Open position: Mental Health Therapist

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Mental Health Therapist

Full-time, Non-exempt

About SAN

The South Asian Network (SAN) is a 28-year old grassroots, community-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the health, well-being, and civil rights South Asians living in Southern California. It is the only South Asian organization of its kind, providing outreach, direct services, and advocacy in three key areas: health and well-being, civic engagement, and violence prevention and intervention. SAN embraces the diversity of the South Asian American community as strength and builds unity among South Asian immigrants in Southern California that does not exist in South Asia itself. It also strives to build alliances among the South Asian community, other immigrant communities, and communities of color in order to advance a shared progressive agenda for Southern California.
The SAN team is composed of highly dedicated, resourceful, accomplished and diverse individuals who are passionate about issues such social justice, empowerment, and diversity and inclusivity. While our work atmosphere is casual, we employ the utmost levels of professionalism, excellence and integrity in our work.

About the Mental Health Therapist role

Type: Full Time, Non-Exempt
Salary/Wages: DOE

The Mental Health Therapist provides free or low-cost critical culturally and linguistically specific support to individuals within the South Asian community in Southern California that they cannot find elsewhere. They They also conduct regular outreach in the community, such as in faith-based locations and college campuses, to build awareness about mental health and reduce stigma. While housed in Community Health Unit, the Therapist works across program areas, and is an important and growing role at the South Asian Network. The Mental Health Therapist will report to the Clinical Supervisor and the Deputy Director.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Conduct intakes, screenings and assessments of community members seeking services in relation to mental health;
  • Provide case management, counseling, and support to community members seeking services;
  • Maintain proper client files, statistics and intake forms including biopsychosocial assessments, individual case plans and/or reports; ensure all files are complete and up-to-date;
  • Assist staff in managing SAN’s client calls and walk-ins;
  • Conduct outreach and education about mental health services in community and faith-based settings, on campuses and in South Asian cultural spaces;
  • Develop and disseminate culturally and linguistically appropriate communication material for the South Asian American community;
  • Represent SAN in community based settings, coalition meetings, conferences etc.;
  • Work with staff across SAN’s units to plan and conduct activities such as workshops, presentations and outreach events at community festivals, religious spaces and schools and colleges;
  • Complete required case paperwork and case notes per SAN ethical and legal protocols;
  • Adhere to legal and ethical values set forth by BBS;
  • Assist with other duties as needed.

Physical Requirements:

  • In an eight-hour workday, the employee must be able to bend and crouch occasionally, sit continuously and stand or walk frequently.

Required Qualifications

  • Masters in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology or other related degree;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the effects of poverty, disabilities, cultural differences and specialized training in trauma-focused counselling modalities;
  • Registration with BBS;
  • Knowledge of issues related to immigrants and community resources;
  • Active listening, peer counseling, and facilitation skills;
  • Ability to handle crisis situations;
  • Ability to facilitate support groups and/or workshops;
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks efficiently;
  • High self-awareness and willingness to seek support around self-care;
  • Ability to work with diverse cultures, community, and professional groups;
  • Ability to complete timely, confidential, and ethically appropriate documentation;
  • Comfort and competence in working independently as well as part of a team;
  • Excellent communication and time management skills;
  • Ability to work flexible hours (including some weekends);
  • Valid California driver’s license, insurance, and automobile that may be used during working hours;
  • Bilingual skills (English + South Asian language);
  • Ability to support the mission and philosophy of the South Asian Network;
  • Professional conduct and ability to abide by NASW and HIPAA rules.

Desirable Qualifications

Previous experience providing therapy to the South Asian community strongly preferred, but not required.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume and three references to: purvi@sansocal.org.

Application deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

The South Asian Network an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.


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