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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 1812 - Mental Health Clinician

Job Description

FLSA STATUS:    Exempt
GRADE:    311

POSITION SUMMARY
Under general supervision; performs work of moderate difficulty in the delivery of professional mental health counseling and/or social work services; performs related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
Employees in this class provide services to court ordered clients. Services may include substance use assessment, treatment, and education; partner abuse intervention programming, and anger management. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Administrator of Psychological Services.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

•    Provides clinical services which are directed by the court in either individual and group settings
•    Determine frequency, duration and intensity of treatment
•    Diagnoses and evaluates mental health status
•    Diagnoses and evaluates assigned clients to determine level and type of assistance required (e.g. substance use, partner abuse services, anger management)
•    Collaborates, interacts, and consults with other staff, mental health professionals, and other County departments on various topics, issues, and client concerns
•    Prepares client progress notes
•    Prepares treatment plans
•    Writes discharge summaries
•    Participates in clinical supervision and staffing meetings, program evaluation
•    Facilitates substance use education and treatment sessions, partner abuse intervention services, anger management
•    Prepares and presents educational programs
•    Prepares reports
•    Maintains records of treatment
•    Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
•    Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
•    Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
•    Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
•    Theory, principles, and techniques of  treatment with dual disordered clients
•    ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) patient placement criteria
•    Domestic Violence and Order of Protection Court
•    Theories of personality structure and development
•    Fundamental types of abnormal behavior
•    Family structure and dynamics
•    Structure and function of mental health services
•    Community and other resources available to those who are indigent

Skill in:
•    Diagnosing and evaluating substance use disorders
•    Creating treatment plans for individuals with a variety of different needs
•    Applying counseling theory, principle, and techniques
•    Dealing effectively with others
•    Understanding of the court system
•    Public speaking and public relations work with other community professionals
•    Writing narrative reports/documentation with proper grammar and punctuation

Ability to:
•    Write detailed notes while in an intake or in session
•    To work with individuals that are involved in the court system
•    Participate in clinical supervision and staff meetings

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
None

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Completion of a Master's degree with a major in Social Work, Psychology, or related field and completion of a practicum in substance abuse, or two years of work experience in a mental health environment; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

A general office environment with a moderate noise level.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Must possess and maintain in good standing a valid IL drivers’ license.  Incumbent must possess one of the following licenses: Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor.