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Behavioral Health Clinical Therapist- Ritter Center

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Behavioral Health Clinical Therapist- Ritter Center


~~Ritter Center~~Preventing homelessness in our community~~
  Who We Help

Each year, Ritter Center assists more than 4,000 people living in Marin County. We serve low-income and no-income individuals and families who are without a home or at-risk of becoming homeless.

The behavioral health clinician performs mental health screening, mental health and AOD assessment, crisis intervention, diagnosis, brief interventions, disability assessments and reports for the clients of the Ritter Center.  The clinician will often co-manage the behavioral health needs of the client with an integrated treatment team. The behavioral health clinician has knowledge and experience providing mental health services to disadvantaged populations, and is familiar with evidence-based practices for treatment of depression, substance abuse disorders and other mental disorders.

As a member of an integrated treatment team serving the homeless and low income, the clinician may be expected to conduct therapy sessions in the short and longer term shelters, as well as on site at the agency in addition to creating  and conducting specialty focused groups (e.g. mindfulness training for pain).

 Works collaboratively as a member of the multi-disciplinary team which includes primary care providers; other behavioral health staff; a consulting psychiatrist/Clinical Nurse Specialist; Case Management staff; a forensic psychologist; and the Chaplin with the Marin County Street Chaplaincy.
 Consult and collaborate with primary care clinicians regarding the treatment of behavioral health disorder, psychological and psychosocial problems.
 Work with primary care team to effectively and efficiently treat, manage and counsel patients with chronic emotional and/or health problems
 Document all encounters according to organizational policies and procedures, and grant and payer expectations
 Conduct assessments and documentation for Ritter Center clients who are applying for disability.
 Conduct screening and assessment of patients, using validated drug and alcohol screens and/or other mental health and co morbid substance abuse disorders screening instruments as appropriate.
 Assist in detection of “at risk” patients to assess and provide care to prevent further psychological or physical deterioration
 Provide crisis intervention
 Provide weekly clinical supervision for Ritter Center mental health interns. (as needed)
 Facilitates referrals to treatment and case management services.
 Participates in multidisciplinary team meetings.
 Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

 Psychologist, LCSW or LMFT; license in good standing with licensing board.
 Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in fast-paced primary health care setting and prioritize competing job demands
 Must be a self starter, able to balance counseling, case management and administrative tasks
 Experience working with medically ill, chronic substance abuse and homeless adults.
 Experience with mental health and co-occurring substance abuse disorders treatment modalities.
 Ability to establish rapport and maintain relationships with homeless or very low income adults with both mental health and substance abuse disorders.
 Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
 Can work “on the fly”- using flexibility and creativity to engage and retain clients, and respond to changing situations effectively.
 Experience working in a medical setting preferred
 Experience with DBT, CBT, MI, substance abuse treatment and trauma based treatment

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