Lutheran Social Services of WI & Upper MI is currently seeking a Licensed Therapist to join our growing team in the Family Centered Therapy Program. Family Centered Therapy is an evidence based and research-supported trauma treatment model of home-based family therapy based on home based interventions, viewing the client as a family unit, not the individual, flexibility to meet the needs of the family and 24-hour crisis intervention, small cases loads, and intensive therapy to prevent out of home placement.
The position is primarily Monday through Friday, with some evenings and will require participating in on-call rotations
The Licensed Therapist–FCT works within an external organization’s prescribed method of treatment, that requires specific in-house and external training, work protocol, processes and reporting, based on contract requirements. The position will typically require intensive in-home therapy with the client and families. The Licensed Therapist performs work involving clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals with mental health, substance use, or co-occurring disorders. The Licensed Therapist works closely with the client and family, if applicable, to develop an appropriate treatment plan designed to move the client toward the desired change. The Licensed Therapist works collaboratively with a peer supervision team, with oversight from the Clinical Supervisors, to monitor the course of treatment. The Licensed Therapist reports to the Program Supervisor or Manager.
This list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities, as management may deem necessary from time to time.
- Works under the direct supervision of the Clinical Director – FCT Supervisor as well as external FCT Foundation Consultant.
- This role will be expected to work on average, 40+ hours/week on a full time schedule and willing to work non-traditional hours.
- Work a flexible weekly schedule that may includes frequent evening and/or weekend hours for client appointments, based on client availability
- Works within the evidenced-based framework of FCT and the four phase of treatment—Joining and Assessment, Restructuring, Valuing Change, and Generalization.
- Provides direct clinical treatment using methods compatible with FCT principles and practices for assigned cases and meets fidelity requirements for treatment intensity (5 hours per week per family).
- Provides clinical/peer support to FCT team and attends FCT weekly team meetings.
- Conducts FCT joining and assessment activities with the referred individual and their family members, review of referral information, identifying and engaging key participants, identifying systemic strengths and weaknesses, and working with the family on family identified goals.
- Engages primary caregiver and other key participants in active change-oriented treatment by identifying and overcoming barriers to engagement.
- Implements conceptualization, treatment planning, intervention, outcome review, and strategy revision procedure using the FCT process.
- Maintains clear and concise documentation of treatment efforts that promote peer and supervisory review and feedback.
- Collaborates with all relevant systems and key participants within each system to ensure their buy-in and cooperation throughout FCT treatment.
- Carries a caseload of 3 to 5 clients
- Significant travel to various locations for meetings, trainings, or to perform clinical responsibilities as needed. Travel will vary depending on case load.
- Committed to adhering to the FCT principles and model, as well as completing the necessary trainings and assignments to achieve certification as a FCT Clinician within 12-18 months of hire.
- Trained in behavioral, cognitive behavioral, and pragmatic family therapies
- Provides direct care or face-to-face contact with youth, family and other systems involved with the family (e.g., probation, child welfare, school, employer, etc.)
- Maintains phone contacts with the family and other systems
- Maintains clinical documentation, which includes fidelity documentation that must be completed for every client to guide clinical planning, LSS documentation due to clinic status, documentation required for M.A. and/or CCS billing, and in some cases documentation requested by the referral source
- Participates in supervision and consultation (this occurs for a minimum of 2.5 hours/week)
- Participates in FCT-specific training, as well as agency trainings
- Demonstrates flexibility to allow for specific time spent on each responsibility varies depending on intensity of client need during a given week, therapist need for additional supervision, geography, etc.
- Participates in FCT trainings throughout the calendar year
- Participates in all additional agency-specific trainings (e.g., HIPAA, cultural competency, etc.).
- Participates in a team with weekly supervision and consultation
- Participates in a rotating 24/7 on-call system that has been established by the team
- Expected to understand productivity expectations and meet those standards that have been established for the role and program.
- Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
- Flex Spending for Dependent & Health Care
- Mileage reimbursement
- Paid Time Off
- 10 Paid Holidays
- Ability to Contribute to 403B
- Employee Assistance Program
- Service Awards and Recognition
- LSS paid liability insurance
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. Upon offer, candidates must successfully complete the necessary background, caregiver, medical and any other checks required, according to program requirements. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Masters or doctoral degree in Social Work, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology or related program required. Minimum of 3000 clinical hours. Some positions may require Substance Abuse Certification as well. In addition:
- Knowledge of state regulations pertaining to clinical practice, including confidentiality, dual relationships and mandatory reporting.
- Excellent knowledge of behavioral health diagnosis and evidence-based treatments.
- Ability to make quick and accurate clinical assessments of mental and behavioral health conditions.
- Ability to design and implement clinical pathways and protocols for treatment of selected mental health and behavioral conditions.
- Ability to respond to brief patient contacts, including via telephone and teleconferencing.
- Ability to design effective psycho-education and group curricula and lead effective classes and groups.
- Ability to train and teach effective behavioral health interventions to others.
- Ability to work effectively in a team, interfacing with clients, primary care providers, collaterals, and colleagues, as well as administrative and support staff.
- Ability to exercise balanced judgment in evaluating situations, making decisions, and to handle difficult or confrontational situations in a calm, consistent, and equitable manner.
- Ability to effectively represent agency interests in the community and maintain effective working relationships among colleagues, public, private, and professional groups.
- Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations.
- High level of comfort in working with primary care medical providers using a consultative style.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
- Must have a current state licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, or Licensed Clinical Psychologist.
- Must have a valid driver’s license and have reliable transportation to perform the essential duties of the role; a motor vehicle check (MVR) with a satisfactory driving record per the LSS Driver Safety Procedure is required, and ability to meet LSS auto insurance requirements.
TRAVEL: Ability to travel on day trips as required up to 50%, depending on program needs. Some overnight travel may be required. Travel to various locations for meetings, trainings, or to perform clinical responsibilities as needed. Travel will vary depending on position and location.
LSS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.