Therapist
Family Focus, Inc. - Valparaiso, IN

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Therapist
Program: MC Program Support

Status: Non-Exempt / Full Time

Immediate Supervisor: Manager of Clinical Operations

Workers Supervised: None

POSITION SUMMARY
Provides structured, goal-oriented, time-limited therapy in the natural environment of families who need assistance from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and/or neglect. Other issues, including substance abuse, mental illness, personality/behavior disorder, developmental disability, family of origin, Reunification, and current family dysfunction, may be addressed in the course of treating the abuse/neglect.

PRINCIPAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Essential job functions/listing all physical and mental demands of the job are as follows:
  • Provide family and limited individual counseling with emphasis on one or more of the following areas:
  • Family of origin/inter-generational issues
  • Assessment of parenting and family functioning
  • Problem solving
  • Stress management
  • Self-esteem
  • Communication skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • Behavior modification
  • Family processes (adaptation, power/authority, communications, META rules)
  • Goal setting
  • Family Structure (external boundaries, relationships, sociocultural history)
  • Family organization (internal boundaries, relationships, roles)
  • Support systems
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Supervised visitation
  • Transportation
  • Juvenile Probation
  • Able to administer, interpret, and report on assessment tools utilized
  • Cognitive/Behavior Therapy
  • Home and school intervention
  • Train life skills
  • Relapse prevention
  • Problem solving skills
  • Child Safety
  • Trained in parenting education – individual and group
  • Marital counseling
  • Grief counseling
  • Substance abuse
  • Intensive family reunification
  • Provide face-to-face services for the amount of time needed by each individual family and based on program policy and request of Indiana Department of Child Services Family Case Manager or other referral source
  • Provide services at times convenient for or necessary to the familys needs rather than according to a specified work week schedule
  • Provide services in the families homes, or in the community environment when assisting with a particular learning task
  • Base services on limited objectives derived from the familys established Indiana Department of Child Services or other referral source case plan, Informal Adjustment, or Service Referral Agreement
  • Provide time-limited services within program guidelines
  • Respect confidentiality; demonstrate ability to follow HIPAA policies and procedures
  • Provide testimony and/or reports for court as requested by the Indiana Department of Child Services or the court
  • Focus services on the family (families are self-defined)
  • Focus services on the strengths of families and build upon those strengths
  • One full-time Home-Based Therapist may have a caseload of no more than 10 families at any one time, or 2-4 Intensive Family Reunification or Home-Based Intensive Reunification
  • Conduct assessments and evaluations in all assigned cases
  • Monitor the risks to children as identified by the referring agency; Home-Based Therapists will be assigned mostly high and very high risk cases as identified by the Indiana Department of Child Services Family Case Manager on the Referral Form
  • Observe the home situation and functioning of family members on a regular basis per the Indiana Department of Child Services or other referral source case plan and per program guidelines
  • Prepare required summaries, reports, documentation, and other necessary paperwork required by the program and/or requested by the referral source in a timely manner consistent with policy
  • Assume primary treatment and coordination of program services for assigned families; overall service coordination (case management) is the responsibility of the Indiana Department of Child Services or other referral source
  • Maintain availability for emergency/crisis intervention and to clients 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, by carrying and responding to phone calls, voice mail and emails per policy
  • Responsible for attending supervision as determined per policy
  • Provide therapeutic counseling and support for any presenting problem and any psychological and/or emotional difficulty the client may be experiencing while focusing on identified goals
  • Maintain ongoing observation and assessment of progress on treatment goals
  • Consult with the Indiana Department of Child Services Family Case Manager, Probation, or other referral source, Clinical Supervisor, and other program staff at least weekly to discuss client progress; attend staff meetings to ensure communication, cooperation, and coordination of assigned cases
  • Consistently demonstrate initial contact with referred family within program guidelines
  • Consistently demonstrate the required amount of productivity, which is defined as face-to-face contact divided by the total hours worked for a week as per policy
  • Develop and assess service treatment based on the families strengths and needs
  • Consistently demonstrate a timely response to pages as per policy
  • Consistently demonstrate timely case closures within program guidelines
  • Coordinate with community agencies and resources
  • Develop and strengthen supportive ties and communication skills between the nuclear family, relatives, neighbors, friends, other agencies, and helpers while following confidentiality policy
  • Follow organizational policies and procedures and State laws pertaining to use of car seats and the transportation of children
  • In the course of transporting client families, may be required to transfer and install car seats and assist young children into the car seats
  • In the course of providing home-based services consistent with goals established by the Indiana Department of Child Services or other referrals source, may be required to assist client families with homemaking and/or relocating, etc.
  • Expected to conduct self in a professional manner at all times, including refraining from conflict-of-interest activities and maintaining nondiscrimination policies in all areas of practice, regardless of race, age, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or veteran status
  • Responsible for participating in additional training as requested
  • Attend departmental and organizational meetings as requested

Additional Job Duties:
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor or Director
  • Responsible for the return of all equipment and materials provided by Family Focus, Inc.
  • Must respond to emails and voice-mails in a timely manner

Therapist
Education:
  • Masters degree required in social work, psychology, marriage and family therapy, or related human service field. Masters required and licensure preferred or Masters and 2-3 years experience required
  • Knowledge of family of origin/inter-generational issues, child abuse/neglect, child and adult development, and community resources required
  • Strong customer service and leadership skills required
  • Previous supervisory experience preferred
  • Availability to work varied shifts, including evenings, weekends, and occasional holidays, required
  • Must be capable of operating basic office equipment, i.e., computers, printers, copiers, fax machines, etc.

Experience/Knowledge:
Good punctuation, spelling, grammar and attention to detail a must. Strong interpersonal skills are essential. Computer experience with word processing applications required. Must be capable of operating basic office equipment, i.e., computers, printers, copiers, fax machines, etc. Experience with grant funded programs preferred.

This document in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position.

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS:
  • Reliable transportation and valid Indiana drivers license
  • Proof of automobile insurance of a combined single limit of $300,000 split limit bodily injury of $100,000 per person, $300,000 per occurrence, and property damage of $25,000
  • A clear driving record which indicates an unrestricted drivers license with no more than three (2) seat belt violations in 12 months, or no more than 3 moving violations in the past 12 months and no DUIs/DWIs within the past 24 months and no major violations, (i.e., those which assign six (6) or more points with the State Motor Vehicle Record Office within three (3) years prior to date of hire or date of records check

Work Environment:
  • May work varying/flexible shifts which may exceed eight (8) hours and which may include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays
  • On call 24 hours a day / 7 days per week
  • May work within clients home; may be exposed to alternate living conditions, extreme temperatures, poor ventilation, infectious diseases, disoriented or agitated clients who need to be calmed
  • May be exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, extreme cold, or extreme heat
  • May be required to drive in various weather conditions
  • May be exposed to various noise levels
  • Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds, bend, stoop, sit for periods of time, and stair climbing

Other Requirements:
  • Per grant requirements all employees must pass the following background checks:
  • Finger Print Based- National Criminal History (includes Indiana State Juvenile History) background check
  • Indiana State Limited Criminal check
  • Sex and Violent Offender Registry check
  • Local Police/Sheriff records check
  • Child Protective Services History check
  • Physical examination
  • Drug Screen (pre hire and randomly)
  • Maintain Customer service standards at all times including while functioning under pressure
  • Ability to be culturally sensitive and appropriate
  • Must have the ability to drive an automobile
  • Responsible for consistently protecting confidentiality of all clients, employees, and agency records

General Requirements:
  • Abide by strict code of confidentiality according to legal and professional standards
  • Carry out goals and policies of the agencies
  • Pursue professional growth through workshops, classes, reading and in-service training

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