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 Behavioral Health Specialist (Bilingual/Spanish) - Carson, California, United States

Job information
Posted by: APLA Health 
Hiring entity type: Other 
Work authorization: Existing work authorization required for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Health - Other
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: Spanish - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 718563691 / Latpro-3578456 
Date posted: Oct-31-2017
State, Zip: California, 90745


APLA Healths mission is to achieve health care equity and promote well-being for the LGBT and other underserved communities and people living with and affected by HIV. We are a nonprofit, federally qualified health center serving more than 14,000 people annually. We provide 20 different services from 15 locations throughout Los Angeles County, including: medical, dental, and behavioral health care; PrEP counseling and management; health education and HIV prevention; and STD screening and treatment. For people living with HIV, we offer housing support; benefits counseling; home health care; and the Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries; among several other critically needed services. Additionally, we are leaders in advocating for policy and legislation that positively impacts the LGBT and HIV communities, provide capacity-building assistance to health departments across the country, and conduct community-based research on issues affecting the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us at Aplahealth.


Under the direction of the Behavioral Health Director, provide the appropriate level of behavioral health services for clients of APLA Health & Wellness. Staff will provide behavioral health services identified through a biopsychosocial assessment and promote health and wellness through services, advocacy and education with a focus on the needs of low-income LGBT adults including but not limited to people living with HIV/AIDS. Position will also provide community behavioral health services to other clients seeking services through APLA Health & Wellness.

Complete behavioral health intakes, biopsychosocial assessments; develop a treatment plan that addresses the collaborative clinical goals of clinician and client and document treatment progress notes; provide treatment termination & case closure.
Provide crisis counseling/intervention to clients and their social networks (i.e., partners, significant other, spouse, and immediate family member[s]).
Provide individual, couple and group counseling, building a caseload with a goal of averaging 25 hours of billable services delivered per week.
Provide behavioral health referrals, advocacy, and service information to clients and their support systems.
Ability to speak, read and write Spanish in order to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services to Latino/a clients. Have knowledge, understanding, and sensitivity to the unique cultural needs of clients from Latin cultures.
Screen, assess, and plan appropriate interventions to minimize client risk of acquiring or transmitting sexually transmitted infections.
Document services in eClinical Works and/or other charting and data collection systems as appropriate. Documentation will be performed in a timely and accurate fashion in accordance with program policies and professional standards of care.
Adhere to all applicable professional, legal, and ethical standards of behavioral health practice in the provision of services, including but not limited to: mandated reporting, provision of effective services, case documentation, client confidentiality/HIPAA regulations, ensuring client safety, and maintaining professional boundaries.
Attend trainings and case conference meetings as required.
Prepare monthly reports and statistics as requested.
Maintain client behavioral health files to ensure completed documentation required by funders and agency Quality Management Plan.


Training and Experience:

A Masters Degree in Social Work or PhD in Clinical Psychology; Current California license in good standing as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Clinical Psychologist. Ability to be credentialed as a Medicare and Medi-Cal provider. Bilingual English/Spanish required.

Knowledge of:
LGBTQ behavioral health issues and effective treatment modalities; HIV behavioral health issues; ability to perform differential diagnosis using the DSM-IV; various theoretical orientations; treatment modalities; clinical techniques and interventions; treatment planning; biopsychosocial assessment; crisis intervention and reporting obligations.

Ability to:
Communicate effectively orally and in writing; organize work in an effective manner; work in a collaborative, interdisciplinary, fast paced environment; work effectively independently and as part of a team; communicate and relate to a variety of personalities, ethnicities, and sexual orientations; complete documentation in a comprehensive and timely fashion in accordance with APLA H&W policies.


This is primarily an office position that requires only occasional bending, reaching, stooping, lifting and moving of office materials weighing 25 pounds or less. The position requires daily use of a personal computer and requires entering, viewing, and revising text and graphics on the computer terminal and on paper.


Must possess a valid California drivers license; proof of auto liability insurance; and have the use of a personal vehicle for work related purposes.

APLA Health is an equal opportunity employer.


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