Mental Health Clinician

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JOB TITLE: Mental Health Clinician

EMPLOYMENT TYPE:  Full-Time or Part-Time

REPORTS TO: Director of Community Health & Well-Being

LOCATION:  City-Wide

 

ABOUT AAFSC:

The Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization established in 1994 to provide culturally and linguistically competent, trauma-informed social services. Across our eight locations, we empower immigrants and refugees with the tools they need to successfully acclimate to the world around them and become active participants in the community. While we support anyone who walks through our doors, over nearly 25 years, we have developed expertise in serving the Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) immigrant and refugee communities.

 

AAFSC works across four priority areas—Promote, Get Ready, Prevent, and Communicate—to achieve our ultimate goal of strengthening families. AAFSC promotes mental and physical wellbeing, food security, healthy relationships, and family reunification. We get our families ready to succeed, work, and lead productive lives. We prevent domestic violence, child abuse, and neglect by counseling families, offering case management services to victims of violence, and cultivating healthy relationship skills in young people. Finally, AAFSC communicates the needs of the marginalized, amplifying their voices for increased impact.

 

ROLE SUMMARY: 

The Mental Health Clinician demonstrates knowledge of and utilizes trauma-informed practices, including emotional intelligence, effective communication, understanding of impact of trauma on development, strengths-based and person-centered practice, resilience focus and commitment to growth and change. The Clinician will hold an active caseload referred to them by programs across the agency. A background in evidence-based practice and working with teams to incorporate evidence-based practices into case and program practice is highly desirable. 

 

The person in this role will be organized, have high attention to detail, maintain confidentiality and act with the utmost discretion as well as act as an ambassador & champion of AAFSC. A commitment to immigrant, refugee and low-income communities is essential for this role.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

·        Carry a caseload as assigned by supervisor.

·        Perform accountability tasks related to the job, which include compiling and maintaining all necessary records.

·        Conduct assessments including review of referral information, identifying and engaging

key participants, and identifying systemic strengths and weaknesses.

·        Maintain clear and concise documentation of treatment efforts and completes clinical notes in a timely manner through Theranest platform.

·        Assist staff in collection of outcome data and pre and post assessments.

·        Build relationships with community stakeholders (i.e., child protection services, parents & guardians, schools, etc.) to ensure cooperation among service providers.

·        Ability to conduct clinical sessions in office, in client home as needed, and virtually as needed.

·        May supervise MSW, MHC, MFT Interns.

 

Ambassador & Champion

·       Every AAFSC team member serves as an ambassador of the organization and champion of AAFSC’s mission, vision and values. This includes the following:

o   Cultivate relationships on behalf of and in support of the organization in partnership with Senior Leadership and the Development & Communications team. This includes being sensitive to and aware of others, providing every client, partner and participant with high-quality service, professional communication, and follow through, and always keeping Senior Leadership and the Development & Communications team aware of any opportunities, challenges, or updates.  

o   All team members are expected to support the Development and Communications team with any requests in a timely manner, including, but not limited to: grant applications, reports, attendance at meetings, hearings, or other events, and sharing of AAFSC social media, flyers, and other externally-facing communications.

o   Always act with integrity, positivity, dedication, and professionalism within the office and externally. This includes, but is not limited to, email communication, verbal communication, communication with colleagues and peers, communication with clients, or communication with external partners or agencies.

Other duties and responsibilities

·       Participate in AAFSC meetings and trainings, as well as any off-site meetings and trainings assigned by supervisor.

·       Perform other duties assigned as necessary by Director of Community Health and Well-Being.

 

BACKGROUND AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS

·       Individual should be a LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, LMSW, or license eligible MSW, MFT, or MHC; other credentialed individuals in the mental health field are also welcomed to apply.

·       Demonstrates commitment to being trauma informed and maintaining a therapeutic environment and community that promotes safety and nonviolence as the basis for all we do with clients and staff.

·       Demonstrates knowledge and utilization of trauma-informed practices, including emotional intelligence, effective communication, understanding of impact of trauma on development, strengths-based and person-centered practice, resilience focus and commitment to growth and change.

·       A background in evidence-based practice and working with teams to incorporate evidence-based practices into case and program practice is highly desirable. 

·       A background in using the following Family Functional Therapy tools to systematically monitor & evaluate the following areas at the initiation of treatment (baseline), during treatment, and at the end of treatment (discharge) is desired:

-       Child, youth & adult functioning (MH & substance abuse screening)

-       Family Functioning (risk & protective factors)

-       Family Stability & caregiver/parental strain

-       Family Risk Assessment (family risk level for domestic violence)

-       Trauma exposure & symptoms

-       Treatment Impact

-       Therapeutic Alliance

-       Therapeutic Progress

·       Demonstrates cultural competency or a willingness to learn about the cultural backgrounds of our community members, many of whom identify as Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and/or South Asian (AMEMSA).

·       Fosters a strengths-based, trauma-informed, accountable, committed and motivated environment.

·       Excellent writing skills; strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

·       Able to properly and accurately maintain electronic case notes and filing systems.

·       Must be able to exercise initiative, independent good judgment, flexibility, discretion, and solid decision-making.

·       Positive, can-do attitude with ability to hit the ground running.

·       Must be able to maintain client confidentiality.

·       Must be able to work collaboratively with all layers of the organization.

·       Passion for AAFSC’s mission and vision.

·       U.S. Work Authorization required.

 

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. All individuals are encouraged to apply.

 

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