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Mental Health Senior Practitioner

at Guilford County Schools

Pay: up to $43346/year
$43346 - $
Posted: 9/21/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 1748655
Keywords: health

Job Description

Overall Job Objective



Position functions as a member of a clinical or program team which directs, coordinates and provides treatment to children, adults and families of all ages (infants to geriatrics) and who have mental, emotional, developmental and/or substance abuse disabilities.  Positions include Vocational/Rehabilitation Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Social Workers, Evaluation Therapists and Family Therapists.  Positions work with Provider and Mandated Services which include Child and Family and Adult and Family Clinical teams and Programs, Willie M, Thomas 'S', CAP MR/DD, and EIS.


• Independently conducts individualized holistic and comprehensive assessments and evaluations by interviewing the consumer and family.
• Independently directs and provides treatment and/or rehabilitation for assigned caseload to include, but not limited to, short-term and long-term individual, group and family therapies.
• Independently acts as coordinator of treatment for assigned caseload.  Develops, monitors, updates and evaluates, at critical junctures and transitions, treatment plans and consumer outcomes; has responsibility for authorization and utilization management; identifies, facilitates and utilizes system of care concepts across all aspects of treatment and rehabilitation.
• Independently participates fully in the multidisciplinary treatment process and assumes shared accountability for all aspects of consumer care for assigned team caseload.
• Independently organizes, composes and submits documentation required for all aspects of consumer care by completing internal/external reports/records/summaries.
• Independently coordinates, develops, facilitates and participates in the provision of the full range of crisis intervention services for assigned caseload.


• Considerable background in essential areas of psychiatric, substance abuse, rehabilitation, vocational and child development treatment; familiarity with a variety of treatment models; and considerable knowledge of special clinical/rehabilitation/vocational interventions.
• Thorough knowledge of the characteristics/needs of individuals/families of all ages/racial/ethnic/cultural, in order to complete assessments/evaluations/plans at intake and throughout the care coordination, treatment planning and service provision process.   
• Experience and practice of the System of Care Core Values and Guiding Principles in order to practice cultural competency and responsiveness and provide community-based consumer-driven/individualized and family-involved treatment planning and implementation.
• Considerable knowledge of confidentiality and client rights.
• Understanding of the organization's technical and administrative systems including; quality improvement, utilization management, relative fiscal issues and appropriate use of resources in order to complete documentation, track data/outcomes/productivity and monitor costs/authorizations and utilization of resources.

• Advanced assessment, interviewing, diagnosis and treatment planning skills in order to complete assessments/ evaluations and plans at intake and throughout the case coordination process. 
• Advanced group facilitation skills in order to conduct treatment planning sessions, staff meetings, group supervision, and group/family sessions.
• Advanced oral and written communication skills.
• Advanced conflict resolution skills.
• Advanced ability to facilitate and complete bio/psycho/social/spiritual and rehabilitation/vocational assessments.
• Advanced ability to identify, prevent, intervene and stabilize crisis situations as needed.
• Advanced ability to coordinate/manage a caseload of MI/DD/SA consumers of all ages and their families.
• Advanced ability to consult and share professional expertise in a comprehensive manner across all agency/ community systems.
• Ability to treat or consult on more complex cases.

Supervisory Controls
• Work assignments generally originate from the supervisor based on specific intent of the position.
• Priorities and deadlines determined by team/program leader, based on individual needs and priorities of consumer caseload.
• Primary evaluator of work is team/program leader; input sought from clinical supervisor.
• Work is reviewed regularly in individual supervision.  Monitoring of treatment plans is reviewed at least bi-weekly or more frequently if necessary.
• Fiscal matters regarding client care and case, not resolvable, are referred to supervisor.

• Adherence to licensure, certification and accreditation requirements.
• Guilford Center Policy and Procedure Manual.
• Applicable Local, State and Federal standards.
• Client Confidentiality and Client Rights Laws.
• Employee Performance Agreements.
• Clinical Protocols and Best Practice Guideline/Standards

• Operates with limited to no supervision and appropriate sign-off according to licensing accreditation or agency requirements.
• Agency or community planning & treatment with individuals/families are provided and coordinated independently.
• Interventions require immediate decisions that are clinically sound and reflective and appropriate to the consumer's diagnosis and treatment plan.
• Provides clinical supervision to others.
• Provides guidance to other team/program members specific to area of expertise.  Expertise will be shared with team/program members in order to train, guide and teach others the methods, interventions and skills necessary to provide services to consumers and families.

Scope & Effect
• Provides treatment and other clinical services to a caseload of children, adults, and families of all ages who have MH, DD, SA disorder(s), thus having the potential to positively influence the quality of life for clients and their families.
• Collaborates with team/program members to assure effective treatment delivery within multidisciplinary model.
• Positively influence's relationships with other System of Care providers on behalf of the client.
• Shares expertise with other team/program members.
• Provides clinical supervision to targeted employees and mentoring to designated employees to insure adequate level of service delivery.

Public Assistance
• Direct contact with consumers, families and professionals through service provision and collaboration within the System of Care surrounding the client.
• Provision of outreach/community services as directed by leader/treatment plan.
• May participate in planning with community or other agency teams (DSS/Health, etc.) on behalf of consumer.

Examples of Duties


  • Provide comprehensive clinical assessments/diagnostic assessments.
  • Also provide treatment interventions (including individual, group and family therapy), set priorities and to use independent judgment in a clinical outpatient program serving children and their family members.
  • Provide crisis intervention for disruptive clients and assess mental status to determine psychiatric needs.
  • Formulate diagnoses and initiate individualized treatment plans.
  • Screen clients to determine appropriateness for psychiatric intervention and for level of care placements within mental health continuum of care.
  • Also screen clients for alcohol and/or drug impairment.
  • Services may be provided on and off site for children and/or adults with all disabilities in emergent, urgent and routine situations.

Typical Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university in a related human services field with two years of professional MH/DD/SA experience and licensure in related discipline (Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, or Licensed Psychological Associate)
  • Valid NC Drivers' License prior to hire.

Clinician must be:
  • Fully licensed human services professional (ie. LMFT, LPC, LCSW, LPA);
  • Have Trauma Focused training in an Evidenced Based Practice Model for children and adolescents
  • Have experience working with children who have experienced abuse/neglect
  • Must be a Medicaid Approved Provider with Sandhills.


  • Licensed or license eligible in relevant discipline, if applicable; NC license within six months of hire.
  • Valid NC Drivers' License prior to hire.


• Substance Abuse Counselor Candidates: Must have or be eligible to receive a CCAS (Certified Clinical Addiction Specialist) within 6 months of hire.  Must have an understanding and familiarity with American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria and support programs (AA/NA).

• Vocational/Rehabilitation Counselor Candidates:  Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling.

• Social Work Candidates:  Must be a Licensed Certified Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Supplemental Information

Special Work Schedule

  • Work hours are Monday through Friday; 8am – 5pm; however, must be flexible for evening hours to meet customer needs.

TRANSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED.  Copy of transcript must be submitted with application. Official college transcripts required at time of hire. Please send transcripts to: Guilford County DHHS/HR, c/o Yolanda Ewing, 1203 Maple St., Greensboro, NC  27405 or attach a copy to your online application.

Working Conditions

• Requires performing job duties in a normal office environment and/or in a variety of school, vocational, home locations.  Some transportation of clients may be necessary.
• Occasional interactions with aggressive, unpredictable behavior from consumers and/or families.
• Recurring focused accurate listening skills for prolonged periods of time.
• Mental concentration is required for accurate understanding & interpretation of consumer/family treatment/service needs.
• Requires mental and emotional capacity to maintain a pressured, flexible pace that is placed on the working environment by fiscal, productivity, documentation, accreditation standards as well as the service demands of a population of sometimes complex and high need/risk clients.


This generic class description gives an overview of the job class, its essential job functions and recommended job requirements and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.  However, for each individual position assigned to this class, there is available a completed job description with physical abilities checklist which can be reviewed before initiating a selection process.  They can provide additional detailed information on which to base various personnel actions and can assist management in making legal defensible personnel decisions.