Job Title: Mental Health Specialist Department: Clinical Reports To: Clinical Director Supervises: Not Applicable Salary: $45,000 - $55,000 Schedule: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm while training, switching to 11 am to 7 pm within a few months
Overview Under the general direction of the Clinical Director, the Mental Health Specialist is an experienced position that collaborates with clients to meet clients’ mental health needs. Experience in human services and LPC, LCPC, LSW, or LCSW licensure is necessary. Qualified candidates need not have mastered a counseling or therapy modality but must be proficient in rapport building, general counseling techniques, and crisis intervention.
Specifically, the Mental Health Specialist must be energized by talking with people and listening carefully to a person’s life story. They must also be flexible in how they solve problems. The Mental Health Specialist will carry a caseload of longer-term clients with significant mental health concerns and will help these clients meet short-term and long-term goals focused on mental health wellness and successfully integration into JOURNEYS services. In addition, the Mental Health Specialist will perform intakes with various clients as directed by management.
JOURNEYS will support the Mental Health Specialist as they refine assessment skills to be used in support of clients with traumatic experiences. JOURNEYS will teach the right candidate how to effectively integrate motivational interviewing, stages of change, and trauma informed helping techniques into their work.
Essential Requirements The Mental Health Specialist must enjoy: 1.Learning about the experiences of people with housing instability, 2.Empathizing with the emotional experiences of people challenged by housing instability, 3.Problem solving in a collaborative manner with people. 4.Working with multicultural communities. 5.Becoming more culturally competent over time. 6.Establishing and maintaining appropriate boundaries with staff, volunteers, and all stakeholders, 7.Seeking supervisory help regularly and accepting constructive criticism to become more skilled. 8.Building rapport quickly with people from a wide variety of groups, including cultural and socioeconomic groups. 9.Living out the agency’s core values while on the job, of Respect, Teamwork, Mission Driven Work, and Commitment is necessary. 10.Using Microsoft products and a web-based database or be willing to be trained on them. 11.Demonstrating a passion to help the underserved. 12.Learning about the communities and non-profit organizations within JOURNEYS service area. 13.Collaborating with a tight knit clinical staff team.
Core Competencies 1.Communicate clearly while speaking and writing. 2.Listen intently. 3.Adapt to changing work priorities. 4.Manage boundaries and stressors healthfully. 5.Work on a personal computer. 6.Maintain confidentiality. 7.Problem-solve collaboratively. 8.Celebrate successes with clients and the staff team. 9.Follow all ethical duties and regulations based on licensure requirements.
Essential Duties DIRECT CLIENT SERVICES | 90% •Conduct individual and group sessions with assigned clients to focus on managing mental health concerns. •Assist with agency crisis intervention and once proficient, lead crisis intervention when Clinical Director is unavailable. •Coordinate and participate in the case review process. •Document all services and interactions thoroughly and promptly. •Collaborate closely with the staff team on case reviews and care coordination. •Perform other duties as assigned by the Clinical Director.
NETWORKING | 10% •Interface with other service agencies in the area to ensure seamless client service referral. •Attend workshops and trainings to ensure best practices.
Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. The Executive Director may modify, add, or remove duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made for individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
This work is primarily sedentary and requires occasional travel throughout the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago. The work schedule varies depending on the needs and services of the organization. Evening and weekend work may be necessary, depending on agency needs. This position will require exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.