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Behavioral Health Clinician

To provide mental health and/or substance use counseling and therapy, case coordination, crisis intervention and mental health referrals for people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C or STI's at AIDS Action Committee.

Duties:

1. Provide office and drop in based behavioral health services to up to 50 clients living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C or STI's who are in need of, but not connected to behavioral health services. Conduct bio-psycho-social assessments to inform client diagnoses and client centered treatment plan.
2. Provide clients with easily accessible and low-threshold services that operate within the harm reduction framework. This includes assisting clients with accessing mental health services on a walk-in, triage, and as-needed basis.
3. Employ a wide range of client centered and strengths-based techniques including harm reduction psychotherapy, motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma informed therapy to treat mental health and substance use issues concurrently (when applicable).
4. Work as part of an integrated team with case managers and peer advocates (and other essential staff as needed) to ensure that clients are connected to supports and services that will assist clients in optimizing health outcomes and move towards self-sufficiency.
5. Provide clinical support and outreach within AAC's wellness centers to form therapeutic relationships and trust with clients who use services within these venues.
6. Work with and support clients in employing a range a of risk reduction and behavior change strategies.
7. Maintain close collaboration and communication with external medical and mental health providers, including all psychopharmacology prescribers, to help facilitate clients' connection to and engagement in medical care.
8. Develop and maintain collaboration with a wide-range of mental health and substance use resources and treatment options within the Greater Boston area to refer and link clients to third party reimbursable and traditional treatment, as applicable. Provide linkage to culturally competent resources and treatment for those who are experiencing homelessness, active substance users, recent immigrants, people of color and/or people who identify as part of the LGBT community.
9. Facilitate or co-facilitate psycho-educational groups on relevant topics, including mental health, substance use, adherence to medication and care, and health promotion.
10. Directly respond to client needs and crisis situations. Provide crisis coverage and support.
11. Provide supervision to behavioral health interns, as needed.
12. Attend department and agency meeting and trainings as required.
13. Complete other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

-LICSW in state of MA, preferred (or working towards licensure).
-Bilingual in English and either Spanish or Haitian Creole strongly preferred.
-Experience working with clients who have mental health and/or addiction issues and knowledge of and commitment to using a harm reduction, motivational interviewing strengths-based and client centered treatment modalities.
-Commitment to reducing barriers to behavioral health services with such approaches as providing drop in hours, offering clinical support to those who struggle with consistency and using clinical interventions which match a client's stage of readiness for change.
-Experience with risk reduction, behavior change and HIV/HCV/STI prevention strategies.
-Experience with group facilitation and training.
-Experience working with the following populations: GLBT, immigrants, people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS and/or medical issues, trauma, substance use, homelessness and mental illness.
-Knowledge and/or experience in social justice issues.
-Capacity to work independently and as part of interdisciplinary team.

To apply send a cover letter and resume with your first initial, last name, and job title in the subject line to resumes@aac.org.