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Position Title

    Mental Health Specialist - New Ground Totem Lake


    The Mental Health Specialist provides support to address mental health challenges
    and increase life skills & positive coping mechanisms for up to 10 young adults
    (between the ages of 16 – 22) being served in Friends of Youths’ New Ground
    Totem Lake (NGTL) transitional living program. Young adults placed at NGTL are
    transitioning out of homelessness and are often struggling with mental health &
    substance use disorder challenges. In addition to providing direct services to youth
    in the program, the position consults with the Transitional Living Program Manager
    for Singles, NGTL Lead Case Manager and other staff team members to understand
    the mental health needs of the residents of NGTL, with an emphasis on
    developmental and culturally appropriate interventions. The Mental Health Specialist
    will provide training, coaching and consultation to program staff during scheduled
    staff meetings as well as trainings on an impromptu/as-needed basis at program
    sites. Additionally the Mental Health Specialist works with the Lead CM to assist
    clients in achieving self-identified independent living goals, decreasing barriers,
    and creating life skills opportunities that increase client self-sufficiency. This
    position requires a high level of collaboration and partnership.


    A. Mental Health Support Services
        1. Provide group psychoeducation and support to residents at NGTL.
        2. Develop culturally tailored treatment and safety plans, provide crisis
        intervention as needed and assess youth for mental health issues upon
        entrance. Services can be provided in the office, the community, by phone,
        or at a location of the young adult’s preference.
        3. Provide case consultation to program staff members and give input into the
        service plan for each resident.
        4. Provide referrals and coordination of services with collateral contacts and
        advocacy for assigned residents.

    B. Documentation and Evaluation
        1. Provide information to support program/services evaluation.
        2. Ensure completion and adherence to program procedure as mandated by
        Friends of Youth (such as Assessments, Treatment Plans, Psychosocial
        Summaries, Incident Reports, Transition Summaries, etc.) in a timely manner.
        3. Meet with supervisor on a regular basis and attend required meetings,
        consultations and trainings.
        4. Train staff in mental health issues as requested and culturally sensitive
        interventions for residents.

    C. Clinical Tasks
        1. In accordance with policy and procedure, complete and submit all treatment
        documents for youth by assessing core and contributing problems, setting
        treatment plans, outcome goals, and documenting progress toward those goals.
        2. Assess the mental health needs of each resident, with support from Youth
        and Family Services clinical staff and in coordination with the TLP Program
        Manager for Singles, and when needed assist in recommending and referring for
        additional services.
        3. Collaborate on treatment methods and goals with the TLP Program Manager
        for Singles and Lead Case Manager for NGTL.
        4. Provide training to staff members as requested by the TLP Program Manager
        for Singles.
        5. Assist in the development of transition plans for each resident to ensure
        their therapeutic needs are being addressed in this process.

    D. Life Skills Development
        1. Create life skills curricula for use in house meetings, group projects, and
        one-on-one settings, including career planning, communication, daily living,
        home life, housing and money management, self-care, social relationships,
        work life and work and study skills.
        2. Develop and create new innovative opportunities for residents to increase
        3. Plan life skills classes, group outings, monthly Service Learning Projects,
        and trips to food bank and grocery store.
        4. Design life skills plan/goals in conjunction with Independent Living Plan
        created by the Lead Case Manager for NGTL.
        5. Take a leadership role in collaborating with employment staff, career
        resources and job search assistance for residents of NGTL.
        6. Work with the Friends of Youth Volunteer Coordinator to ensure volunteers
        are being utilized for proper life skills needs.
        7. Research, identify, and conduct outreach for potential life skills volunteers and
        life skills opportunities.
        8. Develop a monthly calendar of house activities, outings, service learning, etc.
        9. Increase each resident’s positive interpersonal skills.
        10. Ensure the overall cleanliness of the facility by monitoring and assigning
        weekly chores
        11. Additional Life Skills tasks as identified by residents as needed.

Required Skills and Qualifications

    A. Education and Experience:
        1. MSW with experience working in Human Services Field Preferred
        2. Two - three years’ experience working with youth/young adults at the
        professional level.
        3. Experience in counseling youth (under 18), young adults (18-24), and
        4. Experience working with clients struggling with a substance use disorder
        and an understanding of substance abuse treatment interventions and treatment
        5. Experience in leading groups, trainings, and workshops preferred.
        6. Experience creating and /or delivering life skills training and curricula.
        7. Must have a valid Washington State driver's license or be able to obtain one
        by date of employment.
        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 have a Red Cross First Aid Card, CPR, HIV/AIDs training, or be able
        to obtain one within thirty days of employment.
        10. Must successfully pass criminal history check (WAC 388-148-0035)
        11. Able to engage with diverse populations in a culturally responsive manner.

    B. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
        1. Knowledge of psychoeducation topics relevant to the youth population.
        2. Knowledge of coping skills, crisis intervention, and supportive strategies for
        individuals experiencing homelessness.
        3. Knowledge of adolescent development, and trauma informed care.
        4. Ability to be flexible and responsive to the needs of program residents and staff.
        5. Must demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences.
        6. Knowledge of Strength Based Practice, Harm Reduction Model, and Trauma    
        Informed Care.
        7. Demonstrate control in stressful situations.
        8. Know personal stressors and weaknesses, and work to overcome them.
        9. Knowledge of relevant COA standards, or willingness to become familiar
        with them, and participation in a Performance and Quality Improvement process.
        10. Outstanding communication skills, both written and oral.
        11. Demonstrate a commitment to the values of equity and inclusion by honoring
        and celebrating diverse characteristics and expressions of personal identity.


   Full Time



Reports to

    Transitional Living Program Manager for Singles



Application Deadline

    Open until filled


    Send cover letter and resume to Gail Joubert at

Job Posting Date

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