Family Preservation Therapist
The Family Preservation Therapist is responsible for providing evidence-based therapy services to youth at risk for out-of-home placement and their families. Services are primarily community-based, and participating youth are involved in the child welfare and/or juvenile justice systems. The Therapist facilitates regular therapy sessions and monitors client progress from the point of intake/referral, through treatment, to discharge and aftercare. The Therapist also works with the Family Preservation Case Manager to coordinate identified client/family needs for additional services, education and support. The Therapist coordinates the flow of information across agencies and providers while protecting the confidentiality of individuals served.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Can articulate the mission, vision and values of Choices, the practice of evidence-based interventions and therapeutic services compliant with Medicaid regulations for enrolled individuals.
- Facilitates evidence-based interventions through individual, family and group therapy sessions, clinically assesses and re-assesses individuals as required, and participates in the treatment team working toward client-driven goals.
- Provides participating youth and family members with counseling to support, increase, or restore capacity for self-sufficiency.
- Maintains population-specific competencies to ensure effective delivery of services to youth and families.
- Provides screening, assessment, treatment planning, evidence-based therapeutic intervention, re-assessment, discharge/aftercare planning and referrals as needed.
- Completes client documentation in accordance with Medicaid, state, federal, and DCS contract requirements.
- Completes client documentation within established timelines.
- Provides crisis intervention as required and follow-up clinical assessment with client(s) involved to determine need for appropriate clinical course of action.
- Attends or facilitates client staffings/treatment team meetings and documents outcomes.
- Meets regularly with supervisor or designee for clinical supervision and seeks further supervision when appropriate and necessary.
- Self-monitors billing and productivity levels and gives feedback to supervisor regarding workflow and/or billing concerns.
- Communicates timely with the Clinical Supervisor, Case Manager and other members of the clinical team to coordinate services to youth and families.
- Maintains appropriate boundaries with youth and families receiving services.
- Willingly completes other duties as assigned to advance the mission of Choices.
- Master’s Degree in social work, psychology, or a related human service field required, with at least two years of full-time experience providing direct mental health counseling and/or case management services preferred. Indiana license strongly preferred (Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Independent Practice School Psychologist).
- Maintains active clinical license, as applicable, per respective professional license board.
- Maintains active certification in specialized areas of practice and selected evidence-based treatment modalities.
- Demonstrated skills in assessment tools, therapy with youth and families, crisis intervention, team building and development.
- Strong communication and writing skills. Bi-lingual skills (Spanish) a plus.
- Highly organized, and effectively manages multiple priorities simultaneously.
- Professionally articulate in communicating (oral and written) system development, change and outcomes.
- Demonstrated professionalism working in teams with internal colleagues and external audiences both in person and through various electronic media.
- Enthusiastic about advancing system change within the community.
- Must possess a valid driver’s license in state of residence and auto insurance.
Benefits Include: Medical/Dental/Vision/Life/Disability, Tuition Reimbursement and a generous PTO plan.
Choices requires employees to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation for religious/medical reasons.