Adult Therapist
Kansas City, MO Counseling
Job Type

 Jewish Family Services ( supports and strengthens lives throughout Greater Kansas City. We provide essential human services for people of all faiths, ages, cultures, and identities who are facing challenges in everyday life or times of crisis. Our highly-skilled and compassionate staff are dedicated to preserving the well-being, comfort, and dignity of others, always respecting the confidentiality of our clients. JFS proudly serves more than 10,000 people annually, with a breadth of related services including KesherKC (social services and food pantry), Older Adult Services, Mental Health and Education, and Jewish Life including Chaplaincy.

Position: The Adult Therapist is dedicated to serving the diverse needs of clients. They will be employing therapeutic evidence-based practices to address a range of emotional and behavioral needs. The Adult Therapist will have strong clinical skills, in addition to conducting assessments and tailoring individualized treatment plans. They will also foster a collaborative approach to support clients from various backgrounds and experiences. 

Our counseling services align with our non-discrimination policy stating that JFS clients have a right to be treated with dignity and respect, free of all discrimination, including that which is based on race, color, religion, gender, language, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, citizenship, or immigration status. We make every reasonable accommodation to ensure access to our programs and services.

Essential Duties  

  • Provide therapy either in-person or virtually
  • Administer trauma-informed psychotherapy to clients, both in-person and via teletherapy, including individual, family, and group settings
  • Diagnose clients using the DSM-5
  • Collaborate with clients to create and monitor individualized treatment plans, update as appropriate
  • Complete relevant mental health assessments upon intake and throughout treatment
  • Document clinical transactions in a timely manner in an electronic health record
  • Collaborate and coordinate with other JFS team members in an interdisciplinary setting
  • Establish trust and rapport with clients
  • Guide clients in the development of skills and strategies for handling some life situations
  • Maintain quantity of direct service hours in accordance with agency expectations
  • Staff cases with mental health team members of JFS staff
  • Provide necessary referrals to internal and community resources that meet client needs.
  • Participate in regular team meetings and JFS staff events
  • Maintain confidentiality of records in accordance with HIPAA requirements.
  • Maintain required professional licensure(s), including continuing professional education.
  • Operate in alignment with JFS’s client non-discrimination policy

  Education, Skills, and Experience:

  • Dual Missouri license and Kansas license at clinical level preferred
  • Clinically licensed practitioner (LPC, LMFT, LCSW, LSCSW, etc.) or become clinically licensed within three years of hire.
  • Experience working with diverse, underserved populations in a community setting
  • Experience clinically diagnosing clients using the DSM-5
  • Demonstrated counseling experience and effective skills using evidence-based modalities
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word)
  • Experience with timely documentation in client database systems
  • Ability to utilize telehealth via secure video conferencing platform
  • Human-centered, empathetic, and trauma-informed approach to communication
  • Dependable, punctual, and highly organized
  • Experience with crisis management and executing safety protocols 
  • Orientation toward teamwork, including respectful communication
  • Effective caseload and time management skills

Environmental/Physical Requirements: 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:

  • Frequently required to sit, stand, talk, and hear
  • Required to sit in a therapeutic setting with clients virtually or in person 
  • Able to work in a communal work environment
  • Able to effectively use office equipment such as video conferencing, digital phone system, Windows/Office, printer, copier, and fax machine. 

Benefits Include:

  • Choice of 3 BCBSKC Insurance Plans
  • Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Group Life/AD&D Insurance
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Short- & Long-Term Disability
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Accrue up to 3 weeks PTO in the First Year
  • Start with up to 3 Floating Holidays
  • Up to 3 weeks of Paid Holidays
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan with Employer Match
  • Free Parking
  • Great Culture
  • Fun Employee Events
  • Business Casual Dress

Guiding Principles: JFS is guided by five principles that inform how we engage with each other and the community we serve. The right candidate will be in alignment with these values: 

  1. B’Yachad - Stronger Together: We are stronger as an agency and a community when we think, work, and serve together. 
  2. Being Human-Centered: We put the human experience and perspective at the center of our thinking, programming, services, and interactions. 
  3. Collaboration: We actively seek partnering opportunities within JFS and throughout our community 
  4. Innovation & Entrepreneurship: We respond and continually adapt to ongoing needs and changes in the Greater Kansas City area. 
  5. Open Communication: We communicate openly, honestly, and in a solution-oriented manner. 

EEOC Statement:  Jewish Family Services is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion. Employment decisions are based on qualifications, merit, and organizational need. All qualified applicants will be considered. 

Salary Description
Competitive Annual Salary