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Therapist - Licensed

Department: 050 - Florida Assertive Community Treatment Team
Location: Leesburg, FL

FUNCTION: The MH Clinician has training in one of the mental health professions and clinical skill and experience to assess, plan, develop, coordinate, and provide treatment, rehabilitation, and support services to program individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses under the clinical supervision of the team leader and psychiatrist.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES: Provide PACT Primary Case Management for an assigned group of individuals including coordinating and monitoring the activities of the individual treatment team; assume primary responsibility for developing, writing, implementing, evaluating and revising overall treatment goals and plans in conjunction with the other team members; provide individual supportive therapy and symptom management, ensuring immediate changes are made in the treatment plans as individuals’ needs change; educate and support individuals’ families, and advocate for individuals’ rights and preferences. Conduct comprehensive assessment of psychiatric history, mental status, and diagnosis; physical health and dental health; use of drugs or alcohol; education and employment; social development and functioning; activities of daily living; and family structure and relationships. Acts as liaison and consult with community agencies and families to maintain coordination in the treatment process. Perform shift management according to established policies and procedures. Provide on-call crisis intervention covering nighttime hours and serve as a backup to evening and weekend staff. Document individual progress to maintain a permanent record of individual activity according to established methods and procedures. Provide treatment, rehabilitation, and support services, with some interventions directed or performed by staff with specialty training and skills. Take the lead role or participate in providing substance use and treatment services. Provide on-going assessment of individuals’ mental illness symptoms and individuals’ response to treatment. Make appropriate changes in recovery plans to ensure immediate and appropriate interventions are provided in response to changes in mental status or behavior which put individuals at risk. Provide symptom education to enable individuals to identify their mental illness symptoms. Provide direct clinical services to individuals on an individual, group, and family basis in the office and in community settings to teach behavioral symptom-management techniques to alleviate and manage symptoms not reduced with mediation and to promote personal growth and development by assisting individuals to adapt to and cope with internal and external stresses. Provide multiple-stage individual and group treatment in the office and in community settings to develop a trusting relationship with individuals so that they may more freely discuss substance use and its effect on mental and physical health and daily functioning. May participate in setting treatment goals and plans with individuals to reduce or abstain from substance use and to learn replacement behaviors. Coordinate with outside inpatient services to detoxify individuals and establish linkage to outpatient treatment, self-help programs, outpatient services and residential facilities. Take a lead role or participate in the provision of rehabilitation services. Teach job-seeking skills. Develop individualized jobs based on individuals’ needs, abilities, and interests. Coordinate with state vocational rehabilitation and other employment services.

 

KNOWLEDGE AND JOB SKILLS: Must have a clear understanding of the characteristics and problems of adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses and be knowledgeable about the PACT model. Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills. Displays excellent telephone and customer service skills.

 

CORE COMPETENCIES:

1)               Age Specific: Developmental Stages, Assessment, Knowledge, Interpretation, Interventions, Enhancement of Family Involvement 

2)               Basic Job Readiness: Courtesy, Flexibility, Reliability, Responsiveness 

3)               Personal Effectiveness: Communication, Interpersonal Skills, Self-Management, and Thinking Skills. 

4)               Organizational/Management: Compliance, CQI, Commitment, Leadership, Management of Information, Organizational Participation, Safety 

5)               Performance Specific: Assessment, Crisis Management, Customer Focus, Cultural Competence, Empowerment/Advocacy, Psychosocial Interventions, Treatment/Service Planning

 

JUDGMENT: Good, sound judgment is integral to the security, confidential and satisfactory job performance.

 

POSITION CONTENT: This job description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all inclusive list of all the responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with the position. While it is intended to accurately reflect the position activities and requirements, Management reserves the right to modify, and/or remove duties and assign other duties as necessary. 

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

 

Education: Master’s degree in nursing, social work, psychiatric rehabilitation, or psychology; is licensed or certified according to the laws of the state

 

Experience: Minimum of 2 years experience with the severe and persistent mental illness population or persons with similar human services needs.

 

Personal Qualities: A pleasant and friendly manner is vital to satisfactory job performance. Must display patience and understanding of potentially difficult individuals. Must be alert and vigilant at all times. Dependability and adaptability essential for this position. Must show initiative and be able to work autonomously.

 

Supervisory Responsibilities: None.

 

Special Factors: Maintains a professional atmosphere. Provides excellent customer service. Maintains good working relationship with center, as well as, facility staff and external agencies. Works with staff psychiatrist to coordinate therapeutic interventions. Must have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.

 

Essential Functions: Coordinates and schedules services rendered to the individuals. Treatment, rehabilitation and support to persons with severe mental illness; timely documentation of services; successful functioning in a fast-paced team driven work environment.

Staff Development: Completes all administrative and competency requirements in accordance to Individual Training Plan.

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