Works closely with Transition Age Youth (TAY) Team to provide either field or office based skills coaching &/or therapy in an individual or group setting, for clients enrolled in Youth Homes’ Aftercare or Transition Age Youth Full Service Partnership programs, focusing on issues of substance abuse, art therapy, independent living skills, etc. Develops contacts & works directly with both internal & external programs & resources. Involves & informs youth of options & opportunities available to them. Clients may be ages 17-21 who are aging out of foster care programs or may be Full-Service Partnership consumers who are 16-25 year old’s with severe mental health challenges. Client substance usage ranges from normative experimentation to full dependence & client engagement ranges from pre-contemplation to action. Assists Clients in building life & coping skills & achieving independent functioning to the best of their ability.
Essential Duties & Resp:
1) Directly assists Youth Homes TAY consumers in the following areas:
• Develop curricula, organize/facilitate psychoeducation, skills & process groups regarding effects of substance use & other topics determined by clinical director of TAY programs.
• Design group curricula that is youth positive & attractive to young adults. Promote attendance amongst all clients.
• Assist youth in making more positive, safer decisions around substance use, utilizing a harm reduction model along with Motivational Interviewing techniques.
• Work with young adults on reducing the ways substance use is a barrier to achieving housing, education, employment & other life goals
• Supports youth on case load on building other life skills as needed
• Coordinates care as part of each youth’s treatment team
2) Provides individual psychotherapy & provides one-on-one support, guidance, & advocacy for a caseload of 8-10 additional clients in addition to interactions with clients engaged in groups.
3) Attends weekly individual & group supervision.
4) Completes all required paperwork including Medi-Cal billing & MHSA requirements in an accurate & timely manner.
5) Provides documentation for billable mental health services for 62.5% of time worked.
6) Reads, analyzes & interprets professional mental health reports & evaluations from County Social Services, County Mental Health, Probation, supportive housing programs & psychiatric inpatient units. Communicates clearly & directly with a minimum of emotional reaction. Writes clearly & concisely using professional mental health conventions & language.
7) Provides EPSDT & Adult Medi-Cal billable skills coaching & documents each service on progress notes for Youth Homes TAY clients as assigned by Clinical Director.
8) Works with Manager of TAY Support Services in developing & organizing psychoeducation, skills, or therapeutic processing groups.
9) Help youth develop & succeed in substance abuse recovery plans as an integrated part of community treatment model.
10) Facilitate or co-facilitate weekly group therapy sessions focused on psychoeducation, skills, or therapeutic processing.
14) Other duties as assigned.
• Licensed or license eligible MFT, LPCC or LCSW & two or more years’ experience providing mental health or substance abuse treatment for teens or young adults. Registered AMFT, APCC or ASCW also acceptable.
• Must be 21 years of age (licensing requirement).
• Youth Homes is an equal opportunity employer
• Possess CA driver’s license, with no restrictions
• Must pass all mandated security clearances, prior to employment
• Must pass health & drug screening, prior to employment
• Must meet all training & agency compliance requirements for this position