PURPOSE OF POSITION:
Provide trauma-informed therapeutic services to children ages 4-18 and their caregivers who are experiencing effects of trauma and attachment difficulties.
- Maintain direct service unit expectations consistent with that of a part-time employee.
- The ideal candidate will be able to provide evidenced-based treatment models in at least one of the following models. Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) or Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP).
- Take personal responsibility for insuring that trauma-informed practices are implemented in all aspects of care.
- Provide counseling and therapy services to individuals and families, individuals, and couples in order to effect change for growth and healing.
- Establish and Lead therapeutic groups for specific problem areas.
- Provide follow-up to re-engage clients who fail to appear for appointments or drop out of treatment.
- Administer baseline and follow-up outcome measures necessary for program standards.
- Design and deliver educational/therapeutic workshops, classes, or programs to meet identified needs of groups.
- Assist in the promotion of agency services, workshops, and classes.
- Assume responsibility for building and maintaining a referral base and caseload.
- Collaborate with other community professionals to provide maximum positive results with clients.
- Provide consultation for churches, schools, organizations, and communities in areas related to behavioral health and family life.
- Follow agency policies and procedures.
- Provide on-call services on a rotational basis as required by program.
- Integrate cultural considerations within service delivery.
- Displays excellent communication skills.
- Demonstrated the ability to write in a clear, concise and easily understood style.
- Efficient verbal communicator. Able to explain thoughts and concepts in easily understood manner. Is able to communicate clearly using verbal skills.
- Accurately communicates information to all the necessary parties in order to coordinate services to the client and/or family.
- Acts as a resource to give input to other professionals about the best course of action in difficult client situations.
- Takes initiative to implement good practice and meeting licensing and accreditation standards.
- Assumes a leadership role in handling a crisis.
- Assesses needs in crisis situations quickly, calmly, and accurately.
- Interacts and collaborates professionally and cooperatively with other parts of the agency (i.e. Human Resources, Academic Center, Operations, etc.).
- Conducts team meetings with other professionals as the need arises.
- Maintains accurate, written clinical records of services provided per established agency/COA standards.
- Timely completion of any provider enrollment forms and reports needed for third party payers or other outside entities.
- Participates in peer review process as assigned by supervisor.
- Collects client fees and ensure services have prior authorization.
- Ensures services provided are billable and coded properly.
- Maintains documentation of supervision with clinical supervision/supervising practitioner when applicable.
- Participates in regular supervision sessions for the purpose of reviewing cases, discussing treatment strategy, and monitoring client progress.
- Continues personal and professional growth and development through reading, research, workshops, seminars and other strategies that will broaden knowledge on therapeutic approaches and techniques.
- Keep all client names, information and other agency business confidential.
- Ensures that all office and record security procedures are followed.
- Reports to meetings and training on time.
- Actively participates in a constructive manner.
- Follows agency procedures in use of leave time.
- Represents themselves and the agency in a positive way.
- Uses good telephone skills.
- Uses direct communication.
- Demonstrates good problem-solving/conflict resolution skills.
- Works toward team and agency goals.
- Participates in agency required training.
- Dresses appropriately for the activity being performed.
- Regularly contacts parents and referring workers at least twice each month.
- Builds relationships with referring workers.
- Demonstrates teamwork when collaborating with other professionals.
- Builds contacts that facilitate appropriate referrals to other or additional services.
- Receives positive responses from clients, caregivers, and referring entity on at least 90% of satisfaction surveys.
Other duties as directed by the supervisor.
- Completes assignments in a timely and accurate manner.
- Is willing to take on additional responsibility in a positive manner.
Completes training necessary to perform position consistent with program and agency staff development plans.
- Identifies training appropriate to this position.
- Takes responsibility for scheduling and attending appropriate training (minimum of 40 hours per year).
- Knowledge of the stages of grown and development.
- Masters Degree in Social Work or other related Mental Health or Human Services.
- Currently licensed or ability to gain license in Iowa to facilitate individual and family therapy (preferred licensed).
- Experience working with trauma and attachment difficulties is required.
- The ideal candidate will be trained and certified or certified-ready in at least one of the following Evidenced-based Treatment Models, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), ParentChild Interaction Therapy (PCIT) or Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP).
- Must be able to demonstrate overall knowledge of families and youth, the child welfare system, family dynamics and the change process.
- Knowledge of counseling/therapy models and techniques including the use of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is essential.
- Demonstrates ability to express concepts and ideas orally and in writing.
- Possess a desire to grow, learn and change, and to serve as a role model for children in care, families, and other team members.
- Demonstrates ability (Ability) and willingness to travel and to utilize flexible scheduling is required.
- Demonstrates good interpersonal skills, strong listening skills, and the ability to establish relationships with a wide range of individuals.
- Demonstrates ability to appropriately handle confidential information.
- Requires valid driver’s license, own vehicle and automobile insurance that meet agency policy.
- Demonstrates ability to interact with clients and children with sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural and socioeconomic characteristics in the service population.
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
- Willing to be flexible in work schedule, including some evening and weekend work; on call responsibilities.
- Able to consistently function effectively in a busy work environment, medium to high stress level; may have competing demands and time lines.
- Bending, lifting, carrying ability to move from building to building and travel to other sites for service delivery are requirements of this position.