Under general supervision, Mental Health Therapists/Clinical Social Workers provide therapeutic counseling and support services to children and families connected to the child welfare system, individual and group therapeutic counseling, and case management services to clients having basic and/or severe emotional, family, and/or social adjustment problems. There are currently several Mental Health Therapist/Clinical Social Worker vacancies in Children and Family Services under the Clinical Services Program in the following role:
• Clinician – provides direct clinical services to parents and youth involved in the child welfare system. These services include completing the State required Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment for children and their parents/guardians. The CANS results guide the services recommended for families, including the appropriate parenting program and other services depending on their needs. This position works collaboratively with the CFS Social Worker and Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) Clinician to create a client-focused clinical needs and services plan. The PSW also provides Therapeutic Visitation Services utilizing the Triple P–Positive Parenting Program in order to prepare parents for eventual reunification. PSWs also provide In-Home Counseling Services to improve family functioning and prevent out of home placement. PSWs may be required to provide coordination of the Pathways-to-Wellbeing program which ensures all children and families in the child welfare system are connected to timely and effective mental health services.
The ideal candidate will possess:
• Experience delivering behavioral health services to children exhibiting challenging behaviors due to trauma.
• Effective clinical treatment, assessment, diagnostic, and evaluation skills working with youth and families.
• Knowledge of principles, techniques, and trends in counseling, psychotherapy, clinical case management, crisis management, as well as trauma-informed child abuse treatment and other evidence-based practices.
• Knowledge of the CANS tool and CFT practices.
• Experience working with youth with complex issues involving abuse and neglect, trauma, behavioral health, and substance use.
• Experience facilitating collaborative meetings with clients and partners.
• Experience conducting individual, group, and family therapy.
• Solid documentation skills: progress notes, assessments, needs and service plans, etc.
• Experience providing field-based services.
• Collaboration and coordination of services with other providers.
• Experience working with multi-cultural clients and staff from a trauma-informed perspective, including ensuring services provided are culturally-sensitive and prioritize the child and family's participation and perspectives.
• Experience establishing and maintaining effective work relationships.
• Effective oral and written communication skills.