Title: Mental Health Clinician
Job Objective: To provide mental health and/or substance use counseling and therapy, case coordination, crisis intervention and mental health referrals for people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C or STI's.
- Provide office, community home-based, and drop in based mental health services to up to 50 clients living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C or STI's who are in need of, but not connected to mental health services. Conduct bio-psycho-social assessments to inform client diagnoses and client centered treatment plan.
- Provide clients with easily accessible and low-threshold services that operate within the harm reduction framework. This includes assisting clients with accessing mental health services on a walk-in, triage, and as-needed basis.
- Employ a wide range of client centered and strengths-based techniques including harm reduction psychotherapy, motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma informed therapy to treat mental health and substance use issues concurrently (when applicable).
- Work as part of an integrated team with case managers and peer advocates (and other essential staff as needed) to ensure that clients are connected to supports and services that will assist clients in optimizing health outcomes and move towards self sufficiency.
- Provide clinical support and outreach within AAC's drop-in centers to form therapeutic relationships and trust with clients who use services within these venues.
- Work with and support clients in employing a range a of risk reduction and behavior change strategies.
- Maintain close collaboration and communication with external medical and mental health providers, including all psychopharmacology prescribers, to help facilitate clients' connection to and engagement in medical care.
- Develop and maintain collaboration with a wide-range of mental health and substance use resources and treatment options within the Greater Boston area to refer and link clients to third party reimbursable and traditional treatment, as applicable. Provide linkage to culturally competent resources and treatment for those who are experiencing homelessness, active substance users, recent immigrants, people of color and/or people who identify as part of the GLBT community.
- Facilitate or co-facilitate psycho-educational groups on relevant topics, including mental health, substance use, adherence to medication and care, and health promotion.
- Directly respond to client needs and crisis situations. Provide crisis coverage and support.
- Provide supervision to mental health interns, as needed.
- Attend department and agency meeting and trainings as required.
- Participate in the annual AIDS Walk.
- Complete other duties as assigned.
- LICSW in state of MA, preferred (or working towards licensure).
- Experience working with young adults' ages 18 to 24, strongly preferred.
- Experience working with clients who have mental health and/or addiction issues and knowledge of and commitment to using a harm reduction, motivational interviewing strengths-based and client centered treatment modalities.
- Comfort and experience in providing treatment in nontraditional settings such as clients' homes, drop in centers and other community settings.
- Experience with risk reduction, behavior change and HIV/HCV/STI prevention strategies.
- Experience with group facilitation and training.
- Experience working with the following populations: GLBT, immigrants, people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS and/or medical issues, substance use, homelessness, mental illness, poverty and trauma.
- Knowledge and/or experience in social justice issues.
- Capacity to work independently and as part of interdisciplinary team.
How to apply
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter, with your last name, first initial, and job title in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
75 Amory Street, Boston, MA, 02119, US