FT Mental Health Therapist
- Experience Level
PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Licensed Therapist will provide culturally competent mental health/substance abuse services to individuals ages 18-21 at Covenant House Georgia, who are participating in all services for homeless youth: Shelter, Rights of Passage Program, and Community Service Center. The Mental Health Therapist must hold either a LPC or LCSW.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Covenant House Georgia reserves the right to unilaterally modify, remove, or add to any of the following:
- Provides trauma-informed, individual and group counseling, therapy, and/or psychotherapy (e.g., Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy) to youth appropriate to needs; prepares treatment plans, discharge summaries, monthly summaries, crisis intervention, as well as emergency services as needed
- Conducts trauma-informed mental health assessments
- Schedules regular sessions and submits appropriate documentation in a timely manner
- Demonstrates understanding of:
- the overall nature, course and treatment of mental illness
- mental health service systems
- diverse cultures and gender specific issues
- the ability to incorporate needs of gender and culturally diverse groups into therapeutic approaches
- the need for and maintains appropriate confidentiality at all time
- client rights and advocates for the program participants
- Conducts problem solving individual sessions to assist clients address challenges, including learning appropriate social skills and behaviors
- Coordinates family involvement where appropriate
- Provides the continuity of contact for CHGA youth throughout the entire service process
- Serves as a member of a multidisciplinary team, supporting the development of a plan of care that is based on individual strengths, needs abilities preferences
- Participates in organizational processes, as directed by the Clinical Director, that may include quality assurance, peer record review and health/safety activities
- Upholds Covenant House Georgia standards of conduct, policies and procedures at all times
- Models appropriate, professional behavior for staff to establish and maintain superior services to youth in a safe and inviting atmosphere
- Ensures that all buildings and surrounding areas are safe and free from any conditions that may cause harm or danger to youth, staff, volunteers, or visitors
- Ensures compliance of files in accordance to specific city, state and Federal guidelines
- Participates in other CHGA programs and activities as required
- Establishes and maintains an effective working relationship with co-workers, supervisors, representatives of other agencies, and the public
- Effectively communicates, verbally and in writing, with both internal and external individuals and/or businesses
- Responds in a timely manner to emergencies and resolve issues.
- Performs all other duties as assigned
SUPERVISORY DUTIES: There are no supervisory responsibilities with this position.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: licensure as an LPC, LCSW or comparable licensure required; must have 5 years post graduate experience working with clients who suffer from substance abuse and mental health problems and have the ability and knowledge to work with "high risk" individuals; working knowledge of the DSM-V, DBT techniques, and trauma-informed care.