Primary Therapist



Statements of Purpose

The therapist fulfills direct service, including individual, couple/family and group psychotherapy, consultations, and crisis intervention to the clients who are attending the program. The therapist works closely with the Mental Health Techs providing education and support when needed. The therapist reports directly to the Clinical Director.

Major Task, Duties and Responsibilities

Knowledge of mental health disorders, drug and alcohol co-occurrences, family systems and 12 step/recovery resources in the community.
Maintain appropriate documentation as required.
Conduct assessments of clients at the time of admission and re-assessments as required.
Conduct mental status examinations.
Provide appropriate diagnoses and treatment recommendations based on a review of the client’s history, signs, and symptoms.
Will be proactive in developing a weekly clinical schedule that includes goodbye groups that the therapist of record can attend.
Will provide support and training to the facility personnel.

Provide individual, couple/family, and group psychotherapy as needed.
Ability to demonstrate respect for cultural and lifestyle diversities of clients and staff.
Crises intervention services, including 5150 determinations.
Treatment Planning.
Participation in Case Conference Reviews.
Provide Utilizations Reviews as required.
Knowledge of current legal standards pertaining to professional practice, reporting requirements, professional boundaries, and relate issues.
Provide in-service training to staff and/or trainee on mental health topics as needed.
Knowledge of the philosophy and approach of the 12-step model of recovery (AA, CA,NA,Alanon).

Education Qualifications

They must have graduated with a Master’s Degree from a University with a degree in Psychology, Social Work or any other major which allows the person to be licensed. They must be licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences as an LMFT, LCSW, AMFT, ACSW, LPCC or other qualifying licensure allowing them to practice therapy in the state of California.

They must maintain their licensure by attending the CEU’s required by their license and they must stay current with new and updated treatment modalities for those suffering with mental health disorders.

Prerequisite Qualifications

Following are the qualifications required to perform the essential functions of this position. Qualifications may be subject to modification based on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

A Masters or Doctorate degree in social work, counseling, psychology, or social science. Licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Science as an LCSW or MFT, or by the Board of Psychology as a licensed Psychologist. Minimum of two year’s experience in evaluating and/or treating persons suffering from mental illness and/or substance abuse. Prior supervisory experience.

Must have valid California driver’s license and liability insurance if driving personal vehicle on Center business.

Vision, hearing, manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination must be adequate for performance of job duties. Able to sit at desk, use keyboard, write and physically perform other job duties. Able to move about the facility to observe clients and staff.

Specific qualifications may vary based on assignment. The supervisor will initial those items on the following list, which apply and write N/A to indicate those qualifications which are not applicable:

Must be at least 18 years of age
Health Screen and TB
LiveScan Background Check Clearance
Class “C” Driver’s License
Personal vehicle with liability insurance for reimbursable mileage, generally short distances.
First Aid certification, obtain upon employment and maintain current thereafter.
CPR certification, obtain upon employment and maintain current thereafter.
Medication training required within 30 days of employment. Licensed nursing staff only
Bilingual (specify:___________________)
Develop computer skills adequate to perform word processing duties within 90 days of employment.

The above statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements which may be inherent in the position.

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