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Job Description

Job is located in McAllen, TX.


The Clinician willcoordinate and provide individual and group counseling services in order toaddress Unaccompanied Alien Children's (UAC) behaviors, concerns, and progressin reference to overall bio-psychosocial functioning.


  • Conduct initial mental health (bio-psychosocial) assessments on each child at time of admission.
  • Coordinate and provide weekly individual and group counseling services. Provide on-call clinical support as necessary.
  • Attend team meetings and develop treatment plans for each child.
  • Coordinate pre-admission, admission and discharge services.
  • Gather and properly document all necessary social, medical, and educational information on each child. Provide complete weekly reports to the Division of Unaccompanied Children's Services (DUCS) Program Coordinator and as needed.
  • Assist with staff development and training.
  • Utilize positive child management techniques including verbal redirection, de-escalations, and physical containment.
  • Reinforce positive behavior by providing healthy, positive incentives for children.
  • Maintain appropriate boundaries with children at all times.
  • Be a positive role model for children.
  • Serve as liaison between Agency staff and community programs involved in children's treatment plans.
  • Provide crisis intervention services to program, as required.
  • Attend Regional Review conferences, team conferences and court hearings.
  • Act as field instructor for graduate and undergraduate students, when qualified.
  • Some driving, weekend and evening work required.


  • Perform other duties as directed.

Job Requirements

  • Master's degree in the social services field and two (2) years post-graduate direct service delivery experience. OR
  • Masters degree in psychology, sociology, social work or other relevant behavioral science in which clinical experience is a program requirement. OR
  • Bachelor's degree in a psychology, sociology, social work or other relevant behavioral science and five years of progressive employment experience.
  • Possess the ability to obtain a license as a Master's Level Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) strongly preferred.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally, in Spanish and English languages, required.
  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills, as well as organizational and planning skills.
  • Maintain confidentiality of information.
  • Possess sensitivity to the service population's cultural and socio-economic characteristics.
  • Ability to establish a respectful relationship with persons served in order to help them gain skills and confidence.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other personnel and/or service providers or professionals.
  • Capacity to maintain a helping role and to intervene appropriately in order to meet service goals.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to empowering others to solve their own problems.
  • Demonstrate a conviction about the capacity of people to grow and change.
  • Ability to work independently under limited supervision.
  • Ability to lift 120 pounds safely with assistance
  • Ability to safely accomplish, with or without assistance, physically and emotionally demanding containment of a resident, when necessary, using proper techniques.
  • Possess a valid driver's license and have an excellent driving record.
  • The ability to work effectively with a church-related agency and specifically with the Lutheran Church constituency.

Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Health Care
Education 4 Year Degree
Experience Not Specified
Manages Others Not Specified
Industry Healthcare - Health Services
Required Travel Not Specified
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