BILINGUAL Mental Health Therapist (CORE/RYS) and Linkages to Learning

Posted by: YMCA Youth & Family Services (Maryland)

Silver Spring, MD, US

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We are currently recruiting for a full-time BILINGUAL Mental Health Therapist for (CORE/RYS) and a full-time BILINGUAL Mental Health Therapist for Linkages to Learning at the YMCA Youth & Family Services in Silver Spring, MD.

The (CORE/RYS) Mental Health Therapist reports directly to the Director of CORE Counseling Services. The candidate will work with the director and Mental Health Therapists of the YMCA CORE Counseling Services Program to identify issues and conditions in each case, assess those issues and conditions, and select a course of action from many alternatives. The therapist’s work has an effect on the well-being of clients and their families, and the accomplishment of program objectives impacts the general safety and productivity of the community. This position will operate in accordance with the policies, procedures and standards established by the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington.

The Linkages to Learning (LTL) Mental Health Therapist reports directly to the Director of Linkages to Learning. The candidate will provide psychotherapeutic services to assist clients in improving functioning, obtaining symptom relief, preventing psychosocial dysfuntion or changing personality. Identify issues and conditions in each case, assessment of those issues and conditions, and selection of a course of action from many alternatives. Offers individual, family and parent counseling. The therapist’s work has an effect on the well-being of clients and their families, the accomplishment of program objectives and the general safety and productivity of the community.

Job Description (CORE/RYS) Mental Health Therapist

  • Completes mental health assessment of children and teens
  • Offers short-term individual and family counseling and parent consultation
  • Follows up on referrals and provides case consultation
  • Leads or co-leads therapeutic and psycho-educational groups (children and adolescents)
  • Consults with parents, school staff, medical providers regarding child’s progress
  • Makes referrals for long term individual and family treatment
  • Completes progress and contact notes consistently
  • Attends school and parent meetings (e.g: EMT/ARD/suspension, IEP etc.)
  • Under the supervision of a board-approved clinical supervisor, the employee provides crisis intervention therapy and direct psychotherapy and clinical counseling
  • Conducts comprehensive clinical assessments, mental status and diagnostic evaluation
  • Collects data and maintains records documenting and tracking clients’ progress; documents clinical assessments, mental status evaluations, and treatment plans; prepares and maintains client files; prepares appropriate reports
  • Collaborates closely with supervisor and other mental health/medical professionals and recommends diagnoses
  • Collaborates with community partners (i.e. MCPS, DHHS, DJS, etc.)
  • Develops and recommends client treatment plans; makes appropriate referrals/placements
  • Attends case consultation, staff meetings; provides recommendations regarding appropriate treatment interventions

Qualifications

Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy or counseling; BILINGUAL (ENGLISH/SPANISH) REQUIRED. Experience working with youth and parents in a multicultural community, with diverse populations, collaborating with multiple agencies, and working with the school system.

Must have one of the following designations:LGSW, LCSW-C, LCPC, LGPC, LCMFT, LGMFT, Licensed Psychologist. The Mental Health Therapist must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and personal values consistent with the YMCA mission. A person who has attained a YMCA Team Leader certification is preferred.

Job Description Linkages to Learning (LTL) Mental Health Therapist

  • Completes mental health assessment of children and adults
  • Follows up on referrals and provides case consultation
  • Leads or co-lead therapy and psycho-educational groups (child and adult groups)
  • Reviews school records
  • Offers classroom observation
  • Consults with parents, school staff, and medical providers regarding child’s progress
  • Makes referrals for individual and family treatment
  • Writes progress reports and letters to parents
  • Attends school and parent meetings (e.g: EMT/ARD/suspension, etc.)
  • Offers appropriate assistance during crises
  • Under the supervision of a board-approved clinical supervisor, the employee provides crisis intervention therapy and direct psychotherapy and clinical counseling
  • Conducts comprehensive clinical assessments, mental status and diagnostic evaluation with Licensed Clinical Therapist present and recommends treatment plan and placement
  • Develops therapeutic case management services to clients who have varying presenting problems
  • Collects data and maintains records documenting and tracking clients’ progress; documents clinical assessments, mental status evaluations, and treatment plans; prepares and maintains client files; prepares appropriate reports
  • Collaborates closely with supervisor and other mental health/medical professionals and recommends diagnoses
  • Develops and recommends client treatment and/or care plans; makes appropriate referrals/placements and follows up to ensure clinical appropriateness of placements
  • Coordinates referrals and provides appropriate linkage for clients to community services; works closely with representatives of other agencies involved in cases to ensure clinical coordination of services and continuity of care among variuos treatment/provider agencies
  • Attends case consultation, staff meetings; provides recommendations regarding appropriate treatment interventions

Qualifications

Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy or counseling; BILINGUAL (ENGLISH/SPANISH) REQUIRED. Experience working with youth and parents in a multicultural community, with diverse populations, collaborating with multiple agencies, and working with the school system.

Must be licensed at graduate level in Maryland for:

LGSW, LGPC, LGMFT, Psychologist, CPR/First aid/OSHA certifications (may be completed during employment) The Mental Health Therapist must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and personal values consistent with the YMCA mission. A person who has attained a YMCA Team Leader certification is preferred.

Benefits

In addition to a highly competitive salary package, the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington provides progressive employee benefits, including a 10% employer-funded retirement plan with vesting after two years of service; 403(b) savings plan; high quality and affordable healthcare; free YMCA membership for employee, spouse and dependents; generous paid time off package, numerous professional development opportunities, an exciting and collaborative work environment, and the ability to work with creative, talented and diverse individuals!

The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington is a drug free, equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Employment subject to background checks verification

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