Catholic Charities West Michigan

Mental Health Counselor for Minor Program (Bilingual-Spanish)

Job Locations US-MI-Grand Rapids
Child Welfare
Position Type
Regular Full-Time

Position Summary

The Unaccompanied Children (UC) Transitional Foster Care (TFC) Therapist conducts mental health assessments, provides ongoing individual and group counseling services, screens for human trafficking concerns, and provides crisis intervention services.


$3,000.00 signing bonus with 1/2 paid of bonus paid on 1st full 2 week worked paycheck following hire and remainder of the signing bonus on the first full 2 week worked paycheck after 9-month work anniversary.


Spanish Speaking Bilingual ability strongly required.


Wage: $65,000.00


Are you passionate about discovering new ways to help empower people and make a difference in their lives?

If you’ve got what it takes to support us in our mission to provide help and create hope through innovative, collaborative, and diverse programs within the community, then we’ve got the right opportunity for you.


About Catholic Charities West Michigan

Catholic Charities West Michigan (CCWM) is a community-based agency providing programs in Western Michigan and offering a variety of services in family preservation, behavioral health, child welfare, and community outreach.

  • CCWM is committed to ensuring a diverse workforce and a work environment whereby all staff are treated with dignity, respect, and fairness.
  • CCWM encourages persons of diverse backgrounds and faiths to apply for employment.

Essentials Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conducts weekly group therapy sessions twice per week with clients in the program, while meeting the pre-defined and stipulated minimum billable hours in office requirements per week as defined by the program supervisor and program expectations.
  • Conducts weekly individual sessions with clients or as outlined in the therapeutic individualized treatment plan.
  • Completes and reports on client intakes, closing summaries, and psychosocial documentation in a timely manner and in accordance with agency standards.
  • Provides reports and testimonies in court, as requested
  • Establishes and maintains referral and community resources.
  • Administers the intake psychosocial assessment within 24-48 hours of client's arrival to the program.
  • Administers the trafficking assessment within the defined number of days of the client's arrival to the program.
  • Provides additional counseling sessions with children and their families either by phone or virtual, as needed, to assist in the reunification process.
  • Attends meetings with the treatment team and actively participates in meetings.
  • Stays current on all agency, federal, and state regulatory requirements relating to social services.
  • Stay current on treatment modalities and completes trainings as required by funding sources, by attending conferences, seminars, and journal readings.
  • Attends training provided internally and in the community and applies new gained knowledge in providing services.
  • Translates both written and verbal communication for program clientele and staff.
  • Attends weekly meetings with Program Supervisor to consult on cases, to review case plan and direction, and to evaluate client participation and progress.
  • Maintains clear and concise documentation of treatment efforts.
  • Effectively utilizes appropriate systems for data gathering, submission, and tracking client services rendered in accordance with time-bound expectations based on contract requirements, agency expectations, and program policy.


Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to work effectively on a multi-disciplinary treatment team.
  • Ability to build rapport with clients to help them adjust to new life circumstances.
  • Ability to provide excellent and compassionate customer service.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise good judgement, and a high level of confidentiality.
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of the National Association of Social Work Code of Ethics and the NASW Standards for the practice of direct social work.
  • Ability to demonstrate computer and typing skills sufficient to perform essential job functions.
  • Ability to relate to diverse populations and cultures while communicating with clients and the public in a courteous and effective manner.

Recommended Employment Qualifications


A Master’s degree in social work or a related field in human services from an accredited college is required.



  • A minimum of two years of post-master's program experience in child and family services or counseling preferred.
  • Broad knowledge of basic principles, concepts, and methodology of social work as acquired through a master's level degree required.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English fluency is required.
  • A minimum of one year experience working with children and families from diverse cultures with sensitivity to cultural difference and norms required.


Benefits Offered:

  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Dental insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Vision insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Life insurance
  • 401(k) matching
  • Retirement plan
  • Referral program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Professional development assistance
  • Employee assistance program


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

A valid active Michigan professional license is required.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.


Our Mission

In the spirit of our Catholic tradition, we lead our diverse communities with hope and compassion by offering innovative, collaborative programs. Through our team of highly trained employees, dedicated volunteers and generous community, we deliver the highest quality social services.


Our Vision

Following in the footsteps of Christ, we are the leaders in empowering people to achieve their God given potential by providing help and creating hope.


Our Values

  • Compassion
  • Collaboration
  • Compliance
  • Service to All People
  • Sanctity of All Life


CCWM is an equal opportunity employer, subject to all federal and state laws as applicable to a religious Agency.


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