Mental Health Professional Counselor / Therapist

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere
  • Posted 4 years ago

Journey Through Life

Helping Families Help Themselves

Job Objective: Provide home based family systems services to recipients and families.

Accountable To: Clinical Director and Clinical Team.

Employees are expected to model through their behaviors and attitudes the values that reflect and are consistent with those outlined in the Policy and Procedures Manual, ethics agreement, training materials, and policies of the agency. All employees are encouraged to develop professional networks in their state and local communities that help to further family systems practice.

Job Summary: Provide intensive home based Mental Health Rehabilitation services to children/adolescents and adults demonstrating a clinical necessity arising from a severe condition due to mental, behavioral, or emotional illness that results in significant functional impairments in major life activities.

Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provides direct services (including individual counseling, family counseling, case management, and crisis intervention) to recipients and their families in the MHR program, utilizing time limited, family focused treatment strategies, while upholding professional standards set by the agency;
  • Provides clinical services, case management and service coordination among referring agencies such as the Department of Social Services (DSS), Community Services Boards, internal agency programs, and others. This includes wraparound, advocacy and other networking and supportive activities on behalf of families;
  • Completes written diagnostic assessments and Initial Family Assessments, assessing clients from multiple perspectives, including family functioning, psychological/emotional, social, academic, medical, behavioral, substance abuse, skills, strengths, barriers to economic self-sufficiency, treatment history, and others, and utilizing various assessment instruments;
  • Facilitates wraparound team meetings to enlist existing supports in determining and meeting service objectives, to identify additional resources and services, and make referrals as appropriate;
  • Develops, implements, and periodically reviews Individualized Service/Recovery Plans (ISRP), incorporating input from clients and families, involved service providers, and wraparound team members, and clearly identifying problem areas and needs, strengths, strategies, goals and service objectives;
  • Responds to crisis situations with twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week (24/7) availability on assigned cases;
  • Maintains predetermined productivity level necessary to be considered a full-time salaried employee;
  • Maintains mandatory clinical documentation to provide accurate, concise and up to date information reflecting the complete picture of all ATS’ clients mental health status, treatment and progress from admission to discharge;
  • Responsible for documentation of clinical care given and ensuring that the standard of that documentation meets all legal, professional, Federal, state, funding source, and ATS Policy and Procedure requirements;
  • Follows established procedures in accordance with those of the MHR program, the agency, funding sources, and local, state and federal licensing statutes.
  • Attends wrap around team meetings, staff meeting, trainings, and group/peer supervision sessions.
  • Schedules and attends individual supervision sessions as directed but no less than twice per month.
  • Attends mandatory trainings including, but not limited to, the following: CPR and First Aid; Crisis De-Escalation to include physical personal restraint; Cultural Competency; and New Employee orientation.


Education and/ Experience

Mental Health Professional (MHP)
-An MHP must be a graduate of an accredited institution with a Master’s degree in social work with at least one (1) year of pre- or post-master’s clinical experience providing direct services to persons with a diagnosis of mental illness;
-A master’s degree in related human service discipline (psychology, sociology, mental health counseling)
-A minimum of fifteen (15) hours of graduate level course work and/or practicum experience in applied intervention strategies/methods designed to address behavioral, emotional and mental disorders as a part of, or in addition to the master’s degree.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills and experience in child and adult mental health; family functioning and development; assessing risks, needs, and strengths
  • Identifying and understanding environmental stressors and coping mechanisms; and working with persons to resolve problems and prevent future crisis.
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of youth and family counseling
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of basic interviewing and assessment skills
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other social services providers, service purchasers, and clients;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work with diverse population


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