Therapist

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Job Title: Therapist

Program: Mental Health Adult Services

County: Galveston

Position Type: Non-supervisory, Exempt; FT

Required Education: Minimum of a Master's Degree with an LCSW or LPC licensure; LCSW Licensure preferred.

Training and Experience: One or two years related mental health experience preferred.  Computer / navigation skills required.  

Working Conditions:

  • Office and Community work environment.
  • Direct service environment.
  • Travel Required.
  • May require irregular work hours.
  • Requires current Texas Driver's License, reliable transportation safe and current with all State requirements, and liability insurance.

Position Summary

The therapist provides therapeutic services to individuals, groups and families enrolled in Gulf Coast Center adult behavioral health services from Galveston. Primary responsibilities will be to provide therapeutic services based on the CBT model and other evidence based practices and within the scope of the therapists license and training. The therapist will work within a person center planning oriented services model, with supports, practices and beliefs into publically funded mental health delivery systems. As part of an interdisciplinary team, and within the scope of the team, the therapist will be responsible for consultation with other team members on clinical issues to assist to develop a full range of options in community settings and to assist the clients to meet goals and objectives on their person centered recovery plan within the scope of the therapeutic intervention.  The therapist will maintain a caseload of clients inclusive of creating person-centered recovery plans and be skilled to collaborate with clients to develop and utilize therapeutic interventions based on the client's presenting problems and symptoms.  May be asked to conduct diagnostic evaluations for adults as a member of the Mental Health Adult Admissions team (as needed).  Office base therapy provided as LPHA.  Provide input for 180 day reviews for adults on caseload.

Skills/Qualifications

  • Detailed knowledge of mental disorders and DSM criteria.
  • Working knowledge of evidenced based therapy models.
  • Self-motivated with good time management skills.
  • Effective interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to establish cooperative relationships with youth and their families.
  • Mature problem solving and self-directed approach to daily work.
  • Ability to accept responsibility and exercise independent judgment in making decisions.
  • Ability to express self clearly and effectively, verbally and in writing

Essential Duties/Functions:

  • Provide Intake Assessment (Essential)
  • Participate as a Treatment Team Member (Essential)
  • Service Delivery (Essential)
  • LPHA  Treatment Provider (Essential)
  • Training (Essential)
  • Corporate Compliance (Essential)
  • Special Projects (Essential and Non-Essential)

Job Duties

  • Provides therapeutic management strategies and clinical coordination to individuals, groups, and family members as defined by GCC using evidence based strategies within the TRR model of care. 
  • Complete Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) training and achieve competency as outlined in the current HHSC performance contract.
  • Will complete LPHA assessment necessary to determine eligibility for admission (inclusive of priority population).
  • Complete the required diagnosis form indicating all five diagnostic categories.
  • Accurately complete all LPHA Center required documentation necessary for admission process.
  • Assure all required LPHA documentation is printed, signed, and filed in respective record.
  • Conducts service delivery in accordance with Mental Health Adult (MHA) standards as defined by state and local authority.  Assures services are not provided on assigned adults should the Recovery plan and/or ANSA not be valid.
  • Conducts the Adult Needs & Strengths Assessment (ANSA) every 6 months or as clinically indicated for individuals as required & assigned.  Responsible for ensuring completion of the initial & annual ANSA recertification in accordance with the Praed Foundation & HHSC performance contract requirements.  A lapse/expiration of certification will result in termination of employment. Exception:  If certification lapse/expiration is reported to supervisor within 24 hours of expiration date, employee will be granted opportunity to recertify by close of following business day.  Any lapse/expiration greater than 24 hours will result in termination of employment.  Additionally, all certified ANSA users are required to participate in semi-annual quality assurance training activity conducted by identified ANSA/CANS Super User. 
  • Identifies, arranges, advocates and collaborates with other agencies to assure an effective planned referral, discharge or transfer of services.  (Includes completion of service summary). 
  • Serve as member of the interdisciplinary treatment team providing individual/group therapy and crisis intervention services as needed and authorized by valid ANSA and Recovery Plan.  Provide crisis services to adults and walk-ins as needed.
  • Conducts initial screenings by telephone or in person and provides crisis intervention and referrals as appropriate.  Face to face screenings should on average be completed within 30 minutes. 
  • Utilize Smartcare reports in order to consistently monitor and complete required documentation as indicated by contract standards. 
  • All documentation is complete, accurate and clear as required by GCC Consumer Records Procedure within 2 business days and ready to be uploaded/entered into EMR within 7 days.
  • Display professionalism and team membership when representing program throughout daily work.
  • Participate in team meetings as requested to provide clinical continuity.  Consistently practice provision of follow up and communication related to all services provided.  This is inclusive of other agencies, families and team.
  • Utilize Smartcare Reports and other report methodologies assigned to consistently monitor and complete required documentation as indicated by program standards. 
  • Meets or exceeds the established performance requirement for entire caseload each month.  Meets all productivity measures determined by leadership staff.
  • Participate in team meetings as requested to provide clinical continuity.  Consistently practice provision of follow up and communication related to all services provided.  This is inclusive of other agencies, families and team.
  • Effectively communicate with assigned team, collaborative agency members and leadership staff regarding service delivery, continuity of care and employment/administrative issues. 
  • Report personnel leave; flex time and emergency leave to assigned supervisor. 
  • Strict adherence to the professional, ethical, and legal requirements set forth in GCC's Business Code of Conduct as well as the Corporate Compliance Plan. Consistent adherence to the Center's Dress Code.
  • Maintain current status of all required trainings as directed by GCC.
  • Assist supervisor when requested to complete special projects and completes all assignments within a time frame negotiated with the supervisor.