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Intern-Therapist

at Agency for Community Treatment Services, Inc

Posted: 1/31/2019
Job Status: Internship
Job Reference #: 865
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Job Description

Characteristicsof Position:

This isa graduate student practicum, internship, or field placement in a clinicalposition in a human services agency providing alcohol, drug abuse, mentalhealth or juvenile justice services. Therapist Interns provide appropriate assessment, therapy anddocumentation, working under supervision of the assignedfield instructor or designee.

Core Competencies:

UnderstandingBehavior- Understands applicable theories of addiction and human behavior; recognizesthe risk and resiliency components of the personal, environmental, social andcultural contexts; co-occurring competent; analyzes and distinguishes betweenthe contributing interactions of physical, social, behavioral, psychologicaland social factors.

TreatmentKnowledge - Versed in science based treatment philosophy, models and practice;incorporates the use of other disciplines, family, social networks andcommunity resources in support of individual recovery; utilizes outcomemeasures in evaluating performance.

Applicationto Practice - Effectively matches client needs to appropriate levels and modalities ofcare; individualizes strategies and interventions to individual client recoveryneeds, preferences, readiness, stage of change and unique co-occurringdisorder, language, gender and cultural considerations; makes optimumtherapeutic use of client crises; incorporates and utilizes pharmaceuticinterventions as appropriate; adheres to the fidelity of selected practicemodels.

ProfessionalReadiness - Understands and respects diversecultures and cultural differences; comfortable with and responds to personswith disabilities; evidences personal awareness of strengths, limitations andbiases; behaves ethically and adheres to professional standards ofconduct; pursues guidance andsupervision and continuous professional development opportunities; remainsaware of personal and professional limits in knowledge and expertise.

TechnicalCapabilities - Proficient in the use of Electronic Health Records; effectively utilizeselectronic medium (internet, intranet, phones, etc.) to communicate and stayabreast of changes in the field and political and community environments;thoroughly documents and records professional events/activities.

Business Acumen - Knowledgeable ofsupport and benefits available to clients and aggressively works to enableclient access to those resources; proficient in the matching and billing ofservices provided to appropriate fund sources and maintaining audit compliantbackup documentation; consistently meets or exceeds established case load sizeand productivity standards.

Professional - Offer consultativeservices and resources; offer collaboration with community institutions andsystems; offer techniques for interacting with community systems (e.g., courts,lawyers, schools); capable in methods of clinical supervision, clinicalconsultation, and clinical teaching; knowledgeable in Self-assessmentmethodologies; adheres to professional values and codes of ethics.

Analytical - Increased depth andbreadth of practice skills; independent competence with diverse diagnostic groups;ability to adapt core knowledge to unique needs of client and milieu; cleardefinition of limitations in level of expertise and scope of practice;continued participation in direct practice activities; ongoing motivation forlearning from practice experience, commitment to and implementation ofcontinuing professional development; maintenance of highest level of ethicalstandards for the profession.

Leadership - Specialization in oneor more areas of expertise; expertise in participating in the professionaldevelopment of colleagues (through mentorship, supervision and other modes ofteaching); leadership in developing and expanding intervention strategies;leadership in defining and attending to professional issues; ability to expandthe conceptual knowledge of the profession.

Pre-requisite Requirements:

Currentlyenrolled in a graduate degree program in social work, counseling, psychology orother human services field and working under a formal learning contract orsimilar agreement with a university.

Preferred Attributes:

Physical /Safety/Health Considerations: Standing,walking, carrying, stooping, speaking, and listening

Incentives and Differentials: N/A

Quality of Work Expected: Level commensuratewith satisfactory Therapist Intern performance

Quantityof Work Expected: Commensurate with level necessaryto fully meet obligations of learning contract.

Supervision: Thisposition does not provide supervision to others, and reports to the assignedfield instructor.

Scope ofResponsibilities:

Under supervision of the assignedfield instructor or designee, assess when admitting new clients, provideclinical services, maintain and prepare clinical charts, professionally communicatewith and provide consultations to parents/significant others.

Core Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

Working undersupervision of the assigned field instructor or designee, adheres to regulatorybodies and licensing rules, guidelines and established protocols to carry outduties as established in the learning contract or similar agreement, incompliance with contract, licensure, accreditation, and certification relativeto the agency, program, service assignment and agency designated model fortreating persons with co-occurring mental and substance disorders.

Provideclinical services including, but not limited to individual, group and familytherapy, assessments, treatment plans and reviews, and discharge planning.

Attendscheduled interdisciplinary treatment team meeting or clinical supervisorysessions and discusses aspects of client?s care and progress (or lack of same);may participate in other meetings/events as assigned.

Observeclients for behavioral changes and progress in treatment, communicateempathically with clients regarding addiction, mental illness, medications andrecovery.

Conductsface to face interviews with clients to develop individual behavioral health ortreatment plans and reviews individual behavioral health treatment plans withassigned field instructor or designee.

Responsiblefor documenting services he/she directly provides.

Reportcrisis situations and treatment needs of clients to clinical personnel andsupervisor; recognize client's comprehensive needs and discusses with interdisciplinarytreatment team.

The omission of specific statements does not preclude managementfrom assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logicalassignment to position.

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