Mental Health Therapist – Child & Family

The Mental Health Therapist, Child & Family position in our Family Preservation Program (FPP) is responsible for providing a wide array of culturally sensitive, recovery oriented, trauma sensitive, direct clinical services including assessment, counseling, supportive contacts, and referrals serving individuals who are struggling with mental health, substance use and co-occurring issues. The Mental Health Therapist is responsible for working with parents to address safety concerns for children in an effort to decrease out of home placement in foster care. Duties include the provision of direct in-home family therapy sessions, parenting education and support, and interventions to address safety and parenting concerns. The Mental Health Therapist collaborates closely with other FPP and JMHC staff, as well as Dane County Department of Human Services and other community agencies to ensure the family has appropriate care and successful systems coordination. This position assumes paid on-call and weekend/holiday coverage responsibilities on a rotating basis with the other staff on the team. The Mental Health Therapist carries a case load of two to three families at a time due to the intensive nature of the program. The Mental Health Therapist, Child & Family position reports directly to the assigned supervisor with overall program supervision provided by Director of Clinic Based Services. Minimum annual service hours are 1112.

This position is included in the professional bargaining unit. You can read about the many benefits of working at JMHC on our careers page.

Journey Mental Health Center (JMHC) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the agency’s belief that staff diversity and cultural humility are the foundation for services, which are accessible, effective, and relevant to the diverse needs of our consumers.


  • Master’s Degree in a related behavioral health field, accruing 3,000 hours of supervised clinical experience.
  • Licensure as an APSW, LPC-IT, or MFT-IT, or ability to obtain the in-training license within 6 months of hire.


  • 1 year of experience in related behavioral health field.
  • Commitment to work toward improving cultural sensitivity as demonstrated by: valuing diversity, recognizing personal limitations and having the desire to improve.
  • Strong commitment to principles of recovery and to facilitating consumer participation in treatment/service planning and provision.
  • Knowledge and/or experience with the use of evidence-based practices for treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders.
  • Experience in community-based mental health and co-occurring assessments, case management, treatment planning and crisis resolution.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (both orally and in writing).
  • Ability to work effectively with an interdisciplinary team with a positive and creative attitude.
  • Ability to work independently and remain organized and efficient.
  • Superior ethics and interpersonal boundaries as evidenced by past experience in community-based work with related professional references.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license, a favorable driving record, adequate insurance (per WI law) and access to a vehicle with willingness to use it for work (i.e., transporting consumers.


  • Bi-lingual, and/or bi-cultural (Spanish/Hmong/Cambodian).
  • Fluent in American Sign Language.
  • Licensure as a Substance Abuse Counselor in Training, Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor or Substance Abuse Counselor.

A. Provision of Clinical Services

  1. Performs accurate assessments to evaluate and diagnose mental health and/or co-occurring issues in a culturally sensitive, recovery oriented, trauma sensitive manner by providing assessments within the context of the consumer’s perspectives and beliefs.
  2. Provides a range of clinical services including level of care assessment, service coordination, therapy/counseling, support and referrals in a context that is supportive of the consumer’s culture, values and perspectives.
  3. Completes accurate clinical records including intakes, assessments, treatment plans and updates, progress notes, discharge summaries and other information in a timely manner.
  4. Works collaboratively with other community agencies to develop and maintain a continuum of care and maintain efficient use of community services.
  5. Provides consultation and support related to areas of specialization.
  6. Attends Team Meetings and presents consumer cultural and clinical information.
  7. Maintains minimum direct and case management service hour expectations.
  8. Works collaboratively with team members and takes a leadership role in service planning.

B. Program and JMHC Participation

  1. Attends staff meetings, in-services and other program activities as requested.
  2. Participates in JMHC committees, trainings and activities as directed and/or approved.
  3. Provides consultation to other JMHC programs as necessary.

The above statements are not to be interpreted as an exhaustive list but are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by this employee.


Organization: Journey Mental Health Center

Job Location: Madison, WI

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