Maternal and Family Health Services’ programs touch the lives of over 90,000 people each year and empower individuals and families of diverse backgrounds to lead healthier lives. Our mission of empowerment, inclusion, and caring extends to our valued staff as well. We are better together because of our diversity, recognition of differences as strengths, and commitment to providing a culture of acceptance internally as well as to the people we serve.
Working to meet the health and nutritional needs of NEPA’s women, children and families with information, education, and quality care, MFHS is currently seeking a Therapist at our Hazleton, PA site.
The Therapist position is responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders, including disorders of mood and addiction, aimed at the prevention and management of such disorders; provides screenings for trauma and domestic violence; and consultation and psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families. The philosophy of recovery/wellness will be utilized by this clinician. The position also requires emotional resilience and stability since the work often involves dealing with patient crises. The Therapist will serve as both an advocate and therapist to help patients gain access to resources while confronting their personal issues/struggles and barriers, such as mental illness, addiction, and other life stressors.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Counsels’ clients to help with mindfulness, manage crisis situations, define treatment goals and plans for recovery.
- Responsible for connecting patients to supported services and programs, including but not limited to, arrangement for comprehensive pre-natal care, labor and delivery follow up care, post-partum services including contraception and gynecological/family planning services, the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program, referrals to the Nurse Family Partnership and other support programs as required.
- Provide brief counseling for all patients who test positive on the Cage-Aid screening tool for D&A or the PHQ2 depression screening tool; referring to community partners as needed to ensure patients are linked to appropriate services.
- Case management and/or brief therapy to identified clients who present with depression anxiety, or other at-risk mental health behaviors as appropriate.
- Coordinate cross referral services between other agencies and among physical, behavioral, healthcare providers and other community resources such as Centers of Excellence (COE) for medication assisted treatment (MAT) programs by establishing memorandums of understanding (MOU’s).
- Collaborate with the MFHS Reproductive Health Educator to increase knowledge to provide education tools to Family Planning patients and seek additional reproductive health outreach and education opportunities within the community.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED
- Masters’ Degree in Social work with LCSW or LPC credentials
- LCSW/LPC preferred
- Bilingual – Spanish/English
- 1-3 years’ experience
- Basic concepts and principles of managed care
- Knowledge of community resources
- Child Abuse, PA Criminal Record & FBI Clearances
- Valid driver’s license, current insurance policy and access to a vehicle
- Excellent customer service and communication skills
- Ability to walk and/or climb stairs
- Respond effectively and efficiently in high stress situations and deal with people under adverse circumstances.
- Use independent judgement and discretion in dealing with highly confidential information and sensitive situations.