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Child and Family Therapist

Program:   Counseling Services (Outpatient)
Position Summary:   Provide effective treatment for young children and families so as to strengthen relationships and increase appropriate coping mechanisms with positive behavioral responses
Certification(s) / Degree(s) Required:

  •  Masters degree in social work, counseling, or related field with two years of experience.
  • Clinical Licensure in the state of Missouri.
Reporting Structure:   Reports to Director of Outpatient Counseling Services.
Hours: 20 - 40 hours per week , Monday through Friday
Equal Opportunity Employer: The Children's Place is an equal opportunity employer that makes employment decisions regarding individuals and employees on the basis of their qualifications without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran or other status protected by law.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
I.       Direct Services:
Maintain a caseload to provide billable client services comprised of therapy, assessments, and trainings.  Fulltime Outpatient Therapists will bill a minimum of 15 hours per week
Provide therapy to clients; services include individual, family therapy, psycho-education and group work.
Able to demonstrate competency using different modalities of therapy for children under the age of 10 years old. This may include, PCIT, TF-CBT, play therapy, EMDR, Theraplay ® and other best practice treatments.
Provide case management with internal staff and collateral agencies for each case.
Develop timely, quality assessments and treatment plans for each client and/or family.
Utilize and able to interpret and communicate standardized test scores to formulate assessments and treatment plans.
Demonstrate professional court testimony when subpoenaed.
Coordinate the services provided by various members of the TCP treatment team, e.g., psychiatrist, psychologist, nurse, and others.
Make appropriate referrals to community agencies on behalf of family served.
II.     Administrative Duties:
Attend Clinical, All Staff, and specific program meetings as scheduled.
Demonstrate compliance with all agency and professional organization policies and procedures.
Produce timely and accurate billing summaries each week.
Document all therapeutic and case management activities according to agency policies and timeframes.
Maintain timely and concise reports that reflect agency standards.

III.Quality Improvement

 Adhere to agency policy regarding Quality Improvement measures.
Participate in peer review of chart audits
Contribute to agency’s overall strategic plan.
Utilize variety of available technology to maximize efficient use of resources

IV.    Professional Development / Community Outreach
Within first 14 days of employment, complete 10 hour TF-CBT web site training.
Demonstrate ability to identify appropriate clients for TF-CBT intervention.Utilize
appropriate assessment tools in initial, ongoing assessment and at discharge.After completing 10 hour mandatory training, therapist’s knowledge will be evaluated
throughout the year during supervision and review of paperwork.
Attend agency and community-based trainings to meet minimum credentialing requirements.These hours should include but not be limited to topics of play therapy, trauma, treating sexual/physical abuse, divorce, grief and loss and ethics.
Attend  agency sponsored PCIT training when offered.
Provide community-based trainings as an outreach to the general population.
Consult with community agencies/individuals regarding child abuse/neglect issues as              appropriate.
Skills, Experience and Education:
  • General knowledge of the signs and symptoms of child abuse and/or neglect
  • Knowledge of the role of a mandated reporter, and child welfare system.
  • Demonstrate high level of knowledge about child development and clinical treatment of children under the age of 10.
  • Demonstrated track record of accuracy, timeliness, dependability and reliability
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality regarding records, clients and sensitive data
  • Interpersonal style that is conducive to executing a multidisciplinary team approach
  • Knowledge of client needs/issues (e.g. abuse, neglect, trauma, protective services)
  • Physical ability to lift children without restriction
  • Working knowledge of DSM5 and able to diagnose accurately
  • Ability to assess client and family’s strengths and weaknesses, and develop appropriate treatment plans
  • Stay abreast of current external trends and developments through active participation in professional/civic organizations.
  • Demonstrate a high level of initiative. Willingness to take on additional responsibilities to achieve goals.
  • Mastery of the English language, both verbal and written
  • Organizational and time management skills
  • Familiar with community resources, collaboration and initiatives that will enhance The Children’s Place
  • Ability to communicate directly and effectively with clients, staff, supervisor, teammates and other professionals
  • Ability to work and travel within the community without restriction
  • Ability to engage and work effectively with diverse staff, clients, and community partners.
Working Conditions:
  • Ability to access multiple levels of the agency’s or client’s building.
  • When required, be responsible for client physical safety.
  • Must understand and follow building security procedures.
  • Business casual office attire.
  • Possible exposure to childhood diseases.
  • Exposure to sensitive client subject matter.
  • Other normal office environment and conditions.
  • Some early evening work may be required.
  • Likelihood of courtroom testimony/involvement.
  • Potential of dealing with aggressive/reactive children.
Other duties will be required/requested for effective job performance.  This is not a contract for employment but an outline of essential functions and expectations.

Job Type: Full Time,Part Time