Job Title:Bi-lingual Child & Family Therapist
Department:Behavioral Health Services
Division:Behavioral Health Services
Reports To:Behavioral Health Clinical Director
Written By:Director, Behavioral Health Services
Approved By:Chief Executive Officer
Date Revised:August 2014
Job Summary:***$1000.00 Signing Bonus*** The Child & Family Therapist is responsible for clinically evaluating and assessing client family situations and providing group and/or individual therapy, either in the client's home or at the agency depending on program and/or assignment to culturally diverse families. The Therapist will maintain clinical files and complete required progress reports and will work and cooperate with school programs, referral agencies and other outside resources.
- Conducts thorough and ongoing child/family strengths and needs assessments, utilizing the program specific protocol.
- Assists clients in securing a variety of social services.
- Provides complete documentation and reporting of all client services in accordance with regulatory, contractual, and agency requirements. This includes timely submittal of notes.
- Provides effective crisis management, to include following the program triage protocol and treatment methods, responding in a timely manner, providing for follow-up care, assessing and providing appropriate responses, and handling the situation calmly.
- Engages the child/family using fluidity techniques for taking position of different family members as needed.
- Builds rapport and credibility simultaneously with varying members/age groups. Relates to variety of individuals with warmth, empathy, acceptance, and humor.
- Develops and implements successful intervention techniques including identifying the treatment method, establishing treatment plans that identify problems, goals, and measurable objectives that are achievable in a reasonable time frame, interventions/strategies that address the assessment issues, and maintains timely progress notes that reflect movement towards goals/objectives.
- Provides effective crisis management including the following of program triage protocol and treatment methods, responds in timely manner, provides for follow-up care, normalizes situation, discusses options, and handles situation calmly.
- Plans for client treatment discharge/termination including establishing treatment plans that addresses projected length of care and discharge criteria, helping the family plan and prepare for discharge needs, maintaining progress notes that reflect movement towards goals/objectives. Makes follow-up referral as needed.
- Conducts educational activities to promote client understanding of treatment issues including medication, diagnosis, parenting skills.
- Interfaces with Child Protective Services regarding child well-being, family stability, and case planning.
- Testifies in Juvenile Court as to case services and recommendations for holistic family outcomes.
- Performs other duties as assigned, which are consistent with the general responsibilities of the position.
- Must be met agency productivity targets.
- Adheres to agency policies & procedures
- Acts as a role model within and outside the agency
- Performs duties as workload necessitates
- Maintains a positive and respectful attitude
- Communicates regularly with supervisor about department issues
- Demonstrates flexible and efficient time management skills and ability to prioritize workload
- Meets department performance/productivity standards
- Must complete New Hire Orientation Training
- Must be 21 years of age (licensing requirement).
- Masters Degree in Social Work from an accredited School of Social Work, Counseling, or Marriage and Family Therapy or a 60 unit graduate degree in an equivalent program of study.
- Licensure by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health. Must be eligible for licensure by Arizona Administrative Code regulations.
- Able to operate common office equipment and have word processing computer skills.
- Must have a valid Arizona driver’s license and meet coverage qualifications of the Casa de los Niños automobile insurance provider.
- Must be able to provide own transportation to and from clients’ homes and/or other relevant organizations/agencies.
- Must qualify for Department of Public Safety fingerprint clearance.
- Bi-lingual Spanish/English required.
- Demonstrates the knowledge and application of human development and family life cycle in children and families.
- Knowledge DSM-IV.
- Knowledge of managed care systems, CPSA systems, and AHCCCS/Title XIX medical assistance screening.
- Knowledge of community resources.
- Knowledge and skill in the structural and strategic model of therapy.
- Knowledge in providing family therapy from a systems perspective.
- Must be able to conceptually relate to a systems theory of behavior and to apply theory to practice in a planful manner.
- Must be able to participate as a team member, utilize supervision, and able to accept peer support in the treatment planning process.
- Effective written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
- Must be organized with the ability to take direction, prioritize tasks, and to work independently with minimum supervision.
- Must have ability to maintain confidentiality, exercise discretion, and exhibit mature judgment and emotional stability.
- Must drive and/or transport clients on behalf of Casa de los Niños.
- Must be organized and able to work in a diverse, multi-cultural environment.
- Ability to apply imagination and creativity to job duties and responsibilities.
Other Relevant Information
- The working conditions of the therapist vary greatly, due to the nature of in-home work. Most of the time is spent traveling to and working in client’s home.
- The therapist may be exposed to any environmental or situational hazards that may occur in homes. The remainder of the time is spent working in the office or in meetings at other agencies.
- Must be able to climb stairs, with frequent standing and moving throughout facility/home.
- Frequent to moderate physical effort (lift/carry up to 25 lbs.).
- Frequent reaching, bending, stooping, kneeling or crouching.
- Must be physically able to administer approved therapeutic crisis intervention procedures of children as needed.
Level of Supervision:
- The therapist has a moderate level of supervision while on the job. The therapist is alone when meeting clients in the community.
- The therapist reports to an assigned Clinical Director.