Pay Rate: Salaried, $70,000/year
Time Commitment: 40 hrs/week; some evenings and weekends may be required
Benefits: Comprehensive employer subsidized health insurance for employee only (including dental and vision),
Lone Star Justice Alliance is a nonprofit legal organization that improves the lives of youth and emerging adults (18-24) in the justice system. We envision a justice system that uses developmentally-appropriate responses to behavior and treats youth and emerging adults with equity and dignity to promote resilience, conserve costs, and increase public safety.
The Behavioral Health Counselor will be a part of a multidisciplinary workforce program that serves justice-involved emerging adults (ages 18-24) in Dallas, TX. The Behavioral Health Counselor will work directly with the program Transition Coach (Case Manager) and program director to provide holistic, trauma-informed therapeutic services to assist participants in managing mental health concerns, reduce substance abuse, increase coping skills, and increase positive live outcomes. The Behavioral Health Counselor will provide on-site, in person individual and group counseling services as well as workshops on a variety of mental health topics to participants within the workforce program.
- Maintain therapeutic caseload of approximately 20 participants enrolled in an intensive earn and learn workforce program.
- Conduct in-depth mental health needs assessments and develop, in partnership with participants, a strengths-based/solution focused therapeutic plan
- Identify participants with urgent mental health conditions and make appropriate referrals to available treatment programs as needed.
- Help clients examine mental health issues, including, but not limited to, stress management/coping skills, anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, grief, anger management, relationships, blended family issues, LGBTQ issues, self-image, stress and at-risk/suicide.
- Provide consistent support, including resource referral and interventions, to participants to ensure programmatic success.
- Maintain complete, accurate, and timely records of all clients through LSJA database systems and other required client tracking systems.
- Engage in team meetings to provide relevant updated on caseloads and student trends.
- Knowledge and experience providing therapy that is trauma-informed and evidence based, such as TF-CBT, CPT, EMDR, TBRI, etc.
- Ability to assess a client's therapeutic needs, to establish a therapeutic relationship, and to evaluate therapeutic outcomes.
- Experience providing culturally sensitive treatment to individuals from diverse religious/spiritual, cultural, racial, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic backgrounds
- Work cooperatively with a multidisciplinary treatment team
- Ability to clearly express ideas to individuals and groups in oral discussions and written communications
- Superb organizational and interpersonal skills (i.e. customer service, relationship, and team building)
- Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate and empathize with individuals of diverse backgrounds
- Crisis Intervention Skills
- Strong and independent decision making
This rewarding therapeutic position is part of a collaborative team that includes community college professionals, employers, and other team members. This position requires high capacity, strong boundaries, exceptional organization skills, and excellent de-escalation skills.
Other requirements include:
- Master’s degree in social work or counseling/education or equivalent. Fully licensed LCSW, LPC, or LMFT within the state of Texas and in good standing
- At least 2 years providing therapeutic services to youth and emerging adults (18-24)
- Experience working with justice-involved youth and case management providers
- Experience working in under-resourced community
- Computer Literacy skills (MS Office, Database entry, case notes, etc.)
- Must have access to reliable transportation
- Bi-lingual (Spanish)
- Prior experience in workforce development environment
POSITION PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Sitting, Standing, Lifting, etc. Behavioral Health Counselor will work on site with participants and may be mobile throughout most the day. This position may require walking or standing for long periods of time to meet with participants at their worksite if needed. The hands are regularly used to write, and type. Weights of up to 5 pounds occur (i.e. laptop computer, carrying case or backpack for equipment and files.) Requirements may be modified to accommodate individuals with disabilities.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply please send a letter of interest and a resume to Chief Mission Officer, Rachel Hampton, firstname.lastname@example.org. In the Subject line, type ‘Behavioral Health Counselor--Last Name’
In your cover letter, answer the following questions: (1) What does justice reform mean to you? You should be detailed in your response, but don't go over two paragraphs. (2) Why do you think you would be a good fit for this nonprofit.
Thank you for taking the time to read this entire ad, if you decide to apply and follow instructions, we look forward to following up with you.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis but must be received no later than May 20, 2022. LSJA has a strong commitment to diversity and especially encourages people historically underrepresented in the therapeutic space to apply.
We're an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.