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The School Based Mental Health Counselor and Licensure Supervisor is responsible for the licensing supervision of Master’s level community and school-based behavioral health staff and provides direct care to youth involved in Amoskeag Health’s community-based programming such as Adolescent Preventive Services and Community Schools program. The Behavioral Health Clinician Licensing Supervisor provides weekly, ongoing direct mental health counseling and mentoring services to adolescents enrolled in the Adolescent Preventive Services (APS) Program, a collaboration between the Manchester School District and Amoskeag Health. Through full mental health assessments and treatment planning, the goal of these services is to provide interventions that enhance the overall physical, emotional and educational well-being of program participants, as well as to provide opportunities for participants to build strong and meaningful connections with their families, schools, and communities.
Education: Valid New Hampshire state license issued by the NH Board of Mental Health (LCMHC, LICSW, LMFT), required. Two years post licensure and currently holds or is eligible to be a board-approved supervisor by the State of New Hampshire, required.
Ability to work effectively with adolescents, families, and professionals from a wide range of cultural, social and economic backgrounds.
Knowledge and understanding of trauma and its impact on children and families.
Three to five years of experience working with an adolescent population preferred.
Ability to provide crisis management, conflict resolution and behavior modification skills.
Spanish Language skills helpful.
Roles and Responsibilities:
-Provide clinical supervision to Amoskeag Health’s Masters-level community-based behavioral health staff who require supervision for licensing by the State of New Hampshire to include training, coaching, mentoring, and evaluation related to clinical competencies.
-Maintains a competent and engaged staff by communicating regularly, identifying training needs, providing coaching or corrective counseling, and providing recognition of strong clinical performance.
-Develop a means of identifying at-risk youth in Manchester’s high schools or middle schools. This is done by seeking referrals from Amoskeag Health providers, as well as Manchester School District personnel including teachers, guidance counselors and administration.
-Assess the social/emotional/educational needs of the participant and provide one-on-one counseling sessions on a weekly (or as needed) basis with adolescents. Provide a long-term therapeutic relationship, following the students through middle and high school until graduation with the objective of being able to create the greatest positive impact on long-term success. Counseling sessions primarily occur in the school setting, focusing on areas such as anxiety, depression, anger management, grief, etc.
-Provide comprehensive assessment, consultation, diagnosis, and brief intervention of psychological/psychiatric problems and/or disorders.
-Provide effective treatment planning and assisting clients in successfully achieving goals including information and referral, advocacy and case management.
-Evaluate crisis situations and apply appropriate interventions.
-Maintain accurate, timely documentation in the client’s medical record of all client contacts, case planning, client’s plan of care, and completing accurate billing/orders determined by level of care provided. All documentation in the client’s medical record must be legible and easily understood by anyone who may need to access the record.
-Work with and counsel students to enhance their personal and social growth and increase their responsibility for behavior and attitudes. Provide opportunities and resources for students to increase their academic success, improve interpersonal relationships, learn problem-solving and decision-making skills, and resolve conflicts and crisis situations.
Seek parental consent on individual adolescents who express an interest in participation in the program. Communicate and collaborate with participants’ parent(s)/guardian(s) as needed to discuss concerns, make referrals, etc.
-Coordinate referrals between the program and other agencies including local mental health agencies, the school-based programs, and other community supports.
-Maintain positive relationships with Manchester School District staff and administration, with ongoing communication about students’ needs, office space, etc. Attend school meetings (i.e. IEP) as required and assist parents in an advocacy role when appropriate or requested.
-Attend regular meetings with Amoskeag Health’s interdisciplinary team in order to provide a continuum of care for shared patients, as well to discuss work expectations, administrative concerns, and gain support from colleagues.
-Assist with coverage for the Behavioral Health Clinicians at Amoskeag Health when available and if needed at all Amoskeag locations during school vacations, snow days, holidays, etc.
-Maintain adequate safeguards for privacy and confidentiality in relationships with adolescents and record keeping. Display the highest ethical and professional behavior and standards when working with adolescents, parents, school personnel, and community agencies.
-Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of adolescent development and attend conferences/workshops in this area to maintain this knowledge and continuing education requirements for licensure.
-Demonstrate sensitivity to cultural diversity of population being served. Maintain client age-related competencies.
-Follow all Personnel Policies as described in Employee Orientation Handbook received at the time of employment.
-Other duties as assigned.
Benefits We Offer to Our Employees:
Medical, Dental, Vision, 403B with Company Match, Paid Time Off, Life Insurance, Continuing Education Opportunities and more!
Amoskeag Health has a policy requiring proof of full vaccinations per CDC guidelines, including both COVID 19/Booster and annual influenza. Staff may request a reasonable accommodation for a religious or medical exemption from these policies, but such a request is not a guarantee that the accommodation can be made.