Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Resource Specialist Care Coordinator Intern

    Job Locations US
    Req No.
    Internship - Unpaid
    Internship - Unpaid
  • About our Program and Organization


    COMPANY: Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MHS) was established over 30 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. Eligibility for employment with MHS requires satisfactory criminal background clearance including conviction records.


    PROGRAM: This program will operate in San Diego County and the services provided include accessible depression and anxiety peripartum treatment, peripartum education, and linkages/referrals. This program is contingent on contract award. Use of resume does not guarantee a position.

    Job Summary and Responsibilities

    POSITION PURPOSE: The Resource Specialist Care Coordinator Intern performs a range of linkages to culturally competent resources including housing, vocational, employment, and community services, psychotherapeutic and rehabilitative interventions, including psychosocial assessment, individual and group counseling, crisis intervention and limited case management duties for clients under the supervision of staff.  The range of authority and decision making for this position is limited to and consistent with MHS policy for Intern/Volunteer staff, and the Board of Behavioral Sciences policies and procedures for internship placement.


    • Provides a variety of services including linkage and engagement, psychosocial assessments, group and individual counseling, rehabilitation/skills building, case management, peripartum intervention, and crisis intervention.
    • Acts as a member of the treatment team and provides input into client care and be available for crisis interventions.
    • Practices the principles of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery, Recovery and Program of Assertive Community Treatment models.
    • Demonstrates and supports a strong working knowledge of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and practices, applying an integrated treatment approach, particularly for pregnant and postpartum women.
    • 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, and knowledge that a portion of services will be provided in the field.
    • Familiarity with current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association, and symptoms and treatment of people suffering from co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders.
    • Behavioral management techniques, crisis intervention skills, assessment, diagnosis and treatment techniques.
    • Skills necessary to provide effective counseling, therapy and clinical services, and the ability to successfully work as a member of a treatment team.
    • Assists in promoting program services to community when appropriate.
    • Best practices in psychiatric, substance abuse, psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery, and the Recovery model of integrated services for co-occurring disorders.
    • Extensive knowledge of individual, group, family and cognitive therapy techniques.
    • Demonstrates commitment to professional growth by attending in-service trainings and staff development programs and seeking out supervision when needed.



    • Knowledgeable of cultural and socio-economic factors that inform service provision to persons with psychiatric or dual diagnosis disorders.  Knowledge of community resources that will be utilized by clients.
    • Must be able to develop sound therapeutic relationships with clients that facilitate their progress toward stated goals engage culturally and interact positively with persons of diverse socio-economic backgrounds and education.
    • Bilingual in Spanish is preferred if the position serves that population.
    • Responds appropriately to crisis situations and perform sound interventions.
    • Performs psychosocial assessments and creates appropriate client plans based on models of care.
    • Interacts positively with persons of diverse socio-economic backgrounds and education.


    • Currently enrolled in Master’s Degree program in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or related field, OR
    • One year mental health and/or substance abuse experience working with the population, including clinical experience on a multidisciplinary team.


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