Mental Health Counselor

Program Overview:
Located in Escondido, CA, Step Forward North Inland is a CalWORKs program that provides a full range of behavioral health services to assist individuals to overcome challenges and reduce barriers that may affect their ability to successfully move from welfare to work. Services are provided to adults and their families in a caring and respectful atmosphere, encouraging independence, initiative, and recovery. CalWORKs BHC provides excellent training in the Mental Health field with strong emphasis in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Seeking Safety, and Motivational Interviewing.

Typical Duties of the Mental Health Counselor

Conduct individual, family, and group counseling/psychotherapy sessions
Develop and update individual treatment service plans for clients
Conducts initial phone screens, triage and walk-in services, care coordination, and/or crisis intervention as requested by direct supervisors
Create discharge plans and provide linkage to other support services within the community
Participate in interdisciplinary treatment planning
Conduct initial psychological assessments for clients with mild to moderate mental illness, utilizing a psychosocial rehabilitation focus and dynamic team-based approach

Required Skills and Qualifications

Master's degree in a mental health-related field such as Social Work, Psychology, Counseling
Licensed or registered in CA as IMF, ASW, PCCI, or waiver-eligible (ABD) psychologist candidate as required by contract
Minimum of 2 years of experience conducting Behavioral Health Screenings and Psychosocial Assessments with adult survivors of trauma, intimate partner violence, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance use disorders
Demonstrated knowledge of County Health and Human Services requirements including documentation is preferred
Proficiency in MS Office applications, specifically Word and Excel
Bilingual Spanish preferred, but not required
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment is essential
A valid California driver’s license in good standing and eligibility to be an approved CRF driver is required to fulfill the essential functions of this position. In addition, proof of insurance is required prior to driving personal vehicles on company business.
Ability to pass criminal/background clearance

Hours: 37.5 hours per week; Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm; with occasional evening and weekend shifts

For more information, please contact Faith Konja via phone at 619-669-5227 or email (provide City and State in Subject)
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