Therapist, Trainee (Part-Time)

ABOUT CALM:

CALM is a non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent childhood trauma, heal children and families, and build resilient communities throughout Santa Barbara County. For the past 45 years, CALM has been on the cutting edge of the child abuse treatment and prevention field. CALM has led the non-profit community in adopting evidence-based practices in treatment and prevention models and using assessment and data to evaluate effectiveness.

SUMMARY: The Therapist Trainee provides therapy services on-site or in the field as needed for children up to age 21 and their families. The Trainee supports the client and his/her family in meeting their mental health goals. Therapy is focused on healing mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, problems in the parent-child relationship, or other social-emotional challenges with the ultimate goal of restoring children and families to a healthy level of functioning. The Trainee provides written documentation of all client, family and case management contacts, and meets Medi-Cal documentation standards in writing of notes. This position is based in the Childhood Trauma Treatment department of CALM’s Santa Barbara office.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Therapeutic Responsibilities

  • Creates a treatment plan with measurable and observable goals in collaboration with supervisor, client, and caregivers.
  • Participates in completion of clinical assessment with clients to assess their strengths and needs from a clinical perspective.
  • Provides developmentally appropriate therapeutic interventions for children and families. Therapy services are often provided during after-school and evening hours when most convenient for clients.
  • Coordinates with other agencies when appropriate to implement treatment plan.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all information.
  • Maintains cooperative working relationships with parents, families, and clients.
  • Maintain a minimum of 60% documentable clinical time.
  • Participates in individual and group clinical supervision on a weekly basis. Seeks guidance from Clinical Supervisor to handle complex client issues.

Documentation Responsibilities

  • Completes all agency required documentation, including progress notes and assessments, in a timely manner and according to agency policy and best practice.
  • Meets Medi-Cal documentation standards
  • Completes items on Electronic Health Record task list in a timely manner
  • Provides Clinical Supervisor with necessary Evaluation forms from student’s academic institution.

Other Responsibilities

  • Attends CALM agency staff meetings and weekly team meetings
  • Attends trainings and conferences as needed or required by supervisor
  • Participates in community education and outreach
  • Maintains safe practices.
  • Other duties as assigned that pertain to the position

COMPETENCIES:

  • Clinical Skills – Using a strength-based approach, builds rapport with clients and family members to support them in improving their mental health and meeting their goals; refers clients to ancillary services, as needed.
  • 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; works with integrity and upholds CALM values.
  • Initiative – Undertakes self-development activities; is a solution seeker; looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Customer Service – Manages difficult situations, with supervisory support as needed; 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; must be punctual, responds to management direction in a timely manner; 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; 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 Trainee or ASW, or Psychological Assistant required. Knowledge of HIPAA regulations. 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:

  • Strong 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 and critical thinking.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, willing team member and supportive colleague.
  • Flexibility, organization and can-do attitude
  • Respect for confidentiality; ability to work with discretion and integrity.
  • Strong computer proficiency, including Microsoft Word and Outlook.
  • Bilingual (Spanish) required.
  • Able to get along well with others and work collaboratively in a positive manner.
  • 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.

HOURS of EMPLOYMENT:

This is a part time position. A 20-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 9:00am and 7:00pm.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

Salary is DOE. Benefits include 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 Chief 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 Chief Executive Director.
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