Human Services Professional- ACTIONS Therapist

Human Services Professional – ACTIONS Therapist Flyer

Position Summary and Job Duties

The ACTIONS Program Therapist provides individual, family, and group therapy to YSC youth with co-occurring disorders in the ACTIONS program. This position utilizes evidence-based treatment approaches including, but not limited to cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Provide and document assessments, psychotherapy, treatment planning, case management, discharge planning, and other services as deemed appropriate. Collaborate with internal and external colleagues. Lead clinical staffings and participate in administrative meetings. Services are provided at the Youth Services Center, families’ homes and in the community.

65%- Provide individual, group and family therapy to assigned youth and families in the ACTIONS Program.

  • Clinically assess client and family needs and risks with a focus on evidence-based practices for Youth Justice populations.
  • Collaborate with each youth and family to develop a Family-Centered Treatment Plan based on the assessment of needs and risks.
  • Implement clinical and case management services based on the assessment of client needs and risks. These services may include but are not limited to: supportive short or longer term therapy, psycho-education to clients and families, facilitation of family meetings and agency staffing, and providing referrals to and coordinating services among HSD and community agencies.
  • Collaborate with internal and external systems to achieve maximum program efficiency.
  • Complete all activities necessary to remain competent and adherent with evidence-based services (case staffing, training, assessments, specific documentation).
  • Assist clients in crisis including assessing risk and developing safety plans.
  • Perform other direct services as assigned.

30%- Complete administrative tasks necessary to allow for optimal functioning of the program, department, and agency as a whole.

  • Using the appropriate format, accurately document all client contacts in the designated database systems, providing as much detail in each client note as required to both communicate important clinical information and provide documented justification for reimbursement. Documentation must meet standards both for the therapy model and Rock County Behavioral Health.
  • Complete daily billing through Avatar and bimonthly time sheets as required by agency policy.
  • Attend program or departmental meetings as required.
  • Follow all administrative policies with regards to attendance, time-off requests.

5%- Perform other duties as assigned.


Success Factors (KSA’s)

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of social work, marriage and family therapy, or professional counseling and its application.
  • Knowledge of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or the willingness to be trained.
  • Knowledge of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) or the willingness to be trained.
  • Knowledge of Reactive Attachment Disorder and strategies for treatment.
  • Knowledge of Motivational Interviewing and its application to clinical practice.
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations, and practices pertaining to federal and state human service programs and/or domestic violence programming, specifically chapters 35, 48, 51 and 938.
  • Knowledge of human service and community resources and how to effectively utilize them.
  • Knowledge of organization process.
  • Knowledge of assessment and treatment of mental illness, self harm, suicidal ideation and chemical misuse/abuse/dependency.
  • Ability to plan and organize work effectively.
  • Ability to maintain accurate, current records, and prepare clear and concise reports from them.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effectively working relationships within the agency and community.
  • Knowledge of current social and economic problems and ways in which these problems affect individuals and families.
  • Ability to understand and carry out verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to perform assessment and make appropriate dispositions often under pressure.
  • Knowledge and application of cultural competency.
  • Knowledge and application of person centered care.
  • Ability and comfort in assessing risk and safety planning.
  • Ability to accept feedback and apply feedback given by supervisor.
  • Knowledge of Trauma Informed Care and ability to utilize the principles in all interactions.
  • Knowledge of child development and principles of Family Systems and their applications to clinical interventions with children who have complex needs.
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and seek out supervision as needed.
  • Ability to manage one’s time and emotions in an environment of rapidly changing priorities.
  • Excellent computer skills related to electronic record keeping, email, and Internet.

Job Requirements, Education, Training & Experience

  • Require license to independently practice psychotherapy in Wisconsin;
  • Expertise in treating youth with co-occurring disorders;
  • Substance use credential preferred
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree in social work or related field required.
  • Must possess valid driver’s license and provide own transportation.
  • Willing to work flexible hours, including some evenings.
  • Experience working with children and families.

Essential Job Functions (physical elements, equipment and working conditions)

Physical Elements:

  • Ability to write, talk, stand, walk and sit
  • Ability to exert up to 20 lbs. of force occasionally or up to 10 lbs. of force frequently

Equipment Use:

  • Ability to use computer and computer keyboard
  • Ability to use copy and fax machine as well as telephone

Working Conditions:

  • Almost all indoor work in an office and community settings (includes schools, clients homes, and other locations); occasional outside work with exposure to weather conditions
  • Potential for unpredictable and violent clients
  • Potential for unsanitary homes and his stress environments


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