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.
COMMITMENT TO PAY EQUITY: Mental Health Center of Denver is committed to fair and equitable hiring with salaries based on relevant factors, such as work experience, education, and certification/licensure (rather than wage history). Toward the principle of equal pay for equal work, we post and hire within defined hiring salary ranges. We ask all applicants to carefully review the hiring salary range for each posted job opportunity, as we will not hire outside the predetermined range.
BENEFITS STATEMENT: All full-time, benefits eligible employees will be eligible for MHCD’s benefits plan. For a full description of benefit offerings, please visit: https://mhcd.org/workplace-of-choice/.
COVID VACCINATION NOTICE: Under the COVID-19 mandate issued by the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment on August 2, 2021, current MHCD personnel must be fully vaccinated, or be approved for exemption, no later than September 30, 2021. “Fully vaccinated” means two weeks (14 days) after receiving the final dose of vaccine. The “final dose” is the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) or the single dose of a one dose vaccine (J&J).
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POSITION SUMMARY: Provide office and milieu-based, direct care and intervention for children primarily ages 6 to 14 within grades 1st through 8th enrolled at Skyline Academy, an intensive day treatment program at the Mental Health Center of Denver. In collaboration with the Teachers, Milieu Staff, Unit Manager, Education Coordinator, and Program Manager, provide a combination of exemplary clinical care and educational support. The approach of the team is characterized by being strengths-based, family-centered, culturally proficient and community responsive. This position provides a wide range of interventions that include (but are not limited to): diagnostic mental health assessments; individual, family, play, couples, and group psychotherapy; linkage to case management support and psychiatric services; crisis intervention; coordination and ongoing communication with appropriate collaterals. This position is also responsible for maintaining compliance to documentation standards for all work performed.
Mental Health Therapist II (Master's): $22.00/hr - $26.42/hr
LCSW/LPC/LMFT: $26.35/hr - $31.59/hr
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Provide individual and family therapy to students and their families
- Conduct comprehensive diagnostic mental health assessments
- Actively engage and interact with students in the classroom and milieu according to structured daily schedule
- Provide a supportive and structured environment for students in order to promote growth and ensure safety
- Provide direct behavior modification interventions and support students and their families on social, emotional, and daily living skills in alignment with clinical treatment goals
- Provide academic assistance, guide lessons or co-teach students with direction and supervision from Special Education Teacher
- Help lead, plan, and actively participate in school and therapeutic programming, including group therapy interventions
- Intervene with students in crisis, utilizing approved crisis intervention strategies (Therapeutic Crisis Intervention - TCI) and de-escalation techniques
- Follow program guidelines for physical intervention to keep students, self and others safe at all times
- Complete required clinical documentation per program standards including, but not limited to: daily progress notes, student behavioral contracts, classroom rosters, attendance, incident reports and physical management documentation
- Communicate with caregivers regularly to ensure engagement and collaboration to reach student goals
- Help design and implement therapeutic interventions in collaboration with clinical and educational members of the treatment team
- Support transportation of students to field trips and community activities as needed
- Attend and actively contribute to all required team meetings and trainings
- Maintain a trauma informed environment of well-being
- Attend required Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings for students on your caseload
- Other duties as assigned by the Program Manager and Director of Clinical Services for Child & Family
Master's Degree in social work, psychology, or similar field. Current license as a LCSW/LPC/LMFT in the State of Colorado strongly preferred.
- CPR and First Aid Certifications required prior to starting position.
- Training and certification in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) will be a required component, this training will be offered by the Mental Health Center of Denver.
EXPERIENCE:A minimum of two years of relevant experience with milieu programming or serving children with significant behavioral issues. Preferred candidates will have prior experience working with children in a classroom setting. Candidates with experience in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) or other crisis intervention frameworks are preferred.
SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES: Ability to assess crisis situations and intervene appropriately. Clinical assessment and diagnostic skills utilizing the DSM – 5. The ability to focus on what people can do, not on what they can’t do. The ability to partner with clients and families and work alongside them as they shape their treatment. Able to navigate an electronic health record and utilize technology effectively. The ability to laugh with others and have a sense of humor. Effective written and verbal communication skills. Bilingual Spanish preferred.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Assist with program supervision of students/volunteers as determined appropriate.
TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Requires sitting, standing, bending and reaching, assisting students and staff within classroom environment. May require lifting up to 50 pounds, and occasionally require physical intervention with students. Requires manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines such as computers, fax machines, the telephone and other office and/or clinical equipment.
- Physical and TB test prior to starting position
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.