The Therapist is a member of the program’s clinical team. The Therapist provides individual, group, and family therapy, conducts assessments and works in collaboration with multidisciplinary treatment teams to develop treatment plans and conduct utilization reviews. The Therapist is primarily responsible for the therapeutic needs and continuum of the clinical care for the residents in accordance with Agency policies and procedures, licensing standards, and federal, state, and local regulatory agencies.
Complete a comprehensive psychological assessment to initiate ongoing behavioral health counseling for residents; complete the intake, admission and assessment of new residents
Establish goals/treatment through a collaborative process with the resident utilizing advanced counseling skills, including evidence-based practices and screening (assessments); create and update treatment plans, including resident treatment goals and activity formulation
Complete assessments at the point of intake, throughout the treatment process and at discharge to ensure residents treatment plans are meeting established goals and objectives
Complete and update resident case files with treatment plans, progress, behavior issues, and other related information regarding the residents’ behavior outcomes
Coordinate, schedule, and facilitate individual, family and group therapy sessions to address residents’ emotional, mental, and social well-being and as outlined in the treatment plan
Comply with HIPPA privacy regulations and maintain confidentiality at all times
Prepare for periodic treatment review meetings by completing progress reports and updated treatment plans
Provide complex crisis intervention and stabilization to residents who are in psychological distress
Regularly monitor the emotional, mental, and social well-being of residents and provide or arrange for services as deemed appropriate
Utilize positive child management techniques, including verbal re-direction, de-escalation and physical containment when handling behavioral issues and crises with residents
Provide Clinical Director or Clinical Program Manager and other members of the clinical team with resident progress and treatment needs
Coordinate and complete discharge or placement services
Update resident records/files with behavior issues, concerns, incidents, and progress in a timely manner and in compliance with Agency and licensing standards and federal and state regulatory requirements
Provide emergency crisis intervention and on-call clinical services when needed
Other duties or special projects as assigned
Build and maintain cooperative working relationships with the Clinical Director/Lead Clinician, clinical staff, multidisciplinary teams, community partners, service providers, management, and staff to ensure the needs of the residents/children and program goals, objectives, and services are being met at the highest quality; work within the established ethical boundaries
Work closely with Clinical Director, clinical staff, and multidisciplinary teams to ensure program operations, policies, and procedures are executed in a manner that meets the needs of the residents and achieves program goals and objectives
Work as a team player and exhibit professional behavior and a positive attitude with both internal and external clients that reflects positively on the Agency and is consistent with Agency policies and practices
Master’s degree in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Counseling, Psychology, or closely related field
LCSW, LMFT, or LPC full licensure
1 years’ relevant experience
Ability to establish rapport, trust, and boundaries with children, parents, and families
Strong people and interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with diverse groups of people
Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to write accurate and legible case notes without grammatical errors
Demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of professionalism consistent with the Counseling or Social Work Code of Ethics
The ability to apply compassion and empathy, while dealing with stressful and difficult situations
The ability to work independently and collaboratively within a group
Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to manage a heavy caseload and meet deadlines
Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
Bilingual in English and Spanish (based on service area and service population)
3 years’ previous therapy/clinical experience with children and/or adolescents
Previous experience providing therapy in an RTC environment, highly preferred
TIC Training experience
Physical Demands & Work Conditions
This position requires sitting and looking and using a computer for long periods of time
Position works in a child facility and has constant exposure to children
Lift, push, pull, move up to 50 lbs.
The physical requirements for this position with or without reasonable accommodation are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. While performing this position the employee with or without reasonable accommodation should have the ability to walk, stand, sit, kneel, speak, and hear with aid, see, read, reach with arms and hands, lift and/or move up to specified weight, and use equipment that is essential to performing the job, such as a computer, copier, fax machine, telephone, and automobile, if applicable. Specific vision requirements of this position may include color vision, seeing things close up, and the ability to adjust focus.
The statements herein indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by an employee in this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities of the job and may request the employee to perform other duties and responsibilities not listed at his/her discretion. This job description is not a contract between the employee occupying the position and the employer. Upbring is an at-will employer.
Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/disability/protected veteran status
Internal Number: 2018-2962
At Upbring, we’re changemakers determined to create a world where all children are cherished. We understand that breaking the cycle of child abuse means more than removing children from harmful situations and providing clothing, food and shelter. Because when the cycle is broken, it means children get to live every moment of every day with every inch of their whole hearts. So you’ve got to help children heal physically, emotionally and spiritually. Upbring does this.
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