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Position Title

    DCS Bilingual Mental Health Therapist


    The Mental Health Therapist for the DCS Contract is responsible for the mental
    health treatment for up to twelve unaccompanied male youth on the Griffin
    Campus. The position provides direct service to the programs ensuring clinical
    mental health needs and medication referrals are appropriate to the youth in care.
    The Mental Health Therapist assists the DCS Case Manager in management of
    tracking and transition services and ensures services are provided with the fewest
    possible barriers. The MHT interacts with the Division of Children’s Services for
    review of youth, Immigration and Customs Enforcement for intake and transition
    of youth, and ensures that legal representation is accessed for each youth when
    appropriate. The MHT serves as the primary therapist in Colin-Ferguson House and
    as an adjunct therapist to McEachern and Matsen Houses. The MHT models a
    caring, healthy and secure treatment atmosphere for youth and for other staff
    and demonstrates an interest in youth developing coping skills.


    A. Clinical Supervisory Tasks

        1. Maintain an assigned caseload of up to 12 DCS male adolescents in
        therapeutic staff secure treatment. This includes conducting and supervising
        individual, group and sponsor counseling sessions on both a spontaneous and
        scheduled basis.
        2. Meet with Program Staff weekly for goal planning, review and consultation
        and consult with Program Manager daily as appropriate to share helpful,
        appropriate information.
        3. 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.
        4. Ensure completion in a timely manner of various forms and reports mandated
        by the agency and contract by tracking key dates though various organizational
        methods and charts.
        5. Screen applicants for mental health needs, together with the Program
        Manager and refer as appropriate.
        6. Collaborate on treatment methods and goals with the Program Manager and
        the psychiatric consultant.
        7. Plan for successful transition of youth, including the involvement of parents
        when appropriate, sponsors, community resources and other supports.
        8. Attend and contribute to weekly team meetings with all staff.
        9. Attend agency or professional seminars, training, or conferences to
        increase professional knowledge. Contract adherence trainings are mandatory.
        10. Develop and implement positive motivational rewards for youth.

    B. Administration

        1. Interpret the program to individuals, groups and organizations when requested.
        2. Become familiar with and monitor implementation of requirements of the
        Division of Unaccompanied Children. Maintain a healthy working relationship
        and good collaboration with all DCS contract sites and staff.
        3. Meet weekly with the Program Manager to discuss individual youth, review
        program operations and gain direction. Initiate discussion on problem areas
        and report on the status of clients and any barriers to completing contracted
        4. Ensure completion and adherence to program procedure in various forms
        and reports mandated by Friends of Youth and DCS, such as Individual
        Service Plans, UAC Assessments, Case Reviews, Incident Reports,
        Transition Summaries, etc., in a timely manner.
        6. Maintain case notes as required, including documentation of all
        treatment sessions.
        7. Train staff in mental health issues as requested and culturally
        sensitive interventions for youth.
        8. Ensure all interpreted youth materials are culturally appropriate and sensitive
        to the mental health needs of the youth. Bring concerns and ideas for cultural
        responsivity to the Program Manager.
        9. Ensure all youth materials are available in the youth’s language.

Required Skills and Qualifications

    A. Education and Experience:
        1. Masters Degree in social work, psychology, sociology, marriage, family and
        child counseling, or a related social service field.
        2. Three years experience in the field of child welfare at the professional level.
        3. A Master's Degree plus at least 3 years experience in within the social work
        field may be substituted if appropriate for the culture of the population served.
        4. Must be bilingual in Spanish.
        5. Education or experience in cultural competency.

    B. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
        1. Knowledge of various MH treatment modalities, de-escalation, and DBT skills
        for adolescents.
        2. Knowledge of basic personnel supervision techniques.
        3. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.   
        4. Knowledge of relevant COA standards and Quality Improvement
        5. Demonstration of sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences.
        6. Knowledge of WA State Code), DCS Contract, and Sex Offender Treatment.
        7. Respect for and interest in youth strengths.
        8. 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.
        9. Must demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences and
        a commitment to the value of cultural competency.


    Full Time


    $52,644 - 55,644 DOE

Reports to

    Program Manager, Colin-Ferguson House



Application Deadline

    Open until filled


    Send cover letter and resume to Kathryn Shanahan at kathryn@friendsofyouth.org

Job Posting Date

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