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Posted 8/7/2020

Kentucky Refugee Ministries - Louisville

Mental Health Coordinator
KRM is hiring a full-time Mental Health Coordinator (MHC) to oversee the KRM Louisville office’s mental health referrals, direct services and case management, community outreach and advocacy, and capacity building.

The clientele will include refugees or immigrants—both adults and children—from a broad range of countries and backgrounds. Clients referred, or self-referring, for services from the MHC will include victims of torture or trauma, victims of domestic violence, those experiencing family problems or suffering from substance abuse, or those suffering from depression or anxiety related to social adjustment. Refugee and immigrant youth and young adults will also be referred to the MHC for services or intervention. They may need support related to trauma suffered overseas or in the United States, family problems, and school or peer adjustment issues.

A primary goal of the MHC is to facilitate access for clients to mainstream mental health services. However, the MHC will also be expected to adapt the program and services to be more holistic in nature and better reflect the needs of our clients with respect to the type of services mental health services they feel comfortable participating in, be it from a cultural or personal perspective. The MHC will be expected to utilize support groups, community-based mental health delivery, and family counseling, as well as one-on-one assessment and referral for therapeutic services.  The MHC will be expected to be experienced in providing trauma-informed care and providing mental health services within an agency framework of strengths-based case management and the promotion of client self-sufficiency.

Job Responsibilities
Assessment and Referral. Clients are identified for mental health services in several ways, including previous mental health services indicated in their overseas biodata and referrals from a mental health screening administered as part of their Refugee Health Assessment, a comprehensive exam given during their first 30 days after arrival. KRM staff also refer clients to the MHC. Other clients self-refer for services. The MHC customarily presents on his or her role at cultural orientation sessions on mental health and wellness for recent arrivals.

Clients meeting with the MHC may be offered several choices for services: in-home therapy (individual or family), community mental health with several office choices and locations (Centerstone, Jewish Family and Career Services, the University of Louisville Survivors of Torture Clinic, or individual therapists), psychiatric/medication management, sessions with one of KRM’s mental health interns, and/or medical case management. During these meetings, the MHC also educates clients about mental health issues and self-care and stress management.

Case Management.The MHC will assist clients with transportation to mental health appointments, coordinate follow-up care, and advocate for access to interpreters, timely appointments, and appropriate services.

As part of KRM’s holistic case management, the MHC will work closely with other KRM staff to provide intensive case management services to help clients overcome barriers to accessing treatment and achieving self-sufficiency. These services can include medical case management and coordination, medication management, supplemental security income-disability applications, and referrals for assistance with food, clothing, housing, financial and legal issues. The MHC will directly assist some clients in applying for SSI-Disability. For minors, case management and referrals will be coordinated with KRM’s Family and Youth Services staff. The MHC will be responsible for the case noting and case file documentation of services received by KRM clients.

Community Outreach and Advocacy.The MHC will provide outreach and advocacy efforts to community partner agencies and refugee communities in Louisville. The MHC will facilitate presentations and trainings to partner agencies and identify and expand available and culturally competent mental health service providers.

The MHC will facilitate with mental health orientations and wellness groups within KRM and refugee communities. The MHC will work with refugee communities to improve access to and understanding of services available to them. In recent years, community mental health initiatives of the MHC have included sessions on mental health and substance abuse with various refugee ethnic community-based organizations; wellness groups following the model outlined in Pathways to Wellness Community Adjustment Support Group curriculum; and monthly sessions with the refugee and immigrant mothers enrolled in KRM’s Family Center to provide skills and information to clients who may not want or need formal services.

Supervision of Mental Health Interns. KRM works with Master’s level interns from the social work programs at University of Louisville, Spalding University and other school programs. These students require regular weekly supervision meetings (individual and group) as well as ongoing communications with the program faculty and advisors. KRM has a working relationship with other counseling and psychology programs as well.

Capacity Building.The MHC will also participate in a meeting of local mental health providers to improve access, background understanding and culturally-competent care for immigrants. This providers group meets every other month, with the meeting location rotating among participant organizations. This group has also addressed provider responses to domestic violence and substance abuse in immigrant communities. A domestic violence providers group (managed by the Center for Women and Families) has been regularly meeting on the opposite months as the mental health group.

Agency Profile
Founded in 1990 as a nonprofit agency in Louisville, Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM) is a local affiliate of Church World Service, one of nine national voluntary agencies authorized to provide resettlement services to refugees legally admitted to the United States through the State Department’s Refugee Admissions Program. Currently, KRM’s Louisville office receives around 200 newly-arrived refugees a year due to decreased national refugee admissions and covid-related restrictions on refugee travel. KRM’s Lexington office, opened in 1995, receives around 100 refugee arrivals a year. Historically, both KRM offices have, on average, received approximately three times as many refugee arrivals per year as currently.

KRM Louisville also currently serves around 150 recently-arrived Cuban immigrants a year, as well as small number of individuals from various countries who have been approved for asylum and those applying for asylum.

KRM secures housing and medical care for refugees and provides them with comprehensive case management including employment services, ESL and cultural orientation, and specialized programs for refugee youth and elders and the arts. KRM offers citizenship classes for refugees and immigrants preparing to apply for U.S. citizenship. KRM’s Louisville office has an immigration legal services office with six full-time staff, including three attorneys, who provide a services to immigrants of all statuses.

KRM staff do not engage in any religious messaging in connection to delivery of client services.

Job Requirements

  •  Minimum Bachelor’s degree required. Related graduate degree or MSW strongly preferred.
  •  Strong computer and organizational skills, including proficiency in MS Excel
  •  Job will be primarily during normal business hours with some early mornings required to take refugees to job interviews
  •  Ability to drive and transport clients by car
  •  Compassionate approach with, and advocacy for, immigrants

Specialized Skills

  • Previous experience related to mental health, psychosocial or therapeutic services
  •  Comfort with servicing limited-English-proficient clients and utilizing bilingual interpreters
  •  Experience with, and knowledge of, trauma informed care
  •  Excellent interpersonal skills
  •  Strong orientation to detail and ability to provide clear documentation of services
  •  Team-orientation; ability to work in coordination with agency resettlement staff

Compensation and Benefits
This is a full-time position. Salary commensurate with experience and background. Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, holidays, sick and personal days.

To Apply
Interested applicants should reply by Thursday, August 13, with a résumé and cover letter to:

John Koehlinger Executive Director
Kentucky Refugee Ministries
969-B Cherokee Road
Louisville, KY 40204


Posted 8/5/2020

Louisville Metro Public Defender

Alternative Sentencing worker (ASW)

Position Type: Full-Time

Scheduled Work Hours: Monday - Friday 8:15am -4:30pm; no weekends; no on-call duties or home visits

Primary Location: Downtown-Louisville; office setting; walking distance to/from court houses and jails

Population Served: Adult men and women

Pay Rate: Salary commensurate with experience

The Louisville-Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office is a non-profit organization rendering legal services in the largest jurisdiction in the state of Kentucky to indigent adults and juveniles accused of crimes and status offenses and to those who are subjected to involuntary hospitalization due to mental illness.  The office functions as a full-service law firm providing defense representation in all state courts at every level, as well as appellate and post-conviction advocacy in both the state and federal courts. 

The Alternative Sentencing Worker (ASW) is responsible for conducting a holistic, strengths-based assessment of the client’s needs to identify services to meet underlying needs with two goals in mind: (1) to diminish the risk of later involvement with the criminal justice system; and (2) to reduce the necessity of incarceration and the exorbitant expenditures required to house people in jails and prisons when more effective and less costly alternatives exist. The ASW may also provide forensic social work services, including mitigation in conjunction with the Assistant Public Defender for the legal disposition of criminal cases. The ASW will develop either a typed or verbal Alternative Sentencing Plan (ASP) by:

  • Conducting non-clinical psychosocial assessments of clients to screen for service needs;
  • Assessing clients in an office and/or adult detention facility setting;
  • Contacting service providers and making necessary community-based referrals;
  • Presenting written plans, including social history and recommendations to the Court for approval, which may include testifying in court;
  • Coordinating services with clients in lieu of a jail or prison sentence.

A MSW/MSSW Degree is required, preferably from a Council on Social Work Education accredited graduate school. This position and office setting is not clinical; therefore, an applicant is not required to hold CSW credentials or higher nor can they be supervised if obtaining hours for further licensure.

One to two years’ experience assessing individuals for substance use disorder and/or mental health treatment needs is preferred.

The ideal applicant must possess: a desire to work with a vulnerable population; strong verbal and written skills to advocate on client’s behalf; detailed care to client case file management; disciplined self-time management; and consistent professionalism when collaborating with fellow colleagues, those in the criminal justice arena, and partnering community-based agencies.    

To apply for this position, please submit: a cover letter, a current resume, three (3) professional recommendations; one graduate school transcript and a one-page writing sample to .

Posted 7/23/2020

Valhalla Post Acute

Social Services Director - Full-Time, First Shift

Link to job posting:  https://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=1ece6f3d6c8bdb81&from=serp&from=mobRdr&prevUrl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.indeed.com%2Fm%2Fjobs%3Fq%3Dsocial%2Bservices%2Bdirector%26l%3DLouisville%252C%2BKY&utm_source=%2Fm%2F&utm_medium=redir&utm_campaign=dt


Posted 7/15/2020

Bellarmine University, Counseling Center

Staff Counselor

Job Description:
This is a full-time (32 hours per week), exempt position, on a 10 month contract (August 1- May 31), housed within The Bellarmine University Counseling Center, serving as a part of  a multi-disciplinary treatment team.  The position provides short-term mental health services including individual counseling, group counseling, crisis intervention, triage assessment, case management, consultation, clinical supervision, and outreach psychoeducation/programming. 

Successful job candidates much posses the following: competence in general clinical practice, including brief psychotherapy and crisis intervention; hold a master's degree in clinical social work or related mental health field; be licensed or license eligible to independently practice as mental health provider in the Commonwealth of Kentucky; have professional experience providing mental health services to college students and/or young adults; demonstrate commitment to social justice; have excellent communication skills, including public speaking.

Additional Information:
Preference for candidates with LCSW; expertise in behavioral wellness and/or working with student athletes; experience working with underrepresented and culturally diverse populations (e.g. students of color, LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities); experience or interest in providing clinical supervision to counseling or social work trainees.

Application Instructions:
Please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vita, and contact information of three professional references (including former supervisor and someone familiar with your clinical work). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.  

To apply: http://bellarmine.interviewexchange.com/candapply.jsp?JOBID=123303

URL: www.bellarmine.edu/studentaffairs/counselingcenter/


Posted 6/29/2020

Lynnhurst Outreach, Inc.

PAL Youth Center

4401 Taylor Boulevard    Louisville, KY 40215

(502) 368-8446

POSITION TITLE:      PAL Youth Center Assistant

REPORTS TO:  PAL Youth Center Director          


  • Part-time, 20 hours/week, $10.00/hour
  • Youth Center Hours:   Monday – Friday 1:30 – 5:30 pm (20 hours)
  • August – May, with June and July off


  • Supports the PAL Youth Center Director and the Youth Engagement Committee and the goals, mission and policies & procedures of the PAL Youth Center.
  • Provides daily direct service for youth at the PAL Center, including mentoring, helping with homework, leading engaging teambuilding and group activities, conflict resolution, and providing positive role modeling.
  • Shopping for, preparing and setting out food/snacks
  • Engages with youth and families in a positive and respectful manner by being available during Center hours, listening and supporting student/family needs, expressing interest in questions or concerns of student/families and being consistent with expectations and follow through of services.
  • Assists with set up, delivery and clean-up of everyday activities as requested by staff.
  • Assists with maintaining a social media and web based presence.
  • Attends mandatory trainings (not in addition to 15 hours)
  • Communicates with Director about student achievement and participation.
  • Collaborates on direct service for youth with volunteers and Interns
  • Responds to any safety or emergency situations as required by PAL Youth Center and Lynnhurst UCC safety guidelines and policies & procedures.
  • Assists and attends field trips and retreats.

He/she will lead the youth groups in their focus of substance abuse prevention and environmental strategies and will support the youth through:

  • Curriculum development to strengthen protective factors and reduce risks. 
  • Summer internship initiatives;
  • College and career readiness;
  • Mentoring and volunteer opportunities;
  • Various administrative tasks;
  • Supporting a social media and web based presence.
  • Attending community youth focused trainings, including Youth Worker Methods trainings


Education and Experience 

  • One year of college in Education, Psychology, Social Work, or closely related field or equivalent experience working with youth.
  • Background Check fulfills Lynnhurst UCC Safe Church Policy
  • Negative Drug Test

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Able to organize and implement several projects simultaneously.
  • Must work well with a diverse population. 
  • Excellent communication skills essential
  • Confidentiality
  • Can work independently with minimal supervision. 
  • Must be able to appropriately respond to cultural differences present among the organization’s service populations.
  • Ability to perform public speaking, trainings and community presentation services.
  • Must be able to establish strong and effective working relationships with staff, the target population, community agencies and the public




While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and talk or hear.  The employee may be required to climb stairs, stoop (bend at waist), kneel, and lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close and distance vision.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Other than trainings, time is spent at the PAL Youth Center or outside activities or retreats. 

Posted 6/11/2020

Family & Children's Place

Behavioral Health Therapist PRN Child & Family Services


Family & Children's Place is an equal opportunity employer and a private non-profit organization whose mission is to help end the trauma of sexual abuse for thousands of area children, keep families intact,  help parents nurture newborns despite major life-changing situations, and provide to children and family members the emotional support necessary to maintain family stability.  Each of these families is better positioned to contribute to a healthier overall community, thanks to Family & Children's Place services.  For more information on Family & Children’s Place, please visit our website at www.familyandchildrensplace.org. EOE/M/F/D/V

Job Description

This position will work on an “as needed” case by case basis and will be paid for completed therapy sessions. The PRN family therapist is responsible for providing clinical and related services to families, couples, and individuals, who are referred by DCS in Indiana. This position utilizes trauma-informed, culturally competent evidence based practices and policies in its service delivery, and may include delivering services via telehealth. Responsible for completing documentation and billing requirements in a timely and accurate manner.


Master’s degree in behavioral health field and is fully licensed to practice in Indiana. Experience in trauma-informed, culturally sensitive practices and policies essential.

Screening requirements

Criminal Background Check, Child Abuse and Neglect check, fingerprint check, pre-employment drug and TB screens. 


The only benefit available is participation in 403b plan.