CMH Counseling


Job Description – Executive Director



The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of CMH Counseling and provides counseling services to clients.  This person is responsible to the Board of Directors for implementing and supervising the carrying out of the policies and services of CMH Counseling as defined by the Board.  The Executive Director provides counseling services and plans, directs, and coordinates the activities of CMH Counseling.  This includes the counseling services, public relations activity, responsibility for the finances and administration.  The Executive Director will ensure maintenance of the NASW, APA and all other professional groups’ ethical standards represented within the agency. Directs professional and office staff.


Essential Functions:

·         Carry and maintain, in agreement with the Executive Committee, an agreed-upon number of client contact hours expected to occupy the majority of time and effort.

·         Ensure that agency goals and staff performance are consistent with the agency's mission and foster achievement of the Strategic Plan.

  • Responsible for direct oversight and management of professional, operational and technical staff members and volunteers.

·         Work with the Board in financial development and outreach, including fundraising efforts and exploration of all potential funding sources.

·         Responsible (with Board input) for developing and executing the long-term fiscal strategy and plan, as well as the yearly budget.

·         Meet regularly with the Board of Directors and its committees.

·         Ensure compliance with regulatory agencies.


Other Duties:

·         Interpret personnel policies and procedures to the staff and make personnel decisions that are consistent with the policies of CMH.

  • Recruit, interview, and hire or recruit volunteers and staff. Hire clinical and office staff.  Administer staff and personnel records. Evaluate the work of staff and volunteers to ensure that programs are of appropriate quality and that resources are used effectively.

·         Provide individual supervision for the Senior Supervising Clinical Social Worker and other professional staff as appropriate.

·         Direct oversight and day to day management of operational personnel including but not limited to the Office Manager/Bookkeeper.

·         Participate in the determination of organizational policies regarding such issues as participant eligibility, program requirements, and program benefits.

·         Work with the Treasurer and Board in the preparation and implementation of the budget. Responsible for planning, administering and analyzing budgets for programs, equipment and support services. This includes monitoring cash flows, having up to date knowledge of reimbursement policies and issues, and the ability to analyze and adjust budgets accordingly.  Must be able to create and prioritize capital and equipment budgets.

·         Achieve financial objectives by preparing an annual budget, scheduling expenditures, analyzing variance and initiating corrective actions.

·         Prepare and interpret reports to the Board, to the Staff, and to funding sources.  Prepare and maintain records and reports, such as budgets, personnel records, or training manuals.

·         Oversee implementation and use of agency’s EMR capacity.

·         Be aware of community services in order to enhance the functioning of CMH Counseling. Establish and maintain relationships with other agencies and organizations in community to meet community needs and to ensure that services are not duplicated.

·         Coordinate public relations and publicity activity, including printed material and personal public appearances by staff and/or Board members.

·         Attend appropriate professional conferences and workshops and guide the staff in this regard.

·         Responsible to every client for the quality, integrity, and dependability of counseling services.

·         Responsible for initiating a periodic review of agency’s Personnel Policies, minimally every 3 years.

·         Any other duties as may be assigned from time to time.


Physical and Environmental Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the Director is frequently required to talk or hear.  The incumbent is regularly required to stand or walk and climb stairs.  He/she is occasionally required to sit, use hands or fingers to manipulate, touch, handle, or reach with hands or arms.  The incumbent is regularly required to lift and/or move up to ten (10) pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.  The physical demands described here are not job requirements, but are representative of those demands that are typically expected of employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to successfully perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Professional Qualifications:


1.  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s in Social Work or

     PhD in Clinical Psychology and capacity to receive insurance reimbursement. 


2. A minimum of six years post graduate clinical experience, with a minimum of three

    years supervisory experience.


3. Experience in the administration of a not-for-profit agency preferred, including

    budgeting, public relations and work with a Board of Directors.


4. An understanding of the complex interaction of the physical, emotional, social and

    spiritual issues as they pertain to mental health and ability to articulate the same.

                          CMH Counseling is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Qualified candidates may submit cover letter and resume by July 6, 2018 to:       







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Article of Interest: Treatment For Trauma (EMDR) by James Rusk

posted Apr 7, 2011, 8:30 AM by Marcia Buhl

Psychological trauma is experienced by nearly everyone during the course of their lives.

It’s been difficult to find a process that addresses these trauma issues directly, but we are extremely fortunate at CMH Counseling to offer such an experience to our clients.  We do so through a therapeutic process known as EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.


Judy Breny, LCSW, is trained as an EMDR practitioner.  Judy introduces EMDR along with various forms of talk therapy to clients as a possible option for resolving past personal trauma. 


So what is EMDR?  EMDR is a therapeutic method that treats the lingering effects of personal and environmental trauma by coordinating left-right eye-movements with voluntary visual memories of previous traumatic events.  Together these processes assist the client to resolve and integrate the traumatic memory so that it no longer negatively affects a person’s present functioning.


If the thought of memories and eye-movement conjures an image of a bearded, graying psychoanalyst swinging a stopwatch in front of a hypnotized patient’s face, rest assured that EMDR has no connection to hypnosis.  “During EMDR, the client is completely in charge,” says Judy, emphasizing that the client chooses what memory to work with during an EMDR session.  She adds, “the feedback from clients is that they feel safe and they experience being in control, while recognizing that a healing shift is taking place around their traumatic memory.”


She emphasizes that treatment with EMDR requires a relationship built on trust and care, just as in traditional talk therapy.  During EMDR the client has the opportunity to witness themselves in the act of facing fear, and once this process is facilitated by the progress during therapy, it often takes on a life of its own.   She has observed the creative energy that comes out of the process and believes that EMDR is a testament to human resilience—tangible evidence that clients can be their own healers, and that the sacred exists and manifests itself within each of us.

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