FT Therapist - Epworth - Webster Groves, MO
Job Title: Therapist
Reports To: Lead Therapist/Clinical Director
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Purpose: This position provides a wide range of therapeutic services to adolescents and their families; providing individual, group and/or family therapy employing a strength-based treatment approach. Ensures adequate case management for each client in caseload
This position demonstrates commitment to the mission, vision and values of the agency by engaging in respectful, cooperative relationships with customers (i.e. clients, employees and external stakeholders); being accountable for providing services and ensuring safety to customers while empowering customers in achieving the agency’s mission.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities include the following: (Other duties as assigned.)
• Provide clients the required therapeutic sessions (individual, group and family therapy).
• Provide/oversee case management for each client, maintaining appropriate verbal correspondence with referral agencies, parents, funding agents and community resources.
• Prepare required documentation reports in timely manner consistent of quality standards established by funding sources, accrediting bodies and agency policy/procedures.
• Coordinate and facilitate regular family support team meetings (staffings) with other agencies involved in each client’s treatment to ensure appropriate coordination of services and treatment plans are developed and carried out.
• Attend necessary meetings including department, all-staff, supervision, in-service training, treatment teams, medical reviews, case reviews, court hearings and others as assigned.
• Meet agency and licensing requirements for professional growth and training.
• Provide crisis counseling and crisis intervention as needed.
• Present background information at psychiatric staffing.
• Coordinate transition, discharge and aftercare plan with treatment team.
• Lead weekly team meetings to coordinate treatment plan.
• Schedule and provide adequate supervision of assigned practicum and intern students.
• Adhere to policies and procedures inclusive of, but not limited to, attendance, program/department specific procedures, workplace safety, code of conduct, training requirements, social media, and confidentiality
Supervisory Responsibilities: Social work students in their practica.
Education and/or Experience: Must hold a masters degree in social work or related field. Specific training in adolescence and/or family therapy is desirable.
Must be fully licensed in social work or professional counseling; if not fully licensed, must show proof of provisional license.
Knowledge of professional social work/counseling theory and therapeutic modalities, standards and techniques to implement with individuals, groups and families. Experience providing individual, group, and family therapy with adolescents and families in crisis. Knowledge of solution-focused systemic based treatment approaches. Knowledge of principles and practices of case management and sufficient knowledge of related community agencies and resources for children and families. Knowledge of diagnostic criteria from DSM. Ability to establish professional, supportive helping relationships with clientele.
Language Skills: Excellent oral and written communication skills required. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals or government regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, public groups and/or clients.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Attention to detail and strong organizational skills. Demonstrates high levels of responsibility and decision making ability as it relates to clinical judgment and adherence to agency policies/ procedures.
Computer Skills: E-mail, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate effectively. The physical requirements of this job includes: sitting, standing, walking and climbing stairs on a regular basis; lifting up to 25lbs, pulling and/or pushing on occasion.
The Residential Therapist must be able to perform all Safe Crisis Management (SCM) certified physical intervention techniques to provide crisis intervention and for annual certification.
Work Environment: Most of work is performed in a residential location. Some evenings and weekends may be required on an as needed basis. Will need to travel into the community.
Other: Must be 21 years of age or older and possess a valid driver's license. Must have auto insurance when using own vehicle to transport clients. This employee must be able to transport clients in accordance with licensing standards.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily, as well as possess the skills and meet the demands outlined in this job description. Upon an individual’s request, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job duties and responsibilities, or related to the skills and demands outlined herein. Epworth will determine if a reasonable accommodation can be made.
Employee acknowledges and understands that Epworth reserves the right to modify the contents of this job description or to assign alternate and additional duties and responsibilities. Nothing in this job description is intended to alter or alters the at-will nature of employees’ employment at Epworth.