Mental Health Technician- ASAP - Greensboro, NC

Alexander Youth Network is seeking part-time and PRN (as needed) candidates to act as Mental Health Technicians in our ASAP program.

Alexander Youth Network manages a residential substance abuse program for adolescents and teens in Greensboro, North Carolina. This group home setting provides care for 8 males through our ASAP program and 2 females through Foster Services. While in the program, teens participate in a series of individual, group, and family counseling sessions to identify triggers and underlying draws to substance use.

At Alexander, we adhere to The Seven Challenges Model to help adolescents and teens to evaluate their life goals, personal challenges, and empower them to make the appropriate lifestyle changes. While in the residential program individuals work through challenges with family and natural support systems to identify strategies for long term success.

SUMMARY 

The Mental Health Technician (MHT) must demonstrate the Agency's purpose, philosophy, policies and procedures.  The MHT works as a team member and oversees the day-to-day activities and needs of clients housed in a day treatment setting

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. Other duties may be assigned. 

  • The MHT will be expected to fulfill the following responsibilities:
  • Receives instruction for daily activities from the program director and/or lead MHT.  
  • Gives instructions to children regarding desirable health and personal habits who are in recovery from a substance abuse problem
  • Interacts with clients in a therapeutic manner
  • Establishes structure in the program that enables the client to learn responsibilities
  • Maintains a safe environment including fire prevention, fire drills and evacuation plans
  • Plans events for clients, including informal play time, special events and group activities
  • Restrains aggressive clients using approved techniques and procedures
  • Provides transportation for clients to events, including but not limited to school and medical appointments
  • Counsels or provides similar diagnostic or therapeutic services to clients with substance abuse problems and co-occurring mental health disorders

QUALIFICATIONS  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

  • Minimum of 21 years of age.
  • High School diploma or equivalent with some college.
  • Minimum of six months related experience and/or specialized training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • The ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • The ability to write routine reports and correspondence in a legible manner.
  • The ability to use basic math skills including multiplication, division, understanding units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. 
  • Must apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. 
  • Respects the cultural diversity of children in care, and strives to create a positive relationship.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

The individual should be able to demonstrate excellent verbal and written skills.  Documentation will be required for all cases.  The individual will need to understand how to vary language and articulation depending upon the families' needs and/or interaction with community agencies.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

Must have a valid driver's license for state of residence.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The physical demands are such that the individual will be able to perform several job duties per day.  The individual will need to have transportation to provide the services.  The individual will need to be flexible in scheduling appointments with families and not have physical demands that prohibit this from happening.

WORK ENVIRONMENT  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment will vary according to the cases the individual has at the time.  Services will be provided primarily in the community, including the families' homes.  This will sometimes be in neighborhoods characterized by drug and alcohol use and unemployment.  The families' environments are taken into consideration when providing services, but this does not solely exclude an individual from the program.  The work environment will also be at Alexander Children's Center, in which the individual will be encouraged to become an active employee of the agency and support all agency functions.