Bilingual-Spanish/English Marriage, Family, Child Therapist

Family Services of Tulare County
Job Description
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Education:  Master's Degree from an accredited social work, counseling, or psychol­ogy program with emphasis on clinical practice.
  • Licensure: Proof of licensure with BBS as a LCSW, LMFT, LPCC or registered associate status required
  • Bilingual in both English and Spanish or multi-lingual.
  • Experience: Successful completion of graduate field placement required. Must demonstrate knowledge of legal and ethical standards of professional fields.  Previous volunteer or paid work in a human services agency preferred.
  • Transportation: Must possess valid California Driver’s License, availability of automobile for business use, and at least minimum automobile liability insurance as required by law.
  • Additional Qualifications:   Must receive clearance from the Department of Justice Criminal Record Offender Information Data Base. Bilingual/bicultural preferred. Must demonstrate special­ized knowledge or interests (e.g. family systems, impact of divorce on children, domestic violence or sexual assault counseling) helpful. 
 
WORKING CONDITIONS:
Environment:
  • Must be able to respond quickly and effectively to many types of situations, including crisis-driven or potentially difficult situations involving clientele living with mental health conditions, engaged in drug/alcohol use, victims of crime, etc.
  • The administrative functions of the position are performed primarily in a shared office setting under minimal temperature variations, in a generally hazard free environment and in a clean atmosphere.
  • The direct service functions of the position are performed primarily in a crisis center environment and therefore you may be in contact with individuals and families in crisis who may be ill, using substances and/or not attentive to personal health and safety needs.
  • High degree of sensitivity to and respect for diversity and cultural issues involved in working with individual of varying ethnicities and income
  • The employee may experience a number of sensory demands associated with the client’s use of alcohol and drugs, and the lack of personal care.
Physical Abilities:
  • This position typically spends time sitting, standing, climbing stairs, walking, driving, carrying and lifting (up to 25lbs).
  • Frequent operation of computer keyboard, firm/strong grasping, and repetitive hand control. Able to complete all forms in personal writing.
  • Make and receive telephone calls. Use of general office equipment, copier, scanner, and fax machine. Subjected to outside environmental conditions.
  • Close vision, peripheral vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Psychological tolerance for confrontation and/or disruptive behaviors of clients.
 
The conditions described above must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions
 
 
NATURE & SCOPE:
 
  • Assess the psychosocial needs of individuals, couples, family groups requesting service and develop individual case treatment plans, including children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly.
  • Provide psycho-educational, case management and therapeutic services, including individual counseling, co-parenting sessions, therapeutic reunification, divorce or marital therapy, assessments, family therapy, parenting skills education, referral and advocacy services.
  • Develop and implement specialized therapeutic groups and programs as needed or assigned.
  • If unlicensed, participate in appropriate supervision activity as prescribed by the BBSE. If licensed, individual supervision as arranged with Clinical Manager.
  • Manage a clinical caseload of Spanish-speaking clients by providing individual and family therapy in a nurturing and safe environment.
  • Maintain knowledge of and ability to implement all current mandatory reporting laws that supersede client confidentiality policies: suspected incidence of child neglect or abuse to Child Welfare Services; abuse or exploitation of an elderly person to Adult Protective Services.
  • Maintain and develop clinical knowledge and skill through attendance at seminars or conferences, use of FSTC library, review of current professional journals and other literature.
  • Maintain up-to-date client case records including assessment summary, weekly progress notes, closing summary, consent to treat minors, release of information forms, correspondence, evaluation data, and any other documents related to the case.
  • Contact or prepare any written reports required by referring parties or other practitioners, Court Services, Child Welfare, Probation, Victims Assistance, Mental Health etc., as needed to communicate client's problems/needs, diagnosis,  progress, and prognosis.
  • Adhere to all protocols and office procedures regarding accepting new cases, scheduling appointments, fee policies, treating insured clients and reporting of such in accordance with individual health insurance company, EAP, or HMO policies, and requesting clerical support.
  • Must possess ability to understand and appreciate diversity, and to be sensitive to different experiences and lifestyles.
  • Perform all duties in a confidential and safe manner to avoid injury to self and others.
  • Other duties as assigned
 
 
Family Services is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
 
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