KENNETH YOUNG CENTER
POSITION DESCRIPTION & POSTING
CHILD THERAPIST- Part-Time
Position Grade: 6
Job Scope: Child Therapists provide behavioral health services in an outpatient community based program serving children junior high school age and younger and their families. Therapists will engage client/families in treatment planning and motivational enhancement while planning evidence based services to most effectively attain the client’s/family’s clinical goals. Specific assignments and duties will be determined based on clinical expertise, experience, interest and credentials.
Essential Functions: The work environment characteristics, responsibilities, and competencies described here are representative of those an employee encounters and is required to perform while meeting the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
I. Primary Responsibilities
- Provide initial screenings and mental health assessments that identify service needs and recommend options for care.
- Share assessment findings with clients and their families.
- Involve client and their families in the development of treatment plan goals, objectives and interventions that address their assessed behavioral health needs.
- Provide individual, family and group therapy services.
- Provide case management services to assist clients and their families with access to needed benefits and services
- Provide coordinated care by initiating or participating in client centered consultation with other internal and external providers involved in care or services.
- Reassess and review treatment progress with clients and their families at proscribed intervals.
- Assist in establishing effective communication between the Center, other social agencies serving clients, and the community
II. Performance Requirements
- 80% of work hours must be Direct Service
- Meet agency quality and compliance standard by accurately completing clinical documentation and service reporting in a timely manner
- Work cooperatively with Child Services team members to assure clients’ timely access to quality services
- Participate in program evaluation and development of service options that best address client needs
- Participate in Staff training and development seminars
- Work cooperatively with other Center teams and programs to maintain smooth continuity of care when cases are shared across teams
- Become familiar with and utilize outside resources as needed to provide comprehensive services to clients
- Participate in supervision with Manager and in regular performance appraisals as directed
- Meet or exceed productivity expectations
III. General Competencies
- Promote positive image of KYC with all contacts (customers)
- Exhibit high quality work
- Be a productive member of the staff
- Demonstrate cooperation
- Take the initiative to act on own
- Use excellent judgment
- Communicate clearly
- Make use of supervision
- Contribute to development of a culture of care
IV. Core Competencies
- Complete comprehensive behavioral health evaluations and assessments
- Provide treatment/care planning and coordination
- Provide treatment/care services
- Provide referral and transition services including linkage and discharge planning
V. Special Competencies
- Demonstrate knowledge of child and adolescent development and emotional disorders
- Demonstrate knowledge of Family Systems assessments, differential treatment approaches and interventions including intensive case management services
- Demonstrate knowledge of documentation standards and capacity to meet documentation expectations
- Provide Child and Adolescent treatment services within a Wraparound context involving multiple system planning and coordination
VI. Education and Experience
- Masters degree from an accredited college or University in Social Work, Psychology or closely related discipline required.
- Must be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist or be eligible for one of these licenses.
- Must have supervised experience in providing counseling and/or psychotherapy services
- Must demonstrate knowledge in the areas of diagnostic assessment, long and short term treatment, family systems theory and group treatment
- Must have basic computer and keyboarding skills.
VII. Work Environment
- This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
- While conducting external KYC business or traveling between sites, the employee may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles as well as changing weather and road conditions.
VIII. Physical Demands
- The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear, use eyes to see and scan the environment
- The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms; bend or stoop as necessary.
- Employee is occasionally required to carry, move, or transport health records or other objects weighing as much as 25lbs while conducting group and individual therapy sessions.
- While performing the duties of this position, the employee travels by automobile and is exposed to changing weather conditions.
- The employee is required to travel by automobile to and from Schaumburg and Elk Grove Township office locations several times weekly as well as occasional meetings/trainings in and around KYC’s catchment area.
X. Chain of Authority
- Reports to the Manager of Child & Adolescent Services.
- Part-Time, non-exempt (10-20 hours/week)
- Must work a flexible schedule in response to the needs of the target population served, including evening and Saturday hours.
- Time Keeping/Time Off – Accurately record beginning and end time of each work day, as well as beginning and end time of daily meal breaks. Hours worked should be recorded on a daily basis. Supervisory pre-approvals will be required for any work over 37.5 hours per week as well as any time off requests.
Kenneth Young Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer