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Mental Health Therapist (South Asian Network)

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Mental Health Therapist
South Asian Network, Artesia, CA

About SAN:

The South Asian Network (SAN) is a 28-year old grassroots, community-based, nonprofit organization
dedicated to advancing the health, well-being, and civil rights South Asians living in Southern
California. It is the only South Asian organization of its kind, providing outreach, direct
services, and advocacy in three key areas: health and well-being, civic engagement, and violence
prevention and intervention. SAN embraces the diversity of the South Asian American community as
strength and builds unity among South Asian immigrants in Southern California that does not exist
in South Asia itself. It also strives to build alliances among the South Asian community, other
immigrant communities, and communities of color in order to advance a shared progressive agenda for
Southern California.

The SAN team is composed of highly dedicated, resourceful, accomplished and diverse individuals who
are passionate about issues such social justice, empowerment, and diversity and inclusivity. While
our work atmosphere is casual, we employ the utmost levels of professionalism, excellence and
integrity in our work. For more information about SAN, visit www.southasiannetwork.org.

About the Mental Health Therapist role:
Type: Full Time, Non-Exempt

Salary/Wages: DOE

The Mental Health Therapist provides free or low-cost critical culturally and linguistically
specific support to individuals within the South Asian community in Southern California that they
cannot find elsewhere. They They also conduct regular outreach in the community, such as in
faith-based locations and college campuses, to build awareness about mental health and reduce
stigma. While housed in Community Health Unit, the Therapist works across program areas, and is an
important and growing role at the South Asian Network. The Mental Health Therapist will report to
the Clinical Supervisor and the Deputy Director.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Conduct intakes, screenings and assessments of community members seeking services in relation
to mental health;
• Provide case management, counseling, and support to community members seeking services;
• Maintain proper client files, statistics and intake forms including biopsychosocial
assessments, individual case plans and/or reports; ensure all files are complete and up-to-date;
• Assist staff in managing SAN’s client calls and walk-ins;
• Conduct outreach and education about mental health services in community and faith-based
settings, on campuses and in South Asian cultural spaces;
• Develop and disseminate culturally and linguistically appropriate communication material for
the South Asian American community;
• Represent SAN in community based settings, coalition meetings, conferences etc.;

• Work with staff across SAN’s units to plan and conduct activities such as workshops,
presentations and outreach events at community festivals, religious spaces and schools and
colleges;
• Complete required case paperwork and case notes per SAN ethical and legal protocols;
• Adhere to legal and ethical values set forth by BBS;
• Assist with other duties as needed.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

• In an eight-hour workday, the employee must be able to bend and crouch occasionally, sit
continuously and stand or walk frequently.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

• Masters in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology or other related degree
• Demonstrated understanding of the effects of poverty, disabilities, cultural differences and
specialized training in trauma-focused counselling modalities;
• Registration with BBS;
• Knowledge of issues related to immigrants and community resources;
• Active listening, peer counseling, and facilitation skills;
• Ability to handle crisis situations;
• Ability to facilitate support groups and/or workshops;
• Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks efficiently;
• High self-awareness and willingness to seek support around self-care;
• Ability to work with diverse cultures, community, and professional groups;
• Ability to complete timely, confidential, and ethically appropriate documentation;
• Comfort and competence in working independently as well as part of a team;
• Excellent communication and time management skills;
• Ability to work flexible hours (including some weekends);
• Valid California driver’s license, insurance, and automobile that may be used during working
hours;
• Bilingual skills (English + South Asian language);
• Ability to support the mission and philosophy of the South Asian Network;
• Professional conduct and ability to abide by NASW and HIPAA rules

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:

Previous experience providing therapy to the South Asian community strongly preferred, but not
required. To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and three references to:
Purvi@sansocal.org.

Application deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

The South Asian Network an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. All
individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.

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