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LCSW/LPC/LMFT for Teens & Young Adults– Emerson Phoenix in Denver, CO at Mental Health Center of Denver

Date Posted: 5/1/2019

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Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY:  This position will serve as the primary clinician for our Coordinated Specialty Care team serving young people who are experiencing their first episode of psychosis. The Phoenix program is based on the RAISE model – Recovery After Initial Schizophrenia Episode. This position will coordinate closely with the team, which includes psychiatry, supported employment and education, peer support, family psychoeducation and therapy services. This position will include meeting with individuals in the office setting for weekly therapy sessions, with additional services provided in the community or in the home when more support is needed. 



  • Provide direct therapeutic services based on the RAISE model’s IRT (Individual Resiliency Training) evidenced-based intervention. Integrate other behavioral, solution-focused and strengths-based therapy modalities as needed.
  • Lead weekly specialty care coordination meetings with multidisciplinary team to further identify treatment successes, barriers and coordinate access to needed resources.
  • Help consumers in meeting basic needs for food, clothing, shelter, personal safety, and general medical and dental care, and assist them with applications for income, medical, housing, or other benefits which they may need and to which they are entitled.  Identify consumers for whom establishment of a protective payee-ship is necessary and arrange this assistance. 
  • Ensure consumers access to needed services and community resources by arranging for transportation, or if necessary, by taking the consumers to the service in personal vehicle (business insurance on vehicle reimbursed by MHCD).
    • Must have valid Colorado Driver License
    • Have clean driving record
    • Reliable Vehicle to transport consumers
  • Help consumers evaluate both their strengths and symptoms, and facilitate in consumers setting their own goals, and plan for appropriate services;
  • Identify and coordinate with schools, care managers, hospitals and advocate for appropriate services within these systems.
  • Build rapport and support young people with serious mental health challenges and trauma through trauma-informed and person-centered work
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

EDUCATION:  Master’s Degree (or higher) in Psychology, Social Work, or other human service field. Licensed or license eligible (LCSW, LPC, LMFT, Psychologist). Knowledge and understanding of Psychiatric Rehabilitation philosophy and principles

Must have valid Colorado Drivers license and a positive driving record.  Ability to transport consumers in dependable vehicle.

EXPERIENCE:  At least three years’ experience working with adolescents and/or young adults experiencing significant mental health challenges.


  • Knowledge and methods of psychotherapy
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Ability to assess crisis situations and intervene appropriately
  • Ability to de-escalate and remain calm
  • Familiarity with the DSMV and diagnostic techniques
  • Must have a clear understanding of HIPAA, confidentiality, personal boundaries and be self-assured in a variety of situations.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, flexibly, and quickly adapt to changing situations
  • Ability to give, receive and analyze information, formulate work plans, prepare written materials and articulate goals and action plans
  • Must understand people from all walks of life and be able to communicate effectively with them – connect with people, so they are engaged in treatment.
  • Someone who is energetic, with a positive and creative attitude is necessary.
  • Knowledge and understanding of trauma-informed care principles/practices.  
  • Good time-management for managing appointments in the community and for timely documentation in the EHR


MACHINES AND EQUIPMENT TO BE USED:  Computers, calculators, fax machines, copiers, telephone and a variety of other office/clerical equipment.

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Requires sitting, standing, bending and reaching.  May require lifting up to 50 pounds.   Requires manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines such as computers, fax machines, the telephone and other office and/or clinical equipment.

WORKING CONDITIONS:  May require occasional evening or weekend hours.

General HOURS: M-F, 8:00am-5pm (may have option for 4 day workweek, if preferred)