A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION PROVIDING MENTAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS
Under the supervision of the Program Coordinator/Clinical Supervisor and oversight of the Program Manager, the Lead Clinician/Mental Health Clinician II will provide assessment services to adult parent/caregivers who have been identified by the Emergency Response at the contracted DCFS Regional Office as needing assessment services in regards to mental health, substance abuse, and/or domestic violence issues. The Lead Clinician/Mental Health Clinician II will assess the individual’s specific strengths and support systems, as well as screen for the presence of mental health, substance abuse, and/or domestic violence using the DCFS pre-approved evaluation tool, and provide a clinical impression on how these factors may impact the parent/caregiver’s ability to provide safe environment and adequate supervision for their minor children. The Assessor will also provide recommendations for services and resources - in both the formal assessment report and/or during Team Decision Meetings/Child Family Team Meetings - based on needs identified during the assessment for the assessed individual to the County representative, as well as the specific parent/caregiver as appropriate.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provides Emergency Response-Regional Office assessments to parents/caregivers as requested and ensures compliance with contractual deadlines for assessment services.
Utilizes the Shared Core Practice Model and the Strengthening Families Approach to as a framework for providing assessment services to individuals, the County representative(s), and other community providers involved in service provision – while also being mindful about child safety & mandated reporter responsibilities. Ability to use the Collaborative Therapy and Family Connections Model of engagement as well.
Respectful of and sensitive to each family’s cultural and individual needs and customs as appropriate. Assists parent/caregivers in obtaining appropriate activities to strengthen family relations, including participation in parenting skills classes and/or therapy services.
Flexible and creative in providing assessment services to parent/caregivers in their homes, or at an alternative site if approved by the County designee to accommodate family safety needs. Attends Team Decision Meetings and/or Child and Family Team Meetings as requested, in order to provide assessment findings and service recommendations.
Works in conjunction with the other service providers & referral source to coordinate services for parent/caregivers as needed. Schedules intakes and completes all appropriate paperwork as assigned. Responsible for completing other required program documentation including reporting of data collected regarding service outcomes and objectives.
Participates in weekly staff meetings, treatment team meetings, and in individual and/or group supervision sessions. Assists with crisis intervention, support, and stabilization as needed.
Is expected to become familiar with and establish relationships with community agencies, including the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the Department of Probation, as well as other community service providers, in order to coordinate services and to become aware of other possible resources.
Attends a 40-hour training within 45 business days of their start date and at least 4 hours of on-going in-service trainings quarterly for ongoing professional skill development.
Provides ER-CP assessments on a rotation basis. Trained and able to provide In-Home IHOC Visits, FP Counseling, SARM, T&D, and parenting to meet the needs of the program & clients.
The ideal candidate must have a Master’s degree in psychology, sociology, or a related social science field or equivalent, and who is currently registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).
At least two (2) years of experience either employed or working as a volunteer with special needs children, adolescents, and families with a strengths-based, family-centered approach. At least one (1) year of experience providing biopsychosocial assessments to adults, adolescents, and/or children.
Must pass Department of Justice Fingerprint Clearance. Ability to drive and reliable transportation is required.
Valid California Driver’s License is required. Must meet guidelines of agency’s driving criteria (i.e. Proof of liability insurance, minimal moving violations, driving record free of DUI’s or reckless driving in the last 3 years, etc.) and maintain the criteria as per company policy at all times.
Ability to speak Spanish is required.
Experience working with a diverse client population
A team-oriented work environment
Excellent compensation and benefits
MA degree from an approved graduate school or program; MFTI or ACSW; Experience working with children in a behavioral health setting; Valid CA Driver License and insurable by the Center’s automobile
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Lcsw)