Provide individual therapeutic services to youth as assessed by the treatment team. Develops youth needs assessment and Psychosocial History to formulate treatment plan. Prioritize treatment plan to focus on youth mental health and substance abuse issues, ensuring monthly updates reflecting progress. Complete documentation related to individual, group, and family sessions that are provided to the youth, as well as, monthly progress updates related to mental health services.
- Position Expectations and Essential Functions:
- Completing or requesting required assessments;
- Providing individual, group and family therapy;
- Coordinating and implementing behavioral health programming associated with the treatment plan and with the recipient’s performance plan;
- Training of direct care staff in the implementation of the individualized treatment plan for behavioral health overlay services;
- Monitoring the overall course of treatment services and observing and documenting direct care staff’s implementation of the recipient’s individualized treatment plan;
- Convening treatment team meetings as scheduled or as needed to discuss behavioral health overlay services;
- Developing the recipient’s behavioral health discharge plan and aftercare plan;
- Serving as a liaison with the Department of Juvenile Justice, the district or regional Substance Abuse and Mental Health program office, and the district Child Welfare and Community Based Care program office, if indicated;
- Under the supervision of the licensed clinical supervisor, conducts needs assessments and psychosocial to document history and identify preliminary issues for treatment focus by interviewing the resident and their family members one on one and transcribing relevant information;
- Participates in the development and implementation of treatment plans under the supervision of the licensed clinical supervisor;
- Develops and assists in individualized discharge planning for the residents by utilizing treatment team and written chart information to determine residents’ aftercare needs;
- Attends regular treatment team meetings to provide therapists perspective to total case management of the resident by reading and discussing written progress notes from charts and communicating any state or local agency legal requirement for case management with the interdisciplinary team. Monitors overall course of treatment services;
- Conducts educational and other didactic groups for resident and family members;
- Makes handwritten entries to resident charges describing therapy performed, progress in discharge planning process, and/or other interventions;
- Reports incidents of suspected abuse using prescribed forms and protocols from the relevant community/state agency;
- Provides individual therapy as specified on the youth’s individual treatment plan;
- Conducts Substance Intervention and Education groups; and
- Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.
- Must have a Master’s degree from an accredited university or college in the field of counseling, social work, psychology, rehabilitation, special education or in a related human services field; or hold a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university or college in the field of counseling, social work, psychology, rehabilitation, special education or in a related human services field and have two years’ experience working with (eg. assessing, counseling, treating) youths with serious emotional disturbance or substance abuse problems; or hold a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university or college in the field of counseling, social work, psychology, rehabilitation, special education or in a related human services field and have 52 hours of pre-service training prior to working with youths. The 52 hours of pre-service training must include minimum of 16 hours of documented training in their duties and responsibilities. When pre-service training has been successfully completed, the non-licensed person may begin working with youths, but must be trained for one year by a mental health clinical staff person who holds a master’s degree. Pre-service training must cover, at a minimum: basic counseling skills, basic group skills, program hospitality, therapeutic milieu, behavior management, client rights, crisis intervention, early intervention and de-escalation, documentation requirements, normal and abnormal adolescent development and typical behavior problems.
- Must be 21 years of age or older.
- Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in the state where the work site is located only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.
- Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of the theory and practice of substance abuse treatment and education, including the practical problems involved in giving varied types of tests and in scoring, analyzing and interpreting tests and test results.
- Ability to read, interpret, and apply rules, regulations, policies, objectives, and standards.
- Ability to carry out assigned work and to develop effective work methods in accordance with established procedures.
- Ability to work effectively with facility staff and other persons interested in or concerned with the treatment programs and services.
- Ability to select and administer psychometric, vocational, aptitude, performance and special tests, score the tests, analyze and interpret the results, and correlate the results of tests with other findings.
- Ability to make special studies of behavior and other problems.
- Ability to do assigned research work.
- Ability to prepare recommendations for carrying out programs of vocational education.
- Ability to keep current with literature, trends of thought, and new developments in the treatment of substance abuse.
- Ability to collect materials for and prepare clear, accurate, and informative psychological, statistical, and other reports containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
- Ability to draft correspondence.
- Ability to maintain and establish records and files.
- Ability to assist in the establishment and maintenance of the essential psychology records, studies, and files.
- Ability to work with a variety of behaviors.
- Ability to tolerate verbal and mental abuse while maintaining a professional demeanor.
- Ability to perform appropriate crisis intervention involving student behavior, including physically breaking up fights in the classroom.
- Ability to complete pre-service and annual in-service CPR and first aid certification training and self-defense and physical intervention training.
- Ability to pass drug and TB screening and testing.
- Ability to work under pressure; meet inflexible deadlines; set priorities; deal diplomatically with difficult individuals; and supervise others; ability to manage multiple programs; lead small program management teams and work independently. Adherence to the highest ethical standards essential.
- Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of communication.
- Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.
F. Physical Requirements & Work Environment:
- Talking: Ability to express and exchange ideas via spoken word during activities in which they must convey details or important spoken instructions to others accurately, sometimes quickly and loudly. Hearing and Vision: Ability to perceive the nature of sounds with no less than 40 dB loss at Hz, 1000 Hz and 2000 Hz with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication. Work requires a minimum standard of visual acuity with or without correction that will enable employees to complete clerical tasks, and observe youth. Dexterity: Ability to stoop, kneel, crouch, reach, push, pull, lift, grasp, and be able to perceive the attributes of an object such as size, shape, and temperature. Movements frequently and regularly required using wrists, hands and/or fingers. Physical Strength: Ability to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally. Position is mainly sedentary work (office work), but may on occasion include physical force execution. Employee may be subject to temperature changes, but the employee is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions as the work is predominantly inside. Language: Ability to write complex sentences, using proper punctuation, and ability to communicate in complex sentences using normal word order with present and past tenses. Processing and Reasoning: Ability to exercise self-control in potentially volatile situations such as in verbal and physical confrontations. Must be able to work and concentrate amidst distractions and noise. Ability to assist youth with problem solving and maintaining self-control in volatile situations.
- The work environment characteristics described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this position the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions as they relate to travel. The noise level is usually moderate as the primary work environment is a standard office setting. Work environment may involve exposure to noise, dust, fumes, dangerous machinery, chemicals, body fluids, falling objects, and aggressive verbal and physical behavior from students and weather and temperature extremes.
- Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they can perform the essential functions of the job after reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations. If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the company undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.
Job Type: Full-time
- CPR Certification (Preferred)
- Driver's License (Preferred)
- LMHC (Preferred)
- First Aid Certification (Preferred)
- Paid time off
- Health insurance
- Dental insurance
- Retirement benefits or accounts
- Education assistance or tuition reimbursement