Mental Health Therapist – DBT

Location: Longview, WA
Position Overview
This position provides evidenced based outpatient behavioral health therapy and the oversight of clinical services. Child mental health specialist with an emphasis of DBT therapy. Individual, family, and group therapy are provided to treat a broad array of behavioral health disorders, including facilitation to a Medical Home. Clinical services are provided with a context of multi-agency collaboration with an emphasis on effective, outcome-oriented treatment. Natural and formal supports are actively involved in treatment.

Summary of the Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Direct Services to, or on behalf of, behavioral health clients:
  • Access individuals of all ages to determine diagnoses, needs, goals, strengths, supports, & culturally relevant issues impacting treatment needs
  • Develop a comprehensive initial treatment plan
  • Interact with all agency departments in order to ensure appropriate assessment and treatment of the individual, including the medical department, Crisis Response Services, WISe, adult treatment programs, and child/family treatment programs
  • Reassess existing clients, including adapting treatment plans in order to help individuals obtain maximum treatment benefit
  • Provide case-management services as necessary
  • Consult with relevant community agencies, the coordination of multi-agency services, and participation in multi-agency support teams on behalf of consumers
  • Consult, educate, and train to other individuals or agencies as deemed necessary
  • Develop & implement behavior plans for clients with behavior problems due to personality disorders or cognitive deficits with clients or caregivers
  • Oversee therapeutic and case-management services, which may be provided by counselors, counselor-techs, and counselor assistants for those clients assigned to the MHPCP.
  • Participate in regular individual supervision from clinical manager.
  • Display a professional image to the community.
  • Ability to be flexible and manage urgent and crisis situations effectively.
  • Ability to motivate staff and develop a working team around individual cases.
  • Effective time management including but not limited to: planning ahead where possible and be punctual in person and work performed.
  • Build strong working relationships and a positive work environment.
  • Be receptive to feedback, willing to learn, and embrace continuous improvement.
  • Complete all documentation, reporting, and other paperwork per agency standards.
  • Attend all appropriate staff, organizational, and external meetings (as assigned).
  • Work efficiently both independently and as part of a team.
  • Other duties as assigned.

DBT team members shall:
  • Ensure easily accessible services, available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, via the resources of an integrated multi-disciplinary team, including the provision of mobile crisis services.
  • Provide service contacts within the community. Community is defined as services provided outside of the local hub of the service location, with the exception of the CSU which is considered “community”.
  • Develop an extensive assessment for each individual that will address all five spheres of life, as well as mental health/chemical use issues.
  • Develop an individual driven and extensive service plan that is strength-based, culturally and linguistically appropriate, and concentrates on the inclusion of other agencies and natural supports when indicated.
Note: Some job duties may vary and /or may be assigned as the DBT program develops.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master's or Nursing degree in counseling and/or social services related field from an accredited college or university required.
  • Two+ years’ experience in providing direct treatment to individuals with behavioral health needs required.
  • *Recent graduates are not subject to the required two+ years’ experience. Recent graduates shall receive a higher level of supervision until they 1) meet the WAC Mental Health Professional definition, or 2) receive a MHP waiver.
  • Agency Affiliated Registration in Washington State is required, licensure preferred.
  • State of Washington mental health specialty in child, disability (developmental disability/serious physical handicap or sensory impairment), and/or older adult populations preferred.
  • Clinical competence in providing assessment, supportive services, education, and therapy to consumers and their natural supports.
  • Clinical competence in the provision of individual, family and group treatment.

Preferred Qualifications:
Specific experience working with DBT
April A. Estes
Senior Recruiter
720-439-2609 Direct
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