DWC seeks a full time Senior Mental Health Clinician, to support the supervision of case management and direct service staff and to provide comprehensive, trauma-informed mental health care to individual women and women with children who are homeless due to domestic violence. This person will model crisis intervention skills, help create safety plans for clients in crisis, and provide clinical consultation to DWC Staff. An ideal candidate will lead, inspire, and motivate a team of case managers and direct service staff, whose primary goal is to link women and women with children experiencing domestic violence to housing, while also carrying a caseload of mental health therapy clients. This position is a member of the Clinical Department, and will work in collaboration with other professionals, and report directly to the DV Housing Program Manager.
- Provide trauma informed therapeutic services to clients
- Supervise a team of DV Housing Case Managers and direct service staff, as needed
- Provide mental health services, including individual and/or group therapy
- Provide crisis intervention and support clients with creating safety plans
- Conduct psychosocial assessments
- Develop and monitor Individualized Wellness Plan progress along with clients.
- Assist staff with clinical consultation, care coordination and coaching around clinical interventions and de-escalation techniques as needed.
- Review case manager notes and chart documentation
- Participate in quality assurance and audit preparation as needed
- Provide individual and group supervision to direct service staff
- Comply with local, state, and federal laws and regulations around confidentiality.
- Provide services in a manner consistent with the DWC mission and serve as an ambassador do DWC in the community.
- Maintain accurate and timely records, including mental health notes, and documentation of services provided to each client.
- Provide regular, written reports to the DV Housing Manager and additional reports as assigned.
- Participate in meetings and trainings at DWC and in the community
- Other duties as assigned to support the mission of the organization.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Competencies (I.e. Flexibility, Communication Proficiency, Budget Management, Relationship Management)
- Trauma Informed
- Relationship Management
Supervise direct service staff
This job operates in a professional office environment as well as provides filed-based services. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary.
Position Type and Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time exempt position. Days and hours of work are Monday- Friday 8:30 AM- 5:00 PM; with flexibility to work during non-scheduled days and evenings when necessary.
Regular travel throughout Los Angeles County is required in this position.
Required Education and Experience
- Masters of Social Work degree, MFT, LPCC and current BBS registration in the State of California required
- Staff supervision experience preferred
- Experience working in community mental health preferred
- Two years of experience providing domestic violence services preferred
- Experience providing trauma informed care preferred
- Crisis intervention experience, and familiarity and comfort working with issues related to homelessness, substance abuse, mental health diagnosis, and history of trauma preferred
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Oral and written fluency in English required; Spanish a plus
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook) required
Required Knowledge/Skills/Position Qualifications
- Knowledge and training in EBPs (i.e. Seeking Safety, Trauma Informed Care) preferred
- Knowledge and experience with DSM V and Diagnosis preferred
- Excellent active listening and crisis intervention skills with ability to exercise and model good judgment
- Strong written and oral communication skills; proven ability to communicate with diverse audiences
- Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities, including proficiency in balancing direct service responsibilities and record-keeping
- Able to solve problems by being resourceful and using creativity
Downtown Womens Center provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, genetic information, national origin and ancestry, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, mental or physical disability, marital status, pregnancy, military and veteran status or medical condition. In addition to federal law requirements, Downtown Womens Center complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.