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Outpatient Behavioral Health Therapist

Position Summary: The Behavioral Health Therapist is responsible for providing clinical formulations that reflect an understanding of behavioral and psychodynamic theory, and treatment applications that are based upon a broad understanding of dynamics related to behavior and change. He/she formulates individualized and age-specific treatment recommendations and measurable goals with the patient and, as appropriate, the patient's family. In accordance with each patient's treatment plan, the Therapist provides therapeutic services to patients and families in individual, couples, family and group settings.
Qualifications: Minimum of a master's degree in social work or psychology from an accredited university, with at least five years postgraduate professional, relevant experience. Therapists must be licensed in the State of Michigan and adhere to the code of ethics for his/her area of licensure. Additional training in specialty areas such as chemical dependency, cognitive behavioral therapy, and/or dialectical behavioral therapy is highly desirable.
This position offers a flexible schedule in that appointments can be set between 7:30 am and 7:30 pm Monday - Thursday and &:30 am - 5:00 pm on Fridays. As a part time therapist you will see at lest 27 clients per week and could see more if time allows. The office is closed on the weekends as well.
For this position qualified candidates must either have a LMSW (License Master's Social Worker) or a LLP (Limited Licence Psychologist) license.
The office is currently consists of 14 therapist and 5 psychiatrists.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Practices effective communication in all interactions (patient, visitor, co-worker, etc.)
Promotes a positive work environment by demonstrating teamwork.
Demonstrates clear diagnostic and clinical skills appropriate to the age of the patient.
Demonstrates capacity to identify and manage high-risk situations in which patients may be harmful to themselves or others.
Understands legal issues that affect treatment, including but not limited to: child custody, divorce laws, child/adult abuse, duty to warn, recipient rights policies and procedures, alternative treatment orders (ATO's), and the commitment process for inpatient hospitalization.
Seeks consultation and supervision appropriately during patient assessment and throughout treatment.
Participates in supervision, case reviews, and team meetings and takes responsibility for presenting patient cases and contributing to the discussion of cases.
Demonstrates ability to make appropriate and useful changes in the patient's treatment plan when problems persist and recognizes when discharge and/or transfer of care is in the best interest of the patient.
Coordinates discharge/aftercare planning with the patient and, as appropriate, the patient's family.
Treats all patients, families, co-workers and visitors in a caring and respectful manner, being mindful of individual differences, and cultural and ethnic diversity.
Assures that all treatment provided is authorized for insurance payment and/or that alternate payment plans are in place.
Completes patient related documentation in accordance with department and hospital policy, in a timely manner, and with content that is focused on relevant issues.
Other Functions and Responsibilities
1) Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Education, Experience and Certification/Licensure
1) Minimum of a master's degree in social work or psychology from an accredited university, with at least five years postgraduate professional, relevant experience
2) Must be licensed in the State of Michigan and adhere to the code of ethics for his/her area of licensure
3) Additional training in specialty areas such as chemical dependency, cognitive behavioral therapy, and/or dialectical behavioral therapy is highly desirable
This document is intended to describe the generalized duties and responsibilities, the specialized job functions, and the essential requirements of this job. It is not intended to be an exhaustive statement of all supplemental duties, responsibilities, or non-essential requirements or reflect any accommodations made under the American's with Disability Act, the Michigan Handicapper's Act, or SJMHS's Return to Work Program


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