Position Description

Mental Health Therapist (bilingual Spanish & English)
Pay Rate $21/hr. - $24/hr. (DOE)
FTE 40 Hrs/WK = 1 FTE
# of Openings 1
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APPLICATION PROCESS - Please submit a cover letter and resume for this position when applying.

AT YOUTHCARE: YouthCare envisions a community where no young person experiences homelessness, all young people have the opportunity to thrive, and the systems that oppress them are dismantled. YouthCare serves young people of many racial and ethnic backgrounds, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and religious beliefs, and we seek a workforce that reflects that diversity.

ABOUT YOUTHCARE: YouthCare works to end youth homelessness and to ensure that young people are valued for who they are and empowered to achieve their potential. Founded in 1974, YouthCare was one of the first programs to serve runaway and homeless youth on the West Coast. The goal was to help young people find safety today and build a future for tomorrow. Over four decades, we’ve defined best practices and developed programs that are a national standard for excellence. Using a youth-centered approach, we ensure that young people experiencing homelessness ages 12-24 have the hope, skills, and confidence to gain long-term stability.

ABOUT CASA DE LOS AMIGOS:  This program has 2 locations and 20 beds, serving clients ages 12-17, who have been placed in the program by the Office of Refugee Resettlement Department of Unaccompanied Children's Services (ORR / DUCS). 

POSITION SUMMARY: Under the supervision of the Assistant Director, the Bilingual Mental Health Therapist is responsible for providing and coordinating mental health services to young people at YouthCare in the ORR (Office of Refugee Resettlement) funded programs. Duties include initial mental health and risk assessments, one-on-one counseling sessions, facilitation and planning of groups for young people, collaboration with case planning and completion of on-going assessment paperwork. This position requires a high degree of flexibility in responding to emergent needs of young people in crisis and good organizational and documentation skills.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide a 20 - 40 hours weekly of direct client contact, including face-to-face counseling, and appropriate outside functions, such as escorting to appointments.
  • Carry a caseload of up to 10-20 active clients.
  • Assess each client’s need for services and develop and document service plans that best meet the client request while respecting both ORR and ICE regulations and as clinically appropriate.
  • Provide each young person in care with weekly one-on-one sessions.  Create and implement group curricula.
  • Co-facilitate a weekly meeting with Youth Counselors to support clients’ ongoing mental health needs.
  • Provide referrals to psychiatric providers in the event that it is necessary for young people to access a higher level of service.
  • Develop safety and behavioral contracts, as well as post-care resource lists that focus on mental health resources and coping skills following reunification. Communicate safety considerations to the team in a timely manner.
  • Conduct family sessions, provide psycho-education to sponsors, and conduct sponsor assessments (as needed) to ensure the safety of the family and home for the client’s reunification.
  • Complete and submit all documentation in a timely manner, including client intake and exit paperwork; assessment and service plans; child trafficking referrals, and significant incident reports.
  • Review caseload weekly with Assistant Director, Case Manager, and 3rd party GDIT. Attend Quarterly Stakeholders’ Meetings.
  • Review case files of all ORR young people in care quarterly to ensure proper documentation is being completed.
  • Must be flexible, to be able to cover the floor as needed for extended periods of time (2-4 hours) but not entire shifts.
  • Training and/or facilitation of mental health curricula to a variety of audiences

This job description is not intended to cover every aspect of your job at YouthCare. We are a team that works together to meet the needs of our clients and every member of the team is expected to pitch in and help even beyond the specific responsibilities listed in this description.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:          

  • Verbal and written fluency in the Spanish language.
  • Master's Degree in Human Services or related field of study and 2 years of post-graduate direct service delivery experience.
  • Experience and credentials must comply with program contract requirements including but not limited to DSHS background check and must be at least 21 years of age.

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS:

  • 2 year of experience successfully working with vulnerable young people (particularly immigrants or those within the Latinx population) or young adults in a crisis, during outreach efforts or in residential setting.
  • Two years clinical mental health experience supervised by an MHP.
  • Able to obtain Agency Affiliated Counselor credential.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • Valid state identification or passport.
  • Current TB Test.
  • Food Handler’s Card.
  • Successful completion of pre-service training as required by contracting agency. Training will include: New Employee Training, Cultural Proficiency training, CPR/First Aid and HIV/AIDS training, CSEC and Right Response training, Defensive Driving and 15-Passenger Van training.
  • When driving YouthCare vehicles, you must possess a valid WA State Driver’s License; meet minimum safe driver criteria established by the agency and our insurance company.
  • Computer software skills including Windows, Microsoft outlook, Microsoft Word.
  • Initiative, creativity, reliability, flexibility, thoroughness.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with good quality spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • High integrity when dealing with a broad array of cultures and restricted and/or confidential information.
  • Ability to deal therapeutically with behavioral and emotional problems presented by young people and understanding of emotionally, physically and sexually abused young people.
  • Ability to coordinate overall program functioning.
  • Ability to accurately maintain and produce files, records, logs and reports.
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries with clients while building trust and respect.
  • Ability and willingness to stay awake and alert during overnight shifts.
  • Ability to verbally and physically respond to an aggressive person in ways that de-escalate, establish and maintain staff and young peoples’ safety.
  • May be required to assume responsibilities or duties within the agency not specifically delineated in this job description for short periods of time or on an infrequent basis.
  • Commitment to YouthCare’s initiative to build cultural proficiency across the agency. Acceptance of a variety of lifestyles, behaviors, and cultural and spiritual practices.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to perform range of physical motions, exerting up to 50 pounds. Lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds; standing, walking, sitting for long periods of time, kneeling, squatting, and stooping; running for brief periods of time; and go up and down stairs.

BENEFITS: YouthCare provides a competitive benefits package to full time employees including medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, short-term disability, life insurance, 401(k), vacation, paid holidays, and sick leave after successful completion of the 90-day Introductory Period.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT: YouthCare is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on merit and business needs and YouthCare is committed to recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds, regardless of actual or perceived sex; race; color; religious creed; national origin; ancestry; age; marital status; pregnancy; nursing parent status; physical, mental or sensory disability; medical condition; genetic information; sexual orientation; gender (including gender identity or expression); military or veteran status; or any other basis protected by federal, state and/or local laws. People of Color and Members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

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