The Behavioral Health
Resources (BHR) New Journeys program is seeking a creative Supported Education
and Employment (SEE) Specialist, to provide community based treatment to
transitional age youth/adults in Grays Harbor County. This
program utilizes a coordinated evidence/research based team approach to provide
intensive services to 25-30 individuals' ages 15-25 experiencing their first
psychotic break. A potential candidate for this position should ideally
have prior experience as a supported education or supported employment
specialist or as a vocational specialist.
An ideal candidate will have a recovery orientation and will focus on
assisting participants to achieve recovery goals related to education and/or
employment, using the IPS (Individual Placement and Support) model as much as
possible. The SEE position involves a
majority of work outside the office, including doing job finding, job
development, school finding, school opportunity development, and in vivo
training in interviewing and educational skills. In addition, the SEE provides follow up
supports to individuals who have attained a job and/or who are enrolled in
school. Because of the nature of this
job, SEE specialists need to work directly in the community with employers,
potential employers, and educational personnel and spend the majority of their
time out of the office providing direct services to clients.
case load for employment and/or education capabilities, provides training
assistance, offers continuing support, and assists clients target potential
jobs and/or education, explore job and/or education possibilities in the
community, and make job and/or educations placements. Educates employers and
community providers about Behavioral Health Resources New Journeys Program and
how they operate as a successful community support model for employing people
with behavioral health challenges and encourages them to recognize individuals'
abilities to be productive and successful. Services are offered in a community,
school, and home based settings.
RESPONSIBLE TO: Clinical Supervisor
or New Journey's Program
- Bachelor's degree in
Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or a behavioral health related field
and experience developing community based employment and/or educations
- Must have at least one
year documented experience working with individuals with disabilities or
one year of human service related experience such as economical
disadvantages, employment, abuse and neglect, substance abuse, aging,
disabilities, prevention, health, cultural competencies, or housing.
(Spanish/English) fluency skills preferred but not required.
- Demonstrated ability to
communicate effectively; understand mental health assessment, treatment
and service terminology and individual, group, family and other counseling
- Demonstrated ability to
provide culturally-competent treatment services to diverse client
populations and maintain a cooperative working relationship with others in
a culturally diverse environment.
- Ability to provide
employment and/or educational services and compliance with confidentially
in accordance with federal, state and/or funding source requirements.
- Knowledge of community
resources enabling appropriate referrals for specific client needs.
- Proficient in Microsoft
Outlook, Excel, and Word. Ability to master proprietary software including
electronic health record system required.
- Requires access to a
car, a valid driver's license, proof of current automobile insurance
coverage and ability to meet Behavioral Health Resources driving
- Must pass a criminal
background and Inspector General check.
TYPICAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Meets standards for
documentation and work accuracy including timely completion of progress
notes, assessments, treatment plans, and authorization requests.
- Meets standards for
direct service, implementation and utilization of the clinical model,
quality of clinical practice and teamwork.
- Interviews individuals
and, if applicable, family members or team members in the client support
system to complete the strengths based vocational assessment to identify
clients' skills and strengths, interests, goals, dreams, aspirations and
resources available to reach their goals.
- Counsels individuals to
help them understand and overcome personal, social, or behavioral problems
affecting their vocational situations.
- Develops an employment
and/or educational focused service plans based on clients' interests,
abilities, strengths and needs. Service plans will have measurable goals
and objectives based on the diagnosis and will specify type, frequency,
intensity, and duration of service. Service plans will be client driven
and follow-ups will be completed on time, assessing the quantity and
quality of services provided.
- Researches possible job
and/or educational openings and opportunities for clients by contacting
employment/school services, newspaper want ads, previous contacts, cold
calling, and any other means of reaching potential employers and/or
- Performs job analysis,
matching potential openings with clients' needs, skills, and logistics of
getting to the job site.
- Establishes and
maintains connections with business offering employment opportunities.
- Sets up interviews for
clients, assist clients with application, resume preparation and
- Locates barriers to client
employment and/or educational goals, such as inaccessible sites,
inflexible schedules, finances and transportation problems and works with
clients to develop strategies for overcoming these barriers.
- Maintain close contact
with clients during job and educational placements to resolve problems and
evaluate placement adequacy.
- Performs interventions
as needed with assigned clients previously placed who may be at risk of
losing their jobs and/or education.
- Coordinates and
consults with other team members to keep team informed of issues and
- Counsel individuals,
groups, families, or communities regarding vocational and educational
- Provides crisis
intervention to clients when difficult situations occur
- Monitors and tracks employment
and/or education status. Provides accurate and timely written reports.
Ensures timely record maintenance of authorizations for purchase,
billings, and completed releases of information.
- Continually increases
level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency.
- Required to transport
clients in a personal vehicle.