Mental Health Counselor (License Required)
Child and Family Services of Buffalo - Buffalo, NY

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Provide counseling and mental health services to a diversified population (individuals and families) which may include sexual abuse and family violence. Applicants without a license to practice will not be considered for this position. Hours: Mon-Friday (2 Evenings required)

Major Responsibilities/Activities:
  • Provide mental health assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and psychotherapy services;
  • Provide individual, family, and group counseling to a diversified population with multiple problems which may include sexual abuse and family violence;
  • Provide advocacy, linkage and referral services;
  • Complete electronic client files, administrative tasks and statistical reports in a timely manner;
  • Write reports to court, school, or other community agencies as necessary;
  • Maintain positive working relationship with other professionals, community agencies, and coalitions;
  • Continue professional growth and training in best practices, including cultural competency ;
  • Attend one supervision session and one staff meeting per month;
  • Participate in case conferences and share clinical expertise with Child & Family Services staff;
  • Participate in the agency Quality Improvement process and other agency meetings including in-service trainings, supervision and staff meetings as requested;
  • Models and practices sensitivity, fair treatment and acceptance of diversity in all interpersonal interactions;
  • Shows willingness to learn about and implement skills related to diversity;
  • Maintain and submit all required documents and comply with Vehicle Safety and Usage Policy;
  • Possess a working knowledge of the Microsoft based products and Agency programs such as Anasazi.
  • Utilize Agency phone and email systems following standard customer services protocol. This includes: answering the telephone in a timely and professional manner, directing calls appropriately and returning phone and email requests promptly. Demonstrate excellent phone etiquette and customer service skills. Also demonstrate knowledge of agency programs and services.
  • Maintain positive working relationships with program staff and others within the agency. Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills during interactions with internal and external customers.
  • Complete other tasks as assigned.
      Minimum Requirements:
    • NYS Education Department license in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling or Psychology.
    • Experience in a community-centered mental health setting is preferred;
    • Demonstrated cultural competence in understanding and working with disadvantaged/minority populations in community-based programs in an urban and suburban setting;
    • A valid NYS driver’s license is required;
    • Computer literacy required, experience with Anasazi preferred;
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
    • Support overall Agency mission, vision, policies, goals and objectives.
        Essential Physical Requirements:
      • Frequently move about inside and outside the office in reaction to situations and duties.
      • Frequently communicate accurate information with coworkers, clients and children who will use the agencies services.
      • Frequently operate a computer and other office machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, printer and phone system.
      • Must be able to access multi-level buildings, travel to community locations and attend community meetings;
          Essential Mental Requirements:
        • Must be able to understand the written and spoken word and respond effectively during the majority of time spent on the job;
        • Must be able to learn and comprehend basic instructions and orientation to job;
        • Must be able to multi-task on a frequent basis;
        • Frequently participate and coordinate with others regarding work situations and decisions;
        • Frequently interact appropriately and diplomatically with varied stakeholders such as staff members, visitors, referral sources, etc.
            Equipment Used:
          • Computer Usage: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Anasazi software, telephone, fax machine and copier.
              Environmental/Working Conditions:
            • Enclosed office environment, Multi-level buildings

              To apply for this position, please complete the online application .