Therapist
Description

We are committed to supporting at risk children and families providing them with tools and resources to help prevent children from experiencing child abuse, neglect and abandonment. We are a Christian agency that believes in living our mission, we provide Christ-centered care and support to children and families in need.


In response to this community-wide challenge, Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS), provides 14 programs and services in 28 locations, in Missouri, Texas, and Louisiana, which provide children with permanent homes and adults with increased self-sufficiency. This is accomplished by the agency’s commitment to “The PCHAS Way” which inspires the agency to be strength-focused, family-centered, and goal driven with every client. 


Benefits of serving children and families in need through PCHAS include competitive salaries, flex work schedules, paid time off, medical, dental and vision insurance options, voluntary life insurance options, paid holidays, and a very generous retirement plan (after one year of service and working 1,000 hours the agency matches an employee 200% up to a 3% retirement contribution). 


Status: Exempt 


Working Conditions: Works in a typical office setting and from employee’s home, or other community location as established by flexible work agreement, to complete paperwork, documentation, and other indirect service tasks. Meets clients in home or other community locations as needed or meets clients via telehealth using a HIPAA compliant platform; drives an automobile on a routine basis in both suburban and urban areas; must have reliable transportation. Requires sitting, standing, bending and reaching. May require lifting up to 25 pounds. Requires manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines such as computers, copiers, calculators, the telephone and other office equipment. Must have the ability and energy to visit more than one family per day. Must participate in an on-call rotation with team members; willingness to work irregular hours which will include two to three evenings per week. Attend monthly team meetings and bi-weekly staffing's, therapists manage their own schedule around these meetings.


Position Summary: The Therapist provides assessment, treatment planning, and intensive home, school, and community-based therapy services for Family Solutions for Kids clients (ages 4 to 19) and family members in their household. Therapy services may be conducted in-person and/or via telehealth using HIPAA compliant platform(s) based on the client’s/family’s needs or preference. The person in this position also provides case management, which includes linkage, sharing resources, and cultivating natural supports to ensure long term success and access to services. The position also requires working collaboratively with collateral contacts to cultivate long term relationships with community partners.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Provides thorough Family Assessment and Safety Planning in the home to inform development of a Treatment Plan with measurable goals, specific to the needs of the family and updates the plan within 6 to 8 weeks or as needed. Implements evidence based interventions based on the treatment plan and follows program requirements in cooperation and compliance with funding source.
  • Maintains client files and documentation according to ethical/legal standards as required by policy, procedures, and contract/grant requirements, in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Provides education related to family functioning and child development, cultivating skills to improve communication, emotional regulation, and relationship focused parenting, and helps families develop natural supports and crisis plans.
  • Provides linkage with community supports and resources and works collaboratively with referral sources as appropriate. Provide aftercare services in the form of follow up phone calls 6 and 12 months after discharge.
  • Meets agency productivity expectations on a monthly, quarterly, and yearly basis. 


Requirements

Therapists shall possess a master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, or Counseling. Must be either licensed or provisionally licensed in a clinical discipline, i.e. LCSW, LPC, LMFT, etc. in the state of Missouri. 


Skills: Represents Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) to the professional community. Must have strong verbal and written communication and ability to represent the agency well. Builds and maintains positive community relationships with referral sources, Family Court, treatment providers, schools, and agency partners. Builds and maintains rapport with children, parents, and families; actively managing and resolving conflicts. Plans, arranges, and/or provides crisis intervention services as needed. Maintains confidentiality and HIPAA standards for all assigned clients and families.


Must be able to operate computer using agency approved software programs, and other office machines such as copier, calculator, telephone, etc. Must have the ability to navigate data entry systems.


Strong psychosocial assessment and decision making skills; possess good understanding of various treatment methodologies utilizing strength-based clinical interventions and evidence based practices.


Excellent time management, organization, planning, and assertive communication skills. Ability to prioritize tasks and resolve conflict/problem-solve with minimal supervision. Must have the ability to work with people from various ethnic groups in a culturally competent manner.


Other Requirements: Must hold a valid driver’s license, have and maintain a risk-free driving record. Must be willing to undergo initial and periodic child abuse/neglect, criminal history, sexual offender, and child care/elder care disqualification list screenings. As requested, must submit fingerprints for review by the state of your employment and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Must undergo a pre-employment drug screen and a pre-employment physical with the results showing no evidence of communicable disease.


Christian Commitment: Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services is a faith-based Christian organization. We provide Christ-centered care and support to children and families in need. We strive to serve like Jesus. We meet our clients where they are and treat them with respect. We focus on our clients’ strengths rather than their problems. And we encourage our clients to focus on their future rather than their past. When we do this well, we help our clients find hope and know the love of God.


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