Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Therapist

    Job Locations US-CA-Ontario
    Req No.
    2018-3524
    Category
    Counselor/Therapist
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • About our Program and Organization

    The Ontario One-Stop Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Center offers young adults between the ages of 16 to 25 a safe, accepting and comfortable place. Young adults come to identify the TAY Center as their own safe haven, where they can define and succeed in accomplishing their life goals.  The young adult participants often have mental, emotional and/or substance abuse concerns.  They come from foster care, group homes, the juvenile justice system, living on the streets, or simply from the community at large.  They come to fulfill basic life needs such as a warm meal, a shower or a place to do laundry.  After they drop in, they find additional supportive services, such as counseling, job training, housing referrals, GED study classes and other enrichment courses. 

     

    Mental Health Systems is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to delivering innovative mental health, substance abuse, supportive housing, veteran, and recovery services. MHS provides over 75 broad-ranging programs that offer safety-net services and employs over 800 dedicated individuals across 6 California counties; Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Kings, San Bernardino, and San Diego.   Since 1978, Mental Health System’s client-centered, strengths-based solutions have been designed to offer comprehensive, culturally competent programs that embody our core values of Excellence, Hope, Action, Innovation, Integrity, and Dignity. MHS has a commitment toward reducing stigma and improving access to care using the principle of “whatever it takes”. MHS offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, company sponsored retirement plan, employee assistance program, generous holidays, vacation, and sick for eligible employees.

    Job Summary and Responsibilities

    JOB SUMMARY

     

    The Therapist provides a full range of culturally and linguistically competent, appropriate, clinically related services including the provision of mental health services, including individual, group and family therapy, to Medi-Cal families. Therapists interact with clients on a day-to-day basis providing individual, group and family counseling, as well as engaging in therapeutic activities. Therapists also provide symptom management information and leadership necessary to provide clients with the ability to function in the school, community and family environment. Services provided are a combination of home-based, school-based, and clinic-based.

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Actively participate as member of the Assessment Team assessing needs of youth to determine eligibility for participation and level of services required for individual participants.
    • Assess and recognize behavior or changes in mood that indicate suicidal or homicidal intent or plan and immediately report concerns to Program Manager.
    • Attend weekly Multi-disciplinary Team meeting and individual and group clinical supervision.
    • Attend treatment meetings and provides input to treatment plan.
    • Consult with attending psychiatrist regarding medication and treatment of clients.
    • Designate new target goals for clients consistent with overall treatment goals.
    • Initiate appropriate and timely interventions that are culturally and linguistically sensitive and appropriate to the family’s needs, integrating clinical concepts with sound theoretical and practical applications of rehabilitative and individual group and milieu counseling principles.
    • Interact therapeutically with clients, maintaining distinction between therapeutic and social relationships.
    • Maintain clinical caseload as prescribed and supervised by the Program Manager. Provide variety of interventions including individual and group therapy and case-management services to each client.
    • Maintain timely, accurate and legible documentation using assigned forms and formats for each client in their caseload.
    • Provide symptom management skills, information and leadership necessary to provide clients with the ability to maintain the least restrictive care and the highest level of functioning.
    • Provide clinical supervision to staff when directed by the Program Manager and assist other staff, particularly non-licensed staff, in dealing with problematic client behavior.
    • Provide appropriate input to monthly and quarterly Treatment Team reviews and plans for client transfer when appropriate in support of program goals.
    • Ensure continuity of care by making appropriate recommendations.
    • Responsible for medical record documentation per contract and Medi-Cal and Medi-Care requirements.
    • Assist clients in reaching their vocational goals.
    • Staff member will be responsible for driving clients to/from appointments related to treatment goals as well as assist with appointments at TAY by providing transportation for the client.
    • Schedule daily and recreational activities and short-term special groups (e.g., arts and crafts, cooking).

    Qualifications

    • Master’s Degree in a mental health field including: California License eligible or licensed as an MFT, LCSW, or Psychologist within one year of date of hire.
    • Two years mental health experience working with emotionally disturbed adolescents, including clinical experience on a cross-disciplinary team.
    • Fluency in English required; Fluency in Spanish preferred.
    • Knowledge of transference and counter-transference issues.
    • Knowledge of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Model, behavioral management techniques, cognitive behavior techniques, and crisis intervention skills.
    • Knowledge of current Diagnostic Statistical Manual of American Psychiatric Association.

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