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Family Based Mental Health Professional

Family Based Mental Health Professional

Job Description

General Description:

The Mental Health Professional (MHP) serves as the primary therapist to the children and families participating in the program.  They function as the team leader and provide/coordinate community based mental health treatment and services along with the Mental Health Worker.  The MHP is responsible for developing and implementing systemically based interventions utilizing structural family therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavior modification, psycho-education and other researched-based approaches.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

The primary role of the MHP is to provide family and individual treatment to the families on their case load.  They work collaboratively with their teammate (Mental Health Worker) as well as other systems impacting the family (i.e. Family Court, Child Welfare, Educational Systems, other Mental/Behavioral Health Providers, etc.).  The MHP provides services in the client’s home/environment during “non-traditional hours”, according to the needs and schedules of the families on their caseload.  All assessment and treatment activities implemented will conform to family based regulations and good practice standards.  Additionally, the MHP will:

  1. Conduct initial and ongoing assessment of the client and family, including review of referral information; identify and engage key participants while identifying systemic strengths and needs; complete eco-systemic structural assessment of targeted behaviors/problems within the ecological context.
  2. Engage primary caregiver(s) and other key participants in active, change-oriented treatment by identifying and overcoming barriers to engagement and attainment of identified goals
  3. Develop and implement initial and ongoing treatment plans with focus on utilizing strengths and reviewing outcomes regularly using and analytic process
  4. Maintain clear and concise documentation of treatment interventions and case development in accordance with reporting and documentation regulations and agency policies
  5. Collaborate with all relevant systems and key participants within each system to ensure their “buy-in” and cooperation throughout treatment
  6. Provide direct clinical treatment using methods compatible with program principles and practices
  7. Participate in all supervision, training, and consultation activities as directed
  8. Provide services based on the family’s schedule, including provision of services during “non-traditional hours” which include evenings and weekends if necessary
  9. Provide crisis interventions and stabilization 24/7 to the clients/families on their caseload
  10. Complete all program paperwork to agency standards and submit according to determined time frames
  11. Achieve level of productivity (service hours) within established range set by the program director
  12. Adhere to professional code of ethics and follow existing federal and state guidelines and laws pertaining to mandated reporting procedures
  13. Facilitate the use of Family Support Funds within program guidelines

Job Requirements


  • Have a graduate degree in psychology, counseling, family therapy, social work, nursing, theology with an emphasis in pastoral counseling, or rehabilitation counseling with a minimum of 12 graduate credit hours in therapy and/or counseling, and two years experience in child and adolescent mental health services, or
  • Have a graduate degree in any other field of human services approved by the Office of Mental Health as being appropriate for professional certification in mental health services and including 12 credit hours of education in therapy and/or counseling, and three years of experience in child and adolescent mental health services, or
  • Have less than a graduate degree, have achieved certification in the Departmentally sponsored Family Based Mental Health Services training program, and have at least four years experience in Family Based Mental Health Services.
  • All Mental Health Professionals shall have PA Child Abuse History Clearance and PA Criminal Record Check, or be eligible to receive clearances within 30 days of employment.  Prefer PA license in good standing as Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist, or Professional Counselor.

Special Training/Skills:

The following are preferred skills/training/knowledge:

  • Ability to utilize collaborative, team oriented approach
  • Knowledge and understanding of CASSP Principles
  • Social/ecological theory and application
  • Family systems theory and application


Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Health Care
Education Not Specified
Experience Not Specified
Manages Others Not Specified
Industry Healthcare - Health Services
Required Travel Not Specified
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Family Based Mental Health Professional

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