Bilingual Juvenile Justice Mental Health Therapist II – License Preferred

Mental Health Center of Denver
Published
October 4, 2020
Location
Denver, CO
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Job Type

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POSITION SUMMARY: The Bilingual Juvenile Justice Mental Health Specialist provides mental health support to youth involved in the juvenile justice system, with a focus on pre-adjudicated youth who are currently/at-risk for gang involvement. Services will consist of mental health assessments, individual and family therapy, including a range of interventions related to these systems. Case management services will include but is not limited to attending school meetings, court appointments and resource development. Collaboration with community resources and partners will be an integral part of this position. Responsibilities also include collaboration with community partners, completing assessments, treatment plans and related documentation.

EMPLOYMENT VALUE PROPOSITION: Mental Health Center of Denver provides you with the support you need to help you develop a career in helping others succeed. We innovate, adapt, and leverage the diverse perspectives of the people on our team and the people we serve in everything we do.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVENESS: The Mental Health Center of Denver values and is strengthened by diversity. We are committed to ending bias and discrimination in our community and ensuring equity within all aspects of our organization. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment, transfer, or promotion opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Provide mental health assessments, family/individual therapy and crisis management in the home, community and office settings.
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners in support of the family’s case management needs. Provide advocacy when needed.
  • Research, create and maintain community connections, with an emphasis on the educational and legal domains, to minimize out of home placement and hospitalization.
  • Develop short-term treatment plans, continually monitor treatment progress, and coordinate transitions to other services as needed.
  • Stabilize acute conditions, family supports and environments to allow the child to benefit from and engage in other services.
  • Develop community resources that support the client and family’s needs in the educational/legal domains that foster sustainable support and growth.
  • Must function effectively in a highly autonomous role requiring accurate clinical judgments of mental health issues
  • Maintain accurate and timely clinical records consistent with MHCD standards.
  • Participate in team/MHCD meetings, in-service as well as relevant community meetings.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

EDUCATION:

Master's Degree in social work, psychology, or similar field. Current license as a LCSW/LPC/LMFT in the State of Colorado.

EXPERIENCE:

Minimum of two years of experience working with youth with mental health challenges. Experience with the juvenile justice system preferred.

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:

  • Knowledge of methods of psychotherapy and community resources. 
  • Knowledge of gang culture.
  • Ability to work effectively with families involved in the juvenile justice system.
  • Ability to assess crisis situations and intervene appropriately. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of trauma-informed care principles/practices. 
  • Familiarity with the DSM V and diagnostic techniques. 
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Skilled at partnering with youth and collaterals to meet mental health needs.
  • Can work autonomously.
  • Must have valid drivers license and good driving record.

Learn what it is like to work at the Mental Health Center of Denver:

POSITION SUMMARY: Working primarily in a clinic, office or similar setting, provide direct mental health clinical assessment, treatment, and counseling to the severe and persistent mentally ill. Includes intake, some case management, and group and individual therapies to adult population. Substance abuse experience helpful.

SALARY RANGE:

Mental Health Therapist II (Master's): $21.57/hr - $25.90/hr

LCSW - $26.02/hr - $31.20/hr

LPC/LMFT - $25.13/hr - $30.13/hr

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Provide psychological evaluations/problem identification, crisis interventions, and individual, group, and/or family therapy to assigned consumers.
  • Provide some case management and coordination services to consumers as needed.
  • Develop treatment plans; monitor treatment progress and follow-up at disposition times.
  • Assist consumers with psychological development, social development, and rehabilitation.
  • Communicate with and help coordinate consumer’s use of other Organization programs and outside community resources.
  • Working with psychiatrists, nurses, and other professionals, coordinate medication/medicinal needs of consumers with medical sources.
  • Maintain accurate and timely clinical records consistent with Organization standards.
  • Participate in team/MHCD meetings, in-services, and supervisory sessions as required.
  • Maintain a trauma informed environment of wellbeing.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS:

EDUCATION:

Master's Degree in social work, psychology, or similar field. Current license as a LCSW/LPC/LMFT in the State of Colorado preferred.

EXPERIENCE: One year experience in mental health or human services preferred.

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:

  • Knowledge or ability to learn and practice trauma informed principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of methods of psychotherapy.
  • Knowledge of community resources.
  • Ability to assess crisis situations and intervene appropriately.
  • Familiarity with the DSM IV and diagnostic techniques.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  •  Ability to work flexible and on-call hours which may be required.
  • Ability to work independently, flexibly, and quickly adapt to changing situations. 
  • Ability to give, receive and analyze information, formulate work plans, prepare written materials and articulate goals and action plans. 
  • Must understand people from all walks of life and be able to communicate effectively with them.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Assist with program supervision of students/volunteers as determined appropriate.

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Ability to sit, stand, bend and reach, drive, operate standard office equipment such as phone, computer, facsimile, copier/printer, and other business machines. Occasional lifting up to 40 lbs.

TYPICAL MENTAL DEMANDS:

Ability to give, receive and analyze information, formulate work plans, prepare written materials and articulate goals and action plans. Must understand people from all walks of life and be able to communicate effectively with them.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

May require occasional evening, weekend or on-call hours. Some local travel depending on position.

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