Archive for February, 2015

02/11/15: Are we depressed or perverse? Two ways of thinking feeling in the information age


two articles about secondary trauma

Here are links to two articles which might be of interest to providers:

JOB POSTING: APAIT | Project Coordinator, Integrated Behavioral Health Team


Job Description

Title:  Project Coordinator                                   

Division:  Integrated Behavioral Health Team

FLSA:  Non-Exempt                                                                                         

Supervisor:  IBHT Director

Pay Range:  DOE                                                                                               

Revised: January 6, 2015


Under the direction of the IBHT Director, the Project Coordinator shall oversee all aspects of the HI ARC grant, including budget and contract compliance, managing staff and providing clinical supervision.  The Project Coordinator will serve as the identified Project Director on the SAMHSA award.  The Project Coordinator will engage in multiple and various tasks encompassing the core areas of management/leadership, and contracts administration.

Essential Functions

  • Directly supervise program staff, including MFTI, MSW, and Registered Interns.
  • Provide routine clinical supervision and managing scheduling, timesheets, etc.
  • Oversee implementation of evidence-based practices utilized in the program.
  • Oversee data collection and quality assurance functions for the contract, including chart reviews, documentation training, tracking/monitoring of contract performance.
  • Facilitate frequent Team meetings to ensure contract compliance, achievement of program goals, facilitate team building and maintain open communication.
  • Serve as primary contact for SAMHSA regarding program progress, requests for other info, etc.
  • Ensures overall contract compliance, including but not limited to budget management in accordance with SAMHSA restrictions.
  • Oversee subcontract agreement with partnering primary care provider.
  • Communicate regularly with immediate supervisor regarding progress, goals, issues and concerns.
  • Complete written and verbal correspondence and reports, as needed.
  • Engage in recruitment, retention, and routine evaluation strategies for Staff. Evaluation includes at minimum annual written evaluation and frequent feedback on performance to facilitate professional development of the staff.

Minimum Qualifications – Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • LMFT or LCSW with 2 years clinical experience post-licensure.
  • Bilingual Spanish speaking required
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  • Experience serving ethnic minority communities at risk due to substance abuse and/or mental health disorders.
  • Experience managing behavioral health programs.
  • Valid CA driver’s license, proof of current automobile insurance, DMV check and reliable transportation
  • Background check and Verification of employment eligibility required.

Non Essential Qualifications – Desirable knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Ability to work overtime, weekends and holidays may be required.

Supervisory Responsibility

Supervise the performance of all staff assigned to the HI ARC grant with the exception of the psychiatrist, a total of 4-5 FTE.  Supervision of staff shared with other grants will be coordinated with respective project coordinators as needed.

Environmental Conditions (Working Conditions)

The environment for this position is an office environment as well as working within at-risk areas including home and school based services. Driving is required when in the field, own transportation is required.

Physical Requirements

In the course of performing this job, there will be driving, walking and sitting required.

Mental Requirements

The incumbent in this position must be able to accommodate to all of the following: constant distractions, interruptions; uncontrollable changes in priorities/work schedules; think conceptualize and handle stress.

To apply, please email cover letter and resume to Peter Cruz, Associate Director. No phone calls please.

Special Service for Groups is an Equal Opportunity Employer/ Affirmative Action Employer

JOB POSTING: APAIT | Bilingual Mental Health Therapist


Title: Bilingual Mental Health Therapist                Division: SSG Integrated Behavioral Health Team

FLSA:            Full-Time, Non-Exempt                              Supervisor:  Project Coordinator

Pay Range or Rate: TBD


Summary:  Under direct supervision from the Project Coordinator, the Bilingual Mental Health Therapist will screen and assess clients related to co-occurring mental and substance use disorders; provide individual and group therapy, case management, and crisis-intervention counseling as needed. Coordinate referrals/admission to other appropriate SSG programs and services.

Essential Functions

  • Provide psychosocial assessments to clients at clinics, in homes or other offsite locations
  • Provide individual, group therapy and case management services to clients at clinic, in home or other offsite locations.
  • Participate in the inter-disciplinary clinical team with in the development of individual treatment plans, goals and discharge plans for the clients.
  • Collaborate with family, probation officers, care givers and  others in the community as part of the treatment team
  • Complete all documentation in a timely manner
  • Work on other appropriate tasks as assigned by the supervisor
  • Driving is a required aspect of the job (for example: must drive to multiple field sites).
  • Maintain and uphold agency policy, procedures and principles
  • Complete documentation in electronic health record system in timely manner

Other Duties:

  • As needed, attending/presenting in community meetings, trainings, and/or conferences as related to projects goals
  • Maintain relationships and networks with other service providers and organizations that serve the project’s targeted population.
  • Report on project successes and barriers for monthly, quarterly and annual evaluation.
  • Represent and advocate on behalf of the agency and the community at related collaboratives, planning groups, conferences, and other events as assigned.
  • Develop and maintain list of agency and community/mental health resources.
  • Attend and actively participate in internal staff in-service and management meetings.

Minimum Qualifications – Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Masters Degree in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Psychology
  • Must maintain a current and valid registration and/or license with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people, particularly with culturally/ethnically diverse communities.
  • Be familiar with DMH billing and bill COS as appropriate. Possess strong clinical documentation skills.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Bilingual Spanish a MUST-reading, writing, speaking
  • Ability to effectively use word-processing, spreadsheet, PowerPoint and database programs.
  • Ability to work independently and within team structure.
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Valid California driver’s license, DMV check, reliable vehicle and proof of current automobile insurance required.
  • Background check and Verification of employment eligibility
  • Ability to perform duties on some weekday evenings and weekend days when required

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • No supervisory duties


Working Conditions

  • Conditions mostly suited for an office environment usually desk and chair in a seated position throughout the day.  Occasionally, must be able to work in the community or health clinic based settings.  Requires driving in all weather conditions as well as challenging neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County.
  • Some lifting of office equipment, supplies up to 30 lbs.
  • Able to listen and communicate verbally
  • Requires ability to adjust and adapt to changing priorities/work schedules
  • Be able to process new information, think, and conceptualize tasks as appropriate

To apply, please email cover letter and resume to Peter Cruz, Associate Director.

Special Service for Groups is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

FREE short-term (10 sessions) couple or family therapy services in English therapy for any ANYONE

Hello All!

There is a truly awesome opportunity here at APAIT for people seeking therapy.  I am able to provide short-term (10 sessions) of ABSOLUTELY FREE therapy to any ANY individuals looking for couple or family therapy services in English.  Everyone who walks in our doors or gives me a call will be served, and right now there is no waiting list!!

There are NO eligibility requirement barriers.  The short intake process is less than 5 minutes, no client ID necessary, clients can be HIV+ or HIV-, services are very LGBTQ-friendly, I will take clients with or without insurance, etc… When I say everyone, I mean everyone!

If you or someone you know is looking for couple or family therapy, shoot me an email or give me call on my confidential voicemail.  Please feel free to circulate this to your colleagues, clients, and coworkers.

Hope to hear from you soon! Contact info below:

Taryn Feuerberg, MA
Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern
IMF#71616, Supervised by Colleen Eckels, LMFT
1730 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Direct Tel: (213) 375-3830 ext 1819
Office Tel: (213) 553-1830
Fax: (213) 553-1833

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