Person in this position will be responsible for the planning and coordination of the clinical activities pertaining to mental health services for clients and their families. Interview clients when referred by clinical staff for therapy, conduct assessment and individual, conjoint, couple, and multiple family groups counseling as indicated. Essential Job Functions include those listed below.
Essential Job Functions:
- Utilize intake and screening instruments using a gender-specific assessment of needs to obtain a complete medical history; history of substance abuse; physical, emotional and sexual abuse/incest history; education level; work history; involvement with the legal system; and assessment of children’s needs in all areas of development areas;
- Develop individualized plan of services throughout the continuum of care including ongoing assessment and treatment needs, delivery of therapeutic services, follow-up services for the women to prevent relapse and follow-up services for the children;
- Provide case management throughout the duration of treatment including aftercare to integrate all community and program activities to assure that women and children receive services appropriate to their needs. These include applications for California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKS) Program, Medi-Cal, food stamps, ongoing health care, housing, life skills management, education, employment and 12-Step programs;
- Provide services offered in the context of family and other relationships including individual, group and family counseling;
- Provide guidance in determining education and vocational goals based on the interest and preferences of each woman in addition to individualized assessments;
- Provide specialized classes and workshops, relevant topics to include Domestic Violence, incest Survivors, Family Relationships, Co-Dependence, Living with AIDS, and legal issues, e.g. child custody (Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 300);
- Participation in Quality Improvement activities in an ongoing basis;
- Responsible for maintaining the client charts in compliance with agency, state and any other rules and standards;
- Participate in daily shift exchange including documenting in facility log at the end of shifts and thoroughly reviewing log at the start of shifts;
- Embrace and embody the mission, vision, guiding principles, clinical vision and goals of WestCare Foundation; and
- Perform any other duties as assigned.
- Possession of a valid license as a mental health practitioner as a LCSW or LMFT by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences or be licensed within four years of employment;
- Must be in possession of a valid California Driver’s License and be eligible for WestCare vehicle insurance;
- Must be able to pass a criminal history background screening and receive clearance from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; and
- CPR Certification, First Aid Certification and an Annual Tuberculosis test.
- Graduation with a Master’s degree from an accredited school is required.
- Work is primarily performed in an office located in a residential rehabilitation facility.
- The normal work routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues, BUT exposure or potential exposure may be required as a condition of employment. Appropriate personal protective equipment will be readily available to every employee engaged in Category II tasks;
- Occasional lifting of more than 10 pounds;
- Occasional risk of intensive physical activity with clients; and
- Sitting, standing, walking, reaching are performed in the normal course of the position.