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Associate Therapist

at San Diego Rescue Mission

Pay: from $25/hour
Posted: 5/19/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Keywords: therapy, rehab

Job Description

Job Description

The Associate Therapist position is an individual who can support and hold students with empathetic positive regard and not allow their own agenda to come across. Has the ability to manage a large caseload, work both independently and work in a team environment. Creative a sacrosanct environment for students to learn about themselves, their world and the future and honor self-determination. The Associate Therapist will be responsible for the vital role of assisting the director in support interns, modeling the Standard of Care and providing learning opportunities for growth. We are looking for an individual who is eager to learn, comfortable with feedback and has a willingness to contribute in a team atmosphere. The individual will be working closely with the Director of Therapeutic Services and advocates to help support our students in their semesters.

About the Therapeutic Services Department

The Therapeutic Services at the San Diego Rescue Mission is an integral part of the recovery for the students at the mission. The Therapeutic Services Department team is responsible for utilizing evidence base practices and students how to enlist their strength and resources to encounter God, experience recovery, engage in process of connecting with their inner self, establish reconnections with their network. The Therapeutic Services works closely with our Program staff to identify and assist in meeting student needs. Individuals who apply for this position should enjoy a team atmosphere and have strong communication skills but also be able to successfully manage their own workload with ease. Potential applicants should feel a strong calling to serve their community. At the San Diego Rescue Mission, we believe this is more than a job – rather it’s a calling to love our neighbors and those in need the way that Jesus would.

Essential Responsibilities 

To utilize appropriate clinical therapeutic modalities for Mission Academy Students through individual and group therapy, class instruction, and training 

  • Provides crisis intervention/triage as appropriate 
  • Provide individual, family, and group therapy to Students that meet established internal criteria. Maintain caseload and balance work-life schedule. 
  • Demonstrates a comprehensive understanding and demonstration of trauma informed and cultural sensitivity practices while implementing the delivery of services 
  • Facilitate and teach program process and psychoeducation classes, as needed  
  • Provides screening, clinical assessments, case management and outreach for program Students (clients) diagnosed with severe mental illness and may be dually diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder 
  • Conducts collateral interviews, develops individual service plans and participates in interdisciplinary treatment planning (as needed) 
  • Interfaces with community mental health resources as appropriate and necessary to support established partnerships 
  • Conducts initial assessment interviews with internally referred Students to obtain information concerning medical/psychiatric history, and other pertinent information 
  • Plans and administers therapeutic treatment to assist Students in controlling disorders and other problems through a trauma informed lens 
  • Consults with Director of Therapeutic Services and other team members of the supportive team concerning treatment plan and amends plan as agreed upon and appropriate  
  • Discuss progress toward goals with Student such as stress, substance abuse and/or emotional issues with Dir. of Therapeutic Services and with other team members as clinically appropriate 
  • Attend mandatory staff meetings and clinical supervision (individual and/or group) 
  • Change method and degree of therapy when indicated by Student reactions as clinically appropriate 
  • Develop and update individual treatment service plans for clients 
  • Create discharge plans and provide linkage to other support services within the community  

To maintain Student progress notes and manage other administrative responsibilities 

  • Document and maintains client’s medical records, and prepares necessary documentation and reports  
  • Submit therapy notes for both individual and group sessions to appropriate clinical supervisor/Director of Therapeutic Services 
  • Learn and utilize electronic health record/database 
  • Refer clients to supportive services as necessary to supplement treatment and counseling 
  • Assist clients stay within Mission Academy boundaries and expectations 

To provide spiritually sensitive leadership for SDRM clients 

  • Serve as a spiritual resource and touch point for Mission Academy Students as appropriate in the context of a therapeutic relationship 
  • Embodying the integration of sound clinical practice with spiritual depth as an example to both Students (clients) and staff 
  • Partner with Advocates to meet the mental and spiritual needs of the Students that meet criteria for a referral to internal therapy  

To represent our Mission, Vision and Values and continue to grow professionally and spiritually 

  • Embody a Mission-wide perspective beyond the specific program you serve 
  • Remain mindful of the organization’s Mission and Vision as a filter for all we do 
  • Embody SDRM’s organizational values: Faith, Integrity, Compassion, and Excellence 
  • Intentionally participate in spiritual disciplines and practices that continue to grow your relationship with Christ  
  • Willingly engage to resolve conflicts with co-workers, clients, and community partners as necessary 

Skill / Requirements

Education: Minimum Master’s Degree in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Psychology or related field from an accredited institution.

Experience: Minimum 2 years full-time work experience with individuals experiencing homelessness, various addiction challenges, mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders is preferred. Nonprofit experience preferred. Trauma Informed Care and Dialectical behavior therapy trained, preferred.

Skills and Abilities: Working knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook); typing (min 35 wpm); coordinate and/or direct a variety of complex tasks and assignments simultaneously and successfully; exercise good judgment and make sensible decisions; attentive to detail; prioritize effectively; effective oral and written communication skills; eagerness to learn and be trained; work both independently and as part of a team; provide information to public by answering questions and requests; regular, timely attendance.

Language: Bilingual, preferred

Please note: Students and clients are interchangeable terms within the TS department

Special License/Certification: License-eligible or registered as an AMFT, ASW, or APCC

Travel/Transportation: The incumbent must travel on a regular (or periodic) basis, as the job requires. The incumbent must have reliable transportation (public transportation may be acceptable depending on the purpose of travel). If the incumbent receives authorization to use a Mission vehicle to perform duties, he or she must present a current California driver’s license and good driving record in order to be placed on the Mission’s insurance policy.

Important Notes

Important Notes

This position is full time, eligible for benefits, employer pays 85% of medical, also included employer paid life/ADD and disability plan, vacation, holidays and sick pay. Affordable dental, vision, voluntary benefits for life/ADD and a 403B savings plan, employee responsible for premiums.

Please do not apply if you are not registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences and do not have your associate number. No phone calls please.

All openings are subject to change without notice, due to the volume of applications/resumes received, we are unable to respond to status inquiries. Please be assured that your information is being properly handled and forwarded to the appropriate hiring staff. If your skills and qualifications meet the needs of the job, you will be contacted.