Position title: HBS Therapist
Classification: Full Time, Exempt, Salaried
Reports to: Supervising Therapist and Clinical Director
General Statement of Responsibility
Provide home visitation and therapeutic services for Lifeline's home based services program.
- Provide structured, goal-oriented, time-limited therapy with families who need assistance in recovering from physical, sexual, emotional abuse, and neglect. Other issues may be present and may need to be addressed in the course of treatment.
- Engage and assist the family's participation in the treatment planning process.
- Visit in client's home no less than once per week.
- Accompany and support family for court appearances.
- Provide emergency and crisis consultation on a 24-hour basis.
- Completion of clear, accurate documentation of 1) all contacts with clients, 2) monthly reports, 3) court reports, and 4) treatment plans. Provide any additional written reports to the referring agency as requested.
- Complete all clinical and agency paperwork in a timely and accurate manner.
- Demonstrate respect and cultural sensitivity to all clients and to all referral sources.
- Maintain strict confidentiality at all times to protect clients' privacy.
- Comply with required in-service / continuing education hours as outlined in policy manual. Attain/maintain CPR and First Aid Certification.
- Engage in weekly staffing and address risk management areas to ensure safety.
- Contribute to Lifeline's Performance and Quality Improvement process.
- Ensure that services are provided Effectively, Efficiently, and with Evidence for each case.
Examples of Tasks
- Assist and teach through role modeling and hands-on education, guidance, parenting education, and effective non-physical discipline/redirection of youth.
- Provide therapy with emphasis on needed areas. Examples include, but are not limited to: stress management, communication skills, conflict resolution, goal setting, behavior modification, family organization and structure, self-esteem, etc.
- Demonstrate respect for sociocultural values, personal goals, lifestyle choices, and complex family interactions and deliver services in a culturally competent fashion.
- Provide transportation for client for services, as needed.
- Assist client in finding and maintaining employment if needed.
- Offer insight and input to strengthen Lifeline's performance and quality of services and to improve client satisfaction.
NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.
- Master's degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or marriage and family therapy.
- Belief in the family preservation philosophy.
- Knowledge of family of orgin / inter-generational issues.
- Knowledge of child and adult development and child abuse and neglect.
- Knowledge of community resources.
*Relocation is negotiable
Lifeline Youth & Family Services, Inc. began more than 40 years ago when a small group of business leaders felt compelled to do something to help kids in trouble who desperately needed a safe and loving home. Their grassroots efforts led to the purchase of the home and property known as “Blacklake Lodge” in Columbia City, followed by the incorporation of the organization on January 25, 1968.
The first group home, Blacklake Lodge North opened in October 1969. Over the years, Lifeline continued to grow as a second group home was constructed and the staff roster began to expand. In the early 80’s it became clear that while providing a temporary home for these young men was effective, there were older children who weren’t quite ready to be on their own at the end of their stay. This led to Lifeline’s first Independent Living Program, Spencer Home, in 1985 housed at that time in New Haven, Indiana. It would later grow to become the only three-phased program of its kind in the state with primary facilities in Fort Wayne and Warsaw, Indiana, as well as multiple scattered-site apartments to meet the needs of kids transitioning to adulthood.