Job: Lead Therapist (FSP)

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Job Description

Hillsides is a premier provider dedicated to improving the overall well-being and functioning of vulnerable children, youth, and their families. We provide high quality care, advocacy, and innovative services that promote safe, permanent environments where young people can thrive.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Other duties may be assigned.

The essential functions include:

  • Assist the FSP Program Managers in training staff in the field on best practices, risk management and crisis intervention to the FSP community
  • Assist the FSP Program Managers in documentation and training paperwork for all aspects of the FSP program including, COS, Opening up files, Flex Fund Forms, and inter-agency documentation,
  • Carry a caseload (10% - 30%; depending on the needs of the program) of FSP clients
  • Clinically supervise and assign cases to MHRS staff and Peer/Parent Partners
  • Attend DMH FSP meetings in the absence of the FSP Program Manager
  • Assist in the facilitation and planning for inter-agency staff meetings, events, and trainings for FSP
  • Participate in the interviewing of FSP candidates as a panel interviewee
  • Facilitate weekly MHRS group supervision as needed
  • Meet with the FSP Program Managers weekly
  • Shadow new staff with clients in the field
  • Participate in all internal FSP chart audits and assist FSP Program Managers in tracking findings and corrections
  • Is available on call 24/7 to provide crisis support to clients
  • Other duties as required

SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED TO PERFORM THE ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Communication Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from clients, clerkship students, office personnel, other employees, and the general public.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret manuals and office documents.

Mental/ Interpersonal Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work independently and with others - including other employees, clients and member of the public - in writing, face-to-face, and telephonic contexts.
  • Ability to multi-task, establish priorities and manage time, meet deadlines and perform duties under time constraints.
  • Ability to be flexible.
  • Maintain high levels of concentration and attention to detail for extended periods of time.
  • Maintain a high level of ethical and professional standards in accordance with agency and community policy, as well as the APA Code of Ethics and the Standards of Educational and Psychological Testing.

Physical Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to talk or hear in order to give and receive information and instructions
  • Ability to stand, walk, sit, and use hands to handle or feel objects, test materials, tools, or controls
  • Ability to reach with hands and arms
  • Ability to use computer keyboard up to 50% of the day
  • Visual acuity, ability to adjust focus and peripheral vision for work on a laptop or other computer equipment
  • Lift and/or move up to 25 pounds

Equipment and Computer Software Skills and Abilities

  • Computer literate (basic working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook), as well as basic working knowledge of various psychological testing software programs
  • Able to use telephone, basic typing skills, office copier, calculator, fax machine, computer printer and scanner, or other equipment as required

ADDITIONAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  •  None

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Regularly work indoors in a variety of environments
  • Potential exposure to blood born pathogens

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & CERTIFICATES

  • Master’s Degree in social welfare or counseling from an accredited college or university
  • Experience in working in a field based or community based program with high risk and severely mentally ill clients who are identified as hard to reach and under-served
  • Experience in and a mastery of documentation practices
  • Registered and in good standing with the BBS, licensed preferred
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Valid California driver's license, driving record and personal vehicle insurance acceptable to Hillsides' insurance carrier

CQI STATEMENT

Every employee has the opportunity and responsibility to participate in one or more activities each year that support the continuous quality improvement (CQI) of Hillsides’ programs & services. Activities might involve membership on a CQI committee or work group, service as a peer reviewer, data collection for CQI and evaluation purposes, completion of CQI questionnaires and surveys or participation in focus groups, or other activities as identified by CQI committees or work groups.

 

TRAUMA INFORMED CARE (TIC)

Hillsides practices Trauma Informed Care (TIC) principles which recognizes the signs, symptoms, and widespread impact of trauma; Employees are asked to comprehensively integrate knowledge of Trauma Informed Care into policies, procedures, and practices with the goal to prevent re-traumatization which promotes healing of families, youth, individuals, and communities.

 

OSHA CATEGORY:

This position performs tasks that may involve exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues. All Hillsides employees are offered the opportunity to receive the Hepatitis B vaccination series.

In exchange for your skill and experience, Hillsides offers an excellent benefits package, which includes:

  • Medical insurance   
  • Dental insurance   
  • 401k   
  • Paid time off (PTO)   
  • Long term disability   
  • Life insurance   
  • Competitive salary   
  • Supportive work environment

Hillsides has embarked upon implementing and embedding Trauma Informed Care (TIC) principles throughout the organization. Candidates should be aware that all employees are involved in the implementation and the practice of Trauma Informed Care within the organization.

Hillsides is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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