The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA) is a community-based not-for-profit committed to recovery-focused mental health services through advocacy, community education and direct services. We are recognized as the leader in Westchester in providing person-centered services that involve collaborating with each individual to achieve his or her goals.
MHA facilitates recovery by providing services that reflect our deeply held values that include the recognition of individual rights of self-determination, choice, shared decision-making and collaborative work. Our highly trained staff utilize evidence-based practices throughout our comprehensive array of trauma-informed and recovery-oriented services.
Through our robust services, as well as our advocacy programs and community events, MHA is able to meet the needs of thousands of men, women, children and families each year, helping them live independent lives in the community.
Join our Team! We have an exciting new opportunity for a Clinician (LCSW or Ph.D.) for our Adult Sex Offender (ASO) Program in our Nyack, NY location.
SUMMARY of DUTIES
Our clinics offer individual, group, family and medication services for individuals of all ages – and for a full range of behavioral health conditions. Our Adult Sex Offender (ASO) Program delivers sex offender-specific behavioral health services to individuals who are on probation/parole related to a sex offense as well as their families, when indicated. The clinician is responsible for the provision of direct, clinic-based clinical services and coordination with other agencies serving the clients, including probation and polygraphy. The clinician in the ASO Program will demonstrate expertise in providing trauma-informed care, utilizing evidence-based approaches, specific to sex offending behavior. The clinician must possess the ability to engage and affect change through a person-centered model. The clinician will demonstrate initiative, flexibility, creativity and a collaborative spirit. The clinician will support recovery by providing services that reflect our deeply held values that include the recognition of individual rights of self-determination, choice, shared decision-making and collaboration. The clinician will utilize evidence-based practices, always embracing a trauma-informed and person-centered approach. The clinician will demonstrate co-occurring competence to deliver services that are integrated and holistic.
SPECIFIC DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Provide culturally sensitive direct, clinical services, which may include but are not limited to: sex-offender specific assessment and treatment planning, individual, family treatment and group psychotherapy, crisis counseling, and community consultation and education.
2. Document client progress to maintain a permanent record of client activity according to established methods and procedures.
3. Conduct psychosexual evaluations with associated recommendations.
4. Conduct case conferences with probationers and probation department.
5. Identify case management needs of clients and coordinate with other agency staff and community agencies to have these needs met.
6. Collaborate with Probation/Parole and polygrapher.
7. Prepare status reports and documentation for court.
8. Perform crisis intervention as necessary.
9. Participate in program development and in training programs.
10. Follow the established clinic policies & procedures.
11. Maintain appropriate professional standards.
12. Other designated or related duties.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS
1. Principles, practices and methods of community mental health treatment including complexity-capable interviewing, assessment, marriage, family, child, and group counseling and crisis intervention.
2. Applicable city, state and federal guidelines and laws affecting mental health treatment, services and reporting procedures.
3. Principles of psychological growth, development and psychopathology.
4. Community mental health resources and services and other health, financial, social, recreational cultural, housing and legal advocacy services.
5. Understanding the impact of culture on mental health practices.
6. Familiarity with and ability to use an Electronic Health Record system.
7. Knowledge of principles and practices of group psychotherapy, with specific awareness of sex offense specific issues.
8. Knowledge of various theoretical and treatment models pertaining to sex offending behavior, including but not limited to CBT, Good Lives Model, and Risk/Need/Responsivity Model.
9. Knowledge of the science of polygraphy and how to utilize questionnaires to prepare individuals for the polygraph exam and incorporate findings into treatment.
10. Ability to facilitate the chaperone/safeguard process.
11. Knowledge of risk assessment measures and dynamic risk factors.
12. In depth understanding of conducting psychosexual evaluations, how to address the findings with the probationers, and how to integrate results and recommendations.
13. Knowledge of behavioral techniques which assist with modifying probationers’ behaviors related to sex offending.
14. In depth understanding of trauma-informed care.
1. The Clinician must be, in active status, a New York State LCSW or Ph.D. Psychologist with sex offender expertise.
2. The Clinician must be reliable and able to work independently and understand the importance of maintaining confidentiality.
3. Basic Computer knowledge and ability to document in an electronic health record is required.
4. The Clinician must be cleared by the NYS Justice Center through fingerprinting for a Criminal History Records search.
5. The Clinician must be cleared by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs Staff Exclusion List (SEL) and the New York State Medicaid Exclusion List.
6. The Clinician must be cleared by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) for instances of child abuse and/or neglect.
7. The Clinician must be legally eligible to work in the United States.
MHA of Westchester is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to cultural competency, diversity, and inclusion and values the ways in which we are different. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other characteristic protected by the applicable law.
To apply, please send your cover letter and résumé by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with "ASO Clinician" as the subject line of the e-mail. Thank you.