Therapist/Clinical Liaison - Pressley Ridge - Clarksburg, WV

  • Posted on: 19 February 2019
  • By: Amanda Prange

Title: Therapist/Clinical Liaison
Status: Full-time, Regular, Non-Exempt
Unit/Location: Residential Service Line
Reports to: Therapist/Clinical Liaison Supervisor

Position Summary

The Therapist/Clinical Liaison assists the Therapist/Clinical Liaison Supervisor in the development, implementation and improvement of clinical services for children and families served by a program. S/he assures compliance with licensing and regulatory bodies as it relates to clinical practice and functions as the lead clinician. S/he in concert with the Therapist/Clinical Liaison Supervisor and others will assure all clinical services related to treatment meet national and state best practice standards. Additionally the T/CL is responsible for assuring clinical supervision for all assigned treatment staff. S/he is responsible for the quality of clinical information contained in the client record. The T/CL provides consultation to assigned treatment staff. S/he assures the implementation of effective individual, family, and/or group therapy, provides training, and support to other treatment staff. Also assists with general quality assurance responsibilities for program treatment services.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities:

1. Treatment Planning
To assure comprehensive, continuous identification and implementation of treatment and service needs related to the child’s ecology for post-program success the Therapist/Clinical Liaison:
• focuses treatment and services on life domains including; family, education, social/recreational, financial, legal, medical and mental health as appropriate
• uses procedures and strategies approved by the program to assess the needs of the child, the child’s family, home, and community
• develops and facilitates a treatment team that includes members from each life domain
• develops strength based plans based on the individual needs of the child and family
• starts discharge planning at entry
• provides and documents all case management functions
• assures that all services provided to children and families are culturally competent and culturally sensitive .

2. Family/Ecological Work
To keep youth connected to family and community and improve youth and family functioning in the community the Therapist/Clinical Liaison
• arranges and coordinates visits between the youth and his/her family or other identified persons
• regularly visits each family’s home or other place of residence and makes continuing personal contact through home visits and phone calls
• leads the treatment team in identifying family and community resources/supports to assist the youth in returning to the community
• provides family members with parenting skills as needed
• participates in clinical supervision and implements interventions discussed.

3. Communication
To assure continued communication between the program, family members, treatment team members and external agencies/supports, the Therapist/Clinical Liaison:
• arranges for each youth’s family and treatment team members to participate in activities at the program
• maintains regular contact with the youth’s placing agent and attends external meetings and court
• communicates all program philosophies, goals and procedures to treatment team members
• fosters and maintains collaborative relationships and communicates regularly with all professionals both within and outside of the organization
• includes and informs all significant members of the child’s treatment team in important decisions and meetings
• shares information with teammates in the areas of the youth’s ecological assessment, current home and community developments, family interventions and individual conferences with youth .

4. Supervision and Safety
To assure the continuous safety of all youth, the Therapist/Clinical Liaison:
• directly supervises assigned youth via visual and auditory contact as agreed upon with other staff
• follows program-designated procedures for all physical contact with youth during physical restraints, youth searches and so on
• follows program-designated procedures for youth illness and injury, informs appropriate persons of the situation, and documents contact
• assists and supports other staff, as needed, in crisis interventions to protect youth, staff, and property
• detects and remedies, with Director approval if necessary, any potentially dangerous environmental conditions
• maintains safe driving procedures when transporting youth
• follows mandated reporting laws/expectations.

5. Documentation and Record Keeping
To assure documentation is completed as required by program policies, procedures, licensing and funding sources, the Therapist/Clinical Liaison
• maintains youth’s permanent record
• follows expectations for documentation of case management activities
• follows licensing regulations regarding documentation
• prepares monthly written reports as required
• documents the development of various plans and Discharge Summaries
• completes written work that is legible, accurate and uses professional language
• meets regulatory and programmatic timelines for submitting paperwork.

6. Professional Development and Training
To assure consistent and continuous professional development and training, the Therapist/Clinical Liaison will:
• complete all training requirements as identified
• participate in ongoing professional development in-service trainings
• participate in clinical supervision
• complete the minimum number of annual professional development training hours in accordance with regulatory guidelines
• achieve professional development goals as identified in performance evaluations.

7. Therapy
• Provide individual and family therapy in a culturally sensitive manner with adherence to professional Code of Ethics, as recommended by treatment team. Caseload size is determined by program supervisor. Number of sessions with youth and/or family depends on need and program procedures.
• Facilitate or assist in facilitating groups as per program and client need at request of supervisor.
• Complete clinical evaluations and assessments for youth and families within program timelines as assigned by supervisor.
• Participate in treatment planning for youth and family by advocating for specific needs, providing information regarding youth progress in therapy, and providing education on various issues.
• Treatment planning activities include treatment team meetings, case review meetings, family meetings, etc.
• Provide training to various program staff regarding mental health issues, individual and family treatment issues, and group work, through assisting in routine program training, or providing training per supervisor’s request. This is evaluated through supervisor observation, review of case notes, training material, and team meeting notes.
• Meet with direct supervisor for formal individual supervision at least two times per month to discuss professional development needs, clinical issues, receive feedback on job performance, etc.
• Assist program staff during youth and/or family crisis and facilitate problem-solving meetings as necessary.
• Be available to staff for consultation with assessment, treatment issues, and crisis via pager. Share pager coverage as per program procedure

8. Professional Development

• Participate in regularly scheduled in-service training as requested
• With the approval of Supervisor, attend relevant local, state or national workshops and training
• If applicable obtain CEU’s and Clinical Supervision necessary from clinical supervisor as per requirements of licensing board, agency policy, or state regulations to maintain license in good standing

Essential Competencies

1. Computer Skills: Excellent computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

2. Communication Skills: practices attentive and active listening; is aware of and uses body language effectively; able to write and speak clearly in a professional manner on a level appropriate for the intended recipient.

3. Time Management and Organizational Skills: Uses time efficiently and plan well; concentrates effort on important priorities while attending to a broad range of unrelated activities.

4. Interpersonal Skills: Builds positive and productive relationships with a diverse population; establishes and maintains appropriate rapport with supervisors, consumer family members and colleagues inside and outside the organization

5. Leadership: Communicates a compelling and inspired vision or sense of purpose.

6. Re-ED: Understands Re-ED principles and clinical practice theories and application

7. Cultural Competence: Demonstrated competency in understanding cultural differences and applying cultural sensitive approaches to practice.

8. Professional Development. Attends relevant training and enrichment courses to assure ability or remain current with clinical trends.

9. Integrity/Ethics: is the consummate professional; maintains appropriate boundaries; accepts responsibility for own behaviors and shortcomings; is truthful; admits when s/he is wrong or makes mistake and learns from those mistakes; adheres to organizational values and principles; maintains high standards; is a positive role model.

Essential Qualifications

1. Education/Credentials/Licensure:
a. Master’s Degree in Counseling, Social Work or Psychology
b. Licensed by professional affiliation or license eligible
c. Valid state driver’s license and auto insurance

2. Experience: One year of demonstrated clinical work with behavior-disordered,
mentally ill youth and their families.

3. Clearances: State Police/FBI per state regulations; Child Protection

Working Conditions

1. Physical Demands. Requires vision, speech, and hearing (with the exception of Pressley Ridge School for the Deaf) and a moderate to high level of physical activity including; sitting, standing, walking lifting and carrying as required. Must be able to meet the demands and complete Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI).

2. Environmental Factors. Indoors/Outdoors: Residential treatment facility, school, home, community

3. Working Hours. Non-traditional hours as determined by the program.

This is job description is not intended to represent an employment contract. The elements of this description are subject to modification by management and may not represent all responsibilities and duties necessary to carry out the job of the Therapist/ Clinical Liaison.

Exempt/Non-Exempt Statement:
I understand that this position is considered to be an non-exempt position as defined by the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act. This job is exempt from overtime pay as described in the Pressley Ridge Handbook.

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