The Crisis Advocate Counselor is able to work with clients who have mental health, substance use, or co-occurring concerns. This position provides individual and group therapy to individuals and support services for their families, as well as crisis counseling. Additionally, the Crisis Advocate Counselor will complete comprehensive assessments, diagnose, treatment plan, discharge, and link clients as appropriate.
- Provides initial and ongoing assessments of clients, including client history, evaluation of problems, and formulation of diagnosis.
- Develops initial and on-going treatment plans which describe the goals of treatment and the methods to be used.
- Provides individual, family and group counseling and psychotherapy to assist clients in achieving the goals of treatment.
- Assists clients with linkages to appropriate community resources to enhance treatment and recovery.
- With appropriate releases of information, communicates with others in client services system to coordinate care. Such contacts may include, but not be limited to, primary care physicians, insurance companies and service providers involved in the care of clients.
- Respond and direct care for patients that arrive to the CAC (Child Advocacy Center) in crisis.
- Coordinate the STEPS program referrals.
- Performs all other duties as assigned.
- Possesses a Master's degree in Social Work or Mental Health Counseling, plus one year of professional work experience in a clinical mental health setting.
- Professional licensure (LMSW, LMHC, or LMFT) required. LCSW preferred.
- Bilingual preferred.
- Must have knowledge of a variety of intervention techniques, including motivational enhancement; common mental disabilities, chemical dependency interventions and resources.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Previous training or relevant experience with TFCBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and/or trauma-related modalities preferred.
- Must possess computer skills adequate to maintain the electronic records.
- Must appreciate cultural diversity and be aware of cross cultural counseling issues.