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Mental Health Practitioner II/III 200001

March 11, 2013 - April 30, 2013
Location:Diane Ahrens Crisis Residence - St. Paul, MN
Employment Type:Part Time

The Diane Ahrens Crisis Residence, a 16 bed mental health treatment program for adults experiencing a mental health crisis, is seeking a part-time evening Mental Health Practitioner II/III (200001). Our services utilize evidenced-based practices and include a wide variety of interventions, including harm reduction strategies. Each resident collaborates with staff to develop individualized treatment goals and works toward an individualized vision of recovery. Many residents have co-occurring chemical use problems. A normal stay for a resident at Diane Ahrens is approximately 3-5 days.

The typical hours for this position will be Saturdays and Sundays, 4:00pm Ė 12:30am.


The Mental Health Practitioner II/III will provide:

  • Psychoeducation about mental illness diagnoses and symptoms
  • Group facilitation of Illness Management and Recovery topics
  • Individual sessions focused on brief therapeutic modalities and skill building for coping with mental health symptoms
  • Crisis stabilization and prevention planning
  • Information and/or referrals to resources in the community for increased support and stabilization

All staff members attend bi-weekly supervision meeting, weekly clinical review meetings via phone or in person, and monthly / quarterly staff meetings.


Required qualifications:

  • Master's degree in a Human Services field OR
  • Bachelorís Degree in a Human Services field
  • 4,000 hours of supervised experience in the delivery of services to people with serious and persistent mental illness

Preferred qualifications:

  • Masterís degree in a behavioral science
  • Two years of full-time experience providing direct services to adults with serious and persistent mental illness
  • Demonstrates flexibility and willingness to pick-up shifts and offer coverage based on the needs of the program
  • Basic understanding and application of therapeutic modalities, harm-reduction, and client-centered approach
  • Enjoys a fast-paced work environment
  • Enjoys a team collaborative in order to provide quality direct care to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis
  • Knowledge of motivational interviewing, CBT, crisis intervention, DBT, trauma-informed care and psychiatric rehabilitation concepts

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