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DPS Liaison - Bilingual Spanish Preferred

Company: Mental Health Center of Denver
Location: Denver
Posted on: November 23, 2021

Job Description:

EMPLOYMENT VALUE PROPOSITION: -Mental Health Center of Denver provides you with the support you need to help you develop a career in helping others succeed. We innovate, adapt, and leverage the diverse perspectives of the people on our team and the people we serve in everything we do. COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVENESS: -The Mental Health Center of Denver values and is strengthened by diversity. We are committed to ending bias and discrimination in our community and ensuring equity within all aspects of our organization. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment, transfer, or promotion opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. - COMMITMENT TO PAY EQUITY: -Mental Health Center of Denver is committed to fair and equitable hiring with salaries based on relevant factors, such as work experience, education, and certification/licensure (rather than wage history). Toward the principle of equal pay for equal work, we post and hire within defined hiring salary ranges. - We ask all applicants to carefully review the hiring salary range for each posted job opportunity, as we will not hire outside the predetermined range. BENEFITS STATEMENT: -All full-time, benefits eligible employees will be eligible for MHCD's benefits plan. For a full description of benefit offerings, please visit: -. COVID VACCINATION NOTICE: -Under the COVID-19 mandate issued by the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment on August 2, 2021, current MHCD personnel must be fully vaccinated, or be approved for exemption, no later than September 30, 2021. "Fully vaccinated" means two weeks (14 days) after receiving the final dose of vaccine. The "final dose" is the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) or the single dose of a one dose vaccine (J&J). - Learn what it is like to work at the Mental Health Center of Denver: - SALARY RANGE: CMI - $20.07/hr. - $24.11/hr. (Bachelor's degree) CMII - $22.00/hr. - $26.42/hr. (Master's Degree) - POSITION SUMMARY: -Provide office and milieu-based direct care and intervention for children primarily ages 6 to 14 within grades 1st -through 8th -enrolled at Skyline Academy, an intensive day treatment program at the Mental Health Center of Denver. In collaboration with the Teachers, Therapists, fellow Milieu Staff, Unit Manager, Special Education Coordinator, and Program Manager, provide a combination of exemplary clinical care and educational support. The approach of the team is characterized by being strengths-based, family-centered, culturally proficient and community responsive. This position provides trauma informed care, ensures a safe environment, helps lead and facilitate programming, and provides intensive milieu support of students to ensure successful achievement of educational goals while supporting mental health treatment needs. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Proficiency in Spanish language preferred.
  • Actively supervise and interact with students in the classroom and milieu according to structured daily schedule.
  • Provide a supportive and structured environment for students in order to promote growth and ensure safety.
  • Provide direct behavior modification interventions and instruction to students on social, emotional and daily living skills in alignment with clinical treatment goals.
  • Provide academic assistance, guide lessons, and co-teach students as needed with direction and supervision from Special Education Teacher.
  • Help lead and actively participate in school and therapeutic programming.
  • Intervene with students in crisis, utilizing approved crisis intervention strategies and de-escalation techniques.
  • Follow program guidelines for physical intervention and management utilizing Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) to keep students, self and others safe at all times.
  • Model and teach conflict resolution skills to students.
  • Complete required clinical documentation per program standards including, but not limited to daily progress notes, student behavioral contracts, classroom rosters, attendance, incident reports and physical management documentation.
  • Communicate with parents/guardians regularly to ensure engagement and collaboration to reach student goals.
  • Implement therapeutic interventions developed by the treatment team in collaboration with Skyline teachers, therapists, service coordinators, and psychiatric providers.
  • Plan and facilitate student activities including field trips, recreational activities, and groups.
  • Ensure environment is clean and well maintained.
  • Transport clients as needed to field trips and community activities.
  • Administer medications and complete required documentation.
  • Attend and actively contribute to all required team meetings, staffings, and training.
  • Support students discharging from Day Treatment services at Skyline by:
    • Attending a transition meeting with the new school, youth and family. -
    • Attending classes/lunch with the student at the new school as appropriate.
    • Collaborating with staff at the new school about successful interventions and techniques for the youth as appropriate.
    • Supporting the family with any case management needs including connecting to a new therapy provider, education advocate, etc. -
    • Other duties as assigned by the Unit Manager or Program Manager of Skyline Academy. - REQUIREMENTS: EDUCATION: -Bachelor's or Master's degree in psychology, social work, or other related human services degree. -
      • Physical and TB test prior to starting position.
      • QMAP, CPR and First Aid Certifications within the first 6 months of employment.
      • Training and certification in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) will be a required component, this training will be offered by the Mental Health Center of Denver. - EXPERIENCE: One year experience in mental health or human services preferred. Prefer candidates with milieu programming or serving children with behavioral issues. Prior experience working with children in a classroom that provides clear expectations and follow-through in an educational and therapeutic environment, or an Affective Needs classroom is strongly preferred. - Candidates with experience in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) or other crisis intervention frameworks are also preferred. SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:
        • Proficiency in Spanish language preferred
        • Ability to adapt, problem-solve and communicate in a fast-paced, ever changing environment
        • Strong communication skills with diverse individuals
        • Self-motivated and directed, demonstrate strong relationship-building skills
          • Demonstrated engagement skills with children, youth, family members and other professionals
          • Ability to assess needs of children in a direct care setting and interface with the treatment team
          • Ability to intervene calmly and purposefully in difficult situations and/or crisis situations
            • Effective written and verbal communication skills
            • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse individuals
            • Knowledge or ability to learn, understand and apply trauma-informed care principles/practices.
            • Knowledge of community and available resources. - SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: - - - - -None PHYSICAL REQIUREMENTS: - - Requires sitting, standing, bending and reaching, assisting students and staff within classroom environment. - May require lifting up to 50 pounds, and occasionally require physical intervention with students. - - Requires manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines such as computers, fax machines, the telephone and other office and/or clinical equipment. - - TYPICAL MENTAL DEMANDS: Ability to give, receive and analyze information, formulate work plans, prepare written materials and articulate goals and action plans. Must understand people from all walks of life and be able to communicate effectively with them. WORKING CONDITIONS: - May require occasional evening hours depending on program and consumer needs.

Keywords: Mental Health Center of Denver, Denver , DPS Liaison - Bilingual Spanish Preferred, Other , Denver, Colorado

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