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PRIMARY THERAPIST

JOB DESCRIPTION

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 REPORTS TO:  Clinical Director

 FLSA DESIGNATION:  Full-time, Non-exempt

 JOB SUMMARY:

 Under the general direction of the agency’s Clinical Director, the Primary Therapist is responsible for providing direct client care under the supervision of the Clinical Director. The Primary Therapist also maintains a safe and efficient working and treatment environment per company policies, procedures and best practices; communicates effectively with the treatment team to ensure safe, quality care is provided to all clients.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  1. Provides direct support services to include engaging clients in Individual and Group Therapy, topics related to 12-step recovery, health and wellness promotion, and crisis management.

  2. Conducts assessments or screenings with clients to evaluate the nature of their presenting problems in order to determine their needs and develop appropriate treatment plan goals.

  3. Develops and provides individual treatment plans; monitors, evaluates, and documents client’s progress.

  4. Has responsibility for intake documentation. Prepares progress notes, event notifications, and other documentation regarding clients in accordance with regulatory requirements and company policies and procedures.

  5. Monitors caseload daily to ensure required documentation is completed timely, including, but not limited to, assessments, treatment plans, case reviews, and discharge plans.

  6. Facilitates coordination of care to include case review, therapeutic interventions, and client progress in treatment.

  7. Completes other tasks as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION STATEMENT

 The previous duties are illustrative and not exhaustive.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, or a logical assignment to the position.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE 

  • Master’s Degree and Licensed in AZ in a field related to Behavioral Health, this includes: MC, MSW, LISAC, LASAC, PhD. Or Licensed Professional health care provider

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a non-related field and at least one year of full-time Behavioral Health work experience, or

  • Have an Associate’s Degree and at least two years of full-time Behavioral Health work experience.

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND ATTITUDES REQUIRED

  1. Knowledge of software programs for personal computer use, especially word processing, email, and spreadsheets.

  2. Knowledge and experience in counseling and case management with substance abuse clients.

  3. Ability to prepare, implement, and analyze treatment plans and psychiatric reports.

  4. Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to carry out assigned projects to their completion.

  5. Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships, gaining cooperation, and resolving conflicts.

  6. Ability to plan and organize case workload and manage deadlines of him/herself.

  7. Ability to maintain and demonstrate ethical professional standards and demeanor, including the confidentiality of employee and client data, client boundaries, and other sensitive information.

  8. Demonstrated competence with and continued commitment to respect for cultural differences and diversity, protecting client rights.

  9. Recognition of the limits of one’s own professional expertise and the willingness to seek supervision and/or support as needed.

  10. Makes clinical and organizational decisions with the clients’ and agency's well-being and best interests in mind.

  11. Provide treatment that promotes client dignity, independence, individuality, strength, privacy, and choice, recognizing the unique needs of the client population served by the agency.

  12. Provide the behavioral health services that the agency is authorized to provide and that the staff member is qualified to provide.

  13. Recognize obvious symptoms of a mental disorder, personality disorder, or substance abuse.

  14. Identify types of medications commonly prescribed for mental disorders, personality disorders and substance abuse, and the common side effects and adverse reactions to medications.

  15. Recognize, prevent and respond to a situation in which the client may be a danger to himself or others, behaves aggressively or destructively, or is experiencing a crisis situation or medical emergency.

  16. Recognize and respond to fire, disaster, hazard, and medical emergencies: and

  17. Has completed all of the requirements above and is documented in application in training, including the ability to pass background checks required by Steps to Recovery Homes.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that an employee must meet to perform the essential functions of this job successfully.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Must be able to walk, bend, stand, climb stairs, speak English, hear, use a telephone, drive an automobile, and operate standard office equipment, such as a computer, copier, and fax machine.  Must be able to lift and carry up to 25 pounds.

Steps to Recovery Homes is an at-will employer.  This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; an employee will also perform other reasonably related business duties assigned by the immediate manager or other management.  Steps to Recovery Homes reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

 By my signature below, I acknowledge that I have read and understand the requirements entailed in this job description.  I also agree to comply with these expectations:

 

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