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Therapist- Full Time
Job Code:2021-COLUMBUS-004
Location:Columbus Campus
Department:Columbus Administration
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Job Responsibilities:
Purpose: The Therapist works with individuals to promote optimum mental and emotional health.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Conduct behavioral health assessments and comprehensive biopsychosocial assessments of assigned clients including mental status assessment, DSM-5 and all appropriate clinical information for Treatment planning.
• Create original treatment plan for all assigned clients and review and evaluate progress in relation to measurable goals described in treatment plans.
• Coordinate, deliver, and document all treatment services throughout the treatment cycle as dictated by each client’s treatment plan including Individual, Group, and Family Therapy as well as other services as needed.
• Ensure all clinical practices and services adhere to all current contracts and state and federal polices set forth by DBHDD, DCH, COA, CMOs, and others as applicable.
• Complete and maintain accurate records or reports regarding the client’s history and progress, services provided, progress notes, orders, evaluations and recommendations.
• Complete and submit any required outpatient treatment requests as needed/required per client payer.
• Develop and maintain effective therapeutic relationships.
• Confer with client to develop post treatment activities.
• Maintain and keep all assigned clients’ file current and meet all deadlines per program policy and procedure.
• Effectively communicate written information to the right people in such a way as to establish an accurate record of each client’s progression.
• Responsible for reporting all reportable incidents to the Clinical Director and Child Protective Services, if applicable.
• Acts as a liaison between the Agency and its collaterals.
• Establishes and maintains an environment that promotes the safety of the clients.
• Ability to utilize Collaborative Documentation.
• Meet weekly billable hour requirement.
• Participate in weekly rotating on call schedule to provide on call crisis services to clients.
• Attend clinical meetings and treatment reviews as assigned by the Clinical Director.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Maintain a safe and healthy work environment.
• Interact professionally and cooperatively with other parts of the agency (i.e. Human Resources, Finance, etc.)
• Complete assignments in a timely and accurate manner.
• Is willing to take on additional responsibility in a positive manner.
• Uphold the mission and values of The Methodist Home.
• Complete training necessary to perform position consistent with program and agency staff development plans as well as maintain continuing education for professional license.
• Demonstrate a commitment to democracy by actively participating in team decisions.
• Practice social responsibility evidenced by dependability and reliability.
• Communicate openly to establish and maintain effective working relationship with people at all levels.
• Utilize appropriate Sanctuary tools when interacting with colleagues and residents/clients.
• Demonstrate an understanding and adhere to the seven commitments of Sanctuary when carrying out work responsibilities.

Job Qualifications:
Education and/or Work Experience Requirements:
• Must possess a Masters Degree in Social Work, psychology, or other human service or behavioral science field.
• Must possess current Georgia license such as LMFT, LPC, or LCSW.
• Must have a minimum of two years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents and/or adults.
• Must have a valid Driver’s License with minimum of four year driving history and the ability to meet and remain in good standing in accordance with Agency insurance guidelines.
• Knowledge of principles, methods and procedures for diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of mental and emotional dysfunctions.
• Knowledge of human behavior and performance; human development; individual differences in ability, personality and interests; learning and motivation; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
• Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services, this includes meeting quality standards for services.
• Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences.
• Training, certification, and experience in trauma and substance abuse are preferred.
• Knowledge of and ability to use de-escalation skills when appropriate.
• Ability to handle conflicts in a professional manner that upholds the dignity and respect of other.
• Must possess the skill of active listening.
• Proficiency with computers, Microsoft Office, Internet, E-mail, etc.
• Working knowledge of family systems and family dynamics.
• Ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to meet and handle the public with tact and poise.
• Maintain high level of confidentiality.
• Must be able to multi task in a fast paced work environment.
• Ability to appropriately handle confidential information.
• Ability to understand and consistently implement policies and procedures of the Agency.
• Ability to interact and work cooperatively and effectively with other personnel and residents/clients.
• Ability to show sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural difference in the service population.
• The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
• The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
• The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce logical solutions to problems.
• The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
• The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Essential Physical Requirements:
• Responsibilities include a high tolerance for stress. Being able to accept constructive criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
• Necessary stamina and temperament to work with children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing crisis and/or emotional and/or behavior disorders.
• Responsibilities include typing and sitting at a computer for both long and short durations of time as well as using peripheral devices such as a mouse and keyboard.
• Ability to operate office equipment including copiers, peripheral devices, etc.
• Responsibilities include repetitive hand movements such as typing.
• Responsibilities may include bending, stooping or kneeling for short durations of time.
• Responsibilities include some travel.
• Responsibilities include some evening and weekends.
• Ability to successfully complete the Crisis Aggression Limitation Management training program and conduct physical interventions as taught by the instructor. Examples (1) Escorting a child by the arm to de-escalate; (2) Support a child’s movement to a seated position to the floor or to a chair.

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