Clinical Therapist – Prenatal Plus Mental Health Services

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Clinical Therapist – Prenatal Plus Mental Health Services

FSLA Classification-Exempt

QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum of Master’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences from an accredited college; is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist or Mental Health Counselor.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Delivers services by completing an in-home mental health assessment of pregnant mothers who are referred to prenatal care due to one or more risk factors identified on a prenatal risk screen.
  • Attend Case Conference which is coordinated by DOH nurse to determine what services might be needed based on an initial assessments by the clinical therapist and the dietician.
  • Make recommendations to the Team if ongoing services are needed.
  • Services provided will range from mental health assessment only to regular sessions through the birth of the baby.
  • In cases where assessment only is needed initially, later in the pregnancy the DOH nurse may identify a need and contact the clinical therapist to determine if treatment is needed.
  • Services provided by the program may extend until the infant is 1 year of age.
  • Carries a caseload appropriate in difficulty to level of experience and expertise.
  • Assures quality service by being knowledgeable of and enforcing rules, regulations, legal requirements.
  • Maintains records necessary for accountability.
  • Participates in staff meetings, case reviews, and supervision according to agency standards and seeks consultation as needed.
  • Responds to emergencies and any other critical needs which include suicide calls, emergency walk-ins and critical incidents in the community.
  • Promotes a positive image of the agency by ensuring an understanding of program services available and conducting oneself according to a professional code of ethics in the treatment of clients, and in interaction with colleagues.
  • May be asked to give presentations or seminars in the agency, community or media.

 

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Clinical Skills

  • Interviewing Skills – Ability to conduct a thorough psychosocial evaluation (assessment) in order to obtain adequate information that will guide the intervention process
  • Documentation – completes summary of clinical impressions, progress notes, treatment plans, and termination summaries according to documentation standards in all files
  • Diagnostic Skills – competent and demonstrates skill in making DSM differential diagnosis and follows Guidelines for Standards of Practice
  • Treatment Planning
    • The treatment plan reflects the problems identified in the assessment and corresponds with the diagnosis
    • Treatment plan reflects the clients’ goals for therapy
    • Goals contain clear and measurable objectives and interventions
    • Appropriate referrals to community resources are identified in the treatment plan when indicated
  • Evaluating Services Provided
    • Progress in therapy as well as interventions are noted within 24 hours in the progress note
    • Outcome of therapy will be summarized in termination summary reports within 30 days of the case closing
    • Use of any program-specific outcome tools will be followed according to the protocols established in the policy and procedure manual

Caseload

  • The therapist identifies areas of clinical expertise and limits in practice skills and seeks supervision or informs supervisor when case requirements exceed areas of expertise
  • The therapist will carry a caseload of 70% direct service hours per week.

Quality of Service

  • Rules – Therapist is knowledgeable of Policy and Procedure Manual and adheres to stated guidelines.
  • Legal Requirements – Therapist is knowledgeable of State and Federal Mental Health Laws and Regulations regarding the report of abuse, confidentiality and involuntary placement.
  • Maintaining Records – Maintains all case records according to agency Guidelines for Documentation according to agency policies and procedures and HIPAA laws
  • Distributes quarterly client satisfaction surveys as required by agency in order to ensure and improve quality of services.

Staff Meetings

  • Attends required staff meetings and makes contribution to topics of discussion and actively participates in identifying problem areas and gaps in service.
  • Case Review – Participates in insurance case review, as needed.
  • Supervision
    • Participates in supervision according to agency standards
    • Clinician actively seeks supervision and consultation as needed
    • Licensed clinician provides supervision when requested

Emergencies, Critical Needs

  • Clinician responds in a timely manner to all caseload emergencies and other emergency situations as needed
  • Critical Incidents – Participates in critical incident debriefing as required.

Continuing Education and Professional Development

  • Attains a minimum of amount of 15 CEU’s per year to obtain and/or maintain licensure

Professional Image

  • Demonstrates a knowledge of agency programs and services
  • Is aware of the agency’s role in promoting physical, social, and emotional well-being of families, children and individuals who live in the communities served
  • Is knowledgeable of and adheres to all DOH rules governing practice of mental health services.
  • Is respectful, appropriate, and courteous when interacting with professional and office staff, both in and outside the agency.

Effectiveness of Profession

  • Maintains membership in at least one related professional organization and/or participates on a community committee, task force, or coalition as appropriate

Conducts Presentations

  • If requested, make presentations according to area of expertise or interest

Field Instruction

  • When called upon, helps further professional development of student interns

Other duties as assigned

 

CULTURAL SENSITIVITY STATEMENT

Work with multi-cultural individuals and groups in achieving The Center for Family Services missions and objectives, and be sensitive to each individual and groups cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.

Send letter of interest and resume to: dtakc@ctrfam.org

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