Mental Health Clinician, Pre-Licensed

San Jose, CA /
Mental Health Services – Clinical Services Team /
Full-Time
Purpose:
Under clinical supervision provides assessment and diagnosis to clients with dual diagnosis, provides individual, group and family psychotherapy, prepares individual service and coordination plans, documents clinical outcomes and acts as an advocate.

Principle Responsibilities:
The following responsibilities represent the essential functions of the position.  An employee in this classification is responsible for carrying the following functions:
1.      Provides individual, group and family therapy to persons with a developmental disability who are diagnosed with severe mental illness.
2.      Utilize professional education and training to diagnose and treat the clients’ mental illnesses.
3.      Provide psychotherapy to empower clients to identify and manager their psychiatric symptoms to enable them to be maximally functional in the larger community.
4.      Constantly assess clients for potential harm to self, harm to others, or potential victimization and take appropriate measures to maintain safety.  This includes, initiate involuntary hospitalizations when necessary to maintain safety.
5.      Provide 24-hour on-call crisis intervention.
6.      Use professional training and credential to advocate for clients with other agencies, educate other agencies to recognize and deal with the needs of clients who have a developmental disability and are diagnosed with a mental illness.
7.      Develop relapse prevention strategies with clients and their support systems to prevent future psychiatric hospitalizations and loss of community placements.
8.      Participate as an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team designed to maximally meet the psychiatric and psychological needs of clients.
9.      Regularly attend training to update and keep current skills and maintain license.
10.  Maintain appropriate treatment records and documentation as required.
11.  Other duties as assigned to assure efficiency of the program.

Minimum Qualifications:
Enrolled in a Masters or Doctoral degree program (MSW, MFT, PhD) that is eligible for licensure to provide psychotherapy by the Board of Behavioral Science Examiners, or the Board of Psychology.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
1    Basic computer skills in work processing and spreadsheet application.
2.   Ability to observe, evaluate, document and communicate verbally and in writing.
3.   Ability to accept supervision and work cooperatively as a team member with co-workers as well as with the client and community resources.
4.   Knowledge of disabilities and the biological, psychological and social models.
5.   Ability to utilize critical thinking skills in decision making situations, good organizational and record keeping skills, and good independent judgment.
6.   Knowledge of psychotherapy.
7.   Knowledge and understanding of multidisciplinary team and family dynamics.
8.   Ability to be flexible with scheduling and prioritization of tasks.

Physical & Environmental Conditions
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This position primarily works in an office environment.  Long periods of sitting.  Some use of computer for record keeping, periods of intense concentration.  Some travel to satellite locations, exposure to outdoor conditions.
 
 
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