For over 30 years, the Violence Intervention Program (VIP) has been the leader in building transformative programs that raise the standard of care for all victims of child abuse, neglect, and sexual assault in Los Angeles County. Today, VIP functions as a public-private partnership between the publicly funded VIP Children’s Medical Village at the LAC+USC Medical Center and our non-profit, the VIP Community Mental Health Center, Inc. (VIP-CMHC). Our history of quality mental health care is due in large part to the dedicated and talented employees whose efforts have helped improve the lives of children, transitional age youth, and their families.
Under the direction of the Clinical Supervisor, the Clinical Therapist is responsible for providing a wide variety of individual and family counseling; advocacy services to children, young adults, and families in accordance with their specific therapeutic needs. Specifically, this position will diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, whether cognitive, affective, or behavioral, and apply psychotherapeutic and family systems theories and techniques in the delivery of services to clients for the purpose of treating such diagnosed nervous and mental disorders. The Clinical Therapist will work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health.
Just like every child learns differently, we understand that while some children might respond best to individualized therapies, others respond better in group sessions with other kids and/or their caregivers. Using a wide array of evidence-based practices, our mental health clinicians are expertly trained to provide and tailor appropriate therapies designed to meet the unique needs and strengths of each child and their family. For those children who are unable to come to VIP for medical reasons or transportation issues, we offer home-based therapy where a child may feel more comfortable. Ensuring adequate mental health services for every child in distress has allowed our clinical staff to succeed in the most critical of cases.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Reporting to the program supervisor, the Clinical Therapist for the Traditional/Outpatient program is responsible for the following:
• Provides direct clinical work and/or therapeutic services to clients using a team and community-based approach.
• Fills out and maintains client-related paperwork, including federal- and state-mandated forms, client diagnostic records, and progress notes.
• Continually assesses the needs and symptoms of clients, formulating diagnosis, gathering history, and determining the most appropriate method(s) of providing treatment.
• Accurately documents all work with clients as measured by QA standards.
• Participates in clinical/case supervision by coming prepared to discuss current caseload, documentation and productivity; accepts constructive feedback and direction; and puts feedback into clinical and/or therapeutic practice with clients.
• Establishes and maintains rapport and effective working relationships with clients; works effectively within the Agency and community.
• Advocating and/or ensuring accompaniment for clients (court, medical, mediation, medication, and visitations) with the goal to ensure satisfactory placement of a child in a safe, permanent, and stable home setting.
• Maintains knowledge of program standards and policies as developed by Five Acres, COA, Community Care Licensing and other governing bodies; develops personal and professional knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; benchmarking state-of-the art practices; participating in in-service programs.
• Maintains confidentiality over all information regarding clients, families, and operations of the Agency and PHC partner (including media).
• Incorporates Agency philosophy and mission in all aspects of job performance.
• Maintains professional relationship with clients, staff, and other outside stake holders at all times.
• Exercises good judgment in the performance of duties and responsibilities
• Submits timely documentation (progress notes, assessments, treatment plans, notes to chart) as outlined in policy.
• Performs related duties as required.
• Ph.D/Psy.D/MSW/MFT degree from an accredited university.
• Spanish preferred.
• Strong clinical and communication skills.
• The ability to relate effectively and professionally with children, supervisor, co-workers and staff.
• Strong computer skills, Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word and web-based Electronic Health Record software (CareLogic).
• Well organized, detail oriented and skilled with time/task management, able to adapt to frequent changes.
• Working knowledge of community resources that address the special needs of the client base.
• Ability to provide field-based work.
• Strong problem-solving skills.
• Must be willing to submit to a background investigation.
• Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States.
• Must have current licensure the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) (AMFT, LMFT, ACSW, LCSW), unlicensed PH.D/PsyD. is eligible for DMH waiver; must maintain CA BBS licensure in good standing.
BENEFITS & PERKS
• Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic Life, Flexible Spending Accounts, and Supplemental Insurance.
• 401(k) plan / Profit Sharing.
• 12 paid holidays per year.
• Generous paid time off accrual.
• Travel reimbursements at IRS rate.
• Fully paid EBP training opportunities, including TF-CBT, MAP, PPP, IY, Seeking Safety, IPT, PCIT and ICBT.
• $4,000 Bonus.