Child & Family Services of NY Bilingual Mental Health Counselor in Buffalo, New York

Position Summary:

The Bilingual Mental Health Counselor will provide counseling and mental health services to a diversified population (individuals and families) which may include sexual abuse and family violence.

Major Responsibilities/Activities:

  • Provide mental health assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and psychotherapy services

  • Provide individual, family, and group counseling to a diversified population with multiple problems which may include sexual abuse and family violence

  • Provide advocacy, linkage and referral services

  • Complete electronic client files, administrative tasks and statistical reports in a timely manner

  • Write reports to court, school, or other community agencies as necessary

  • Maintain positive working relationship with other professionals, community agencies, and coalitions

  • Continue professional growth and training in best practices, including cultural competency

  • Attend one supervision session and one staff meeting per month

  • Participate in case conferences and share clinical expertise with Child & Family Services staff

  • Participate in the agency Quality Improvement process and other agency meetings including in-service trainings, supervision and staff meetings as requested

  • Models and practices sensitivity, fair treatment and acceptance of diversity in all interpersonal interactions

  • Shows willingness to learn about and implement skills related to diversity

  • Possess a working knowledge of the Microsoft based products and Agency programs such as Anasazi

  • Maintain positive working relationships with program staff and others within the agency; demonstrate strong interpersonal skills during interactions with internal and external customers

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be proficient in two or more languages (including English)

  • NYS Education Department license in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Psychology, or Marriage and Family Therapy

  • Experience in a community-centered mental health setting is preferred

  • Demonstrated cultural competence in understanding and working with disadvantaged/minority populations in community-based programs in an urban and suburban setting

  • A valid NYS driver’s license is required

  • Computer literacy required, experience with Anasazi preferred

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Support overall Agency mission, vision, policies, goals and objectives

Note: Salary starts at $48,000 annually

Loan forgiveness options are available