Mental Health Clinician I in Williamsville, NY

Gateway-Longview Posted: 2021-03-21

Williamsville, NY 14221

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Gateway Longview’s Behavioral Health Services supports children and youth ages 3-21 struggling with behavioral, social, and emotional challenges.

By way of a licensed clinic, and through school-based satellite sites in 18+ districts, we specialize in meeting the mental health needs of children, youth and adolescents. Built on the Wraparound model of care, Care Coordination Services and a comprehensive and growing team of Community Support Providers, are available to families 24/7.

The primary goal of our Behavioral Health Services is to support youth, in collaboration with their systems of care, toward recovery and stability. Through effective assessments, evidence-based interventions, and continual evaluations, family-driven objectives are achieved. Ongoing community education also works to reduce stigma associated with behavioral and mental health needs.

Our Agency’s overall approach to care is Solution Focused and Trauma Informed.

Primary Goals
of this Role

- Provide supportive counseling & intensive interventions in a trauma informed solution focused environment that aligns with the medically necessary treatment plan. Provide emotional & behavioral management, problem behavior analysis, support the development of interpersonal & social independence and restore stability.

- Provide crisis avoidance counseling by assisting the client in learning how to respond to or avoid triggers that would risk their ability to remain in a natural community location, develop a crisis management plan and/or seek other supports to restore stability and functioning.

- Provide crisis management by stabilizing the child/youth in the home after the crisis has occurred and/or assist with goal setting to focus on the issues identified by the crisis responder. - Provide clients and their families with goal-directed community services and solution-focused interventions intended to address challenges associated with a behavioral health need and to achieve identified goals or objectives as set forth in the client’s treatment plan.

- Provide all identified services within the context of the child and family environment; this is likely to include the child’s home, school or preferred community location.

Additional Responsibilities:

- Provide rehabilitative psychoeducation to the client/family so as to identify strategies or treatment options with the goal of minimizing the negative effects of symptoms, disturbances and stressors.

- Assist the child/family with identifying strengths, needs, resources, and natural supports through an assessment to address and minimize their functional deficits. Create a treatment plan that meets medical necessity, in the context of the child's self-identified needs, goals, and ethnic, religious and cultural identities.

- Provide rehabilitative support to minimize the negative effects of behavioral health symptoms by focusing on life safety skills, basic safety practices and physical and behavioral health care.

- Work collaboratively with the child and family system of care which could include, Foster Care, Preventative services, Health Homes, Care Coordination, school districts, and primary care physicians.

- Complete progress notes via Electronic Clinical Record (ECR) within 24 hours of service provision.

- Participate in clinical supervision, staff meetings and trainings as required by the program.

- Other duties as assigned


Provisionally licensed Mental Health Counselors (MHC-P) or eligible for provisional license, or Master's degree in human services with a minimum of 1 year experience providing supportive services to children/ adolescents and their families.

- Must be able to manage and communicate with a diverse caseload of clients from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds; should be in possession of excellent documentation skills, has the ability to work independently and also be an enthusiastic team player.

- Flexibility to work evenings and weekends and to provide crisis support as needed

- Must have an active New York State driver’s license and active insurance for purposes of travel and community work

For More Information contact Tim Chavers at 716-535-1744 ext 458

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