Ability to evaluate youth’s emotional, behavioral and social needs and determine the optimal treatment strategies;
  • Valid Driver’s license.
  • Ability to conduct individual, family and group counseling sessions
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills;
  • Ability to relate to culturally diverse population;
  • Fluency in English and Spanish
  • Computer proficiency.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

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.

If interested, please contact Eskayra Pagan at Eskayra@layc-dc.org