The PCIT Clinician for Out-Patient Services will provide individual and family therapy to an assigned client population receiving clinic services. The Clinician will lead, with the assistance of his/her Clinical Supervisor, the development of the treatment plan for out-patient services. The Clinician will provide services as indicated by the assessment and treatment plan coordination with the anticipated goal of discharge from clinic services. Through supervision with the Clinical Supervisor, the performance of essential duties will be monitored and evaluated.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
A Master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a mental health discipline, such as clinical psychology, mental health counseling, clinical social work, or other clinically related discipline. The degree must have prepared the student for provision of clinical services via a practicum and internship experience provided in a clinical setting with children and adolescents, with on-site supervision. Online degrees without direct clinical supervision will not be accepted.
A minimum of one-year’s post-Master’s verified paid experience providing clinical services to children and adolescents is required. Less than one (1) years requires enhanced clinical supervision. Trained and proficient in PCIT. Certification in PCIT is preferred.
Active Clinical Licensure in Pennsylvania: as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (with clinical social work degree), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (with experience treating children/adolescents), or Licensed Psychologist, is preferred but not required.
Other duties may be assigned.
• Provide individual and family therapy for an assigned caseload.
• Participate in the identification of need through the development and implementation of the treatment plan by attending treatment team meetings.
Adhere to the following goals of the PCIT treatment model for children who have suffered traumatic events:
• Teaching children and their non-offending caregivers adaptive coping skills
• Assisting children to emotionally and cognitively process their traumatic experiences
• Reducing the emotional and behavioral reactions exhibited by children
• Facilitating children's adjustment to placement when needed
• Assisting non-offending caregivers in responding to their child's reactions as well as helping them cope with their own feelings related to the trauma(s)
• Working with caregivers and children in joint sessions to improve interaction, enhance communication and practice personal safety skills to help reduce the risk of future victimization
• Document all clinical activities which includes treatment plans/updates, progress notes and clinical summaries as needed.
• Coordinate/monitor treatment services provided in conjunction with other professionals (i.e. psychiatrist, partial hospitalization program).
• Consult with the social worker in the development of the individualized behavior plan and keep informed of the progress.
• Participate in court proceedings and agency contacts where his/her clinical knowledge and expertise is needed to advocate for the child’s best interest.
• In collaboration with team members, keep informed of the client’s educational plan; provide consultation to teachers and other school personnel on clinical issues as needed.
• Participate in the review of treatment goals and discharge planning.
• In crisis, will provide consultation to staff and caregivers as needed.
• Maintain relationships with Managed Care companies and obtain approval for treatment as needed.
• Keep informed of current trends in diagnosis and treatment.
• Provide education to staff, caregivers and legal guardians regarding treatment interventions.
RELATIONSHIP TO SUPERVISOR AND AGENCY:
• Abide by all policies and procedures established as practice at Bethanna. This will include administrative, personnel, and clinical policies.
• Maintain good daily attendance, be punctual in arriving for work, and follow all attendance requirements.
• Dress appropriately and present self in a professional and competent manner.
• Use agency resources conscientiously:
o Company cars (if made available for the employee’s use) are to be kept clean
and submitted for regular maintenance and inspection/registration.
o The employee will demonstrate safe driving practices while driving for work
o Office space, supplies and equipment are to be utilized for work purposes and should be maintained in good condition.
• Participate in staff meetings and staff trainings.
• Participate in program/agency events.
• Appropriately represent Bethanna’s mission and purpose to the community.
• Collaborate and cooperate with other staff members professionally.
• Follow through with decisions/expectations of agency and supervisor.
• Meet weekly with the Clinical Supervisor to discuss performance and other issues.
• Participate with on-call responsibilities as scheduled.
• Use appropriate lines of communication.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The employee must be free of communicable diseases as verified by a physician's statement prior to beginning the duties of this job. The employee must be at least 21 years of age. Personal computer skills and knowledge preferred (especially Microsoft Word 6.0 and Windows).
Utilizes good decision making skills. Demonstrates good time management and organizational skills, and applies self readily to assignments. Dresses appropriately and presents self in a professional and competent manner. Copes well with stress (daily and in crisis) and remains flexible in accommodating change. Demonstrates a desire to improve self professionally. Willing to explore own strengths and weaknesses; willing to accept constructive criticism and feedback. Works to increase self awareness and uses this knowledge to enhance practice. Ability to work independently and corporately. High ethical and moral character. Possesses strong interpersonal skill, being able to convey warmth, genuineness, and support to clients. Ability to work creatively and with flexibility in a variety of situations. Demonstrates skill and enthusiasm for working with assigned clients, their legal families and other treatment team members.
LANGUAGE SKILLS/WRITING SKILLS:
Possesses strong verbal and written communication skills. Ability to effectively and clearly present and communicate information, individually and in group settings or meetings. Ability to satisfactorily complete all required written documentation in a timely manner. Possesses strong verbal and written communication skills. Ability to follow written and verbal instructions. Ability to read and effectively interpret written instructions, instructional materials, and treatment plans.
Ability to define problems collects data, interpret observations, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of information and instructions. Ability to practice good judgment in a variety of situations.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the PCIT Clinician for Out-Patient Services to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of a PCIT Clinician for Out-Patient Services.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; walk; stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; see, talk and hear. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, feel and lift objects. Often, the PCIT Clinician for Out-Patient Services is in situations where he/she is the sole adult responsible for the supervision of the child/children. The PCIT Clinician for Out-Patient Services must be alert and able to use preventive and intervention skills to ensure the safety and well being of the children in their care at all times. Additionally, the employee must be flexible, able to deal with crises and confrontation, as well as other stressful and emotionally demanding situations. The employee must be able to be emotionally available to their clients and other people they come in contact with while performing the essential duties of this job. The PCIT Clinician for Out-Patient Services must be alert and able to use preventive and intervention skills to ensure the safety and well being of the children in his/her care at all times.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The work environment, at Bethanna, is very diversified with many overlapping work areas, as it relates to the job responsibilities of a PCIT Clinician for Out-Patient Services including a variety of office sites and field sites (client homes, schools, therapeutic settings, medical facilities, and other related agencies). Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with physical disabilities to perform the essential functions of a PCIT Clinician for Out-Patient Services.
The PCIT Clinician for Out-Patient Services will be supervised by the Clinical Supervisor, on a once per week basis, to discuss performance and clinical and administrative issues.
The PCIT Clinician for Out-Patient Services will receive a written evaluation at three months, six months, and then yearly thereafter. This evaluation will be completed by the Clinical Supervisor and approved by the appropriate administrator. The evaluation will include statements of a positive nature, recognizing areas of achievement, as well as areas needing continued emphasis and growth. The evaluation shall incorporate judgments as to performance compared to the above job description.