We are looking to hire a dynamic and passionate mental health clinician who is client centered, community focused and is a self-starter.
Come be part of a team who CAR2Es! At North County Lifeline, you will find people who are Connected to the communities we serve, Authentic, and Resourceful. We are Responsive to the needs of our clients and Engaged in our mission to build self-reliance among youth, adults, and families.
MAAC’s clinical program is a trauma-informed, infant and early childhood mental health clinical program servicing North County San Diego. The licensed IECMH clinician, under the supervision of the program manager, will work in partnership with MAAC’s Early Head Start and Head Start staff to improve children’s social, emotional, and behavioral health and development as well as that of the family unit, prioritizing service provision to families who are uninsured or underinsured.
The mental health clinician will be either co-located on MAAC premises or can have an office on North County Lifeline premises. Most of the mental health consultant’s time will be spent on MAAC service sites, Lifeline offices, or clients homes fulfilling scope of services, with the exception for documentation or coordination of care efforts purposes and/or telehealth services. The mental health clinician will provide outlined services on all MAAC service sites/community, and home-based sites.
Required Education and Experience
Licensed LMFT, LCSW or LPCC required. Bilingual in English and Spanish required. Must be familiar with screening tools used to assess children’s cognitive social and mental health. Able to make sound clinical decisions independently, apply clinical judgment, and perform all other aspects of quality clinical work. Must be able to handle stressful and crisis situations tactfully and appropriately, and to seek supervision when necessary. Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:
Possesses advanced knowledge that is primarily intellectual in character and includes exercising discretion and independent judgment
Establish and maintains effective working relationships while showing open mindedness and a collaborative spirit. Compatibility with agency purpose, goals, philosophy, and approach. Demonstrates enthusiasm and passion for their work. Utilizes a creative approach to problem solving. Interactions with others reflect a spirit of honesty, humbleness, and self-awareness. Accepts constructive criticism with a positive attitude and willingness to implement change. Ability to work well independently and demonstrate appropriate initiative. Must demonstrate knowledge of trauma Informed, client driven, and culturally competent care.
Reliable transportation. Must have a California driver license and good driving record. Willing to use own, properly insured, reliable vehicle for the job (mileage reimbursed) Required to commute between numerous child development centers, Lifeline offices, and family homes. Employment subject to clearances, including background finger printing checks, driving record, tuberculosis testing, and drug testing.
- Provide short-term, strengths-based clinical services to clients/families
- Provide parent support, trainings, and/or coaching
- Provide risk assessments and interventions, as needed
- Assist staff to address prevalent child mental health concerns
- Develop the capacity of the teaching staff and home visitors/family partners in collaboration with Educational Specialists and other MAAC staff to identify and address challenging behavior
- Assist to implement strategies to identify and support children with mental health and social and emotional concerns.
- Use classroom observations and consultations to address teacher and individual child needs and creating physical and cultural environments that promote positive mental health and emotional functioning.
- Assist other staff, including home visitors, to meet children’s mental health and social and emotional needs through strategies that include observation and consultation.
- Assist in helping both parents and staff to understand mental health and access mental health interventions, if needed.
- Review the results of developmental/behavioral screeners that have been identified as atypical and assist the staff and families in developing a plan to address the concerns.
- Provide staff and parent workshops/trainings considering each site’s needs per center directors’ request
- Work collaboratively and cooperatively with staff and volunteers within the program, the agency, and the community.
- Participate in all required trainings and consultation/supervisions.
- Attend all required agency and county trainings and meetings.
- Maintain accurate and timely uniform record documentation. Maintain data collection and contract compliance of records as required.
- Maintain clear, effective and open communication.
- Work with school personnel and families to reduce disparities and stigma in accessing mental health services and to provide high quality services to children and families.
- Maintain confidentiality and privacy standards of service-partners’ protected health information and other applicable information and material in accordance to agency and center policies, and applicable regulations and laws, including HIPAA.
- Other Duties and Responsibilities as assigned
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. EOE
Physical Demands/Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 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 various center, offices, and 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.
Full-time, 40 hours/week. Monday-Friday (may include evening hours and occasional weekends).