Children's Behavioral Health Services offers programs in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Lehigh, Northampton, and Philadelphia Counties that serve children and adolescents, ages 2 through 21, with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. We are committed to providing comprehensive community based services through education, intervention, and the identification of resources to empower children and adolescents to develop to their full potential. We provide the most clinically appropriate services in the least restrictive and least intrusive manner. Because we see each child as an individual, we are able to offer collaborative, family oriented solutions rooted in recovery and resiliency principles.
POSITION SUMMARY: The Lead Clinician (LC) provides intensive therapeutic services to children and their families in the home, school, and other community settings. The LC is responsible for working directly with client and family and providing support and counseling.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Services provided by an LC vary according to the individual, needs of a child and family. Core services include the following:
- Assessment of strengths and therapeutic needs of child and family. Active listening skills, asking questions, and exchanging information with child and family are critical elements of the assessment.
- Inclusion of child as a participant in his/her own treatment.
- Inclusion of parents or other caretakers as members of the treatment team. This would include participation in the therapy session, development of the resiliency plan and participation in interagency service planning team meeting (ISPT)
- Determination, in conjunction with child and family and other involved professionals, of the clinical need for special evaluations and services, such as psychiatric medication assessment or psychological testing in addition to any necessary family support services.
- Provision of child-centered, family-focused, individual and family psychotherapy, as agreed on with the family. It is expected that the LC, in addressing defined problems, will use a strengths-based approach. Specific formats for individual and family therapy will vary according to the individualized needs of the child and may include session With:
- the child individually
- the entire nuclear family
- the family and a community resource, e.g., minister, scoutmaster, mentor, other
- the family and teacher, guidance counselor, or principal
- subsystems of the above, as clinically indicated and agreed on, e.g., parent(s), siblings
- Collaboration with child and family and other involved professionals to develop daily routines during times of crisis and transition, as well as a 24-hour crisis plan. Collaboration with other involved professionals and agencies to provide unified services and continuity of care to child and family.
- Develop and complete progress notes consistent with expectations as outlined in the standards for completing of BSC/LC/LC progress note.
- Maintaining at least weekly contact with care givers, TSS, and other team members in order to effectively monitor the implementation of the resiliency plan
- Developing goals and objectives with the child and family that meet their individualized needs
- Facilitate Interagency Service Planning Team (ISPT) meetings
- Timely completion of all documentation of
- Functional Behavior Assessment including collection and interpretation of data
- Resiliency Plan
- Input Form
- Required Outcomes Tools
- Authorization Packet
- Weekly Paperwork
- Clinical supervision of assigned TSS which include training TSS on resiliency plan behavioral interventions and progress completion
- Ensure TSS has current resiliency plan and progress note by monthly review/signing of TSS progress notes
- Attendance at monthly supervision and individual as needed
- Ensure compliance with the CASSP principles, Practice Guidelines/Recovery and Resiliency and principles of cultural competency.
- Maintain strict adherence to the policies of confidentiality, professionalism, and all new policies and procedures
- Complete A & A for newly assigned TSS to case load
- Maintain high moral conduct and ethical standards
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Clinical Supervisor/Clinical Coordinator
CONTACTS: Other Wraparound staff, school personnel, parents/family, MCOs and funding agencies, child welfare and other state and federal agencies, physicians/medical personnel, community members .
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/SKILLS REQUIREMENTS: Individuals who provide individual services through Lead Clinician services shall meet one of the following:
(1) Be licensed in this Commonwealth as a psychologist, professional counselor, marriage and family therapist or clinical social worker.
(2) Be licensed in this Commonwealth as a social worker or a behavior specialist and have a graduate degree that required a clinical or mental health direct service practicum from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or have an equivalent degree from a foreign college or university that has been evaluated by the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. or the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. The Department will accept a general equivalency report from the listed evaluator agencies to verify a foreign degree or its equivalency.
(3) Have a minimum of 1 year of full-time experience in providing mental health direct services to children, youth or young adults and a graduate degree with at least nine credits specific to clinical practice in psychology, social work or counseling from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or an equivalent degree from a foreign college or university that has been evaluated by the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. or the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. The Department will accept a general equivalency report from the listed evaluator agencies to verify a foreign degree or its equivalency.
(4) Completed a clinical or mental health direct service practicum and have a graduate degree with a least nine credits specific to clinical practice in psychology, social work, education, counseling or a related field from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or have an equivalent degree from a foreign college or university that has been evaluated by the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. or the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. The Department will accept a general equivalency report from the listed evaluator agencies to verify a foreign degree or its equivalency.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team
- Must be able to perform CPR using agency-trained protocols
- Must possess excellent customer interaction, collaboration, presentation, and written and verbal communication skills
- Demonstrated basic experience with Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and Outlook; Publisher experience preferred
- Must have current, valid driver's license in state of residence, 3 years driving experience, and acceptable driving record
OTHER REQUIREMENTS: License desirable, but not required; Act 33 and 34 Clearances.
TRAINING: Training in crisis intervention before working on specific cases; other training as necessary.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Professional appearance; ability to keep pace with active children; no lifting restrictions. Challenging physical and behavioral aspects anticipated .
WORKING CONDITIONS: Challenging aspects HAZARDS: Possible, due to client behaviors.
Elwyn reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as needed. This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive statement of duties and responsibilities of the job nor does it constitute a written or implied contract.
Elwyn is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Elwyn does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, pregnancy status, medical condition, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, sexual orientation or identity, age, national origin, citizenship, handicap status, marital or family status, mental or physical disability, perceived disability, military or veteran status, political activities or affiliations, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law, ordinance, or regulation. #ca #zr1
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