Early Intervention Clinician

To provide brief and supportive counseling services to students in the local public school system.  Clinician works directly and effectively with students, families, school personnel, community partners and other youth serving organizations. The clinician practices independence and good judgment in decision making related to services to the identified population. Clinician works under the regular supervision of the Supervisor of Child & Adolescent Clinical Services.

Persons in this position are classified non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Major Essential Functions:

Provides education, prevention, and early intervention services to clients referred through either the Rockingham County or Harrisonburg City Public School System;

Provide face-to-face individual and group services to at-risk or hard to serve youth;

Provide crisis intervention and referral services as needed;

Conducts pre/post-tests with students utilizing rating scales approved by this agency and school personnel;

Enter and track data on spreadsheet regarding utilization of services;

Meet with an average of 20 students per week when school is in session;

Maintains a current level of knowledge regarding causes for adolescent violence, trauma, and adolescent mental health and substance abuse issues;

Attend meetings with parents and school personnel as appropriate;

Assures compliance with agency policy, client rights, confidentiality, and licensure regulations;

Maintains effective relationships with co-workers, clients, families, school personnel, community agencies and other youth serving organizations;

Makes effective use of available technology, including computers, e-mail, and voice mail in order to enhance customer service;

Is responsible for other duties as assigned, consistent with established policy and procedures.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and methods of mental health and substance abuse treatment; good interpersonal skills, the ability to work effectively with service providers from other disciplines and disabilities, particularly those in the school system and other child serving agencies; the ability to work with persons from many socioeconomic and educational levels who are experiencing a wide variety of problems; knowledge of and adherence to the basic ethics appropriate for helping relationships; the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing; ability to teach and provide education to individuals and groups; demonstrated good judgment.

Minimum Education and Experience:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Masters Degree in Human Services plus two years of experience working with children & youth, or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Licensed or Licensed Type Required.

Other Information:

Equipment: Telephone, copy machine, PC, word processing software

Work Environment: General office and group room environment with normal lighting, temperature, air quality, ventilation and noise levels. Classroom facility with environment as determined by school personnel.

Work Location: 463 East Washington St., Harrisonburg; Rockingham County or Harrisonburg City Schools.

Work Hazards: Minimal hazards associated with a general office environment and rehabilitation programs; occasional hazards associated with problem behaviors.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, regular school and office hours; 10 month position (Sept-June)