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Licensed Psychotherapist

Category:

Regular Employment

Type:

Regular Part-Time

Job Location:

US-DC-Washington

ORGANIZATIONAL SUMMARY:

POSITION SUMMARY:

Us Helping Us is a rapidly growing and mission-driven nonprofit. For the past 30 years, we have provided innovative programs and services to improve the health and wellbeing of racial, sexual orientation and gender minorities, people living with HIV/AIDS, and persons with substance abuse disorders and mental illness. As it exists today, we currently operate two office locations in the greater Washington, DC area and offer a variety of clinical, behavioral/mental health and social support services in a trusting, compassionate and non-judgmental environment. We are currently hiring for a Youth Empowerment Specialist and are looking for an energetic, independently motivated and committed person to fill this position.

 

 

The Licensed Psychotherapist will serve our very diverse client population via in-office visits and through the use of telehealth technologies. Our clients present with LGBTQ concerns, depression, anxiety, body image concerns, substance abuse, trauma, and aging/life transition concerns. The Licensed Psychotherapist will have responsibilities ranging from direct services (perform initial and re-evaluations; individual, couple, family and group psychotherapies) to program development (facilitate support groups with marginalized populations such as people living with HIV) and program planning (implement effective policies that ensures patient safety and confidentiality). The Licensed Psychotherapist will also be responsible for communicating with healthcare professionals that provide clients with medical care and making appropriate referrals to more complex therapies.

 

The Licensed Psychotherapist will have the following responsibilities:

  • Using trauma-informed and strengths-based approaches, help clients (especially LGBTQ youth and adults) to identify, address and overcome their mental and emotional issues.

  • Assess clients’ needs, situations, and support networks to enable them to achieve their behavioral, mental health and medical goals as well as to improve and/or maintain their current health situation. We have a particular focus on LGBTQ youth and adults.

  • Develop Individualized Service/Health Plans to improve clients’ overall health and well-being, including people living with HIV/AIDS, substance abusers, and other at-risk populations.

  • Identify people, especially LGBTQ persons, with behavioral, medical and social service needs and link them to the appropriate internal and external services.

  • Help clients adjust to changes and challenges in their lives such as loss of a loved one, job loss, medical diagnosis or illness, divorce, or unemployment.

  • Advocate for and refer clients to community resources (non-Medical Case Management, emergency food assistance) that will improve clients' overall health and well-being.

  • Respond to crisis situations, such as intimate partner violence and abuse, and be flexible in evidence-based treatments based on client needs.

  • Follow up with clients to ensure clients attend their referral appointments as well as monitor whether clients' situations and health conditions improve.

  • Meet on a monthly basis with an inter-disciplinary team, including other Mental Health Therapists and the Executive Director, to discuss innovative psychotherapies and behavioral/mental health interventions that improve the health and well-being of marginalized populations.

  • With the other Mental Health Therapists, share in knowledge dissemination, reporting, and communications to the Executive Director, staff, and the community-at-large.

  • With the other Mental Health Therapists, provide internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate social work students and other related trainees using a supportive and collaborative team approach.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience and Education

  • Have a Master’s degree in Psychology, Professional Counseling, Social Work, or a related field.

  • Have a current license in the District of Columbia or Maryland (e.g., Professional Counselor, Social Work), which must be renewed regularly by obtaining the required continuing education units.

  • At least three (3) years of work experience as a Licensed Psychotherapist in a community-based or behavioral health setting, with a track record of high client self-management and experience working with people living with HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ youth and adults.

  • Three (3) years of experience conducting clinical interviews and writing comprehensive social history evaluations.

  • Three (3) years of experience administering, interpreting, and analyzing related assessment instruments.

 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of human behavior and performance; assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders; and differences in ability, personality and interests.

  • Knowledge of principles, methods and procedures for diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of behavioral, emotional and mental dysfunctions.

  • Knowledge of couple and group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity and trauma.

  • Knowledge of culturally-grounded service provision to traditionally underserved populations and with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in particular.

  • Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and data capturing systems, including but not limited to stenography, electronic health record systems, and transcription.

  • Logic and reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusion or approaches to problems.

  • Excellent communication (written and verbal), active listening and interpersonal skills are essential.

  • Operates with transparency, direction, discernment, and communicates effectively and with substance.

  • Must be sensitive to others' needs and feelings; honest and ethical; reliable, responsible and dependable; and willing to take on responsibilities and challenges.

  • In a team environment, must be able to plan and organize work in an effective and timely manner and maintain a flexible schedule in accordance with program needs.

  • Must have own or adequate transportation to travel frequently within the metropolitan area (although home visits may not be required).

  • Ability to plan and organize work in an effective and timely manner and maintain a flexible schedule in accordance with program needs.

  • Maintain required continuing education.

Specifications

  • Work a minimum of 40 hours per week, including evenings and weekend commitments.

  • Salary range is $55,000-$77,500 plus health benefits and federally observed holidays.

  • Current or previous credentialing on insurance panels preferred.

  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident of valid U.S. work permit required.

  • Must submit to and successfully complete a background investigation.

Us Helping Us is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, language, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, gender expression, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran with a disability.

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