REPORTS TO: Program Manager
ALSO WORKS WITH: Psychiatrist, Group Therapists, Academic Coordinator, etc.
BASIC PURPOSE: Design, plan and implement individualized therapeutic services for adolescents and their families. Supervise clinical treatment of each client on case load; consult with the psychiatrist to improve the quality of therapeutic services provided and develop a plan to aid and train parents for continuing success with their adolescent.
Generate individualized treatment plans for each client on caseload. Therapist prepares a master problem list, comprehensive treatment plan, amalgamated summary and a behavior contract for each identified problem within 72 hours of intake. Master problem list, amalgamated summary, and comprehensive treatment plan must be signed by Psychiatrist, Director of Clinical Services, Therapist, the client and parent(s).
Submit documentation daily that is precise and free from grammatical errors.
Documentation must meet the highest standard of care including correct labeling with two identifiers.
Responsible for completing weekly behavior contracts for assigned clients.
Discuss caseload with psychiatrist once a week.
Therapist provides individual therapy and family therapy to assigned adolescents and their family for a total of four contacts per week (3 individual sessions and 1 conjoint session initially, then on week 3 increase the family sessions so the 4 total contacts are divided with 2 individual sessions and 2 family sessions).
Therapist meets with new clients and calls parents to provide an update of how client is adjusting to the program within 24 hours of admit.
Responsible for educating the parents to the adolescent’s overall and weekly treatment goals.
Participate in treatment team meeting and complete accompanying documentation indicating whether weekly objective has been met.
Provide updated clinical for the utilization review department based upon authorization date.
Responsible for completing weekend passes/visits, if any, for the adolescents in the residential program. Therapist gives a copy of the weekend passes/visits to the direct floor staff so that it can be posted at the facility. Weekend passes are to be submitted by 5:00pm on Friday of each week.
Obtain signatures on the discharge plan from the parents; scan copy of discharge plan into the file if the plan has not already been sent to the parents for signature.
Submit weekly schedules to Program Manager on the first day of the work week.
Responsible for running psycho-educational groups and submitting documentation of said groups on the same day that the group was conducted.
Documentation must meet the highest standard of care including correct labeling with two identifiers and including the accurate problem list and objective from the treatment plan
Submit insightful documentation daily that is precise and free from grammatical errors.
Actively seek out creative tools, materials, and resources to provide superior learning in each group especially regarding DBT, CBT and addictions groups.
Maintain an atmosphere in the group environment that is conductive to allowing clients to feel safe and free to be vulnerable and take risks.
Encourage clients to accept constructive feedback in group and teach clients how to provide feedback that is candid but not crippling to their peers.
Challenge clients to set realistic goals for themselves in treatment, welcome new clients in treatment with introductory groups and process discharging clients with a goodbye group prior to discharge.
Serve as a positive role model to treatment staff, employees, clients, guests, and the public at large through a positive, caring and professional attitude.
Possess a thorough knowledge of clinical techniques that are advantageous for adolescents
Spearhead the continuance of the Parent Support Groups/Weekend Restoration Groups to aid parents in generating specific skills that will aid them when their child returns home.
Meet with the program manager as needed to discuss areas of improvement and receive feedback
Oversee, direct, and manage the floor staff to ensure that clients are receiving serves in compliance with the Joint Commission standards, licensing and all company policy and procedures.
Provide a listening ear to clients in crisis, then give guidance and take the initiative to consult with the program manager and make decisions to ensure the safety of all staff and clients.
Preserve the confidential nature of clients and related activities
Other duties as assigned
CORE COMPETENCIES REQUIRED FOR POSITION:
Working with adolescents age 12-17 years old
Must have a strong working knowledge of Psychopathology; diagnostic assessment; co-occurring disorders; addiction treatment and related treatment interventions.
Must demonstrate leadership ability and knowledge of program missions, vision, and goals
Possess knowledge of infection control, safety, and emergency procedures
Must have strong written and verbal communication skills
Be able to cope constructively with stressful situation
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactory. 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.
Growth Centers of America
Why Work Here?We are a highly trained company of professionals committed to servicing the needs of treatment facilities. We hire and place mental health professionals in residential treatment programs we serve. Our treatment program we manage are Joint Commission Accredited and specialize in treating adolescents with eating disorders, mental health issues and substance abuse.
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