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Crisis Mental Health Therapist-Unlicensed
Location:WC Annex NW MSFLD
FT/PT:Full-time 38.75hrs/week - WRS Eligible
Deadline to apply:10/31/2021
Hiring Range:$57,044.65 to $65,185.25/annually
Job Responsibilities:

NOTE: With this position, you may obtain your 3,000 supervised clinical practice hours during employment.
Wage: $57,044.65 to $65,185.25/annually


The Wood County Human Services Department has great passion for helping the members of our community. As an employer, we strive to provide a work environment where diversity and differing opinions are valued, creativity is encouraged, continuous learning and improvement are fostered, teamwork and open/honest communication are encouraged, and meeting customer needs through quality services is a shared goal across all departments. If you have a background in mental health and a passion to help the members of our community, please consider joining our team! 


In addition to who we are, Wood County team members are offered competitive salaries, flexible schedules, and excellent benefits, including:

*Health Insurance - we offer low premiums and low deductibles, with excellent coverage!
*Dental Insurance
*Vision Insurance
*Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) - This is one of the best-funded public pension plans in the U.S.!
*457 deferred compensation plan
*Income Continuation Insurance
*Vacation and Sick Time - Start accruing for both on your first day!
*10 Paid Holidays
*Flexible Spending Account to set aside pre-tax dollars for childcare and medical expenses
*Life Insurance
*Short and Long-Term Disability
*Wellness Incentive Plan
*Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program

The Wood County Human Services Department has an opening for a Crisis Mental Health Therapist - Unlicensed position. This position is a mental health therapist position created to support clients who need services during and immediately after a crisis situation and prior to being able to access the outpatient clinic for on-going services. This unique position works in both the Certified Mental Health Outpatient Clinic and the Certified Crisis Intervention program completing mental health intakes, crisis assessments and short term outpatient therapy services. Once licensed, this position also assists with clinical supervision and consultation for the Crisis Intervention Program.


These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

1. Provide brief mental health therapy to individuals, couples, children and families who have been involved in the crisis stabilization program and are in need of brief intervention services. Assess mental health needs of clients and determine appropriate interventions.
2. Perform mental health assessments of clients in crisis and during the course of treatment. 
3. Maintain computerized case records to document client needs, treatment plans and services rendered in a timely fashion as defined in Human Services Department Policy and Procedure Manual. Bill for services rendered as appropriate. 
4. Once license is obtained, provide educational/consultation and/or clinical supervision services concerning mental health issues as directed. This includes clinical review of assessments, notes, crisis plans and other related documents. Also includes assisting with clinical consult for Crisis Intervention including participating in the after-hours/weekend on-Call rotation.
5. Participate w/the Outpatient Clinic during scheduled collaboration times.
6. Provide information on community resources; conduct supportive and crisis counseling; refer clients to appropriate services, determine need for and provide mobile crisis responses, provide county approval for chapter 51 detentions, conduct case follow-up as needed. This position requires strict adherence to rules of confidentiality.
7. Create and update computerized community resource data. Create and update computer information on ongoing clients.  
8. Participate in consultation with other Human Services personnel and Medical director to review client cases as needed. Establish aftercare plans and assist the clients with follow up services/resources.
9. Assist in initiating/completing other departmental projects or activities as assigned by Legal Services/Crisis Supervisor or Outpatient Clinic Manager.
10. Attend staff meetings as scheduled. Develop schedule as appropriate to complete all assigned tasks.    
11. Assist in training new staff. 
12. When necessary, assist with coverage for Crisis Intervention and Outpatient Clinic 
13. Responsible to know and practice the Safety policies of the County. Perform all job tasks in a safe and prescribed manner.

1. Work independently in various settings, as well as the ability to consult with and report to the Clinical Director, Psychologist, Outpatient Clinic Manager and Emergency Mental Health Services Manager as to the nature of the case and appropriate therapeutic interventions to be used. 
2. Responsible to follow state guidelines to provide services in certified programming (intake assessments, crisis assessments, crisis plans, case reviews, treatment plans, aftercare, and any other required activities).  
3. Disseminate pertinent prevention materials to consumers on mental health, alcohol and other drug abuse, developmental disabilities and other relevant topics. 
4. Other duties as assigned. 

Job Qualifications:
Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions
Must meet requirements to be a Qualified Treatment Trainee (QTT) which includes having a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling or related human service field, appropriate state licensure or certification as a Marriage and Family Therapist in training, a Professional Counselor in training, an Advanced Practice Social Worker or a certified Independent Social Worker. Intent to work toward three thousand (3,000) hours of supervised clinical experience is required. Experience in crisis, brief/solution focused therapy, experience with severe/persistent mental illness or AODA is desirable, but not required Upon obtaining LPC or LCSW, job description and pay grade will change to the Licensed Crisis/Mental Health Therapist.

Position requires having or obtaining necessary trainings to meet CBRF certification under DHS 83 and DHS 34 Emergency Mental Health requirements. DHS 34 training requires an initial 40 hours of training, which includes suicide risk & assessment, WI mental health laws and an overview of crisis services. Must follow minimal requirements as required by DHS 35, 92, and 94. Must be able to work independently under potentially high stress situations, (e.g., high suicide risk caller) and possess good written and verbal communication skills. Knowledge of the DSM-V is expected. Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team is required. Basic, everyday living skills are needed, as is the ability to understand and follow oral and written guidelines and policies. Reading, writing, adding and subtracting is needed (to read and prepare reports, read laws and policies). Imperative to maintain confidentiality. Individual must be organized and able to self-initiate tasks. Schedule will be developed as needed and must maintain flexibility. Valid driver’s license is necessary.   

Basic office equipment used:  copy machine, computer terminal and printer, telephone, telephone diverter, fax machine, scanner, calculator, related software/databases and other equipment as needed.