Mental Health Specialist Job Description

A mental health specialist is a psychologist, psychiatrist, or social worker who specializes in mental health or mental disability services.

A mental health specialist may be someone who provides counseling services, conducts research, or designs innovative programs to promote healthy behavior.

Some common mental health disorders that mental health specialist treat include depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.

Updated on:     
September 15, 2022

Job Brief:

We're looking for a Mental Health Specialist who is passionate about helping others and making a difference in the lives of those struggling with mental health issues. The ideal candidate will have experience working with individuals with mental health issues and will be able to provide compassionate and understanding care. If you are interested in helping others and making a difference in the lives of those struggling with mental health issues, then this is the position for you!

Mental Health Specialist Duties:

  • Provide psychological services for patients in specific programs
  • Provide counseling and support services to those in need of assistance
  • Operate programs supporting health, education, and social services, including prevention and early intervention services
  • Promote and coordinate programs, services, and activities that address community needs
  • Research and study community needs and implements solutions
  • Development, management, and monitoring of policies, procedures, and programs
  • Provide referrals
  • Lead, direct, and train staff
  • Train staff in program development
  • Maintain necessary records
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Mental Health Specialist Responsibilities:

  • Provide individual and group counseling to patients who are deaf, blind or deafblind, and provide residential therapy to individuals, couples, and families on a 24-hour basis
  • Counsel patients on social and emotional functioning, managing stress, and adjusting to limitations
  • Obtain medical, therapeutic, diagnostic, and environmental information
  • Identify and consult with other mental health specialists, specialists on special conditions, and physicians
  • Collaborate with social workers, psychologists, and other mental health personnel
  • Provide technical assistance to families of deafblind patients
  • Develop and evaluate programs, policies, and procedures, and conduct research and service evaluations in order to improve services
  • Other duties as assigned

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Requirements And Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology, or related field
  • 2+ years’ direct experience with mental health patients
  • Experience with treatment planning, client/family education, case management, and therapeutic interventions
  • Strong knowledge of medical terminology and behavioral health principles

At Company Name, we believe that diversity and inclusion are key to success. We are committed to building a team that is diverse and inclusive of people from all walks of life. We encourage applications from people of all races, religions, national origins, genders, and ages, as well as veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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