Full Job Description
This is a 100% grant funded or externally funded position, for the duration as funding allows, and may be altered or eliminated contingent on program or alternative funding sources.
Under the general supervision of the Department Manager and direct supervision of department Supervisor, the Trauma Therapist is responsible for maintaining a client caseload, providing short-term, evidence-based, trauma-focused individual, group, continuation, or family therapy through the developmental lifespan for assigned program for clients that have experienced a traumatic event (such as but not limited to sexual abuse, physical abuse, or exposure to domestic violence). Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: provide trauma-informed assessment, psychotherapy utilizing evidence-based practices, comprehensive intake and ongoing assessments, provide direct services and intervention, and utilize trauma focused evidence based treatment modalities for treatment planning to maximize healing and symptom management (i.e CFTSI, TF-CPT, TF-CBT, EMDR).
Provide education and training, coordination, case management, and referrals to client/ families, collaborating with other agencies and professionals to ensure comprehensive management of care; advocate for client/family needs and facilitate communication within the Multidisciplinary Team, as needed. The trauma therapist participates on the multidisciplinary team (MDT), which may include members of Law Enforcement, Child Welfare Services, and the District Attorney's Office, among others and as part of the clinical treatment planning team. Document all evaluations, treatment plans, and treatment sessions in a complete and timely manner, consistent with specific department policies and/or regulatory, grant, or contractual requirements. All trauma therapists assigned to serve children and families shall abide by National Children's Alliance accreditation standards and may participate in continuation programs (i.e. Camp Hope and Pathways).
Knowledge of mandated child, adult/dependent adult abuse reporting guidelines. Must follow BBS practice guidelines and will attend weekly clinical supervision and didactic trainings, if applicable. Attends all treatment team, partner meetings, cross department meetings, and trainings. Follows all department policies and procedures to direct clinical practice, demonstrates professional behavior and effective communication with staff, community members, partners and agencies. Variable hours may be required based on program requirement and client needs and services will be provided in person, tele-health, or in the field as determined by program requirements. Responsible for safeguarding the welfare of clients, and visitors. Utilizes knowledge of the mental health, medical, and community resources in San Diego and maintains familiarity with new programs.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to work effectively with victims and their families, as well as with team members and members of community groups. Ability to work independently and in a group as part of a team. Maintains appropriate verbal, personal space and relational boundaries with clients. Participates as a team member of the clinical interdisciplinary team to ensure appropriate care. All Licensed Trauma Therapists if applicable in accordance with BBS guidelines, may provide clinical supervision to licensed eligible or clinical interns which may include but not limited to BBS forms, review and approving clinical intern or license eligible clinician treatment notes.
Speaks and reads English at a level that is sufficient to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of the position. Knowledge of standard office equipment (i.e., calculator, fax, photocopier) and personal computer and computer software skills (i.e., MS Windows, Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint, internet, e-mail). Windows computer skills including proficient use of keyboarding, use of mouse or keys for functions such as selecting items, use of drop down menus, scroll bars, opening folders, copying and similar operations required upon employment or within the 1st two weeks of employment to perform the essential functions of the job. Performs other duties as assigned. Follows Palomar Health rules, policies, procedures, applicable laws and standards. Carries out the mission, vision, and quality commitment of Palomar Health.
Minimum Education: Master's degree in counseling, social work, psychology or related field
Preferred Education: Ongoing professional development and continuing education through classes, workshops, conferences and webinars with ability to provide clinical supervision in accordance with BBS supervisor requirements.
Minimum Experience: 1 - 2 years related
Preferred Experience: 3 - 5 years in social work, Willingness to work with families in crisis, Knowledge of child development, child sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect, Understanding of trauma dynamics, Knowledge of mental health processes; TF-CBT, BPT, CBT, EMDR, STAIR, Motivational Interviewing; Bilingual - Spanish
Required Certification: American Heart Association recognized BLS - Healthcare Provider within 30 days of hire
CFTSI Training (Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention) within 1 year of hire
Danger Assessment within 90 days of hire
Verification of live scan filed with state licensing board (if applicable) must be submitted to HR OR new live scan must be completed within 14 days of hire prior to providing direct service
Preferred Certification: Not Applicable
Required License: Valid Driver's License
Licensure in Clinical Psychology, Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW), or Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT)
Preferred License: Not Applicable