Full-time (40-hours/week) position under the general direction of the Program Supervisor. Responsible for planning, developing, implementing and evaluating Mental Health services; working with children, young adults and families to implement treatment techniques to resolve issues identified in the treatment plan.
Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Provides therapeutic skill building services to children, young adults, and families as measured by supervision, direct observation and/or functional behavior assessments using a team and community-based approach.
Continually assesses the needs and symptoms of clients and families (meets medical necessity), gathering history, and determining the most appropriate method(s) of intervention (individual, family, group, supportive, outreach).
Submits timely documentation as related to the caseload for the program, maximizing billing according to caseload notes.
Continually assesses client progress and modifies treatment/services via completion and submission of outcome measures.
Accurately documents all work with client and/or family and/or relevant persons as measured by QA standards and audit results.
Participates in clinical/case supervision by coming prepared to discuss current caseload, documentation and productivity; accepts constructive feedback and direction; and puts feedback into clinical and or therapeutic practice with clients.
Establishes and maintains rapport and effective working relationships with clients, psychiatrists, families; works effectively within the programmatic teams and the community at large.
Advocating and/or ensuring accompaniment for clients (court, medical, mediation, medication, and with employers on program visits) with the goal to ensure satisfactory placement of children and young adults in a safe, permanent, and stable home setting.
Maintains knowledge of program standards and policies as developed by Five Acres, COA, Community Care Licensing and other governing bodies stakeholders; develops personal and professional knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; benchmarking state-of-the art practices; participating in in-service programs.
Maintains confidentiality over all information regarding clients, families, and operations of the Agency (including media).
Position requirements include, but are not limited to:
Bachelor’s degree plus four (4) years' experience, or Associates degree plus six (6) years’ experience, working in a mental or behavioral health setting.
Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
Prior experience with community based clinic/wraparound provider preferred.
Must have a valid California Driver License, proof of automobile insurance and meet the Agency’s safe driver guidelines.
Availability of a personal car with appropriate insurance which employee is willing to use for all Agency business, if needed; adhering to federal motor vehicle safety standards when transporting children.
Working knowledge of the family patterns, child-rearing practices, special needs, traditions and values of the ethnic and cultural groups served by the program.
Working knowledge of the methods involved in organizing recreation activities.
Ability to pass and utilize the Pro-ACT physical restraint system
Effective communication skills both oral and written.
Ability to be flexible and work in a changing environment.
Computer skills sufficient to meet production demands of the job including Microsoft Office and WELLIGENT software for program notes.
Ability to work varied hours including evenings, nights and weekends.
We recently celebrated a remarkable birthday for Five Acres – 130 years of uninterrupted service to Southern California caring for vulnerable children and their families. Originally founded in downtown LA as an orphanage, our initial mission was simply to provide safety to children who had no home. In time, our mission expanded to also focus on the well-being of our clients and caring for the mental and emotional health of children who were increasingly coming to us as a result of abuse or neglect. Having grown to an agency caring for nearly 8,500 children and family members annually across five counties, we now strive for permanency – a permanent, loving home – for all those in our care.These three pillars; safety, well-being and permanency provide the framework for all of Five Acres’ current programs and they will guide our steps in the future as we continue seeking even more effective means of caring for children and families in crisis. For over 129 years Five Acres has been committed to preserving successful childcare programs and developing innovative services for children and families in crisis. With over 100,000 clients served since its founding in 1888, Five Acres currently cares for 8,500 children and families annually, across five counties including Los Angeles.