Details: The salary range of this position is $60-$75,000 annually and includes benefits.
Baltimore's Promise, a non-profit collective impact organization, is seeking a mental health and wellness clinician to provide services to participants of the Grads2Careers (G2C) project. G2C is a collaborative project initiated by Baltimore’s Promise, the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED), and Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools), to offer occupational skills training to City Schools graduates who do not plan to pursue higher education immediately after graduation. The objectives of G2C are to create a pathway connecting Baltimore City youth to career tracks that lead to family-supporting wages and to align education and employment systems to create a pathway from City Schools to occupational skills training programs to employment.
With oversight from Baltimore’s Promise staff, the mental health and wellness clinician will provide tailored supports to youth enrolled at all seven contracted training program providers with the goals of assisting youth with completing training programs, entering and retaining employment, and cultivating personal wellness practices that enhance quality of life.
The clinician will use a psychosocial assessment to develop individualized plans for youth who enter training programs. Assessments must promote a youth’s short-term success in their respective training program as well as long-term stability and health in their careers and personal lives. It is expected that many participants will face psychosocial challenges that interfere with their ability to maximize the training experience. Outcomes of the assessments include normalizing the discussion of mental health as well as clarifying the connections between mental health, wellness and success. In instances where youth present with clinical conditions necessitating a more intensive therapeutic process, the clinician will provide ongoing, evidence-based services. There may be occasions where referral to other providers is warranted to ensure quality and continuing care. In these situations, it is important for the clinician to develop relationships with a network of providers so that youth can be referred to high-quality services suited to their specific needs.
In addition to individualized support, the clinician will facilitate psychosocial groups with a focus on topics such as physical wellness, interpersonal communication, anger management, trauma, substance abuse, or other topics deemed relevant by the clinician (in consultation with G2C and training provider staff). During these workshops, the connection to well-being and mental health should be consistently established so that the training participants see a clear link between the different domains and their overall health and performance. The clinician should retain the flexibility to adjust topics and activity types according to youth feedback.
This position will also work closely with training program providers to give consultation and professional development toward a more complete understanding of mental health and wellness. After working with the clinician, training program staff should be able to better understand and identify behaviors indicating the need for mental health and wellness services, make appropriate in-house accommodations, and/or carry out external referrals.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- The clinician will work closely with Baltimore’s Promise, MOED, and City Schools to ensure that the implementation of mental health and wellness services is meeting the needs of youth. Periodic meetings and frequent communication are expected.
- Conduct individual consultations with all youth participants, as well as group activities at all training program provider sites throughout the two-year period.
- It will be the responsibility of the clinician to work collaboratively with the G2C implementation and operations teams to design a schedule for such consultations that reflects the realities of the training providers’ calendars and takes into account the various “stress points” in student training schedules (such as testing dates, on-the-job clinical experiences, as well as the beginning and ending dates of programs).
- Group activities will necessarily be fluid and changing across training programs, and will take into account the ideas and perspectives of training program staff.
- Conduct regular meetings with training program staff to convey the underlying therapeutic framework needed to understand, identify, and address the mental health and wellness needs of their participants.
- Document all activities with youth participants and keep files of assessments, individualized plans, and other relevant information. Documentation must be current and thorough.
- Prove monthly implementation updates to apprise G2C partners of all activities, issues with implementation, relevant findings, and recommendations for needed adjustments as necessary.
Desired Skills and Experience:
- Licensed LCSW-C or LCPC in Maryland.
- Strong work tenure: At least 5 years of work experience required in the implementation of therapeutic mental health services. This should include professional experience developing and implementing clinical interventions for individuals experiencing trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, anger management, and substance abuse.
- A commitment to continuing education and professional development around therapeutic mental health interventions, as well as a desire to work collaboratively as part of a team (sharing insights/training for the collective growth and impact of the project)
- Experience working with urban youth ages 16-24
- Ability to create individualized plans that address mental health and wellness needs
- Ability to work independently in various settings (individual and group) and locations
- Ability to develop a positive culture of mutual understanding and trust and assist in normalizing mental health concerns
- Commitment to services through race equity and inclusion and positive youth development lenses
- Ability to help project partners understand mental health and wellness services
- Understanding of common barriers to economic success, including childcare, parenting/family stress, transportation, and academic deficiencies
- Flexibility to meet youth “where they are” and ability to adapt to programmatic changes
- Ability to travel to different locations throughout Baltimore City and County to provide services
- Complete a background check through Baltimore City Public Schools
Interested applicants may find additional information in the Dropbox folder linked below, including the following:
- Grads2Careers Initiative Background
- Grads2Careers Logic Model
- Grads2Careers Program Catalog (student-facing recruitment materials that have provider and program descriptions as well as program eligibility requirements)
Access the information here: http://bit.ly/G2CMentalHealth
Location and Performance of Services
Work will primarily be conducted on-site at training program provider sites.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
Baltimore’s Promise is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity. It is our policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote individuals, as well as administer all personnel actions, without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin or ancestry, status as an individual with a disability who is otherwise qualified to perform the essential functions of his or her position, or any other protected characteristic in accordance with applicable laws. The Fund will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination, and any such conduct is prohibited.
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Baltimore’s Promise expects to complete the selection process within three weeks of the proposal deadline of 5:00pm on August 24, 2018. Please note that the candidate pool will include clinicians who have applied independently using a job search site and organizations that provide mental health services that have responded to a request for proposals. Services to youth are expected to begin on or about September 17, 2018.
Applicants are required to submit a cover letter (including salary requirements) and resume with salary history (preferred) by 5:00 pm on 8/20/18. Please email all materials to Jasmyne Gilbert at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "[insert name] - Mental Health Clinician Application".