Licensed Therapist – Counseling Program

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Licensed Therapist – Counseling Program

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum of Master’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences from an accredited college
  • Professionally Licensed in the State of Florida with the Department of Health Division of Medical Quality assurance as a LMFT, LMHC, LCSW or Psychologist
  • Preferred: LCSW with 2+ years’ experience

KNOWLEDGE AREAS REQUIRED:

  • Working with adults, children, couples, and families
  • Indicators of trauma, abuse, and neglect
  • Working with victims of crimes/ sexual assault
  • Needs and interventions for abused and neglected children and adults
  • Working with hard to reach populations
  • Understanding of Substance Use Disorders
  • Able to work legally in the United States

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Delivers services by interviewing, diagnosing, developing and implementing treatment and aftercare plans with clients on caseload
  • 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
  • Coordinates services with other providers as appropriate to ensure continuity of care
  • Maintains records necessary for accountability
  • Participates in staff meetings, case review, and supervision according to program standards
  • Seeks consultation as needed
  • Responds to emergencies and any other critical needs which may include suicide calls, unscheduled crisis calls from clients, and/or emergency walk-ins
  • 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 conduct presentations or seminars in the agency, community or media
  • Participates, when called upon, in the training of master level students

Direct Services:

Provide therapeutic services to clients on their caseload in accordance with the requirements set forth by the program contract.

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS:

  • Balance demand for service and staffing patterns to achieve the highest level of efficiency and productivity.
  • Ensure that all required statistics and other reports are accurate, complete and submitted in a timely manner.
  • Ensure the credentialing and re-credentialing of eligible staff with managed care organizations.
  • Plan, develop, implement and monitor current programs and identify new service opportunities.
  • Maintain working relationships with sponsoring and advisory groups and other service agencies.
  • Interface with the community, i.e., schools, civic clubs, health fairs, workshops, and promote a positive image of the agency by publicizing its activities and accomplishments.

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS:

Professional Licensure

  • Maintains active, unrestricted, clear license to practice professionally in the State of Florida. Maintains all up-to-date necessary and related CEUs and trainings.

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
  • Assessments and Treatment of clients presenting with issues related to Trauma and Abuse:
    • Completing assessments
    • Pre-Post Tests
    • Safety Planning
    • Documentation and record keeping as stated above.

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 full-time therapist will carry a caseload of 28 direct service hours per week. Per Diem workers schedule a minimum of six direct service hours per week and no more than 29 hours per week total paid time.

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

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.
  • Participates on the “On-Call” rotation, responding to after-hour emergencies and calls from the service (full-time staff only).

Continuing Education and Professional Development

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

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 and DCF rules governing practice of mental health services.
  • s 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.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:

Director of Counseling Services or designee

The Center for Family Services does not discriminate in any employment opportunities or practices or on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran status, age, disability, marital status, familial status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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