Mental Health Rehabilitation Officer/ Clubhouse Generalist

Alliance House c/o Valley Behavioral Health


Salary: $14.00 – $16.00 D.O.E
Job Description: Valley Behavioral Health is seeking a full-time, compassionate, dedicated Mental Health Rehabilitation Officer/Clubhouse Generalist for the Alliance House Clubhouse.

Alliance House, established in 1987, is an incorporated, non-government, not-for-profit organization, dedicated to assisting adults with a mental illness. This assistance is provided in a psychosocial program designed to empower and support its members. Alliance House provides a non-institutional setting where adults with a mental illness give each other support as they work to rebuild confidence, stamina, and concentration, social and vocational skills. It is a voluntary program whose participants are members, not patients or clients. The organization believes that every member has a contribution to make and relies on members’ talents, skills and strengths in order to function.

The organization is based on the Clubhouse International model ( and abides by the International Standards for Clubhouse Programs. Alliance House serves as one of the twelve international training bases for Clubhouse International.

The primary purpose of this position in our Culinary Unit is to engage members in meaningful work, ensuring that they are working as part of a team with other members in the daily operation of the designated unit.

This opportunity will suit enthusiastic and self-motivated team players with a strong work ethic and commitment to supporting the organization’s overall strategic direction. This position will enhance lives, heal families and strengthen a community.

Look forward to coming to work each day with a friendly and small, close-knit team within an international leading organization that has strong support from the local community as well as the business community.

Location: 1724 South Main Street, SLC, UT 84115

Schedule: M-F; 8:30 – 4:30, some evenings, weekends and holidays

Pay: $14.00 – $16.00 Commensurate with experience and/or education

Benefits: Yes…Valley provides a generous benefits package including retirement/savings, health and dental, health savings plans and an Employee Assistance Program. Other important benefits include life and disability insurance plans, tuition reimbursement, paid time off, sick leave, flexible spending plans and paid holidays.

Position Description:

The Clubhouse Generalist will work with members to ensure that their unit is operating effectively in accordance to Clubhouse International Standards and meeting set objectives.

As with all staff positions the Clubhouse, generalists role is participating in all aspects of the Clubhouse including unit work, support coordination, employment and social/recreational activities.

Selection Criteria:

•Demonstrated experience and skill in programs for people with a mental illness.

•Demonstrated ability to manage programs in a way that ensures maximum consumer participation.

•Highly developed communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.

•Possess a current valid Driver’s Licence valid in the United States.

•An appropriate University degree will be highly regarded.

•Previous experience/knowledge of the Clubhouse model would be an advantage.

•Bilingual English/Spanish fluency will be looked upon favorably

General Duties:
•Be responsible for ensuring the programs operate in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act Standards.

•Understand and operate in accordance with the Clubhouse philosophy and policy as outlined in the Clubhouse International model.

•Assist with the development of appropriate linkages with other community agencies, clinical services, government departments and other relevant programs.

•Work closely with other staff, members and community agencies to develop services that are responsive to the needs of members.

•Provide leadership and direction to members in the program.

•Be responsible for maintaining communication at various levels through a range of mechanisms.

•Ensure that programs are introduced and developed in keeping with set time lines.

•Assist members to set realistic goals, develop service plans, carry it out and revise it periodically.

•Act as a role model for members – in terms of appropriate attitudes, behavior and dress standards within the Clubhouse work and social setting.

•Assist with the training of new staff and students.

•Work as part of a team in the Clubhouse vocational rehabilitation program.

•Train and work alongside members at their place of employment.

•Assist members to learn skills and gain confidence that will assist in a range of life skills i.e. employment.

•Provide ongoing support to employers and members.

•In keeping with the philosophy of the Clubhouse, all the staff are expected to be involved in all areas of the running of the Clubhouse.

•Flexibility of hours will be required as the position will involve some weekend, public holiday and evening work.

•Be aware of the importance of rights of the individual balanced with duty of care.

•Advocate for members at any appropriate level.

•Provide presentations to community organizations on the Clubhouse model.

•Participate in a three week colleague training program on the Clubhouse model.

•Be a member of the Clubhouse International Training team as requested.
•Working knowledge preferred in Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, and Excel.

Performance Requirement:

All staff are required to participate in an annual performance review with their supervisor. The principal documents used will be the staff members’ position description, roles and responsibilities, and key performance indicators coupled with their individual annual objectives.

Location: 1724 S. Main St., Salt Lake City, 84115
Status: amazing


How to Apply:
Closing Date: 4-30-2017 or unitl filled
Your Website: Visit organizational website.
Job Post Link: Visit additional job posting information.

Executive Director

National Alliance on Mental Illness – Utah

Position: Executive Director
Status: Full-time, Exempt
Salary: $60,000 – $70,000


Summary of Position:

The Executive Director (ED) works under the direction of the NAMI Utah Board of Directors to carry out the mission of NAMI Utah (National Alliance on Mental Illness – Utah). The ED coordinates the organization’s staff and volunteers, its programs, finances and advocacy efforts. This is a full-time, exempt position with responsibility for a staff of approximately 23, a statewide volunteer pool, and numerous community projects.


Mission Statement:
The mission of NAMI Utah is to ensure the dignity and improve the lives of those who live with mental illness and their families through support, education and advocacy.


Description of Duties:


  • Translate the strategic direction as developed in partnership with the Board of Directors into day-to-day operations of the organization
    • Provide regular, consistent reporting on the key metrics outline in the plan
  • Work with non-profit leaders, governmental entities, business and civic leaders to press for positive change in mental health treatment and to partner on collaborative projects
    • Serve on state and local government committees relevant to our mission and funding
  • Ensure quality and growth of programs in areas of family and peer education, support and community outreach.
    • Grow number of classes offered and number of attendees year over year
  • Oversee the efforts of volunteer affiliate groups throughout the state of Utah involved in running all educational and support programs
    • Personally visit each affiliate at least once per year to discuss support needs, programs and governance
  • Manage grants and contracts for the organization, assuring reporting requirements are met
    • Generate new sources of funding
  • Expand our strong volunteer base and facilitate further training and utilization of volunteers
    • Grow NAMI Utah membership year over year
  • Proactively participate in local and state advocacy efforts, especially legislative advocacy.
    • Attend legislative meetings that are integral to NAMI Utah’s mission
  • Supervise staff of part- and full-time employees
    • Handle all aspects of human resource management, including hiring, training, disciplining, and terminating
  • Collaborate with staff, volunteers and board in developing, implementing, and evaluating programs and work plans
  • Oversee all accounting functions, including auditing, budgeting and payroll
  • Work closely with board committees such as Executive Committee and Finance Committee
  • Oversee and grow annual awareness events, including Walk fundraiser and State Conference
  • Engage with reporters, local and state government representatives and members of the community, acting as the public face of the organization
  • Provide presentations, media interviews, seminars and trainings on mental health and illness, suicide prevention and support for individuals and families impacted
  • Oversee the development and coordination of additional programs and services that support the organization’s mission and priorities


This job description is not necessarily a comprehensive definition of the position. The duties may be varied to meet the changing demands of the organization at the discretion of the Board of Directors.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Understanding of nonprofit management, including funds solicitation, reporting, and volunteer recruitment and management
    • Ability to translate board direction into work product
  • Applied knowledge of individual, corporate, government and foundation development strategies Experience with large-scale volunteer supervision
  • Successful experience working collaboratively with community partners
  • Familiarity with Utah’s mental health system
  • Knowledge of mental illness and its impact on the individual, the family, and the community
    • Understanding of current issues in mental health
  • Comfort with being the “public face” of an organization, including news appearances, testifying to legislative committees, presenting at large gatherings and the like
  • Ability to multi-task and juggle competing priorities for your time and resources
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills


  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited university. Master’s level preferred (MA/MS/MBA)
  • Relevant experience in a leadership role in the field of human services and/or business development
  • Successful grant writing experience with foundations, corporations or government agencies
  • Supervisory and/or leadership experience
  • Nonprofit experience highly desirable
  • Experience with grassroots coalition building, advocacy and membership development preferred
  • Professional dress and demeanor


To Apply:
    Please e-mail or mail (see below) the following:

  • Letter of Interest – explaining how your skills and experience match the organization’s needs
  • Resume—including education, work and volunteer experience with dates of employment
  • Three professional references including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses



c/o Executive Director Search

1600 West 2200 South

Suite 202

West Valley City, UT 84119


For more information about NAMI Utah, please see our website at:


Part-time PAID Positions Available


Opportunities available to spend your time performing meaningful work for our non-profit agency. Volunteers of America, Utah provides support to individuals experiencing homelessness, addiction, or mental illness.

Youth Advocate

At the new Youth Resource Center (880 So. 400 W.), interact with youth to create a safe, nurturing environment that will offer stability, encourage self- sufficiency, and independence.

  • Interact with youth and provide them with information on community resources.
  • Distribute basic need items and maintain an accurate record of services delivered.
  • Resolve conflicts and crisis manage as necessary.
  • Enforce the center guidelines for conduct.
  • Complete rounds consistently to ensure clients are in appropriate areas
  • Complete required paperwork in a timely manner.
  • Light cleaning and meal preparation.

Part-time, on-call – fill in for planned and unplanned time off.

8 hour day, swing, or night shifts – weekdays or weekends.

$11.50 per hour, $1.00 per hour shift differential for graves.

Recovery Assistant

Assist male and female clients who are detoxing from substance abuse. Clients may stay up to 14 days in our facility (252 W Brooklyn Avenue-1020 So.)

  • Conduct intake interviews with clients who are intoxicated or in withdrawal.
  • Screen clients for admission; intake and orientation
  • Interact with clients who are in the detox process.
  • Monitor clients to ensure safety and enforce facility rules.
  • Complete record keeping and answer phones.
  • Monitor and document client prescription medications.
  • Take vital signs.

Part-time or full-time swing shifts – weekdays or weekends.

$11.50 per hour, $1.00 per hour shift differential for graves.

Review the qualifications for these positions and submit your resume on the career page of our website:

EOE / Veterans / Disabled

ATI Liaison

The ATI Liaison works with the Salt Lake County Third District State Courts, all Salt Lake County Justice Courts, and community mental health providers to identify SPMI clients appropriate for an Alternative to Incarceration Release.

Collaborates with judges, prosecutors and defense counsel, community mental health providers, and multiple community stakeholders to identify and divert SPMI clients out of the criminal justice system and into community mental health treatment.

  • Reviews Third District Arraignment dockets and the SLC Justice Court video arraignment docket daily.
  • Communicates daily with mental health providers in identifying SPMI individuals eligible for ATI Release.
  • Communicates daily with attorneys regarding clients identified as SPMI.
  • Maintains client database, tracking of SPMI individuals.
  • Reviews individual’s mental health history, records.
  • Meets with clients in court or ADC to interview and assess for eligibility.
  • Attends court proceedings on behalf of SPMI clients.
  • Works with Salt Lake Legal Defender Association’s (SLLDA) Social Service Coordinators (SSC) in identifying clients with felony charges eligible for mental health treatment and ATI Release.
  • Prepares Motions and Orders for ATI Release, tracks Orders.
  • Collaborates with provider and ADC in making appointments for ATI Release.
  • Tracks progress of ATI Releases, requests reports from providers to court.
  • Provides case management to ATI Release individuals when necessary.
  • Establishes and maintains working relationships with Medicaid providers.
  • Provides court proceeding information to providers.
  • Creates and maintains educational materials for clients, defense attorneys and prosecuting attorneys.

Requires a minimum of a Master’s Degree in social work, social science or mental health with two years’ experience with mentally ill criminal justice populations. Must be highly organized, outgoing, and have excellent communication skills.

Full time position with competitive salary and excellent benefits package including health insurance, 401(k), paid vacation, public transit assistance. Salary based upon qualifications.

Cover letter, resume and writing sample to and by May 16, 2016.

No phone calls or office drop-ins please.


Fresh snow and blue skies provide the perfect backdrop for the glitterati, the independent, and the inspiring who are visiting Park City and Salt Lake City for the Sundance Film Festival. Over the last 31 years, the annual festival has served as a venue for thousands of unknown voices to share unique, creative, and powerful untold stories.

Many of our faculty and staff at the University of Utah College of Social Work take advantage of having this internationally-acclaimed annual event in their back yards. After an evening at the theater, they often return to the College with a list of must-see films for social workers. We’re pleased to share a few of their 2016 recommendations (in no particular order).

Christine - 2016 editedChristine

Recommendation: “Christine is the story of Christine Chubbuck, a television news reporter in Florida who committed suicide on live television in 1974. We get a more rounded view of her personality, and why her co-workers described her as difficult but brilliant, warm, and funny. While her depression and rapid cycling from mania to despair become increasingly evident, it was not sufficiently evident for anyone to correctly diagnose her bipolar disorder in order to save her. This would be an excellent case study in BPD, but also is a wonderful argument for physician training and mental health policies in general.” – Dr. Joanne Yaffe, Professor

About this film: “In 1974, a female TV news reporter aims for high standards in life and love in Sarasota, Florida. Missing her mark is not an option. This story is based on true events.” (Director: Antonio Campos)

Sophie and the Rising Sun

Recommendation: “If I see only 10 films at #Sundance2016 please let them be this good. Amazing film!” – Dr. Joanne Yaffe, Professor

About this film: “In a small Southern town in the autumn of 1941, Sophie’s lonely life is transformed when an Asian man arrives under mysterious circumstances. Their love affair becomes the lightning rod for long-buried conflicts that erupt in bigotry and violence with the outbreak of World War ll.” (Director/Screenwriter: Maggie Greenwald)

Captain Fantastic

Recommendation: “Really, everybody should see ‘Captain Fantastic….’ You’ve got mental health issues (bipolar, suicide), child welfare issues (style vs safety), loss and grief (mom’s death and burial, saying good bye), and lessons about family love and forgiveness. It was fabulous.” – Lisa Himonas, Assistant Dean for Development

About this film: “Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and re-enter society, beginning a journey that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent.” (Director/Screenwriter: Matt Ross)

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Recommendation: “Wonderful exploration of a disrupted foster placement in NZ.” – Dr. Joanne Yaffe, Professor

About this film: “Ricky is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive in this heartwarming adventure comedy.” (Director/Screenwriter: Taika Waititi)

Resilience - 2016 editedResilience

Recommendation: “Solidly grounded in science, the film brings to light how adverse childhood experiences (ACE) affect the health and behavior of children, as well as adults. It provides great examples of helping children overcome experiences that are often misdiagnosed, such as a misdiagnosis of toxic stress as ADD. How do we train children to recognize the stress in their lives? How do we make the connection between childhood traumas and the body’s manifestation of that stress? This film examines the connections between health and mental health through an interdisciplinary lens and acknowledges a major public health issues – an epidemic – that our society doesn’t want to talk about.” – Dr. Dena Ned, Associate Professor/Lecturer

About this film: “This film chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators, and communities using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction, and disease. These professionals help break the cycles of adversity by daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse, and neglect.” (Director: James Redford)


Recommendation: “This documentary is an important contribution to educating viewers on current issues young girls and women face in other cultures. The film addresses traditional family views on forced marriage in Afghanistan and Iran, lack of education for women, women’s rights, human rights in general, immigration, and refugee life in the United States. What makes Sonita’s story unique is her courage and determination in creating a rap video that earned her a scholarship opportunity in the United States. After leaving Iran secretly initially without her parents’ knowledge, she is not only pursuing a better life and education for herself, but also hopes to help other young women in similar situations in her home country.” – Inka Johnson, MSW Program Administrative Assistant

About this film: “If 18-year-old Sonita had a say, Michael Jackson and Rihanna would be her parents and she’d be a rapper who tells the story of Afghan women and their fate as child brides. She finds out that her family plans to sell her to an unknown husband for $9,000.” (Director/Screenwriter: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami)

Other People

Recommendation: “Mom is dying of cancer, so her gay son comes home to help, but his father is not accepting of his sexual orientation. It’s a story of loss and grief, as well as LGBTQ/family acceptance.” – Lisa Himonas, Assistant Dean for Development

About this film: “A struggling comedy writer, fresh from breaking up with his boyfriend, moves to Sacramento to help his sick mother. Living with his conservative father and younger sisters, David feels like a stranger in his childhood home. As his mother worsens, he tries to convince everyone (including himself) he’s ‘doing okay.’” (Director/Screenwriter: Chris Kelly)

Eagle Huntress - 2016The Eagle Huntress

Recommendation: “The Eagle Huntress is a tour de force. See it!” – Dr. Joanne Yaffe, Professor

About this film: “Step aside, Daenerys and Katniss—Aisholpan is a real-life role model on an epic journey in a faraway world. Follow this 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl as she battles to become the first female to hunt with a golden eagle in 2,000 years of male-dominated history.” (Director: Otto Bell)

Hooligan Sparrow

Recommendation: “This film is a great portrayal of some of the difficult and amazing work being done by some advocates for social justice in China. If you love social justice, you’ll love this film.” – Miguel Trujillo, Youth Empowerment Program Project Coordinator

About this film:   “Traversing southern China, a group of activists led by Ye Haiyan, a.k.a. Hooligan Sparrow, protest a scandalous incident in which a school principal and a government official allegedly raped six students. Sparrow becomes an enemy of the state, but detentions, interrogations, and evictions can’t stop her protest from going viral.” (Director/Screenwriter: Nanfu Wang)


Mental Illness: Is Recovery Possible?

On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, The New York Times published the article: “A landmark schizophrenia study recommends lowering drug dosages and increasing therapy.”  Dr. Eric Garland – an expert in biobehavioral research on psychotherapy – weighs in.

By Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW, Associate Dean for Research & Associate Professor, University of Utah College of Social Work


Over the past several decades there has been an explosion of research demonstrating that our feelings and thoughts are closely tied to the function of our brains, so much so that the 1990s were heralded as the “Decade of the Brain” by the Library of Congress and the National Institutes of Health. Neuroscience has come to have a powerful influence on our concepts of mental health, leading many people to believe that the varieties of psychological suffering (such as the heterogeneous cluster of symptoms labeled “schizophrenia”) are caused by “biochemical brain imbalances.” While this view has removed a great deal of the stigma that was once associated with chronic mental health problems, it also may send the implicit and unfortunate message that change and recovery is not possible. If mental health problems stem from diseases of the brain, how can anyone possibly change their brain? Isn’t the function and structure of the brain, like any other organ, determined by genes and fixed from birth?

The answer emerging from neuroscience research of the past decade is an unequivocal “NO.” We now know that the brain grows and changes throughout childhood, adolescence, and even into adulthood and old age. A number of factors can stimulate changes in brain structure and function (known as neuroplasticity), including stress, diet, exercise, and even learning experiences. So, if chronic states of psychological suffering are partially the result of brain dysfunction (and, to be clear, a number of scholars have raised serious and important challenges to the neurobiological model of mental illness), many scientific studies demonstrate that learning and practicing new ways of thinking, acting, and responding to the challenges in our lives can change the way our brains function! Beyond changes in brain function, research is beginning to demonstrate that the very structure of our brains can be modified by mental training, not unlike the way people lift weights to build the size and strength of their muscles through physical training. Indeed, neuroscience research on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based therapies indicates that these forms of psychological treatment may restore healthy brain function and structure, and that these neurobiological changes are associated with improvements in clinical outcomes.

So what does all this groundbreaking and fascinating science mean for the idea of recovery from mental health problems? It explains how psychotherapies like CBT and mindfulness-based therapy can help people who have been diagnosed with a mental disorder to transcend their challenges and recover to live a healthy and meaningful life. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration defines recovery as “a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential” (SAMHSA, 2011). The latest neuroscience findings on neuroplasticity and results from clinical research on psychological therapies like mindfulness training and CBT provide strong evidence for the notion that recovery from mental health problems and substance abuse is possible. Time and time again, cutting-edge science and clinical findings reveal a simple, hopeful, and powerful truth: treatment is effective, and people do recover.