Mental Health Counselor needed in Lynnwood
5026 196th Street SW Lynwood, WA 98036 US
The Mental Health Counselor provides information on mental health and chemical dependency services to older adults and the community. This position links older adults with community resources and assists older adults to obtain services through facilitation and advocacy.
This position will address the issue of mental health and wellness in older adults including screening for depression; one-on-one counseling to reduce symptoms of depression, grief and anxiety; advocacy with medical providers; assistance as needed in accessing available services.
This is a hybrid-remote position, with the first 30 days onsite at our Lynnwood WA offices for training, and then onsite thereafter as needed for meetings, trainings, and events.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Information and Service Referral
- Conducts client intake interviews and screening assessments by phone or in person to determine client needs
- Provides detailed information to callers on resources specific to mental health and chemical dependency
- Facilitates referrals to appropriate services or programs
- Responds to crisis calls in accordance with agency crisis and emergency response protocols
- Counsel family and community members or other appropriate persons on managing complex client situations; provides supporting as well as resource information
- Helps callers identify alternative or informal resources when community resources are not available or not appropriate
- Conducts in-depth, often complex interviews to determine if the situation indicates the need for more intensive follow up by phone; independently determines referral point(s) and makes additional community/ family contacts as needed
- Interacts with other service providers and referral sources to create effective access to services
- Assists with monthly and annual statistical reporting
Mental Health Counseling
- Administer the Geriatric Depression Scale or other depression screening tool to non-institutionalized Snohomish County residents.
- Refer clients whose scores indicate mild to moderate depression to their physicians and other health care professionals for follow up diagnosis or treatment.
- Short-term mental health counseling, grief counseling, family mediation support and improving communications skills. Willing to provide counseling virtually, over the phone, or in-home as appropriate to meet the needs of the client.
- Consult with mental health service providers and other health care professionals.
- Provide additional client support services as needed.
- Regular and routine attendance
- Other duties as assigned
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
- Masters degree in relevant field (social work, gerontology, psychology, counseling, human services) required
- Two (2) years of paid experience providing direct services with focus on mental health
- Access to reliable transportation to client homes and other venues around Snohomish County
- Demonstrated ability in oral and written communication and the ability to relate well with a diverse population
- Training or experience in interviewing skills