• Therapist

    Posted Date 2 months ago(6/6/2018 12:56 PM)
    Job ID
    Location Name
    Onarga Academy
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Client/Direct Care
  • Overview

    Provide assessments and treatment services to clients and their families and provide discharge planning and post-discharge stabilization services for clients.


    1. Provide assessments, treatment planning, intervention strategies and evaluation of client progress for clients.

    2. Communicate with legal systems, schools, medical services providers, social service agencies and the client’s family as needed and provide additional support services where needed.

    3. Participate, as a member of the interdisciplinary team, to implement treatment plans and therapeutic services.

    4. Collaborate with coworkers to ensure an emotionally and physically safe environment for clients that is positive, respectful, clean and therapeutic.

    5. Participate in the client’s discharge process.

    6. Ensure compliance with governing agency and Nexus reporting requirements.
    7. Participate in staff meetings, program clinical team meetings, therapy clinical supervision sessions and training, as required, to increase knowledge and skills of currently established standards of practice.
    8. Perform other responsibilities, tasks and projects as needed.


    Education, Credentials and Experience

    • Master’s Degree in Counseling, Social Work, or clinically-related field required.
    • Minimum 21 years of age.
    • Valid driver’s license and driving record that satisfies state regulating agency driving requirements as well as Nexus corporate policy parameters and insurance eligibility standards.
    • Meeting Medicaid requirements for a QMHP; LPC, LMFT, LCSW, LCPC or equivalent state designation for a masters’ level clinically related field strongly preferred.
    • Minimum of 2 years of adolescent counseling and/or residential experience preferred.
    • Previous experience with trauma treatment and experience serving a culturally diverse population, preferred.

    Physical Demands

    • Must be able to assist staff in proper physical interventions and restraining of residents.
    • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds unassisted and up to 100 pounds with assistance
    • Must be able to twist, bend, stretch and move with adequate mobility to execute the daily activities within a residential treatment program.


    Knowledge, Skills and Personal Attributes

    • Possess and demonstrate a thorough knowledge of child and adolescent development principles and currently accepted therapeutic practices; demonstrate a thorough understanding of, and strongly promote, all Nexus treatment philosophies and practices.
    • Keep abreast of new therapeutic treatment techniques, assessments and ever-changing documentation requirements for treatment. Willingly share knowledge and teach staff as appropriate.
    • Exhibit clear, professional, respectful and effective communication, both written and verbal, when interfacing with residents, coworkers, families, and external contacts and willingly share knowledge, information and resources appropriately.
    • Develop and maintain healthy relationships and appropriate boundaries, and demonstrate concern and empathy with residents, families, and coworkers. Exhibit a high degree of ethical conduct, integrity, and confidentiality.
    • While conducting therapy, demonstrate the ability to keep the group or individual “on track” and moving towards the achievement of the treatment goal.
    • Exhibit the ability to mentor, lead and provide directions by example in a manner that is patient, positive, respectful, non-threatening and supportive of Nexus’ methods, culture and values.
    • Demonstrate the ability to handle emergency or crisis situations and use sound judgment by taking appropriate actions. Remain calm and effectively manage stressful workload conditions and difficult emotionally charged or crisis situations.
    • Utilize organizational skills and tools to proactively manage multiple clients’ treatment needs.
    • Adhere to agency expectations regarding punctuality and attendance and demonstrate flexibility and cooperation with work schedule according to program needs. Ensure primary job responsibilities are covered, if applicable, when temporarily absent from the program.
    • Demonstrate self-awareness and willingness to process ones’ own emotional and behavioral responses to situations in the workplace and demonstrate professional use of self in day to day work situations.
    • Continually seek knowledge of and an understanding of differences in gender, race, age, culture, ethnicity, class, religion and disability, to eliminate biases towards differences.
    • Remain current on all required trainings and certifications. Complete all expected trainings, including but not limited to CORS (Clinical Orientation to Residential Services) and SBP (Sexual Behavior Problems) training, educational advocacy training, as well as trauma & TCI (Therapeutic Crisis Intervention) training.
    • Support the mission of Nexus (Changing lives through our Cornerstone Values) by exemplifying the Cornerstone Values and the Nexus Guiding Principles in all interactions with internal and external customers, and in all work performed on behalf of the organization.



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