Therapist

ABOUT CALM:

CALM is a non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent, assess and treat child abuse in Santa Barbara County by providing comprehensive, culturally competent services for children, adults and families. For the past 45 years, CALM has been on the cutting edge of the child abuse treatment and prevention field. CALM has led the nonprofit community in adopting evidence-based practices in treatment and prevention models and using assessment and data to evaluate effectiveness.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Therapist provides Intensive In-Home (IIH) individual, collateral and family therapy to children and adolescents. The Therapist provides written documentation of all client, family and case management contacts, and meets Medi-cal documentation standards in writing of notes. This position also requires the Therapist to transport clients to and from sessions as needed.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Therapeutic Responsibilities

  • Creates a treatment plan in collaboration with client and caregivers.
  • Completes clinical assessment with clients to assess their strengths and needs from a clinical perspective.
  • Coordinates with other agencies and affiliates when appropriate to implement treatment plan.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all information.
  • Transports clients as needed from their home/school to and from visits and appointments.
  • Maintains cooperative working relationships with parents, families, and clients.
  • Maintains a high level of productivity.

Documentation Responsibilities

  • Writes progress notes and completes assessments in a timely manner
  • Meets Medi-cal documentation standards

Other Responsibilities

  • Attends trainings and conferences as needed or required by program manager
  • Participates in community education and outreach
  • Attends CALM agency staff meetings and weekly team meetings

COMPETENCIES:

  • Communication skills – Speaks and writes clearly and informatively; listens to others; works to resolve conflicts and maintains confidentiality; able to effectively present information and respond to questions from staff, participants, partner agencies and the community.
  • Professionalism – Approaches others with tact; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration; keeps commitments and accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments; works with integrity and upholds CALM values.
  • Initiative – Self-starter; requires minimal supervision; undertakes self-development activities; seeks increased responsibilities; is a solution seeker; takes independent actions; looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Customer Service – Manages difficult situations; responds promptly to others’ needs; solicits feedback; promptly responds to requests for service and assistance.
  • Dependability – Can be relied on to meet schedules and deadlines; responds to management direction; takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments; displays a strong personal commitment to completing projects.
  • Planning & Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; manages competing priorities; uses time efficiently; sets goals and objectives; organizes other people and their tasks; develops realistic action plans and takes responsibility for implementing them.
  • Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: MFT Intern, ASW, or Psychological Assistant required. LCSW, MFT, Licensed Psychologist preferred. Experience working with complex issues surrounding children and families preferred. Experience working with Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Model preferred. Previous experience working in the nonprofit sector highly desirable.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent verbal/written communication, analytical, and problem solving skills.
  • Able to work in busy environment, under pressure, without compromising accuracy, attention to detail or courtesy to staff and others.
  • Able to prioritize competing responsibilities, with effective time management skills.
  • Able to demonstrate mature judgment, initiative and critical thinking.
  • Leadership strength, strong interpersonal skills, willing team member and supportive colleague.
  • Flexibility, organization and can-do attitude
  • Must have respect for confidentiality; ability to work with discretion and integrity.
  • Strong computer proficiency, including Microsoft Word and Outlook.
  • Bilingual (Spanish) required.
  • Must have valid CA drivers’ license, clean DMV, and criminal record clearance from DOJ.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to:

  • Stand, walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
  • Drive from one location to another
  • Lift and /or move up to 25 lbs.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not exposed to weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:

Ability to read, interpret general business periodicals, professional journals. Be able to effectively present information and respond to questions.

REASONING ABILITIES:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT:

This is a full time position. A 40 hour work week schedule will be established on consultation with the supervisor, evening and weekend hours may apply. The normal work week is Monday – Friday. Normal hours of work will be established between the hours of 8:00am and 6:00pm.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

Competitive salary. Benefits provided with 100% premium subsidy for employee coverage include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, long term disability; and 90% of premium subsidy for dependent coverage (subject to change). Paid holidays, paid vacation and sick leave, and a 403(b).

Qualified applicants please submit cover letter and resume to hr@calm4kids.org.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

CALM is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available persons in every job. CALM policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), religion, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), legally-protected medical condition (cancer-related), sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws. All such discrimination is unlawful.CALM is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of CALM and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of CALM, including supervisors and co-workers.To comply with applicable laws ensuring equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, CALM will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant or an employee unless undue hardship would result.Any applicant or employee who requires an accommodation in order to perform the essential functions of the job should discuss their needs with their supervisor and request such an accommodation. The individual with the disability should specify what accommodation he or she needs to perform the job. CALM then will conduct an investigation to identify the barriers that make it difficult for the applicant or employee to have an equal opportunity to perform his or her job. CALM will identify possible accommodations, if any, that will help eliminate the limitation. If CALM determines that an accommodation is reasonable and will not impose an undue hardship, CALM will make an accommodation.If you believe you have been subjected to any form of unlawful discrimination, provide a written complaint to your supervisor or the Executive Director. Your complaint should be specific and should include the names of the individuals involved and the names of any witnesses. CALM will promptly undertake a thorough and objective investigation and attempt to resolve the situation. If CALM determines that unlawful discrimination has occurred, effective remedial action will be taken commensurate with the severity of the offense. Appropriate action also will be taken to deter any future discrimination.CALM will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint, participating in an investigation, or supporting a complaint of unlawful discrimination, and will not knowingly permit such retaliation by management employees or your co-workers. If you believe you have been subjected to such retaliation, report it immediately to your supervisor or the Executive Director.
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