BASIC FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Therapist/Program Lead for Deaf Services will be responsible for coordinating and providing behavioral health counseling and related services primarily to deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Specific duties will include:
1. Contribute to the fulfillment of agency mission and vision.
2. Collaborate with Addiction Treatment Coordinator and/or Program Director to oversee implementation of all services for all deaf and hard-of-hearing clients.
3. Complete comprehensive behavioral assessments and develop person-centered treatment plans primarily for deaf and hard-of-hearing clients.
4. Provide relevant therapeutic interventions including crisis counseling, primarily to deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals, groups and families, as needed, to facilitate quality care.
5. Utilize evidence-based interventions including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral strategies, relapse prevention planning, and recovery skills development
6. Monitor the overall recovery of each client by making treatment recommendations/modifications based on data gathered during counseling sessions.
7. Make referrals for medical examinations and other services, as needed.
8. Maintain timely and accurate case file records to reflect course of treatment and provide required systems reporting documentation. (Periodic audit reviews of records).
9. Provide follow-up and aftercare planning services as needed. Expeditiously discharge inactive clients.
10. Provide emergency services during and after hours, as necessary.
11. Attend staff meetings, supervisory conferences, and other activities, to ensure the smooth functioning of clinical operations.
12. Develop, implement, and maintain partnerships with other community providers. 13. Other duties as assigned intended to benefit the client and the facility.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: The Hope House Program Director supervises this position.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Supervision is exercised over assigned program staff as designated by the Program Director.
1. A Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work, Counseling or related field from an accredited school required.
Reviewed and/or revised: 2/20/2017
2. A current Georgia* License or Certification, i.e., LMSW, LCSW, LPC, CADCII, or CACII. Must maintain a professional license and stay current (not revoked, suspended, or lapsed), valid and unrestricted.
3. A minimum of (3) years mental health and/or substance abuse experience is required. Experience working with deaf/hard-of-hearing, homeless, and/or ex-offender population(s) will receive special consideration.
4. Demonstrated fluency in American Sign Language (ASL), i.e., Intermediate Plus level or higher on SCPI or SLPI.
5. Working knowledge of deaf culture; knowledge of ADA laws, particularly those governing the rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals a plus.
6. Ability to use holistic, client-centered approach to treating behavioral health disorders.
7. Ability to effectively resolve conflict and cope with crisis situations.
8. Strong assessment skills and timely documentation. Familiarity with ShareNote and/or other electronic health records software helpful.
9. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends as needed.
10. Effective verbal and written communication skills.
11. Strong team/consensus building skills.
*Successful out-of-state candidate will be given 180 days to secure Georgia license and/or certifications.