• Clinician II

    Job Locations US-WA-Olympia
    Posted Date 2 months ago(11/27/2019 2:01 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Drexel House
    USD $50,992.00/Yr.
  • Overview

    $50,922.00 - $63,745.50 YR/DOE


    The Olympia Police Department (OPD) and Catholic Community Services (CCS) are collaborating on a program called Familiar Faces that works primarily in Downtown Olympia. “Familiar Faces” are the 15 to 20 individuals in our community with the most complex health and behavioral problems and frequent and persistent contact with OPD Walking Patrol, OPD Crisis Response Team, Downtown Ambassadors, and other City staff.  This position is an expansion to the Familiar Faces program.  This position will spend 51% of their time with the Familiar Faces program and 49% of their time working with incarcerated individuals in the Olympia City Jail.  


    For Familiar Faces: The Clinician will be providing care planning and supervision for the Peer Navigators of the Familiar Faces program.  They will also be working directly with Familiar Faces clients, assessing their needs, setting service plans, and providing referrals to ongoing behavioral health and substance use treatment. This position will be working closely with OPD and others to provide navigation services to individuals who are homeless and take up the most time and resources of police and city employees.  Some of the goals of the program are to improve the lives of the clients, help clients connect to concrete resources including housing, reduce the number of negative interactions that the clients have with law enforcement, emergency services, businesses, etc. 


    For the City of Olympia Jail: The Clinician will provide direct case management work for clients in the Olympia City Jail.  This position will work with individuals during their incarceration to connect to services and to work towards re-entry goals such as obtaining shelter and housing in the community.  


    Work Setting:  Much of the work occurs outdoors in downtown Olympia or community settings with individuals with chronic mental health issues, substance use issues and often medical conditions.  The Clinician works as a team member with the CCS Program Manager, OPD, other agencies, system and community partners.  They help the individuals connect to tangible supports including housing, medical care, mental health care, etc.  The work will also take place in the Olympia City Jail working with incarcerated individuals.  They provide transportation.  They share office space at Drexel House.


    Clinical Responsibilities

    Case Supervision

    • Review and discuss cases and assesses the effectiveness of treatment options.
    • Set treatment plans in collaboration with the clients for the Peers to follow
    • Provide ethical and legal directives based on clinical assessment

    Crisis Response

    • Respond to crisis calls 24/7 regarding self-harm harm to others, psychological instability and medication management difficulties needing safety assessment or referral to another provider.
    • Provide mental health referrals.
    • Provide and/or arrange necessary crisis response and stabilization services.
    • Consult and provide ongoing clinical trainings to the clinical team for mentoring, and development of skills around specific interventions.
    • Provide clinical orientation and training.
    • Be available for clinical consultation on a 24-hour 7/day a week basis.
    • Provide oversight to Peers
    • Monitor and direct work of Peers


    Staff Supervision/Leadership

    • Promote on-going training and support, and ensure attendance at all CCS/CHS mandatory and relevant trainings for site employees.
    • Must be aware of or gain expertise in Certified Peer Counseling best practices in order to effectively direct Certified Peer Counselor staff.
    • Facilitate regular staff meetings.
    • Attend external trainings as appropriate that relate to funding requirements or improved trends.
    • Build relationships and partnerships with local providers and resources such as chemical dependency, employment, housing and veteran specific services.
    • Responsible for developing and safekeeping a workplace that values and supports a culturally and ethnically diverse work environment.
    • The MHP will set up a client directed service plan for the Peers to follow.
    • Assure that all staff follow CCS policies and follow safe and ethical practices and stay within appropriate social work boundaries.


    Clinical Intake Evaluations

    • The Clinician will provide an evaluation that is culturally and age relevant and direct the client to appropriate ongoing services.
    • Assess for immediate safety and stabilization needs.
    • The Clinician will assist to ensure that routine services are initiated.




    Welcome, Engagement and Assessment: The skilled Clinician will demonstrate the ability to:

    • Dialogue with consumers and relate personal experience that will assist in building trust with them.
    • Assess and review the consumer’s ability to communicate their own position and preferences.
    • Reassure and communicate hopefulness to consumers and that “they are not in this alone.”

    Individualized Service Planning: Utilizing motivational interviewing strategies, the skilled Clinician will demonstrate the ability to:

    • Assist the consumer in assessing options.
    • Reach agreement with consumers about activities that will contribute to healing and support and assist in communicating that to others.

    Implementing Services: The skilled Clinician will demonstrate the ability to:

    • Provide a range of supportive/helpful interventions and activities as agreed to with the consumer and documented in the plan.
    • Adapt activities and interventions to enhance focus on strengths, needs and creativity without changing the basic nature of agreements and plan.
    • Assist consumers in analyzing progress toward vision and goals and encourage their feedback to their team.
    • Communicate progress and concerns to the appropriate co-workers.
    • Participate in continuous improvement efforts by sharing perspectives in agency activities such as Quality Improvement reviews, staffing or other means.
    • Seek assistance and report incidents to the right people at the right time.

    Transitioning Services to Natural and Other Community Supports: The skilled Clinician will demonstrate the ability to:

    • Negotiate and facilitate transitioning to other services and natural support systems, providing contacts of who will be helpful, and providing follow up.
    • Reach agreement with the consumer about their transition.
    • Mediate agreement between the consumer and the agency about transition timing, when needed.
    • Conduct discharge planning and follow the client and continue to assist them during and after transition.
    • Facilitate appropriate termination and transitions in services.
    • All employees working in CCS have the responsibility for developing and safekeeping a workplace that values and supports a culturally diverse work environment. Employees’ treatment of each other, their willingness to try new ways and ideas--all these things contribute greatly to the organization’s success in providing an open, culturally enriched and diverse workplace.

    Ability to build professional relationships:

    • Ability and eagerness to spend time outdoors and in the community with individuals with vulnerable individuals, many of whom are experiencing homelessness.
    • Ability to transport clients to appointments, basic needs, etc.
    • Ability to learn and help navigate all applicable resources with the client.
    • Strong professional boundaries.

    Crisis Management:

    • Ability to assess, intervene and follow up on safety and crisis situations.


    Ability to Partner:

    • Must be able to work well with City of Olympia Police Department, City Employees, downtown businesses, social service providers and others being respectful of all while holding the best interest of the clients as the first priority.
    • Attend regular meetings with OPD and other partner agencies.
    The skilled Clinician will demonstrate the ability to:
    • Provide non-judgmental, unconditional support to the consumer.
    • Meet and engage the consumer communicating compassion, support, respect and enthusiasm for them and your role as a helper.
    • Listen to the consumer’s story and, with them, identify strengths, needs, preferences and goals.
    • Connect the consumer to appropriate ongoing behavioral health supports.
    • Maintain a focus on strengths, needs and creative solutions and inspire others to follow this format in problem solving.
    • Partner with the consumer in order to assist them in utilizing the resources offered by formal and informal sources within their community.



    • Provide records and reports as requested by the Program Manager.
    • Maintain excellent and up to date files and case notes.
    • Attend meetings as necessary and represent Catholic Community Services.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    Minimum Qualifications

    • Master’s degree in counseling, mental health counseling, social work, psychology, behavioral sciences or equivalent.
    • Certified Mental Health Professional as defined in WAC 388-877-0200 & WAC 388-865-0150.
    • At least 2 years of experience performing Mental Health Assessments using the DSM, and providing individual counseling, group counseling, and treatment planning for individuals identified as having Co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
    • At least one year’s experience in working with or related to working with adults experiencing homelessness.
    • Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and automobile insurance.
    • Certified Washington State Counselor (HIV/AIDS training required).
    • Proof of negative TB test within past 12 months and ability to test within first six months of employment.
    • Applicant must successfully pass required background checks prior to an offer of employment.
    • Must have an acceptable driving record per CCS’ driving policy. (required to provide current driving abstract).
    • Support and uphold the mission, beliefs and values of Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services.
    • Support and contribute to a creative, collaborative and respectful environment that promotes teamwork.
    • Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in multi-cultural situations.

     Preferred Qualifications

    • One (1) or more years of experience working with individuals experiencing homelessness, significant mental illness, substance abuse, and/or co-occurring disorder.
    • One (1) or more years of experience providing clinical supervision to Peer Navigators or Mental Health Professionals.


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