Therapist - Bilingual (English/Spanish)
Requisition #: req5790
Location: Kalamazoo, MI
Hours: Full-time (40 hours/week)
**$1500 sign-on bonus available**
Bethany is changing the world through family. We began our work by serving one child more than 75 years ago. Today, Bethany is an international Christian nonprofit partnering with communities in more than 30 states and in several countries around the world. We strengthen and preserve families, support displaced people fleeing danger, and find safe, loving families for children who need them. Bethany is at the forefront of creating and implementing solutions to meet the growing needs of vulnerable children and families in the U.S. and around the world.
As an Unaccompanied Children (UC) Therapist, you will be primarily responsible for providing weekly individual and group therapy sessions with newly arriving clients (primarily Spanish speaking), who are placed in Bethany's Transitional Foster Care or Long-Term Foster Care programs.
This position is expected to function effectively with moderate supervision while following the guidelines given on procedures, along with agency, federal, and state regulatory requirements.
Essential Job Responsibilities:
- Conduct weekly group therapy sessions twice per week with clients in the program, while meeting the pre-defined and stipulated minimum billable hours in office requirements per week as defined by supervisor and program expectations;
- Conduct weekly individual sessions with clients or as outlined in the therapeutic treatment plan;
- Complete and report on client intakes, closing summaries, and psychosocial documentations in a timely manner and in accordance with agency standards;
- Provide reports and testimony in court, as requested;
- Administer the intake psychosocial assessment within 24-48 hours of client's arrival to the program;
- Administer the trafficking assessments within the defined number of days of the client's arrival to the program;
- Provide additional counseling sessions with children and their families either by phone or skype, as needed, to assist in the reunification process;
- Attend meetings with the treatment team and actively participate in meetings;
- Meet weekly with the Program Coordinator and/or Program Manager to share updates on client's progress;
- Attend training provided internally and in the community and apply newly gained knowledge in providing services;
- Translate both written and verbal communication for program clientele and staff;
- Attend weekly meetings with supervisor to consult on cases, to review case plan and direction, and to evaluate client participation and progress;
- Maintain clear and concise documentation of treatment efforts;
- Effectively utilize appropriate systems for data gathering, submission, and tracking client services rendered in accordance with time-bound expectations based on contract requirements, agency expectations, and program policy;
- Establish and maintain referral and community resources;
- Stay abreast of all agency, federal, and state regulatory requirements related to social services;
- Stay up-to-date on treatment modalities and complete trainings as required by funding sources, by attending conferences, seminars and journal reading;
- Complete other duties as assigned.
- Master's degree in Counseling, Social Work, Psychology or related field of study from an accredited college;
- At least two (2) years of post-master's program experience in child and family services or counseling with an active LCSW or LCPC;
- Must have a broad knowledge of basic principles, concepts, and methodology of social work as acquired through a master's level degree;
- Active professional licensure in the state of the work location;
- Bi-lingual English and Spanish;
- Prior knowledge and experience with trauma informed treatment modalities;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
- Demonstrated experience working with children and families from diverse cultures with sensitivity to cultural differences and norms;
- Demonstrated ability to build rapport with clients to help them adjust to new life circumstances;
- Demonstrated ability with providing excellent clinical, therapeutic, and crisis intervention skills;
- Must have an ability to provide excellent and compassionate customer service;
- Ability to work independently and exercise a high level of confidentiality;
- Computer and typing skills sufficient to perform essential job functions;
- Active motor vehicle license and a reliable automobile with adequate insurance coverage;
- Pass a criminal history screen, including state and local child protection agency registries;
- Subscription to and integration of the agency Statement of Faith, Mission Statement, and Cultural Diversity Commitment.
We value and embrace the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion; our culture is strengthened and our workplace is more dynamic. We are a global organization with multicultural staff, clients and stakeholders, so we strive to create a workplace that reflects the communities we serve and where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work. More work remains, but we are deeply committed to honestly acknowledging and addressing the impacts of race and racism throughout the organization. This work can be uncomfortable and even painful, but we believe that the greatest challenges bear the greatest rewards.