Clinical personnel and personnel
who conduct assessments
are competent, qualified by education, training
, supervised experience, licensure or the equivalent, and able to recognize individuals and families with special needs
Supervisors of clinical personnel are qualified, in addition, by an advanced degree
, training in supervision
and at least two years of supervised experience providing mental health services.
A senior clinician who provides supervision or training has received formal education on topics including:
- psychosocial functioning;
- assessment skills and intervention strategies;
- mobilization of individual and/or family strengths; and
- the role of social, economic, and environmental factors in the development and resolution of personal and family problems.
Clinical personnel include one or more professionals with an advanced degree and a specialty in clinical practice who serve in at least one of the following roles:
- direct service provider;
- supervisor; or
- case consultant.
Clinical personnel have the knowledge, skills, and support to:
- identify the needs of abused and neglected children and adults;
- understand child development and individual and family functioning;
- engage difficult to reach, traumatized, or disengaged individuals and families;
- work with individuals with co-occurring health, mental health, and substance use conditions; and
- collaborate with other disciplines and services.
Clinical personnel receive training on:
- evidence based practices and other relevant emerging bodies of knowledge;
- psychosocial and ecological or person-in-environment perspectives;
- understanding the impact of mental illness, including stigma and labeling, on the individual and his or her family or significant others;
- the importance of establishing a strong bond with the person receiving services;
- crisis intervention;
- criteria used to determine the need for the involvement of a psychiatrist; and
- recognizing the presence of co-occurring mental health, health, and substance use conditions, as well as integrated services available to meet treatment needs.
Interpretation: Ecological or person-in-environment perspectives view social, economic, and environmental factors as critical in the development and resolution of personal and family problems. Factors may include:
- poverty and lack of employment opportunities;
- local mores;
- language and cultural differences; and
- folk medicine and traditional healing processes.
Clinical personnel workloads support the achievement of client outcomes, are regularly reviewed, and are based on an assessment of the following:
- the qualifications, competencies, and experience of the worker, including the level of supervision needed;
- the work and time required to accomplish assigned tasks and job responsibilities; and
- service volume, accounting for assessed level of needs of new and current clients and referrals.
Individuals who receive Outpatient Mental Health Services
that target goal-directed interventions for diagnosable conditions make gains in symptom reduction, improved self-management
, and restored or enhanced daily functioning.