|Title:||Clinical Outreach Therapist (CSW/ACMHC) - Paid|
|Department:||Women's Resource Center|
|Location:||Salt Lake City, Utah|
Clinical Outreach Therapist
Volunteers of America, Utah provides a bridge to self-reliance and health for vulnerable individuals and populations who struggle with homelessness, addiction and mental illness in our Wasatch Front communities. The Geraldine E. King Women's Resource Center exists to meet the distinctive needs of women who are experiencing homelessness by providing shelter, case management, life skills training, and connection to community services and resources with the ultimate goal of assisting all clients in obtaining safe and stable housing.
The Clinical Outreach Specialist position supports the Women's Resource Center mission by providing outreach and engagement services to residents of the WRC who have been identified as being severely mentally ill. This process includes connecting unengaged individuals into appropriate mental health services through identifying client needs, development of rapport, offering support while assisting with immediate and basic needs, completing assessments, and referral to and follow-up of appropriate resources. The Clinical Outreach Specialist is also responsible for crisis intervention and ongoing collaboration with the WRC Client Services Team. This is a part time position for 10-15 hours per week.
- Maintain trauma informed and client first clinical approach
- Provide ongoing assessment of symptoms experienced by clients and their response to services
- Conduct biopsychosocial assessments for targeted group of clients
- Provide direct clinical services including individual supportive therapy and psychotherapy to clients on an individual and group basis.
- Develop and maintain effective therapeutic alliance with clients, including conceptualizing and fostering effective therapeutic process.
- Provide practical help and supports, advocacy, coordination, side-by-side individualized support, problem solving, direct assistance training, and supervision to help clients obtain the necessities of daily living
- Assist in resolving conflicts utilizing de-escalation skills and trauma informed practices. Also provides immediate and professional response to any security /safety emergency or disturbance within or immediately outside facility following appropriate policies and procedures.
- Keep records, clinical assessments, clinical notes, and statistical data as required
- Communicate with community partners and relevant internal and external teams to coordinate quick and efficient access to community resources for staff and clients alike.
- Attend and participate in weekly clinical staffing with housing case managers.
- Other duties as assigned.
A Master’s degree in a social services field or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training. Other required knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Possess an active/current licensure status as a mental health therapist and remain in good standing with the Department of Professional Licensing.
- Direct experience with homeless clients.
- Must be at least 21 years of age, possess a current driver’s license, have a good driving record and be insurable on the agency liability policy.
- 2 years experience in a social service setting.
- Knowledge of mental health and substance use disorder treatment best practices.
- Knowledge and understanding of Housing First philosophy, Motivational Interviewing techniques, Stages of Change models, Trauma Informed Care principles and how to operationalize them within an emergency shelter for women.
- Ability to uphold professional boundaries, agency policies and procedures, and interact in a professional manner with a diverse workforce, clients, and the public.
- Ability to interact with clients and staff by demonstrating genuine empathy, concern and understanding of their experience while maintaining professional boundaries.
- Experience with Client Track and HMIS database preferred.
- Ability to move around the facility, interacting with clients for extended periods.
Schedule: 10-15 hours per week
Pay: $21-23 per hour
Submit your resume on the career page of our web site: www.voaut.org/careers
Volunteers of America, Utah is committed to creating a diverse environment, where all people feel valued, have the opportunity to do their personal best and where leadership development is fostered. The organization is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All employment decisions are based on business needs without regard to race, ethnicity, skin color, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, mental and developmental abilities, physical ability or religious belief. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.