Counselor/Therapist Child/Adolescent (Office Based)
The Nord Center - Lorain, OH

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POSITION PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES

The purpose of this position is to provide managed behavioral health care services for children, adolescents, and their families in a culturally diverse community. The emphasis is on time-effective, time-intermittent psychotherapy, counseling and community psychiatric support & treatment with children, adolescents, and their families. The positionprovides face-to-face screening, assessment, crisis intervention, counseling, community outreach and referral services in response to requests for assistance with mental health issues.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Provide screening, assessment, crisis intervention and referral services in response to telephone requests for aid; make assessment of clients' problems; provide information about community resources, refer clients to most appropriate resource.

Gather information through intake interviews; evaluate nature and degree of mental/emotional distress, substance use/abuse, health issues, and social/interpersonal problems; develop individual service plans with clients.

Conduct individual and group therapy, family therapy sessions, crisis intervention and community support services with children, adolescents, their families using various psychotherapeutic treatment modalities.

Coordinate treatment with other agencies, services and other programs within the agency.

Complete case notes on intake process, treatment plan and client's progress in accordance with OI/OA guidelines.

Provide consultation and education service to community groups by assisting in program planning, giving educational talks and lectures, and by consulting on specific cases.

Maintain required productivity expectation.

Participate in clinical supervision and administrative meetings as required by the Clinical Services Coordinator and/supervisor.

React to change and stress productively and handle other tasks as assigned.

Maintain regular, predictable attendance and be available for evening counseling sessions.

Get along with others and work as a team.

Exhibit the knowledge, skills, abilities, and minimum requirements listed in this Position Announcement.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

In order to perform the essential functions of this job, after an orientation period, the employee must possess the following: a working knowledge of Nord Center Policy and Procedures, including sensitivity and adherence to clients' rights, confidentiality, and health and safety issues. Must exhibit sensitivity to different cultures.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Time will be split between an office environment and community outreach. The individual must be able to speak and communicate clearly, both orally and in writing. Due to the amount of paperwork that is required, the individual must have excellent documentation skills. The employee may be required to attend meetings at schools, other agencies in the community or in the homes of clients. The employee will be responsible for transportation necessary for community outreach. Must be able to drive, bend, stoop, walk, and lift and push minimal loads at various times. A considerable amount of time may also be spent working on a computer so the employee should have close vision ability. In addition, the individual must be able to operate basic office equipment.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

A master's degree in a mental health related field with any of the following licenses is required: LSW or LPC; LISW, LPCC is preferred. In addition experience in assessment, crisis intervention, conducting long and short-term therapy with children and adolescents, or other experience in the treatment ofmental health/chemical abuse is preferred. Fluency in speaking Spanish preferred. Must have strong oral and written skills. Basic computer skills required, including familiarity with Windows and Microsoft Office. Must be highly skilled at behavioral health screening/assessment and counseling in children, adolescents with mental health needs and their families, making appropriate referral, and working effectively under pressure. Must have favorable references and/or evaluations.

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