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Position Title

    Bilingual Mental Health Therapist, Foster Care

Description

    The Mental Health Therapist position provides services to youth under the Division of
    Children’s Services (DCS) grant through the Office of Refugee Resettlement. The
    Mental Health Therapist provides mental health services for youth. This position
    models a caring, healthy and secure treatment approach for foster care staff and
    demonstrates an interest in youth developing coping skills. The position also consults
    with Therapeutic Case Managers and staff team members in understanding the
    mental health needs of the youth in their care and provides trainings for foster
    parents. This position requires a high level of collaboration with programs across
    DCS Residential Treatment Services and is supervised by the Foster Care Clinical
    Program Manager.

Responsibilities

    A. Counseling Services
        1. Provide clinical services including individual and/or group and family therapy for
        DCS foster care services.
        2. Provide case consultation, linkage to and coordination of services with collateral
        contacts and advocacy for assigned clients.
        3. Utilize agency programs/services in efforts to provide a continuum of care.
        4. Train staff and foster parents in mental health issues, Dialectical Behavior
        Therapy (DBT), and culturally sensitive interventions for youth.
        5. Present a positive and productive presence in the foster care team.
        6. Role model open and genuine communication on all occasions.

    B. Documentation and Evaluation
        1. Provide necessary agency and program statistical information and information
        necessary for program/services evaluation.
        2. Maintain case records in the UAC data portal in an accurate and timely manner.
        Ensure documentation meets WAC, COA, and DCS requirements. Monitor
        implementation of requirements of the Division of Children’s Services. Maintain a
        healthy working relationship and good collaboration with all DCS contract sites and
        staff.
        3. Ensure completion and adherence to program procedures in various forms and
        reports mandated by Friends of Youth and DCS, such as Individual Service Plans,
        Treatment Plans, Psychosocial Evaluations, Quarterlies, Incident Reports,
        Transition Summaries, etc., in a timely manner.
        4. Meet with supervisor on a regular basis and attend required meetings,
        consultations and trainings.
        5. Maintain case notes as required, including documentation of all treatment
        sessions.
        6. Ensure all youth materials are available in the youth’s language and are
        culturally appropriate and sensitive to the mental health needs of the youth.
        Bring concerns and ideas for cultural responsivity to the Clinical Program Manager.

    C. Clinical Supervisory Tasks
        1. Maintain an assigned caseload of DCS long term and therapeutic foster care
        adolescents residing in licensed foster homes. This includes conducting and
        supervising individual, group and family counseling sessions on both a
        spontaneous and scheduled basis.
        2. In accordance with policy and procedure, complete and submit all treatment
        documents on youth by assessing core and contributing problems, setting
        treatment outcome goals, and checking progress toward those goals.
        3. Screen applicants for mental health needs, together with the Clinical Program
        Manager and refer as appropriate.
        4. Collaborate on treatment methods and goals with the Clinical Program Manager,
        and with the psychiatric consultant.
        5. Plan for successful transition of youth in coordination with the Case Manager
        and include the involvement of parents when appropriate, sponsors, community
        resources and other supports.

Required Skills and Qualifications

    A. Education and Experience:
        1. Master's Degree in a Social Services field.
        2. Licensed in Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Social
        Work preferred.
        3. Experience in the field of child welfare at the professional level.
        4. Experience in counseling youth, young adults and families.
        5. Experience in leading groups, trainings, and workshops.
        6. Employees and volunteers who operate their own or Friends of Youth vehicles
        on Friends of Youth business must have a safe driving record as defined by
        Friends of Youth. Employees and volunteers who operate their own vehicle(s) on
        Friends of Youth business must carry auto liability insurance that complies with
        the requirements of Friends of Youth.
        7. Bilingual in Spanish and English.
        8. Attend agency or professional seminars, training, or conferences to increase
        professional knowledge. Contract adherence trainings are mandatory.
        9. Education or experience in cultural competency.

    B. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
        1. Knowledge of treatment approaches for individual and family counseling,
        crisis intervention and brief therapy, including de-escalation and DBT skills for
        adolescents.
        2. Knowledge of group process.
        3. Ability to develop and monitor goal-directed treatment relationships.
        4. Ability to work in a community setting.
        5. Ability to develop community resources and market services.
        6. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
        7. Ability to read, write and speak in English and Spanish.
        8. Knowledge of relevant WAC and COA standards, DCS Contracts and
        participation in the Performance Quality Improvement process.
        9. Must demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences.
        10. Respect for and interest in youth strengths.
        11. Must demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences and
        a commitment to the value of cultural competency.

Hours

    Full Time

Salary

    DOE

Reports to

    Clinical Program Manager, Foster Care

Location

    Renton / Seattle

Application Deadline

    Open until filled

Contact

    Send cover letter and resume to Barry Oman at barry@friendsofyouth.org

Job Posting Date

    3/1/17
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