JESUIT REFUGEE SERVICE/USA
Mental Health Worker
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA
The mission of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA (JRS/USA) is to accompany, serve, and advocate for refugees and forcibly displaced persons. JRS works in more than 50 countries worldwide to meet the educational, health, psycho-social, and emergency needs of more than 800,000 refugees and other forcibly displaced persons regardless of race, ethnic origin, or religious beliefs.
JRS/USA is searching for a Mental Health Clinician (MHC) for its Binational Cross-Border Program. The selected candidate will work with forcibly displaced individuals who arrive to the U.S. and Mexico Border in search of protection. We are seeking a bilingual individual (English and Spanish) who can provide services in El Paso and vicinity and travel across the border to provide mental health and psychosocial services to individuals who may be in transit and in need of short-term stabilization. The MHC will report to the Border Program Manager and work collaboratively with JRS-Mexico staff in Cd. Juarez. Location: JRS/USA El Paso, Texas office.
• Offer mental health and psychosocial services (MHPSS) to forcibly displaced individuals and groups.
• Conduct initial assessment of forcibly displaced individuals seeking protection at the border to establish situation, needs, resources and goals.
• Provide crisis intervention as needed, prioritizing stabilization and solution focused strategies and techniques, psychoeducation, and psychological first aid.
• Provide short term counseling and crisis intervention, as necessary.
• Implement psychoeducational individual or group programs with forcibly displaced individuals.
• Prepare psychoeducational materials as needed.
• Facilitate recreational activities in shelter settings, supervising volunteers and identifying and selecting peer led recreational activities.
• Facilitate support groups with women, children, and men.
• Refer individuals to appropriate treatment centers as needed.
• Follow up with clients to ensure improvements in their situation.
• Conduct individual mental health assessments and write forensic reports.
• Respond to mental health and psychosocial needs of service providers through training, workshops, capacity building, ad-hoc support, and referrals.
• Maintain complete, accurate, and confidential case files to document client interactions and interventions.
• Implement collaborative MHPSS activities in coordination with JRS/MX and JMS/MX
• Maintain communication and coordination with local legal providers to assist the legal processes of asylum seekers and other forcibly displaced groups according to their needs.
• Assume other responsibilities as needed.
• Experience working with people who have experienced extremely distressing events with awareness of cultural differences.
• Knowledgeable of the current immigration situation in the US-Mexico Border
• Experience providing basic counseling and psychosocial support individually and in group settings.
• Experience and/or training completing mental health assessments and reports
• Ability and willingness to empathize, assist, and collaborate with people from different genders, ages, and cultures.
• Experience facilitating psychoeducational and support groups.
• Master's in counseling, social work, or related field required.
• Social Work, Professional Counseling or Psychology licensed professional required.
• Minimum three years of relevant work experience required.
• Bilingual in English and Spanish (speaking, reading, and writing)
• Strong communication verbal and written skills.
• Experience working with forcibly displaced individuals preferred.
• Must be authorized to work in the US.
How to Apply
Please submit resume and cover letter through Indeed.com
We strongly encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply.
JRS/USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by the law. We welcome applicants from a diverse spectrum of qualified candidates.
Washington, DC 20006