An Overview As a member of the Coordinated Specialty Care Team, the Senior Therapist identifies primary psychosis and performs differential diagnoses for symptom profiles related to psychosis; facilitates skill building and behavior change to help program participants overcome barriers to their recovery from mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorders. The Senior Therapist establishes and maintains a referral network and facilitates the referral and enrollment process for clients; educates prospective referral sources, clients and families about the program. CSC is a recovery-oriented treatment program for adolescents and young adults ages 14-26 with first episode psychosis (FEP). CSC promotes shared decision making and uses a team of specialists who work with the client to create a personal treatment plan. The specialists offer psychotherapy, medication management geared to individuals with FEP, family education and support, case management, peer support, work or education support, depending on the individual's needs and preferences. The client and their family work together with the team to make treatment decisions. Research conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) shows that, compared to typical care, people with early psychosis who receive Coordinated Specialty Care in FEP programs (CSC-FEP) experience greater improvement in their symptoms, relationships and quality of life, are more involved in work or school and stay in treatment longer. Research also shows that the sooner people get CSC-FEP, the greater the improvements.
Provides individual, group, and family mental health and substance abuse therapy.
Provides intensive case coordination/clinical recovery coaching services for consumers in the program.
Develops and implements service plans with clients through shared decision-making and provides case management/recovery coaching, attending to needs such as housing, family relationships, meaningful activities, health care, financial management, education, training, and employment.
Provides extensive outreach to clients and families in the community.
Performs networking to develop and educate potential community referral sources.
Develops materials and outreach tools in a variety of media for distribution to referral network.
Develops and provides presentations to community groups.
Provides psycho-education, social skills training, coping skills training.
Provides crisis intervention and addresses complex crises involving both psychological and environmental components.
Maintains the clinical record in accordance with Medicaid, other third party payers and regulatory bodies.
Other related duties as assigned.
Possession of Master's degree in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Psychology, Education or related field; at least two years of post-graduate work experience in providing direct clinical services to consumers having one or more substance abuse, psychiatric, and emotional disorders; and licensure or license eligible (has completed all required education and supervision as required by applicable board) as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner (LSATP) or Clinical Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia at the time of appointment; If license eligible, the employee must obtain Virginia licensure at the first available opportunity, but no later than one year after appointment; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
At least two years paid work experience providing direct clinical services to include therapy, case management, outreach and referral services to seriously mentally ill and co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorder population; experience working with adolescents and young adults; licensed in VA as an LPC, LCSW, LSATP, or Clinical Psychologist at the time of appointment; bilingual English/Spanish.