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Assistant Lead Clinician

Company: Southwest Key Programs
Location: San Benito
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Job Summary:

The Assistant Lead Clinician is responsible for providing mental health assessment and counseling intervention services, as well as continually monitoring and documenting clients' mental well-being and overall adjustment to the Unaccompanied Minor's program. The Assistant Lead Clinician's functions are performed as part of a multi-disciplinary team and include development and implementation of client therapeutic plans, facilitating transfers, and reunification planning. All duties will be performed based on education, training and certified counseling experience within the social service field. The Assistant Lead Clinician is subject to work extended hours and weekends, and to be on-call.

Essential Functions:

  • Coordinate clinical services by assisting the Lead Clinician in providing oversight, supervision, and training of staff clinicians, monitoring clinical services documentation, and developing and maintaining ongoing partnerships with community-based providers.
  • Assist lead with the daily assignment of intakes, delegation of crisis interventions and completion of weekly clinical agendas.
  • Assist lead with weekly / monthly schedules to include, on call and evening coverage.
  • Conduct intake, admission, and diagnostic assessments with clients, and document results according to SWK standards.
  • Initiate and collaborate with treatment team members and clients to develop treatment plans.
  • Provide weekly one-to-one counseling and crisis intervention as needed.
  • Facilitate psycho-educational and therapeutic client groups.
  • Continually monitor the mental well-being of clients and assist Lead Clinician in arranging for appropriate services as needed.
  • Provide clinical services within Southwest Key, licensing and funding source guidelines
  • Participate in and comply with all meetings, assignments, process improvement, and quality improvement initiatives as assigned by supervisor.
  • Assist with the completion of weekly and monthly compliance chart audits / clinical assessments and alohas as merited.
  • Assist Lead in initiating / ensuring all Mental Health Emergency Protocol steps / interventions are implemented accordingly.
  • Assist lead in preparation for Southwest Key and ORR yearly monitoring.

Other Functions:

  • Attend all organizational required trainings.
  • Attend all departmental and program meetings to ensure that up-to-date information is received and/or information of policy changes or practice are adhered to.
  • Must assist in the evacuation of youth as needed due to inclement weather conditions, natural disasters, or other unforeseen occurrences.
  • Travel as needed for trainings, conferences or to transport youth to destinations located within the S.
  • Maintain a safe, clean and hazard-free work area.
  • Ensure the proper supervision of youth at all times.
  • Able to react to change productively and handle other essential tasks as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) and 5 years of full-time direct service delivery experience OR A Master's Degree in Psychology, Counseling, or other relevant behavioral science field in which clinical training and experience is a program requirement.
  • Licensed to independently provide mental health diagnostic assessment and treatment.
  • One year of supervisory experience.
  • Two years of postgraduate direct service delivery experience conducting clinical interviewing and assessment, as well as individual and group counseling.
  • Experience working with children, youth, and/or families from high-risk backgrounds.
  • Successful completion of 86 hours of pre-service training and job shadowing.
  • Required to work a flexible schedule to facilitate program services.
  • Cleared Tuberculosis test results.
  • Cleared background check from appropriate entity.
  • (English/Spanish)
  • Cleared drug test results. (Texas programs only)
  • Ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing.
  • Compliance with annual requirement of 50 training hours as mandated by SWK, ORR, and state licensing standards
  • Ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing
  • Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of hire.


  • Experience working with children and youth in inpatient, residential, or detention facilities.
  • Experience working with undocumented children and/or refugees.

Physical Demands:

Must be able to obtain Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) certification and First Aid Certification (CPR). Must be able to supervise clients indoors and outdoors as necessary. Bending, stooping and lifting up to 15 lbs required to complete daily tasks.

Work Environment:

This is a twenty four hour residential facility at which minors receive all services. It requires three shifts to cover twenty four hour period which are subject to change. Noise level varies from mild to moderate. Predominantly indoors, occasional outdoor monitoring or activities.

Keywords: Southwest Key Programs, Brownsville , Assistant Lead Clinician, Other , San Benito, Texas

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