Children's Therapist

Location: Redford, MI

Department: Clinical

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

I. Job Summary

As the leader of the group treatment team, the Residential Therapist acts as an advocate for the children in the agency’s Residential program and their families by providing clinical assessment and professional case management services as needed; formulates and assesses treatment plans; provides individual, group and family therapy and training; appears in court when necessary, attends case conferences and FTM’s as scheduled.

II.  Duties & Essential Job Functions

To be successful a Residential Therapist must be able to do the following duties. 

  • Responsible for ensuring each child successfully completes the goals set forth in their treatment plan by providing individual, group and family therapy and training to the children and their families designed to improve social functioning; offer advice on community support services and collaborate with internal and external resources to ensure the treatment plan is successful.
  • Guide the children through the entire treatment process, including interviewing and orientating the children and their families; maintain complete and detailed case records, prepare ongoing summaries of services indicating client case history and progress, document progress notes for clients; participate in discharge planning and placement; provide case management services.
  • Organize and maintain case notes, assessments, case summaries, case records, and other related records.
  • Responsible for presenting case materials at internal planning meetings, court hearings, foster care reviews, and other assigned meetings
  • Responsible for arranging parent and family contacts, supervise visits and home visits.

III.  Basic Competencies

Education and Experience:         

  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling or Psychology required.
  • One (1) year of experience in a residential or inpatient setting working with serious mental health disorders of at-risk youth preferred; and
  • Possession of a certified full license for the State of Michigan, or eligibility for the license within two (2) years of hire.

The Knowledge of:

  • Clinical assessment and child therapy
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services policies and procedures.
  • Family, child and group dynamics.
  • Child development theory and application
  • The behavior patterns of youth and methods of modifying behavior.

The Skills and Ability to:

  • Effectively engage children and adults.
  • Manage time and multiple priorities, meet deadlines.
  • Maintain a Michigan driver’s license and driving record that allows the operation of an agency or personal vehicle for agency business or to transport clients as needed.


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