To provide assessment, evaluation, short-term therapy and therapeutic support to clients seeking behavioral health services. The Intake Therapist works closely with the Intake team to meet the needs of those presenting for services, particularly by providing a bridge of short-term therapy while waiting for long-term assignment. The Intake Therapist participates in multi-disciplinary team planning; clinical supervision; assists with intake and assumes administrative responsibilities in conjunction with Behavioral Health’s policies and procedures.
- Conducts clinical assessments and diagnostic evaluations to determine appropriate level of care; makes clinically-appropriate recommendations and referrals using standardized clinical criteria.
- Sets appropriate boundaries with clients, provides effective short-term interventions and coordinates care with other providers.
- Provides professional psychotherapy to clients seeking mental health and substance use services including individual, couples, family and group therapies as assigned.
- Creates treatment plans with measurable goals and objectives.
- Follows and references departmental policy and procedure manual for carrying out professional tasks.
- Maintains accurate and timely documentation in compliance with contracts, funder and agency requirements, including progress notes, treatment plans, discharge paperwork, and assessments.
- Provides administrative support by compiling program data, preparing reports, and therapeutic/activity resource material.
- Coordinates care with other service providers as necessary to enhance the effectiveness of client care.
- Completes annual Professional Development Plan outlining training goals and objectives.
- Expands professional knowledge base of therapeutic techniques through supervision, staff in-services, and case consultations. Further, completes a minimum of 25 training hours annually in topics related to clinical growth and development as outlined on annual Professional Development Plan.
- Works within the terms and limits of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
- Protects client and agency information at all times, adhering to agency Confidentiality Policy, HIPAA as well as other laws governing privacy/disclosure.
- Maintains credentialing with insurance companies, including CAQH.
- Gains proficiency in Athena EMR system and other data bases.
- Assists with program objectives for targeted outreach efforts.
- Works flexible hours, including evenings.
- Performs other related duties as required
Education, Training, License and Certification, Skills and Experience:
- Master’s degree from an accredited institution with a focus/major in Social Work or Psychology
- Must hold an active LCSW, PsyD or PhD in Pennsylvania
- Post-graduate clinical experience in assessment, preferably with short-term interventions
- Must be culturally competent to work with groups from diverse racial, educational, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities.
- Knowledge of and experience with managed care/funding sources preferred.
- Strong clinical assessment skills.
- Strong oral and written communication skills; attention to detail. Strong organizational skills; and computer literacy.
- Ability to work independently and effectively, taking initiative, to meet deadlines.
- Must work well with multi-disciplinary team.
- Must complete mandatory trainings: CPR, First Aid, Narcan, HIV, Confidentiality, TB/STI, ASAM.
- Bilingual language skills are desired (Spanish preferred).
- Background checks are required, including Criminal Background Clearance, Child Abuse Clearance, and FBI Clearance prior to start of employment
- Physical Requirements:
- The ability to sit for extended periods of time.
- The ability to communicate using written and spoken words.