The Clinical Behaviorist /Therapist will play a dual role in relation to project clients, serving as both a mental health case management and treatment specialist. The Behaviorist / Therapist will provide ongoing client assessment and treatment in regard to mental health issues, including psychosocial evaluation, crisis counseling, referrals for psychiatric and support services, tracking of patient compliance, treatment plan development, identification of and assistance with problems in maintaining risk behaviors and adhering to substance use and mental health treatment plans, and providing referrals to appropriate outside resources. At the same time, the Behaviorist / Therapist will provide mental health counseling to young MSM of color in both individual and group sessions with the specific goal of helping clients overcome dependencies and sexual compulsivity and come to terms with their individual sexual identity in an accepting, self-loving way. The Behaviorist / Therapist will work with clients to develop treatment plans based on research, clinical experience, and client histories and will review and evaluate client progress in relation to measurable goals described in these plans. The Behaviorist / Therapist will interview clients, review records, and confer with other professionals in order to evaluate
Essential Job Functions:
1. Counsel clients and patients, individually and in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, and making changes.
2. Complete and maintain accurate records and reports regarding the patients' histories and progress, services provided, and other required information.
3. Develop client treatment plans based on research, clinical experience, and client histories.
4. Review and evaluate clients' progress in relation to measurable goals described in treatment and care plans.
5. Interview clients, review records, and confer with other professionals to evaluate individuals' mental and physical condition, and to determine their suitability for participation in a specific program.
6. Intervene as advocate for clients or patients to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.
7. Provide clients or family members with information about addiction issues and about available services and programs, making appropriate referrals when necessary.
8. Modify treatment plans to comply with changes in client status.
9. Coordinate counseling efforts with mental health professionals and other health professionals such as doctors, nurses, and social workers.
10. Attend training sessions to increase knowledge and skills.
11. Plan and implement follow-up and aftercare programs for clients to be discharged from treatment programs.
12. Conduct chemical dependency program orientation sessions.
13. Counsel family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with, and supporting clients or patients.
14. Coordinate activities with courts, probation officers, community services and other post-treatment agencies.
15. Follow progress of discharged patients to determine effectiveness of treatments.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1. Experience with and knowledge of providing social service case management.
2. Knowledge of substance abuse treatment modalities
3. Experience in providing substance abuse assessment, counseling and group facilitation.
4. Perform effectively in stressful, emotional, and confrontational situations.
5. Experience working with MSM population
6. Sensitivity to people with HIV/AIDS, substance use, ethnic and gender issues.
7. Knowledge of basic HIV/AIDS information including basic medical and treatment modalities preferred.
8. Excellent verbal and written skills
9. Personal computer skills
10. Principles of counseling, including group leader functions.
11. Obtain, maintain, and present accurate client data.
12. Understanding of harm reduction model and 12-step and the recovery process.
13. Good public speaking skills.
14. Skilled in crisis counseling
15. Experience providing mental health counseling to young MSM’s
Two years of recent work experience in a mental health or substance abuse setting. As well, high-quality skills in treatment planning, 12 step, and group/individual counseling are required. Applicant must show proof of certification.
CAL-PEP is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We actively seek applications from people living with HIV/AIDS, people of color, women, lesbians and gay men. African American and/or Latino MSM are preferred.
Email resume and cover letter to:
Attn. Program Manager
DEADLINE: Open until filled