Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Therapist

    Job Locations US-CA
    Req No.
    2018-3212
    Category
    Counselor/Therapist
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Program/Department Description

    **THIS POSITION IS CONTINGENT ON CONTRACT AWARD**

     

    Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MHS) was established over 40 years ago to provide mental health and substance abuse services.  Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities impacted by substance abuse and behavioral health disorders.  We continue to ensure that the delivery of these services conforms to the MHS core values. 

     

    MHS is a Drug-Free workplace therefore all staff must comply with Drug-Free Workplace requirements regarding alcohol and drug use. MHS performs post-offer substance abuse testing on all employees. MHS provides a full range of benefits to regular employees. These benefits include paid vacation, sick time, and holidays, partially paid employee health insurance, flexible spending account, paid employee long-term disability insurance, an MHS funded profit sharing plan, and an individual employee-funded 403(b) plan. Benefit eligibility is contingent upon employment status; see MHS Employee Handbook for full details. Eligible part-time employees will receive benefits on a prorated basis. Eligibility for employment with MHS requires satisfactory criminal background clearance including conviction records.

    Position Description

    POSITION PURPOSE: The Therapist performs a range of psychotherapeutic and rehabilitative interventions, including psychosocial assessment, individual and group counseling, crisis intervention and limited case management duties as needed. In addition, the Therapist serves as the Care Coordinator for clients ensuring that they receive the full spectrum of services in a seamless manner and that they receive the optimal level of care needed to maximize functioning and minimize the need for higher levels of care.

     

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Works closely to monitor the psychiatric well-being of clients.
    • Serves as Care Coordinator for a caseload of clients as assigned by Program Manager.
    • Provides a variety of services including group and individual counseling, rehabilitation/skills building, relapse prevention, and crisis intervention.
    • Performs psychosocial assessments.
    • Practices the principles of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery.
    • Demonstrates and supports a strong working knowledge of the CCISC model of dual recovery principles and practices, applying an integrated treatment approach with BPSR principles.
    • Interacts therapeutically with clients and exhibits boundaries consistent with professional standards.
    • Completes all charting and documentation as contractually required and in timely manner as dictated by program requirements.
    • MHS requires all employees to attain a minimum degree of training and knowledge in cultural competency, co-occurring and gender responsiveness and to routinely demonstrate these traits in every day work relationships.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

     

    • Bilingual in Spanish preferred.
    • Best practices in psychiatric, substance abuse, psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery, and the CCISC model of integrated services for co-occurring disorders.
    • Medical model including the DSM, psychosocial rehabilitation and CCISC model.
    • Extensive knowledge of individual, group, family and cognitive therapy techniques.
    • Cultural and socio-economic factors that inform service provision to persons with psychiatric or dual diagnosis disorders.
    • Current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association.
    • Symptoms and treatment of people suffering from co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders.
    • Respond appropriately to crisis situations and perform sound interventions.
    • Perform a psychosocial assessment and create appropriate client plans based on models of care.
    • Perform accurate diagnostic assessments
    • Interact positively with persons of diverse socio-economic backgrounds and education.
    • Comply with standards of care established for the program and clients.
    • Develop sound therapeutic relationships with clients that facilitate their progress toward stated goals.

    EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE:

     

    • Master’s Degree in Social Work, or related field, and BBS intern registration or licensure required.
    • Two years of experience working with mentally ill, substance use disorder, and co-occurring populations is preferred.
    • One year of experience working with acute psychiatric and dually diagnosed individuals is preferred.

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