The Staff Therapist provides individual and/or family counseling for foster children and clinical support for foster parents. They monitor treatment plans to ensure compliance with state licensing and monitoring standards, and Covenant Kids’ mission, policies, and procedures. They provide training for foster parents and CK staff as required. This position will function as a member of the CK Family Services Clinical Team.
The ideal candidate has the basic understanding of a specialized area within a comprehensive field of knowledge normally acquired through attainment licensure as an LPC, LMFT or LCSW as required by state licensing authority and agency requirements.
The Staff Therapist will be required to attend new hire training in the Arlington office and then the position will work from home.
Perform appropriate individual therapy for children and foster families in their homes on assigned caseload and write thorough, accurate therapy notes addressing short-term and long-term therapy goals in coordination with Individual Service Plans.
Provide thorough and accurate clinical assessment of status of children on caseload to the Treatment Team.
Review Psychological Evaluations of children on caseload to monitor implementation of recommendations.
Provide staff development workshops and foster parent training on areas of expertise as needed or as directed.
Consult with clinical and case management staff on individual cases not on caseload as requested.
Provide therapeutic support for children and families experiencing crisis and unstable situations.
Communicate with psychiatric hospital staff and visit children admitted to hospitals. Provide oversight and continuity for family, child and hospital staff.
Conduct internal investigations as required and report findings to Clinical Director.
Assist in the development of the behavior and therapy sections of the Individual Service Plan for moderate and specialized leveled children on assigned caseload.
Assist in the development of Safety Plans for children as needed.
Maintain professional on-going training and licensure as an LPC, LMFT or LCSW as required by state licensing authority and agency requirements.
Maintain caseload at level assigned by the Clinical Director.
Serve in the crisis on call rotation for after hours and weekend coverage as well as backup daily coverage as needed.
Complete and report documentation accurately and in a timely manner.
Maintain work schedule which maximizes billable hours.
Maintain a flex schedule that includes availability to work on Saturdays as required.
Open and process mail / e-mail daily in a timely manner.
Answer phone, collect messages and respond to requests accurately and in a timely manner.
Input data into computer accurately and in a timely manner.
Represent Covenant Kids in the community by attending meetings and gatherings as required.
Assist in staff and foster parent training as required.
Attend all clinical meetings, staff and department meetings as scheduled.
Advocate for foster parents and children with other agencies as well as Covenant Kids staff.
Maintain compliance with all Covenant Kids policies, procedures, and regulatory requirements including all state and federal laws.
Review and supervise maintenance of complete and current records on each child and family in compliance with Child Placing Minimum Standards.
Maintain confidentiality as required by government law and regulations.
Perform other duties and tasks as requested.
Requires basic understanding of a specialized area within a comprehensive field of knowledge normally acquired through attainment licensure as an LPC, LMFT or LCSW as required by state licensing authority and agency requirements.
Ability to use up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force continuously to move objects and/or people.
Work deals mostly with areas such as preparing and reading data and figures and visual inspection involving small details. Visual work is primarily close to the observer. Depth perception and field of vision (peripheral) are important but not as critical as the ability to distinguish small details and markings very near to the observer.
Ability to perform moderately difficult manipulation such as writing, typing, foot and hand-eye coordination required.
Ability to walk frequently; occasionally stand for prolonged periods of time; occasionally required to squat, climb stairs, kneel and twist; sit for a prolonged period of time.
Ability to speak clearly and make self understood in face to face and teaching interactions; to articulate with extreme accuracy and precision to give directions, speak on the phone in a professional and effective manner.
Ability to receive verbal instructions accurately with some background noise.
Ability to recognize differences in sound, such as voices/noises that are loud and playful instead of angry and combative; and ability to differentiate tones and volumes in conversations.
Ability to motivate people; ability to develop and exercise good supervisory skills.
Ability to be on-call as necessary and respond immediately to on call pager or phone.
Ability to handle multiple tasks; self-starter; energetic; detail –oriented, with excellent organizational skills.
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Ability to deal with a variety of adults and children with a range of personalities and problems; maintain confidentiality.
Personality attuned to the requirements of meeting needs of clients and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the public.
Good character, personal attributes and mannerisms to be a good adult role model for residents and their families, and as a professional for case managers under supervision.
Ability work effectively under stress and remain flexible in changing situations.
Ability to concentrate on moderate to fine detail with some interruption; ability to attend to tasks and functions for more than 60 minutes at a time.
Ability to understand and relate to multiple ideas and the concepts/theories behind the ideas; ability to remember multiple verbal and written tasks/assignments over several days and occasionally up to several months.
Proficient knowledge of computer software necessary such as word processing, email, spreadsheets, and database is required.
Commitment to Christian principles and teachings both professionally and personally.
Sufficient good health to properly discharge duties. Employees shall not be permitted to work who have infectious disease or skin lesion, for the duration of the communicability.
Ability to relate to multiples ideas and the concepts/theories behind the ideas; ability to remember multiple verbal and written tasks/assignments over several days and occasionally up to several months.
Group benefits package (Medical, Dental, Short-term Disability, Vision, Life Insurance, and 401k with Company Match)
Family and Medical Leave
Paid Time Off (PTO)
Formal On-the-Job Training Program
11 Paid Holidays
Cell Phone Stipend