Therapist II
Children's Institute, Inc. - Watts, OK

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The Therapist II is the second level of the therapist job family. As such, the incumbent is expected to possess a master’s degree in psychology, social work or marriage and family therapy. Gathers information, assesses needs and provides direct clinical and related therapeutic services to clients and/or their families including: client’s history through personal interviews with client, family, friends, and teachers; observes behaviors and conducts mental status examinations; assessing parenting skills, family dynamics, family strengths, needs, attachments and mental status. Researching and collecting data (e.g., health, educational, psychosocial/mental health treatment records; DCFS placement history; family history; Regional Center and juvenile justice information) to be included in the final assessment; prepares case history of client. Assessing the needs of clients, formulating psychosocial diagnosis, and, in conjunction with the multi-disciplinary team, determining the most appropriate method(s) of providing treatment such as individual, family, and group therapy; client advocacy, outreach, liaison services; supportive counseling and crisis intervention. Providing individual, family and/or group therapy to clients; co-facilitate therapy with others as needed. Consulting with supervisors, case workers, teachers, child care staff, mentors, and paraprofessionals to ensure clinical and case management needs and service quality are being met; conferring regarding client needs, community services and resources and effectively matching services and resources to the needs of clients. Provides support services to families; conducts studies of homes/care givers to assess suitability for placement of children; conducts home visits; makes referrals to community resources, and ensures services such as counseling, psychiatric, medical and dental care are provided as needed. Participates as a member of the multi-disciplinary team including: active participation in staff meetings, conferences, consultations, in-service training, supervision and evaluation; sharing client information and observations; makes a positive contribution to staff morale and teamwork; leads case conference reviews and treatment planning. Develops, maintains and uses a working knowledge of the ethnic and cultural differences, practices and values of the client families in order to better understand their needs and provide appropriate services. Maintains absolute confidentiality regarding children and their families in compliance with HIPAA regulations and Institute policies. Participates in clinical supervision by coming prepared to discuss casework, accepts constructive feedback and put feedback into clinical practice with clients. Maintains appropriate case notes and other records and prepared periodic reports as required; complies with productivity standards of the Agency and maintains an appropriate caseload to reach the weekly expectation of client contact and billable hours. Maintains knowledge of program standards and policies as developed by the Institute, licensing and other governing bodies; develops personal and professional knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; benchmarking state-of-the-art practices; participating in in-service programs.

Qualifications:
Master’s degree in psychology, social work, or marriage and family therapy, plus Licensure LCSW or LMFT license issued by the State of California preferred. Two or more years of experience, post master’s degree, relative to the specific type of client he or she will be working with and/or therapy to be provided, including family patterns, practices, special needs, traditions and values of the ethnic and cultural groups served by the program. Ability to work varied hours including evenings, nights, and weekends. Effective communication skills both oral and written; bi-lingual skills in Spanish/English are preferred.

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Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII) helps children in Los Angeles’s most challenged communities heal from the trauma of family and...