• Therapist - Indian Oaks Academy

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(6/27/2018 9:04 AM)
    Job ID
    Location Name
    Indian Oaks Academy
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Provide assessment and treatment services to individuals, families and groups, as well as facilitate partnership strategies with the community.


    1. Provide assessments for evaluation and treatment planning.

    a. Participate in the initial interview of resident pursuant to family history and provide a written assessment.

    b. Recommend specialized treatment strategies.

    c. Develop individual and group treatment plans in collaboration with treatment team.

    d. Develop family therapy written assessment.

    e. Participate in the development and periodic review of treatment plans.


    2. Provide family and individual therapy services to residents and their families.

    a. Develop strategies to engage family in the treatment process.

    b. Provide individual and family therapy sessions.

    c. Facilitate family related treatment and psycho-educational groups.

    d. Assist in the evaluation of innovative trends in family issues treatment and develop appropriate uses within Nexus.

    e. Educate family members in the understanding of the resident’s behavior and offense.

    f. Develop treatment plans and regularly assess treatment progress with the client, client’s family and the clinical treatment team.

    g. Actively participate in case conferences.

    h. Teach parenting techniques that engage family members in the relapse prevention process.

    i. Communicate and document all therapeutic interactions and communicate appropriate information to other treatment team members.

    j. Be available on-call for consultation/treatment direction and/or decisions when appropriate.


    3. Participate in client discharge.

    a. Assess readiness for discharge in conjunction with other team members.

    b. Coordinate with aftercare or re-entry services to ensure the most therapeutically appropriate discharge for clients is achieved.

    c. Coordinate/communicate aftercare needs of client with family to ensure a smooth transition.


    4. Communicate with legal systems, schools and social service agencies and provide court testimony when necessary.


    5. Ensure compliance with governing agency and Nexus reporting requirements.

    a. Complete paperwork and compile documentation required by Nexus and governing agencies.

    b. Maintain the clinical record according to site policy.

    c. Produce informal and formal reports for parents, social workers, courts, etc.

    d. Review documentation from group living and classroom.

    e. Participate in follow-up data.


    6. Educate staff about family treatment integration theory and technique and its application to residents.


    7. Participate in staff meetings, program clinical team meetings, therapy clinical supervision sessions and in-service as required by Nexus. Understand and support the Nexus philosophy and treatment modalities.


    8. Ensure confidentiality regarding medical issues, background and treatment.


    Knowledge, Skills and Personal Attributes

    • Remain current on all required training and certifications.
    • 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 when interfacing with residents, co-workers, families and external contacts and willingly share knowledge, information and resources appropriately.
    • Demonstrate concern and empathy toward others as needed, while maintaining appropriate boundaries.
    • Develop and maintain healthy relationships and appropriate boundaries with residents, families and co-workers.
    • Exhibit a high degree of ethical conduct, integrity and confidentiality. 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.
    • While conducting therapy, demonstrate the ability to keep the group or individual “on track” and moving toward the achievement of the treatment goal.
    • Interact with and appreciate people from diverse cultural, social and religious backgrounds.
    • Demonstrate professionalism and work accountability, make self available to staff, exhibit a spirit of cooperation among team members and comply with corporate and site policies and procedures.
    • Maintain a schedule that is adjustable and flexible to meet changing work needs and demands, willing to provide assistance to coworkers when needed depending upon the needs of the department or academy, and cooperate with other members of the team to ensure appropriate staffing levels on all shifts.
    • 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 client treatment needs and adhere to department procedures regarding punctuality and attendance. Exhibit flexibility and cooperation with scheduling needs. Ensure responsibilities are covered, if applicable, when absent.
    • Supports 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.

    Education, Credentials and Experience

    • Master's degree in social work, psychology or clinically related field required.
    • LP, LMFT or LICSW, LCPC or equivalent state designation for a masters level clinically related field strongly preferred.
    • First Aid/CPR/Infection Control, and TCI or SEM certification must remain current.
    • Valid driver’s license. Must meet state regulating agency driving requirements and pass corporate insurance eligibility standards.
    • Illinois -- Must complete 48 hours of SACY-specific training within the first 6 months of employment; 8 hours annually thereafter.
    • Maryland—LCSW, LCSW-C, LPC, LCPC, or LGSW or equivalent state designation for a master’s level clinically related field are required.
    • Minimum 21 years of age or older
    • Valid driver’s license required. Must meet state driving criteria and pass corporate eligibility standards.

    Physical Demands

    • Must be able to assist staff in proper 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 and stretch in a manner conducive to the execution of daily activities within a residential treatment program.


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