Purpose and Summary
This position is a part of the clinical treatment team of the Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment Center. Psychotherapists provide a full continuum of outpatient services to individuals seeking mental health and/or addiction treatment. As part of the clinical team, psychotherapists participate in clinical staffing, treatment planning, information and referral inquiries, crisis intervention, and provide consultation within the agency, to community service partners and the public.
Completes comprehensive initial assessments that reflect the client’s need for outpatient mental health services to include presenting problems, psychosocial history, diagnostic impressions, areas of functional impairment, and recommendations for treatment. Provides results of the assessment to the client (and/or parent/legal representative) as well as treatment alternatives, client’s rights and responsibilities, the anticipated fees for treatment, and the clinic’s grievance procedure. Develops a treatment plan in collaboration with the client based on the initial comprehensive assessment to include client’s strengths, treatment goals, measurable outcomes, the frequency and type of service recommended to reach goals, and the prescription for treatment from the psychiatrist. Conducts clinical treatment plan reviews with the client to evaluate progress toward goals, the need for additional assessment or changes in the plan, and verification of current medications. Clinical treatment plan reviews must be scheduled every 90 days or 6 treatment sessions, whichever covers a longer period of time. Participates in the on-call coverage that supports clinic’s response to telephone calls and individuals walking in to obtain information about mental illness, addiction, and treatment and/or to apply for services. A minimum of 4.5 hours per week is expected by each staff member to cover all hours of clinic operation Monday through Friday. Provides crisis intervention to individuals who present to the clinic in crisis which may include development of a crisis plan and/or collaboration with our crisis system service partners in the community. Provides individual, couples/relationship, family and group psychotherapy to clients based on their treatment/recovery plan using evidence-based, best practice models of treatment and therapeutic interventions. Group therapy programs are developed based on need for a specific service based on referrals to the treatment center and staff expertise/interest. Maintains client’s electronic record in accordance with confidentiality rules and regulatory requirements and standards. Timely completion of documentation is required to include the initial (and subsequent) assessments, progress notes, staffing/supervision meetings, collegial clinical collaboration, treatment plans and reviews, collateral contacts, phone calls/texts/emails, and a closing/discharge summary. Monitor need for and complete any documentation/forms required by third party payers to support reimbursement of services provided. Provide accurate, adequate documentation in electronic record to support billing and reimbursement of services rendered. Performs basic case management functions for assigned clients. If case management needs exceed that which can be provided within psychotherapist role, makes referral to case management services in DCP. Provides information and referral to individuals about community mental health and addiction resources; consults with agencies, schools, and other health professionals as needed and with consent concerning assessments, treatment planning, and recommendations. Promotes recovery and assures the involvement of families, and/or other natural supports whenever possible with client consent. Provides outreach and/or crisis services in situations where a client may be experiencing difficulty to facilitate his/her entry into an appropriate level of services. Maintains professional licensure and competence through continuing education focused on evidence based interventions and other best practices. Participates in administrative and other duties as assigned which may include being a member of a committee, reviewing policies and procedures, maintaining spreadsheets, or providing support and input into the planning of new programs and in-service trainings. Performs other duties within the scope of professional responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor.
Master’s Degree from an accredited school of social work or related field. Licensure through the Department of Safety and Professional Services as a social worker, marriage and family therapist or professional counselor is required, with preference given to individuals with a dual-certification in mental health and addiction counseling. Experience as a licensed psychotherapist within a community mental health system with a demonstrated history for treating co-occurring disorders and individuals with a history of trauma is highly desirable. Thorough knowledge of psychopathology, developmental psychology, personality theory, learning theory, and varied evidence-based therapeutic approaches such as cognitive-behavioral, behavioral, family systems, interpersonal and/or neurocognitive interventions to treat a wide range of symptoms associated with mental illness and addiction. Strong knowledge base in recovery principles, person-centered planning, and trauma informed care. Excellent communication skills (oral and written), aptitude for critical thinking, good time management with ability to effectively prioritize responsibilities, and high level of professionalism and ethical practice. Positive attitude, enthusiasm, and sincere conviction for providing services to clients with chronic mental illness and/or addiction with complicated psychosocial circumstances. Ability to establish positive connections and develop relationships with clients, their natural supports, and other professionals. Able to meet each client where they are and instill hope for recovery. Capable of demonstrating sensitivity and respect for the life experiences, individual differences, belief systems and practices, and the motivation for change of each client. Ability to communicate with individuals from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Ability to maintain a calm demeanor and make good clinical decisions while adhering to clinical, ethical, and regulatory standards and comfortable seeking consultation when needed. Capable of demonstrating a high level of professionalism and a positive attitude in the community as a representative of Sheboygan County Health and Human Services. Ability to provide excellent customer service. Unlimited access to a car, valid driver’s license, and ability to drive or arrange travel in and out-of-county, as requested by supervisor or his/her designee.
Work Environment & Physical Requirements
Work is generally performed in a standard office setting with occasional need to provide services in other locations. There may be travel to a variety of community and/or regional locations. Must be able to operate standard office equipment including telephone, computer, facsimile, calculator, printer, and photocopier. Ability to lift up to 20 pounds and a combination of sitting and standing postures may be required. Risk of blood borne pathogen exposure is considered low.
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.