Mental Health Specialist, Movement

Mental Health Specialist, Movement

Job Overview

Company Description
The McClendon Center, founded in 1980, is a certified community-based service provider operating under the District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health. As a leading not-for-profit organization in Washington, DC, the McClendon Center provides outpatient behavioral rehabilitation to the mentally ill by fostering creativity, promoting friendship, instilling independence, and providing an outlet for emotional growth and greater participation in the community.

McClendon Center operates programs in two locations, a day program near Metro Center and an outpatient service clinic in the NOMA section of DC. The Center has revenues of approximately $9 million, with contracts from the Department of Behavioral Health, three Managed Medicaid Organizations, and grants from various foundations.

McClendon Center is a respected and highly rated agency in the District of Columbia. The Center is also the only independent mental health agency in the District to be accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Job Description
As a Group facilitator, the Mental Health Specialist (with a focus on Movement) is required to be a creative self starter, bringing positive energy and a willingness to work in a team environment. The ideal candidate will have experience working with adults with Serious & Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) and a desire to work in recovery based care.

The candidate will serve as artist-in-residence and champion for “the arts”, promoting and encouraging art across the entire agency.

  • Assists the Center’s consumers’ with their mental, physical, and emotional health by incorporating dance and movement making into the group sessions.
  • Assists with psychosocial assessments and treatment planning, which includes maintaining accurate records for consumer progress.
  • Implements treatment plans under clinical supervision.
  • Maintains comprehensive, accurate, thorough, and contemporaneous documentation on the treatment plan, daily progress notes, unusual incident reports, attendance, discharge summaries, etc.
  • Facilitates and leads consumer groups.
  • Plans and facilitates mixed medium art making workshops to support the Center’s annual fundraiser, Art of Transformation.
  • Participates in staff meetings, case conferences, and training sessions as appropriate.
  • Conducts individual meetings as necessary with consumers, family members, significant others, other agency’s staff members, etc.
  • Assists with social service needs as directed by clinical team, maintaining contacts with local agencies and civic organizations in a consumer advocacy role.
  • Works with volunteers, interns, and other Center staff in planning and promoting Center activities which meet the individual needs of each consumer.
  • Establishes contact with potential referral sources within the community including both inpatient facilities and outpatient community based programs to generate intake referrals.
  • Maintains the confidentiality of consumers at all times and operates within the Code of Ethics of the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.
  • Develops familiarity with JCAHO, Medicaid, and DBH standards and compliance requirements, and assists in maintaining JCAHO accreditation and MHRS certification.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.

  • Ability to coordinate with a multi-disciplinary team within an outpatient mental health agency.
  • A superior communicator, who shares information readily and concisely, listens as well as gives advice, and respects the abilities of others.
  • Knowledge of sound ethical practices and principles related to the care of mental health consumers.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent computer skills, to include operating Microsoft Office Suite programs.
  • Knowledge and ability to navigate an Electronic Medical Record (EMR), including data entry.
  • Ability to relate to adults diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness, using knowledge of concepts, principles, and theories related to mental health and mental illness.
  • Ability to perform amicably in an environment serving the seriously and persistently mentally ill adult population.
  • Ability to respect and uphold client confidentiality.
  • Ability to exhibit a high level of organizational skills and able to prioritize and multi-task without direct supervision.

Bachelor’s Degree in a social science or related field. Master’s degree highly preferred.

  • One (1) to four (4) years of experience in a social services or nonprofit environment. Experience in a mental health or similar agency is highly desired.
  • Must possess a minimum of one year of experience facilitating group activities and social services.
  • Resident of the District of Columbia preferred.

Additional Information
At the McClendon Center you will find powerful resources for career-long success, including:

  • Competitive base salary based on experience.
  • Excellent benefits including 100% employer-paid Medical, Dental, Vision, Short & Long Term.
  • Disability & Life Insurance.
  • Employer Contributions Towards 403(b)
  • Generous Vacation and Sick Leave
  • AFLAC Supplemental Benefits
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Program)
  • Company Paid Holidays
  • Extensive field training
  • Opportunity for supervision

Physical Demands: The position requires moderate physical effort on a daily basis such as walking, bending, stooping and standing for periods of time.

If you are ready for a new challenge in your professional career, submit your cover letter and resume online.

Resumes are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Failure to attach a cover letter and/or a resume may disqualify you from further consideration.

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the job and the general nature and level of work performed by job holders within this job. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.

McClendon Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, or disability.

No phone calls, please. Note: McClendon Center is not accepting resumes or referrals from agencies. If you are a recruiter, search firm, or employment agency, you will not be compensated in any way for your referral of a candidate even if McClendon Center hires the candidate.


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