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Employment Type: Part-Time, Full-Time
Location(s):
  • Chester County
  • Cumberland & Perry Counties
  • Dauphin County
  • Lancaster County
  • Lebanon County
  • York County
Program/Department: Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS)

Description

MOBILE THERAPIST JOB DESCRIPTION

Provide intensive therapeutic services to the child/adolescent/young adult and families in a setting in the form of assessments, individual, and family therapy utilizing CASSP principles. Services are provided in an environment other than a provider agency or office; Therapy is provided in the home, foster home, and other community settings. Work with a multidisciplinary team to ensure ongoing communication of treatment effectiveness.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain on-going communication and collaboration with all team members.
  • Develop treatment plan and crisis plans with the child/adolescent/young adult, family, and team that are developmentally appropriate and strengths based.
  • Develop treatment plans based upon the clinical evaluation, family and child strengths, and clinical needs.
  • Develop and monitor therapeutic techniques for effectiveness.
  • Attend interagency meetings to coordinate design of treatment plan and IBHS services recommendations.
  • Complete all required documentation in accordance with regulations and clinical best practices.
  • Maintain clinical sessions with the child/adolescent/young adult and family as prescribed and provide therapeutic interventions to support treatment goals.
  • Collaborate with all team members in the implementation of treatment interventions as needed.
  • In conjunction with the team, make clinically appropriate referrals and recommendations for effective discharge planning.
  • Coordinate with team members periodically or as needed to support treatment process.
  • Complete all necessary documentation related to consumer case including Psychological Feedback Form, Assessment, individual treatment plan, and progress notes.
  • Ensures compliance with TW Ponessa policies and procedures, including confidentiality and acting as a mandated reporter in accordance with the law, policies, and procedures.
  • Maintain supervision requirements with Clinical Supervisor, as required and/or requested.
  • Attend and participate in meetings and training programs as required.
  • Provide supervision (both Group and Individual) to BHT’s weekly.

Staff Leadership:

  • Fosters a strengths based, trauma-informed, and accountable relationship with families and the treatment team.
  • Models TW Ponessa’s core competencies holding staff accountable to do the same.

Team Leadership:

  • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with all internal and external stakeholders.
  • Cooperates and communicates as a multi-discipline staff team member through formal meetings, informal consultations and committee participation, as needed.
  • Models traits of a responsible team member, executing job responsibilities, open communication, good follow through; supports team members to do the same.
  • Demonstrates use and support of the trauma informed model in all aspects of employment, including interactions with consumers/students, family members, other employees, community members, and stakeholders.
  • Responds promptly to the concerns and interests of consumers, parents, guardians, funding entities and other TW Ponessa staff.

Partnerships and Collaborative Relationships:

  • Establishes and maintains relationships with provider organizations, regulatory and licensing representatives, and referral sources, establishing effective and productive working relationships while promoting TW Ponessa.
  • Represents the organization before various stakeholder groups to maintain visibility.

Contributing to the Team:

  • Participates in regular meetings with staff to ensure priorities are clear, coordination is good and communications are open. Develops additional methods for ongoing effective communication.
  • Cooperates and communicates as a multi-discipline staff team member through formal meetings, informal consultations and committee participation.
  • Models traits of a responsible team member, executing job responsibilities, open communication, good follow through; supports team members to do the same.
  • Responds promptly to the concerns and interests of consumers, parents, guardians, funding entities and other TW Ponessa staff.

Trauma Informed Behavior:

  • Demonstrates commitment to being trauma informed and maintaining a therapeutic environment and community that promotes safety and nonviolence as the basis for all we do with clients and staff.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and utilization of trauma informed practices, including emotional intelligence, effective communication, understanding of impact of trauma on development, strengths based and person-centered practice, resilience focus and commitment to growth and change.

Administrative Activities:

  • Ensures compliance with all TW Ponessa policies and procedures, including confidentiality and reporting suspected abuse in accordance with policies and procedures.
  • Implements all documentation requirements; reports are complete, thorough, timely, and follow prescribed format.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills:

  • Ability to utilize collaborative, team oriented approach.
  • Knowledge and understanding of CASSP Principles.
  • Social/ecological theory and application.
  • Family systems theory and application.
  • Cognitive-behavioral theory and clinical application.
  • Understanding of child and family development.
  • Crisis intervention and management.
  • Knowledge of DSM 5.
  • Basic knowledge/understanding of common psychotropic medications.
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
  • Strong computer skills in all Microsoft office applications and/or Google Docs.

Minimum Qualifications

EDUATION REQUIREMENT:

  • Be licensed as a psychologist, professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, or clinical social worker OR
  • Be licensed as a social worker or behavior specialist AND have a graduate degree that required clinical or mental health direct service practicum OR
  • Have a minimum of 1 year full time equivalent experience in providing mental health direct services to children, youth, or young adults AND a graduate degree with at least 9 credits specific to clinical practice in psychology, social work, or counseling OR
  • Completed a clinical or mental health direct service practicum and have a graduate degree with at least 9 credits specific to clinical practice in psychology, social work, or counseling or a related field

CLEARANCES: (Employee’s must have the following clearances before servicing clients.)

  • PA State Child Abuse Clearance (Upon hire, prior to working with clients, and every year thereafter)
  • Pennsylvania State Criminal Background Check (Upon hire, prior to working with clients and every year thereafter)
  • FBI Clearance

BENEFITS: T.W. Ponessa & Associates Counseling Services, Inc. offers a competitive Employee Benefit Package to all eligible employees after 90 days of full-time employment, including Health Insurance, Dental and Vision Coverage, Voluntary Benefits, paid time off, and paid holidays. Part-time employees are also eligible to enroll in Dental, Vision, and Voluntary Benefit plans, after 90 days of part-time employment, working a minimum of 15 hours/per week. In addition, employees can participate in our optional 401 K Program with matching, and access discounts provided in the Employee Perks Reward Program. Employee’s can also take advantage of our Tuition Discount Program, offering tuition discounts through strategic partnerships to local Colleges and Universities.

Loan Repayment Program(LRP) Approved Practice Site: T.W. Ponessa & Associates is a primary outpatient behavioral health care loan repayment program (LRP) approved practice site, offering educational loan repayment to practitioners who provide care within a designated region. The LRP offers grant funding to be used to repay qualifying educational debt in exchange for a two-year full-time or half-time service commitment at an LRP-approved practice site. Primary care providers including Physicians, Physician Assistants, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners, Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists are eligible to apply for the educational loan repayment in response to a competitive Request for Applications (RFA) from the PA Department of Health. Physicians are eligible to receive up to $100,000 of loan repayment for a full-time service commitment or up to $50,000 for a half-time service commitment. All other disciplines are eligible to receive up to $60,000 of loan repayment for a full-time service commitment or up to $30,000 for a half-time service commitment.

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How to Apply for Employment

Interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  • Employment application
  • Résumé with cover letter
  • Evidence of Degree (Official Transcript and Copy of Diploma)
  • PA Criminal History Clearance (Act 34) - Follow the instructions to "Submit a New Record Check" online using a credit card
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151) - If you have a legible copy of the child abuse history clearance dated January 1 or later of this year, bring it with you or go to www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis to request your clearance online. A paper copy will be mailed to you automatically but you can also receive an emailed copy. This option is much faster than mailing in your request. The cost of this clearance is $13.00
  • FBI Criminal History - Follow the instructions, and enter service code 1KG738
  • Mandated Reporter Training Certificate

Please email your coverletter and resume to: humanresources@twponessa.com or mail/fax to:
TW Ponessa & Associates Counseling Services, Inc.
410 N. Prince St.
Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 735-1901

Send questions to: humanresources@twponessa.com