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Lead Therapist


Position Title: Therapist
Location: Stuart, FL
Hours: Part Time / Full Time
FLSA: Non-Exempt

Imagine the difference you can make. Our team at Suncoast Mental Health Center, Inc. (SMHC) provides comprehensive and therapeutic services for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral challenges. We are a client centered, family focused and community based organization. We believe in nurturing children and empowering families.

We have both part-time and full-time opportunities for qualified candidates to join our growing organization as Therapists. The responsibilities of this position include screening, intake, orientations, assessment, treatment planning, counseling, report and record keeping, discharge planning, consultation with other professionals in regard to client treatment/services,

Education: Master’s degree in Behavioral Science or related field. Preference given to LMHC, LMFT, or LCSW, licensed by State of Florida.

Experience: One (1) year post-Master’s degree experience in clinical atmosphere, preferably in mental health.

Special: Some local travel may be required. Schedules are subject to change, depending on client needs. This requires home and school visits.  Bi-Lingual preferred.

All interested applicants should submit resumes to Suncoast Mental Health Center, Inc. via email click here or fax to 772-466-5578.
POSITION Lead Therapist
LOCATION Martin County
SUPERVISED BY  Administrator of Clinical Services
POSITIONS SUPERVISED    Site Therapists
 

GENERAL STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITIES

The Lead Therapist supervises the clinical staff with supervision and program operations for the treatment of children and adults with mental health issues in his/her respective county, in accordance with all federal, state, and local laws, professional ethics, Suncoast policy and procedure, and contract requirements.  The Lead Therapist is expected to be proficient and knowledgeable in the following clinical areas:  screening, intake, orientations, assessment, treatment planning, counseling, case management, report and record keeping, discharge planning, and consultation with other professionals in regard to client/treatment services.  The Lead Therapist acts as the administrative and operations leader for the site. In addition to the above stated areas, the Lead Therapist must possess management and administrative skills used to determine and meet the goals of the agency.

The Lead Therapist’s performance evaluation will be directly related to how he/she performs the areas of responsibility outlined below. This is an hourly position with an expectation of up to 15 administrative hours and an anticipated minimum weekly average of 20 billable hours.

SPECIFIC AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY

1.    The Lead Therapist will work closely and collaborate with the Administrator of Clinical Services and the Administrative Director of Program Services as well Chief Operating Officer in creating a Comprehensive Training Manual for the Clinical Services. The Lead Therapist will be responsible with ensuring all Martin County therapists are orientated and trained upon hiring as well throughout their ongoing employment as well as EHR training

2.    The Lead Therapist will ensure that after the client has received an initial intake, he/she is assigned a therapist as quickly as possible. Once a client is assigned the Lead Therapist will notify the Administrative Director of Program Services to update the client tracker

3.    The Lead Therapist will attend meetings with certain stakeholders in the county and report information to the Chief Operating Officer and Administrator of Clinical Services

4.     The Lead Therapist will be responsible for scheduling monthly staff meetings and report new information to staff. This will be coordinated with the Administrative Director of Program Services, Administrator of Clinical Services, and Administrator of Case Management Services.

5.    The Lead Therapist will be responsible for the daily operations of the county office including ensuring that paperwork such as timesheets and other reports are submitted correctly and on time, and that all staff working in the physical area abide by County Office rules, policies, and procedures at all times. The Lead Therapist will participate in hiring, directing and evaluating therapists The Lead Therapist will ensure all clients are treated in accordance with all federal, state, and local laws, and in accordance with Suncoast Mental Health Center, Inc.’s policies and procedures.

6.    The Lead Therapist will be responsible for: QA/QI of billing in a timely manner and ensuring the Administrator of Clinical Services approves required documents, submit billing information to the Administrative Director of Program Services for updating client trackers for staff, monitoring session trackers for staff on a monthly basis for accuracy, assign clients to therapist, assist therapist when necessary, and handle client inquiries or concerns.

7.    The Lead Therapist will be responsible for communications within their office and with Suncoast Mental Health Center, Inc.’s administrative office including the Chief Operating Officer and the Administrator of Clinical Services. This will include attending all meetings and activities as required.

8.    The Lead Therapist will be responsible to ensure all services under their control are performed to the highest standards in accordance with Florida law and the Suncoast Mental Health Center, Inc.’s policies and procedures. Failure or violation of such will be reported immediately.

9.    The Lead Therapist will be responsible for ensuring that all closed client charts are reviewed for Quality Assurance prior to final close out.  Additionally, the Lead Therapist will periodically review open client charts in their county for Quality Assurance.

10.    The Lead Therapist will act as Liaison of the Martin County Schools for the collaboration of Suncoast. The Lead Therapist will be responsible for attending meetings with Martin County Schools as well all collaborative meetings.

11.    The Lead Therapist will be responsible in overseeing outcome measures and collaborations of grants.

RELATED AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

As well as being expected to carry out the following responsibilities, the Lead Therapist will be expected to train their staff how to:

1.    Report any client/family abuse, in compliance with Florida Statute, immediately to their supervisor and to 1-800-96-ABUSE.
2.    Adhere to the ethical requirements of the profession as outlined by his/her certification, license, and by the agency.
3.    Assure for compliance in determining client eligibility.
4.    Function as a team player, both within the specific program and as a member of Suncoast Mental Health Center, Inc.
5.    Serve as a positive role model for clients/families in attitude, attire, professionalism, and responsible behavior.
6.    Participate and be prepared for administrative and clinical staff meetings.
7.    Perform other duties as directed by the supervisor.

The Lead Therapist will be expected to:

1.    Participate in the planning and development of policies and standards relative to the treatment of mental health, by attending intra-agency meetings, collecting data, and performing needs assessments.
2.    Participate in the quality improvement process.
3.    Provide continuous feedback (both verbally and through the agency’s written performance evaluation process) to subordinate employees on their job performance and how they may improve.
4.    Bring any personnel issues directly to the attention of Human Resources and the Administrator of Clinical Services for discussion and resolution.
5.    Ensure that subordinate staff members receive proper training both on the job and through structured training classes.
6.    Supervise their therapists in all aspects of program operations.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1.    Education    Master’s degree in Behavioral Science or related field.  It is preferred that the Lead Therapist be licensed (LMHC, LMFT, or LCSW) by the State of Florida.  If the Lead Therapist holds a Master’s Degree, then the Lead Therapist may be a registered intern in the State of Florida, and be actively pursuing licensure.
2.    Experience    One (1) year experience in a clinical atmosphere, preferably in mental health.
3.    Special    Some local travel maybe required.  Some computer skills are required, including proficiency in MS Word and MS Excel.  Schedules are subject to change, depending on client needs.