Mental Health Worker / Mental Health Therapist I/II - Day Treatment in Denver, CO at Mental Health Center of Denver

Date Posted: 10/30/2018

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Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY: The Mental Health Worker and/or Therapist provides milieu-based, direct care and intervention for children ages 6-14 with serious emotional and behavioral disorders in a school-based day treatment setting.   This position provides trauma informed care, ensures a safe environment, and provides intensive supervision of students to ensure successful achievement of educational, social and behavioral goals.

MHW - $15.00/hr. - $16.42/hr. (high school or equivalent)           

MHTI - $17.58/hr. - $21.12/hr. (Bachelor’s degree)

MHTII - $20.22/hr. - $24.28/hr. (Master’s degree)

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Actively supervise and interact with students in the classroom and milieu according to structured daily schedule
  • Provide a supportive and structured environment for students in order to promote growth and ensure safety
  • Provide direct behavior modification interventions and instruct students on social, emotional and daily living skills in alignment with clinical treatment goals
  • Implement to fidelity all aspects of TCI model of crisis intervention including physical managements
  • Provide academic assistance, guide lessons or co-teach students as needed with direction and supervision from Special Education Teacher
  • Help lead and actively participate in school and therapeutic programming
  • Intervene with students in crisis, utilizing approved crisis intervention strategies and de-escalation techniques
  • Follow program guidelines for physical intervention to keep students, self and others safe at all times
  • Model and teach conflict resolution to students
  • Help to ensure classroom and milieu safety at all times
  • Complete required clinical documentation per program standards including, but not limited to daily progress notes, student behavioral contracts, classroom rosters, attendance, incident reports and physical management documentation
  • Communicate with parents/guardians regularly to ensure engagement and collaboration to reach student goals
  • Implement therapeutic interventions developed by the treatment team
  • Plan and facilitate student activities including field trips, recreational activities and groups
  • Ensure environment is clean and well maintained
  • Transport clients as needed to field trips and community activities
  • Administer medications and complete required documentation
  • Attend and actively contribute to all required team meetings and training
  • Other duties as assigned by the Program Manager and Director of Child & Family Services.

Job Requirements

EDUCATION:

MHW – High School diploma or equivalent. Associates Degree in Psychology, Social Work or other human service field preferred.

MHT I – Bachelors Degree in psychology, Social Work or other human service field.

MHT II - Masters Degree in psychology, Social Work or other human service field.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Letter of Recommendation.
  • Physical and TB
  • CPR and First Aid Certifications within the first 60 days of employment.

EXPERIENCE:

MHW - 2 years of experience working in a clinical/educational milieu such as residential, day treatment or an Affective Needs classroom is required.  Candidates with experience in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) or other crisis intervention frameworks are preferred.

MHT I/II - A minimum of one year of relevant experience with milieu programming or serving children with behavioral issues. Preferred candidates will have prior experience working with children in a classroom that provides clear expectations and follow-through in an educational and therapeutic environment.

Experience working in a clinical milieu such as residential or day treatment or an Affective Needs classroom is required.  Candidates with experience in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) or other crisis intervention frameworks are preferred.

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:

  • Ability to adapt, problem-solve and communicate in a fast-paced, ever changing environment
  • Strong communication skills with diverse individuals
  • Self-motivated and directed, demonstrate strong relationship-building skills
    • Demonstrated engagement skills with children, youth, family members and other professionals
    • Ability to assess needs of children in a direct care setting and interface with the treatment team
  • Ability to intervene calmly and purposefully in difficult situations and/or crisis situations
    • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse individuals
  • Knowledge and understanding of trauma-informed care principles/practices
  • Once trained must be able to implement all aspects of the Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) model of crisis intervention including physical managements. Candidates are required to test and recertify at regular intervals in order to be in good standing and maintain their position.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:  

None

MACHINES AND EQUIPMENT TO BE USED:

Computers, calculators, fax machines, teaching equipment and classroom tools, copiers, telephone and a variety of other office/clerical equipment.

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Requires sitting, standing, bending, reaching and squatting. Position requires physical ability to assist students and staff within classroom environment, which at times requires physical intervention with students. 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:

Primarily M-F daytime work hours, may require occasional evening hours.

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