Mental Health Therapist

Rochester, NY


General Purpose:

The mental health therapist assigned to the Strong Ties Clinic is responsible for providing psychosocial assessment and treatment to individuals ages 16 and older who are severely and persistently mentally ill and may have a co-occurring substance use disorder. Services are provided through participation on an interdisciplinary team designed to provide comprehensive community based psychiatric care. The mental health therapist functions as primary therapist for assigned patients and provides direct clinical service including individual and family therapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, and community outreach.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provides direct clinical services to assigned patients, which may involve individual, family, and/or group therapy, crisis intervention, and diagnostic evaluations.

  • Participates as a member of an interdisciplinary team involving consultation, treatment planning, and periodic care review.

  • Documents interventions, both direct and indirect, in the patient’s medical record in compliance with the Division, Department, and Hospital policy.

  • Ensures timely completion of statistical reports/forms

  • Collaborates with family, social supports, community agencies (past and present) to ensure appropriate and effective care. Coordinates referrals and facilitates linkage to other appropriate agencies/supports.

  • Attends Division, Department, and Clinic level staff meetings. Ensures that Division, Department, and Clinic policies and procedures are implemented with regard to professional practice and patient care. Timely completion of time sheets, and other Hospital or Division mandatory in-service trainings and Health Assessments. Subscribes to maintaining a culturally competent environment by treating patient, families, trainees, and co-workers in a sensitive manner with appropriate attention to cultural differences.

  • Participates in available cultural competency events and training appropriate to job duties.

  • Develops and leads groups for patients (and possibly family members or their support network) which focuses on issues and needs of the mentally ill population.

  • Provides back-up coverage for patient care, as appropriate and requested.

  • Other duties as assigned Maintains professional CEU requirements by reading, attending seminars, workshops and conferences.

Requirements :


  • Master's degree from a Counsel for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) accredited program with major course work in mental health counseling.

  • Requires NYS licensure as a mental health practitioner (e.g., Mental Health Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Creative Arts Therapist) or limited permit eligible. If licensure has not been obtainedupon employment, the individual has 36 months to obtain the NYS license.


  • Prior experience working with individuals with mental illness and/or community mental health

  • Experience with adolescent/young adults also preferred

  • Knowledge of mental illness

  • Ability to engage in person centered treatment

  • Knowledge/skills in various therapeutic interventions including CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing

  • Knowledge of risk evaluation and mitigation

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Pay Range

Pay Range: $ 57,595 - $ 80,600 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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Location: Strong Memorial Hospital
Full/Part Time: Full-Time