SUMMARY OF DUTIES:
experienced clinician, the Senior Mental Health Counselor works at a maximum
level of independence and responsibility, often sharing responsibility for
program operations with the Program Director.
The majority of time is spent in direct client services, providing
crisis and ongoing counseling and psychotherapy to new and ongoing clients.
- Provide clinical supervision to assigned
staff. May supervise student
- Reviews and signs treatment plans developed by
- Assigns new cases to staff according to client
needs and staff skills.
- Conducts utilization review of client charts to
determine completeness of chart, appropriateness of treatment, and
medical necessity for continued care or recommendations for alternate
- Provides initial and ongoing assessments of
clients, including client history, evaluation of problems, and
formulation of diagnosis.
- Develops initial and ongoing 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 service systems to coordinate
care. Such contract may include,
but not limited to, primary care physicians, insurance companies and
other service providers involved in the care of clients.
- Schedule and assigned duties
are subject to change based on the needs of the program and the clients
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
have knowledge of a variety of intervention techniques, including
motivational enhancement; common mental disabilities, chemical
dependency interventions and resources.
possess good oral and written communication skill
possess computer skills adequate to maintain the electronic record.
appreciate cultural diversity and be aware of cross cultural counseling
- Master's degree in a human
service field plus professional certification (e.g. LCSW, LMHC preferred
but not required) plus at least three years of paid work experience in a
mental health setting.
- Bi-lingual Spanish
preferred, but not required.