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Youth Development Bilingual Team Specialist/JFAST Therapist

Under the supervision of the Youth Development Director and working in a team effort directed by the Youth Development Program Manager, will provide comprehensive case management, behavioral health and screening services, and facilitate referrals and engagement in designated programs to at-risk clients and their families with the overall goal of increasing self-sufficiency, fostering resilience, and building connections to community resources.  Services include, but are not limited to, in-home and on-site support, parent training, crisis intervention, counseling, case management, and substance abuse treatment referrals and support. The YD Team Specialist/JFAST Therapist will participate in multi-disciplinary team assessments with multiple North County Lifeline programs and other professionals to develop case management goals, treatment plans and therapeutic interventions. The YD Team Specialist/JFAST Therapist must exhibit cultural sensitivity and a trauma informed approach to services with program participants and staff.
 

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Specific Activities
  • Utilize evidenced based practices to engage youth in participation of services that are client-centered, culturally appropriate, trauma-informed, in order to improve the short/long-term health, safety, and well-being of youth.
  • Utilize evidence based or promising practices as the preferred treatment modality for crisis management and safety planning, as well as individual and group sessions.
  • Carry a reasonable caseload required by funding source and provide responsive services in the office, home, and/or community setting.
  • Assist in program development and resource identification.
  • Maintain confidentiality and privacy standards of participants’ protected health information and other applicable information in accordance with HIPAA.
  • Perform behavioral health assessments in order to facilitate referrals and linkages to designated programs. These may include, but are not limited to: behavioral health services, mental health programs, substances abuse treatment programs, educational programs, employment opportunities, housing, recreation and physical activities, and other health and social services.
  • Work in tandem with other involved service providers to facilitate the youth’s successful engagement in services and provide crisis management and counseling when needed.
  • Conduct comprehensive Mental Health Assessments and screen youth for eligibility to the program
  • Report summary of findings and observations based on Mental Health Assessments to the multidisciplinary team
  • Develop and implement strength-based individual and family case plans
  • Provide family focused therapeutic counseling utilizing evidenced based strategies and a trauma informed approach
  • Provide crisis intervention and stabilization
  • Attend weekly hearings of youth offenders
  • Case conference in coordination with other mental health professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and others
  • Provide in-home family support, case management and treatment (e.g. nutrition, budgeting, safety, home health and support systems, appropriate referrals)
  • Provide small group classes and programming for youth on topics identified in case and treatment plans such as anger management, life skills, youth leadership, job readiness and violence prevention.
  • Work in partnership with identified treatment programs to support case plan goals, youth engagement in services and compliance to case plan and treatment goals.
  • Meet with youth and families in the homes of the youth, in schools, and in the community.
  • Facilitate and participate in outreach efforts as directed by program needs
  • Attend and participate in case conferences, program meetings, group supervision, retreats, committees, trainings, and other collaborative activities as necessary.
  • Track short and long term client progress in Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) or program-specific tracking system as required by contract.
  • Enters case notes and document interventions and contacts with youth, their families, and identified service programs.
  • Ability to work independently and use good judgment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications/Requirements
  • Master’s degree in Counseling, Social Work or related field required.
  • Masters-level training in child abuse and all other protective issues preferred.
  • Must be registered with BBS, must possess license or be license-eligible
  • Training in and mastery of family systems theory and application of diagnostic criteria from the DSM-5 and evidence-based practices
  • Must have training/background in conducting clinical assessments and in substance abuse treatment with youth.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English required.
  • Candidate must possess the ability to make sound clinical decisions independently.  Must be able to apply clinical judgment, ethics, and accountability to formulate and implement treatment plans and other clinical documentation. 
  • Compatibility with agency purpose, goals, philosophy, and approach.
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm and passion for their work.
  • Must be able to work independently, use good judgment, and decision-making.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and focus on multiple duties.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and computer literacy required.
  • Must be highly organized, detail oriented, and self-motivated.
  • Demonstrates the ability to practice a wide variety of treatment modalities, and to exercise discretion and independent judgment in all areas of job performance including adherence to appropriate professional boundaries. 
  • Provides expertise in areas such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, mental health, relational violence, substance abuse, physical health, education, vocational training, and community resources.
  • Establish and maintains effective working relationships while showing open mindedness and a collaborative spirit.
  • Strong skills in engagement, crisis intervention, case management, interviewing, rapport building, assessment, goal setting, and youth participation and development.
  • Demonstrates strong leadership qualities, including but not limited to conflict management skills and inter-agency and intra-agency collaborative skills.  Must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Off-site counseling requires own transportation. Willingness to use personal vehicle in the course of employment (mileage reimburse).
  • Successful completion of multi-state criminal background check, TB, and Drug Test.
Compensation and Benefits
  • Your well-being matters at North County Lifeline!
  • Paid vacation
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid holidays (13 days)
  • Exceptional medical, dental, vision, chiropractic and acupuncture coverage
  • Free health and wellness programs
  • Free Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance program
  • Great employee incentive award programs
  • Training and education assistance
  • Matched 403b retirement plan
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Menu of optional benefits, including short term disability, critical illness, accident, hospitalization and cancer policy 
    Pay Range Salary will commensurate with experience and education. Differential pay offered for bilingual skills.
Physical Demands/Work Environment
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee may be exposed in an extremely stressful environment where there are considerable mental and emotional demands. Travel is required to the schools /client homes. Employee may be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.  The employee will be required to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer.
 
Work Schedule
40 hours a week- Monday – Friday- Flexible hours- may include evenings and weekends.
 
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