Licensed Juvenile Justice Mental Health - HB
POSITION SUMMARY: The 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.
LCSW - $26.88/hr. - $32.26/hr.
LPC/LMFT - $25.38/hr. - $30.47/hr.
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
Master's Degree in social work, psychology, or similar field. Current license as a LCSW/LPC/LMFT in the State of Colorado.
Minimum of three 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 of community resources.
- Knowledge of gang culture (this is a separate bullet)
- Ability to work effectively with families involved in the juvenile justice systems
- Ability to assess crisis situations and intervene appropriately.
- Familiarity with the DSM V and diagnostic techniques.
- Effective written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to work flexible and on-call hours which may be required.
- Must have valid drivers license and good driving record.
- Knowledge and understanding of trauma-informed care principles/practices.
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.
May require occasional evening or on-call hours. Some local travel depending on position.
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