Mental Health Therapist, Families Forward, Family Guidance Services

    Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties
    Lansing, MI
    $56,005.47 - $63,570.51 or higher commensurate with experience
Under the supervision of the Family Guidance Service Coordinator, this therapist is a member of a large, team oriented, intensive family intervention unit that works with children who have a Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) and their families. Services include family therapy, individual therapy, and case management in family homes and community locations for a caseload of between 12-15. The position includes many opportunities for rich training and potential opportunities to train in a variety of evidenced based treatments while receiving weekly supervision, participating in engaging clinical teams and working in a strength-based culture that values wellness, creativity and intensity. Responsible for carrying out all activities of the program/sub-unit in such a manner that fulfills CMHA-CEI’s mission, policies and procedures. CMHA-CEI is a Michigan Certified Bronze Level Veteran Friendly Employer and we encourage active military service member, veterans, and their family members to apply.

Position Responsibilities
• Provides strength-based, solution-focused clinical intervention in individual, family and group formats to assigned consumers.
• Provides assessment and ongoing monitoring of consumer's physical and mental status.  Reviews family plans of service and revises plans as family’s needs dictate.
• Reports instances of abuse or neglect of children to Children's Protective Services as required by law.
• Performs assessments which include diagnostic interviewing, assignment of DSM diagnosis, mental status examinations, and obtaining personal, family, social, emotional, and medical information related to the presenting problem.  
• Coordinates provided services to consumers on his/her caseload.  Consults, cooperates, advocates and collaborates with consumers, family members, other Community Mental Health Authority staff, and community agencies--linking and mediating for the consumer's benefit.
• Maintains clinical documentation related to consumer treatment and intervention in accordance with Community Mental Health Authority requirements, accreditation standards and third party billing standards in a timely manner.
• Provides clinical intervention (individual, group therapy, family therapy and counseling, crises intervention, and case management) to assigned consumers and their families.
• Individually or as a member of a team and in conjunction with the consumer, assists in the development of a comprehensive family plan of service individualized to meet the consumer’s strengths and needs with measurable goals and objectives.
• May be required to lend professional expertise in peer training and small group in-servicing.
• Adheres to the expectations of participation in continuing education to maintain and increase professional competence which may include unit seminars or theoretical issues, in-service training programs for Community Mental Health Authority or other agencies, or conferences that are relevant to the clinical work.
• As a team member conducts clinical case load review sessions obtaining feedback on diagnostic and treatment processes. May participate in interdisciplinary diagnostic/staffing and case review sessions to exchange information and to identify, appropriate level of care (intensity of services) and interventions.
• May represent Community Mental Health Authority in meetings with community groups and agencies.
• Provides assessment and ongoing monitoring of consumer's mental status and physical status.  Facilitates consumer's identification of specific and incremental behavior objectives toward goal attainment.  Documents consumer's evaluation of progress on goals and objectives, making revisions as determined by consumer. Directly assists consumers in obtaining needed resources.
• Participates in clinical supervision.
• Serves as a liaison to other agencies and attends interagency meetings as needed.
• Attends and participates in all staff, team and/or interdisciplinary team meetings as required.
• Provides crises intervention to consumers as required.  Assesses the type and nature of the emergency and triages as necessary.
• Maintains productivity standards relative to the requirements of the position.
• Establishes and maintains appropriate working relations with consumers, staff and outside agencies.
• Maintains familiarity with Michigan Mental Health Code.
• Responsible for knowledge about consumer recipient rights and procedures governing them.
• Responsible for knowledge, and adherence to, all Community Mental Health Authority policies and procedures.
• Observes all rules of confidentiality as it relates to consumer information, both internally and in dealing with outside individuals and/or agencies.
• Maintains an acceptable level of attendance and work performance.
• Will perform all other essential job duties as assigned.
• Possession of a Master's degree in Social Work, Psychology or related field is required.
• One year experience (professional or paraprofessional) in the examination, evaluation and treatment of minors and their families required or one academic year of graduate practicum/internship experience with children and families.
• One year of post Master’s experience with minors and families within the past 6 years preferred.
• Possession of appropriate State of Michigan credential is required.
• May be required to possess the State Of Michigan Certified Addictions Counselor credential.
• Possession of a valid Michigan driver's license is required.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities Required
• Demonstrates working knowledge of diagnoses for assigned population.  
• Displays knowledge of growth and development and its applied relevance to the behavior of assigned population and is able to gather and interpret data in relation to the consumer’s age.  
• Demonstrates knowledge of the cultural need, range of treatment needed and the available treatment resources and their appropriate use for children diagnosed with mental illness.
• Observes all rules of confidentiality, both internally specified by policy and procedure and externally required by law.
• Interacts with others to enhance understanding and respect, develops cooperative working relationships, and deals effectively and productively with conflict.
• Emphasizes clarity of information, both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to listen carefully and openly.
• Ability to respond appropriately to the demands of work challenges when confronted with change, ambiguity, adversity, increased work load or other pressures.
• Understands performance standards and works diligently to attain and maintain those standards.  Takes initiative, and demonstrates commitment to professional growth and development.
• Able to process information in order to recognize problems and solutions make timely and sound decisions, draw accurate conclusions, develop original and successful responses, effectively manage detailed information.
• Ability to develop work plans to maximum therapeutic intervention with the consumers and maintain documentation standards of the agency.
• Must be able to communicate effectively in writing and verbally is required.

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