Full-Time Mental Health Clinician in Victorville, CA
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JOB SUMMARY: This position has primary responsibility for mental health services and case management services to adolescents and their families. The Mental Health Specialist provides mental health services (including assessment and evaluation) and other services to clients referred to the Community Services Program. He/she acts as liaison with external agencies and functions on teams with other clinical & support staff.
- Master’s degree in a Mental Health Field plus two years experience in a mental health field and registration as Intern
- Above experience should be with children or adolescents (preferred) in residential or outpatient settings.
License or Certification
- Registered MFCC or MSW Internship in California
- Valid California Driver’s License.
Other Qualification Required:
- Ability to relate to children with emotional disturbances and their families
- Ability to drive to and from client’s homes in personal vehicle
- Ability to perform clear and concise documentation
- Knowledge of Community Resources, especially related to the Mental Health field, is highly desirable to make appropriate linkages
- Willingness to participate and contribute to agency quality improvement activities.
- Ability to interact and communicate both verbally and in writing with seriously emotionally disturbed adolescents, parents, foster parents, care takers, schools, other staff, physicians, county agencies, other health care providers and the public.
- Demonstrated understanding of psychiatric illness and its treatment.
- Demonstrated leadership, organization and management skills.
- Demonstrated ability to visually and audibly assess the mental status, behavior and needs of potential admissions to the program.
- Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of community services and county agencies preferred.
- Ability to physically perform Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation.
- Ability to visually and audibly assess adolescent’s behavior and needs.
POTENTIAL JOB HAZARDS
- Assaultive adolescents
- Blood and Body Fluid Contact (Category I)
- Operation of vehicle.
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS REQUIRED
- Demonstrated use of CPR and first aid training
Examples of Duties (illustrative only):
- Provides assessment and support services on an outpatient basis including mental health services and case management and case management brokerage services
- Completes Community Achenbach and other required Assessments
- Documents client’s behaviors and responses in medical records
- May serve as a Coordinator for assigned clients, however, requires signature of qualified professionals for approval of Coordination Plans and Service Plans
- Works with children and families to provide support and mental health services as needed and outlined in the Service Plan
Quality Patient Care
- Demonstrated ability to engage clients and families.
- Demonstrated ability to assess and diagnose clients with emotional disturbances.
- Demonstrated ability to formulate and implement an effective treatment plan.
- Demonstrated understanding of psychiatric illness and its treatment as appropriate for Scope of practice.
- Demonstrated understanding of age related development and other issues for the population(s) served (i.e. early childhood (0-5), child/adolescent (6-15), transition age youth (16-24), adult (25-64), and older adult (65+).
- Demonstrated understanding of company’s Compliance Program and Code of Ethics.
- Demonstrated understanding of laws and regulation affecting behavioral health clinical care.
- Ability to perform clear and concise documentation including through the use of the EMR where applicable.
Community or Facility Safety and Risk
- Ability to drive to and from client’s homes in personal vehicle, if applicable.
- Demonstrated understanding of how to behave in a safe manner while seeing clients in the community or facility as applicable.
- Demonstrated ability to recognize dangerous behavior by client and intervene as appropriate.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Interviews referred youngsters and significant others to assesses and evaluate their appropriateness and need for services.
- Works with referred adolescents, their families, representatives of referring agencies, and other relevant parties (in-house and external) to promote rehabilitation and amelioration of problems which interfere with productive social and emotional daily living. Acts as liaison with various external agencies (such as Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Mental Health, Probation Department, Dependency Court, and police) to facilitate youngsters’ adjustment in daily living routines.
- Assists in preparing youngsters for lasting and successful housing, vocational, educational, and treatment experiences. Services include a “whatever it takes” approach and includes counseling, shadowing, training, modeling and other interventions deemed necessary.
- Maintains on-going relations with other county agencies, health care facilities, placement centers and other resources necessary to effect the continuum of care for adolescents in the community.
- Interacts and communicates with other clinical and non-clinical staff.
- Availability by phone to assist in crisis intervention and provide support and assistance in problem resolution.
This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive and employee will also perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by the Community Services Supervisor or his/her designee as needed.