Therapist

About the Job
Job Location: SPA 1: Palmdale/Lancaster                            Reports to (title): Clinical Supervisor
Department: Seven Generations Child and Family           Supervises: N/A
Working title: Therapist                                                        Classification: Exempt
Salary Range: $57, 000 – $72,000                                     Status: Regular
Hours/week: 40+                                                                 Type of Position: Full-time RevisedPOSITION SUMMARY
The Therapist is responsible for coordinating Mental health care services for American Indian clients in the Los Angeles County.  Provides assessment and counseling/therapy to eligible children, youth, and adults as a member of a treatment team. The Therapist identifies needs and coordinates sessions with client on one-to-one therapeutic counseling regarding mental health or substance abuse issues. The Therapist will be a part of a unique multi-disciplinary team and most services are provided in the field.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES, FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES
Field Work
⦁ Provide 24-hour availability and crisis intervention as needed/required
⦁ Possess a reliable vehicle with valid CA driver’s license and active auto insurance
⦁ Heavy individual/family in-home visits for counseling services to children, youth and adults with a range of psychological, emotional, and behavioral problems, some office services may apply
⦁ Accept intake and initial assessment of children, adolescents and adults referred to Center
⦁ Assess family dynamics and home environment and prepare reports as needed or required
⦁ Partner with Case Coordinator to obtain resources for the client to sustain the client’s involvement in center programs/treatment
⦁ Provide group treatment, parent support groups, and/or parenting classes as needed/required
⦁ Maintain aftercare follow-up and support/assistance to clients completing center programs/treatment

Community Support
⦁ Partner in case planning with other center clinicians, consulting specialists, and representatives from schools, DCFS, and other jurisdictions as required or needed
⦁ Participate in Outpatient Staff meetings, Clinical Case Conferences, and other meetings as appropriate or assigned
⦁ Conduct in-service training to center staff and others as assigned

Administration
⦁ Productivity – 65% of hours worked each week must be billable productivity.  For a 40-hour work week, the billable productivity requirement is 26 hours
⦁ Able to submit all completed paperwork to supervisor within 24 hours of seeing client
⦁ Maintain client charts in a responsible manner and meet all paperwork deadlines as required by DCFS, DMH and agency policy (e.g. complete case notes and discharge notes on timely basis, etc.)
⦁ Arrange work schedule to benefit the center program and clients with the approval of Clinical Supervisor/Program Director
⦁ Comply with agency guidelines, policies, and procedures
⦁ Keep Program Director well-informed regarding activities, pending issues and potential problems

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Experience & Qualifications:
⦁ Minimum one-year clinical experience working with multiple-problem families (e.g. unemployment, poverty, substance abuse, homelessness, etc.)
⦁ Minimum one-year clinical experience with children and families
⦁ Some experience providing home-based/community-based counseling services

Education:
⦁ MA in clinical psychology, MSW or Ph.D./Psy.D. in psychology from an accredited graduate program

License/Certification:
⦁ License eligible required
⦁ California license preferred
⦁ Eligible for a registration number from the Board of Behavioral Sciences or waiver from the State

Confidentiality:
⦁ This position has access to sensitive information, and a breach in confidentiality will be grounds for disciplinary action up to and including immediate termination
⦁ Maintain strict confidentiality of client and personnel information adhering to HIPAA, professional codes of conduct, State of CA regulations, Privacy Act, and UAII policies and procedures

Communication/Interpersonal Skills:
⦁ Communicate and deal effectively with people in a professional and courteous manner verbally and in writing

Technology Skills:
⦁ Knowledge of MS Office, IPad

Other Skills:
⦁ Available and willing to travel as needed, travel time can be between 25-40%
⦁ Available to work evening and weekend hours as needed
⦁ Willingness to learn new skills and participate in training sessions relevant to the position

POSITION PREFERENCES
⦁ Experience working with the American Indian community

WORK ENVIRONMENT
Work environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the primary functions of this job. Normal office conditions exist, and the noise level in the work environment can vary from low to moderate.

Physical demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the primary functions of this job successfully. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk frequently, sit, bend, twist, talk, and hear. There are prolonged periods of sitting, keyboarding, reading, as well.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include reading, distance, computer, and color vision. Talking and hearing are essential to communicate with vendors, and staff.

Mental demands: There are a number of deadlines associated with this position. The employee must also multi-task and interact with a variety of people on various and, at times, complicated issues.

PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS
In the performance of their respective tasks and duties, all employees of United American Involvement, Inc. (UAII) are expected to conform to the following:
⦁ Uphold all principles of confidentiality and patient care to the fullest extent
⦁ Adhere to all professional and ethical behavior standards of the healthcare and social services industry
⦁ Interact in an honest, trustworthy, and dependable manner with clients, employees, and vendors
⦁ Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity
⦁ Meet or exceed the performance standards as set by your supervisor

INDIAN PREFERENCE
United American Indian Involvement, Inc. has an Indian Preference in Employment Policy. According to this Policy, applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for this position and who are enrolled members of a federally recognized Tribe will be given preference in hiring and employment for this position. Other qualified candidates will be considered after all qualified candidates entitled to this preference have been adequately considered.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
United American Indian Involvement, Inc provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

OTHER EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS
All employees must:
⦁ Have a fingerprint clearance
⦁ Have an annual negative TB test result on file
⦁ Pass a post-offer drug test
⦁ Have a valid CA driver’s license and active auto insurance

Disclaimer:  The information on this position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performance by employees in this position.  It is not designed to contain, or be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position. Employees will be asked to perform other duties as needed.

About United American Indian Involvement Inc

UAII,Inc. will provide quality physical and behavioral health, education and social support services that promote healthy lifestyles and individual responsibility in order to strengthen American Indian/Alaska Native communities, now and for future generations. All services will integrate traditions, practices and beliefs, be culturally sensitive and respectful of American Indian/Alaska Native tribal affiliation.

Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Palmdale/Lancaster

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