Current Job Openings
Mental Health Clinician
The Mental Health Clinician role at KARE is essential to the reduction of trauma and improving outcomes for children and families in Haywood County. The Mental Health Clinician is a vital part of the Haywood County Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) and works directly with the children and families that are served at the center. The Mental Health Clinician ensures the fidelity of the National Children’s Alliance accreditation standard for Mental Health, provides the MDT with valuable information regarding the child’s emotional state, treatment needs, and ability to participate in the criminal justice process, and helps ensure that assessment, treatment, and appropriate services are routinely offered and made available to children and families. This role helps meet the social, emotional, and psychological needs of children and adolescents that have experienced trauma, loss, and/or separation.
This is a grant-funded, full-time, position of 40 hours per week. Salary is based on experience and education. This position is in partnership with the Haywood County Head Start program. This position currently answers directly to the Executive Director. Weekend and evening hours are occasionally required. Must be willing to work flexible hours, with general operating hours being 8:30am-5pm, Monday through Friday with a transition to one weekend day, possible. Personnel must have access to a vehicle, possess a valid driver’s license, pass a criminal background check, and show proof of insurance. Must demonstrate proof of legal ability to work in the United States, and if applicable, demonstrate registration with the Selective Service. Occasional in-state and out-of-state travel is required.
Required – This position requires a Master’s Degree in a Human Services field (psychology, social work, counseling, or other human services related field), license or license eligible in the state of North Carolina, a minimum of 2 years professional experience working with children and families that have experienced trauma, and a minimum of 40 training hours in evidence based therapies for trauma (TF-CBT, EMDR, PCIT, etc.).
Preferred – Preference of experience working with a Multidisciplinary Team and Child Advocacy Center, fully licensed in the state of NC, and familiarity of social service, medical, mental health, domestic violence, civil legal and community services/agencies.
Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Duties & Responsibilities
Within the limits of the agencies policies, procedures, Haywood County Memorandum of Understanding, and subject to funding availability, the Mental Health Clinician is responsible for the following duties to meet the standards set forth by the National Children’s Alliance. These may be completed in coordination with the Haywood County Multi-disciplinary team and the Haywood County Head Start program but are maintained as the primary responsibility of the Mental Health Clinician.
- Provide crisis intervention services to children and families being served by the center and active clients on caseload
- Establish a supportive and therapeutic relationship with caregivers by initiating and maintaining regular contact
- Complete comprehensive clinical assessments with diagnoses and treatment criteria met
- Administer, score, and review standardized assessments and track progress in treatment
- Develop treatment plans with children and families
- Provide treatment recommendations and refer children and caregivers to other mental health support services when needed
- Provide evidence based treatment including individual, family, and group therapy, as deemed necessary
- Maintain strict confidentiality according to all Federal and State guidelines and requirements
- Provide monthly student observations, parent consultations, and teacher/classroom consultations in Haywood and Jackson County Head Start programs
- Be available to the Head Start program to provide general support and guidance about mental health issues.
Case Management Responsibilities
- Assist caregivers in identifying resources and strategies to support themselves, their child(ren) and other non-offending family members and supports
- Assist caregivers with referrals and access to mental health, housing, safety planning, medical and legal services, as appropriate (with support from the Victim Advocate)
- Assist in planning the Mountain Projects Head Start Mental Health program by attending advisory group, policy council meetings, and conferring with the mental health coordinator.
- Assist in the development of behavior plans for children being served.
- Collaborate with medical professionals, school systems, child protective services, and other agencies to provide children and families with the best possible care.
- Manage referrals and contact referrals and referral sources within a reasonable amount of time
- Maintain comprehensive records by completing all intake, assessment, treatment plan, and session documentation as required by CAC, funding sources, licensing boards, and the State
- Ensure that services are provided in a manner which meets all applicable regulatory licensure and accreditation regulations
- Attend all staff meetings, MDT case reviews, in-service training and other meetings, as required
- Contribute to Multidisciplinary Teams (MDTs) by providing valuable information regarding the child’s emotional state, treatment needs, and ability to participate in the criminal justice process
- Maintain ongoing relationships with partner agencies and MDT members
- Assist in the formation and coordination of outreach activities related to child abuse
- Complete a minimum of 8 hours of continuing education in the field of child abuse every 2 years
- Participate in ongoing clinician supervision/consultation
- Additional duties upon request
As a proud supporter of education and positive outcomes for the community, KARE offers internship opportunities to those currently enrolled in college, as well as, those looking to expand their knowledge and skills.
At this time, KARE has the capacity for ONE undergraduate and ONE masters level intern for social work, criminal justice, or other human services fields per semester.
KARE has availability for additional internships to include:
- Non-Profit Management
We currently are accepting letters of interest for Spring of 2023 for human service related fields. Interviews will occur the semester prior and on a first-come, first-serve basis.
All individuals are subject to an interview and back-ground check.
Please send letters of interest to Savannah Anders, Executive Director (email@example.com).
You will be required to submit a cover letter and resume.
KARE Non-Discrimination Statement
Kids Advocacy Resource Effort, Inc. (KARE) does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital or familial status, pregnancy, military status, or any other basis prohibited by law, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, provision of services; employment matters, including hiring, compensation, promotion, and access to training; recruitment for, or assignment of, any volunteer activities, which includes participation on the Board of Directors; and the selection of contractors. KARE is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all of our clients, staff, volunteers, and subcontractors.