Clinical Social Worker/Therapist

  • Westland, MI, USA
  • Aug 01, 2020

Job Description


Provide therapeutic services, assessment and placement planning services to youth in the Destiny Center and their families and to coordinate the provision of collateral services as required by the State of Michigan laws, Child Welfare Licensing requirements and applicable service standards as found in: Mental Health Stabilization Master Contract, Destiny Center Manual, MDHHS Services Manual Items 710 - 715G (Protective Services); and Items 910-912 (Placement Resources), Public Acts 238 (Child Protection Law) and its Amendment, Public Act 372, Public Act 116 (Child Care Organization Licensing
Act), and the Licensing Rules for Child Caring Institutions.


A. Reports directly to: Division Director


A. Education: Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology, Social Work or Guidance and Counseling.

B. Experience: Two years of experience in evaluation, assessment, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Informed Care and other therapeutic intervention.

C. Professional license or certification: Maintain certification for professional license, e.g. limited license in psychology,
certified social worker, limited licensed professional counselor, or licensed professional counselor, etc.

D. Transportation: Reliable and ongoing as required to assist with youth activities. Valid unrestricted Michigan Driver's License. Good driving record.

E. Other: Satisfactory MDHHS Central Registry Clearance and Police Record Check. Negative TB test, Satisfactory Physical Exam and a Negative Drug Screen.

F. Trauma Informed Care: One year experience preferred or Agency trainings completed with in 6 months


A. Therapeutic Service

1. Conducts psychological interviewing and counseling with clients and significant others as indicated in individual,
couples, family or group format.

2. Provides therapeutic service to agency clients upon entering care.

3. In the beginning stages of treatment, attempts to engage all family members in the family treatment process as directed by MDHHS or court.

4. Assists the family and client to clearly define the presenting problem and explore past attempted solution, evaluating
past solutions as to their relative success or failure.

5. Provides solution focused, strength based and trauma informed crisis interventions with residents and families.

6. Assist the family and client to devise a plan/method of solving the presenting problem, including expected levels of
results, overall goals and expected time of completion.

7. Assist the family and client to assess their progress towards defined goals, and if necessary, redefine goals or
expected levels of success.

8. With the family and client, determine when goals have been reached and plan disengagement.

9. On a regularly scheduled basis, present cases to supervisor for review of treatment processes outlined above.

10. Keeps supervisor fully informed of case progress and case orally and in writing.

11. Confers in a timely manner with supervisor regarding professional practices, problems with cases, policies and procedures, providing solutions or suggestions for change.

12. In cooperation with supervisor, makes appropriate referrals to Protective Services according to Child Protect Law, fulfilling all agency and professional responsibilities and obligations.

13. Protects confidentiality appropriately, sharing information for the benefit of client, and obtaining releases of information as necessary.

14. Prepares and submits required court reports, gives testimony, makes recommendations as approved by the supervisor,
and complies with Court protocol.

15. Coordinates and facilitates psychiatric assessments for hospitalizations of clients when needed.

16. Conducts and completes the battery of clinical assessments.

B. Case Management

1. Maintains accurate records with specific timeframes (i.e., provide clinical input into initial and updated service plans, treatment plans, narrative notes, school reports, initial and annual medical, and dental exams, termination summaries, referrals for services psychological/psychiatric exams etc.) as required by funding and regulatory
agencies, and Service Standards)

2. Provides required reports to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Mental Health, and
Juvenile Court by the required due dates.

3. Obtains required case documentation upon initial placement and ongoing, such as original social histories, school
records, court orders, birth certificates, social security card, state identification, immunization records and reports, reports of examinations and reports for collateral service providers.

4. Meets with all members of Treatment Team,supervisor, administration, collateral service providers and funding agencies.
Reviews treatment progress or changes in case situation or individual treatment plan.

5. Works cooperatively with all Spectrum and collateral agencies or funding sources.

6. Develops and monitors individual service plans in conjunction with other members of the treatment Team (including but
not limited to Residential staff, client, family, MDHHS worker, therapist),
collateral and funding agencies as requested or subpoenaed.

7. Develop behavior plans for clients and oversee their implementation.

8. Prepares reports as required.

9. Participates in team meetings to discuss behaviors, concerns or management of the residents.

10. Provides behavior management strategies, develops behavior management contracts, assist in crisis intervention for
individual clients.

11. Represents the agency at court hearings giving testimony and making recommendations when requested by MDHHS.

12. Implements court orders as required.

13. Prepares and educates youth for the court process/appearance.

14. Documents the results of court hearings attended for case records.

15. Develop Behavioral Plans an Safety Plans.

16. Participates in Family Team Meetings (FTM's) with MDHHS and other private agency partners as required.

17. Provides recommendations for post residential placement needs and services.

C. Documentation

1. Produces written reports and letters that are well organized in thought, display proper grammar and spelling and employ
professional language meeting Service Standard requirements for content.

2. Establish and maintains all client case records and case statistics in a current and accurate manner in order to
reflect family and therapeutic involvement and progress toward meeting treatment goals.

3. Writes, distributes and files updated case plans in accordance with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services or Mental Health and program requirements with 30 days of case initiation.

4. Writes distributes and files updated case plans in conjunction with MDHHS and SCFS every three months (90) days after
initial service plan.

5. Writes case narrative notes summarizing therapist and family contact if the youth remains beyond 90 days.

6. Maintains a complete, correct and current treatment plan in each case file with critical items upgraded as needed.

7. Complies and submits reports and assists in the maintenance of Client Information Systems as required by the Division Director and agency administer.

D. General

1. Represent the agency's program and service in the community through interagency committees and organizations, public
speaking and responding to community inquires.

2. Travels to various locations and transports youth as needed to ensure continuous agency supervision and service
delivery as required.

3. Participates in a system of 7 days / 24 hour staff availability to clients and families in crisis and reports to work in emergencies/crisis as needed or when requested by supervisor.

4. Assist in identifying and developing special programs and projects to increase and improve services.

5. Attends and participates in all required or assigned training and conferences.

6. Complies with all Spectrum policies and procedures.

7. Completes all other tasks as assigned by Spectrum Administrative Staff.

8. Participates actively and cooperatively as a member of various program Treatment Teams; keeping all members informed of case status and progress; providing oral and written reports as needed; making recommendations about case goals for individual service plans; and developing
mutually agreed upon treatment plans.

9. Prepares and attends on time, and actively participates in all supervisory meeting and staff meetings as scheduled.

10. Reads and stays familiar with all Service Standards applicable to child caring institution programs, i.e., MDHHS Manual
Items, Child Welfare Licensing Manual, and Master Contract SCFS Policies. Applies these requirements to day-to-day and
ongoing provision of services.

11. Keeps supervisor informed of case progress and case status orally and in writing as required; meets with supervisor individually and in meeting as required.

The selected candidate must successfully complete a comprehensive background check including fingerprinting, medical clearance (TB Test, drug screen and physical), DHHS clearance and MVR clearance.