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Mobile Therapist


PRIMARY FUNCTION:
The Mobile Therapist (MT) provides intensive therapeutic services to children and their families in the home, school, and other community settings. The MT is responsible for working directly with client and family and providing support and assistance, when appropriate, to Therapeutic Staff Support personnel.

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:
Clinical Supervisor/Clinical Coordinator

CONTACTS:
Other Wraparound staff, school personnel, parents/family, MCOs and funding agencies, child welfare and other state and federal agencies, physicians/medical personnel, community members.

EDUCATION: Masters Degree with training in education, social work, counseling, juvenile justice, or other health-related discipline; one year experience, including crisis intervention and working within the mental health system.

EXPERIENCE:
One year experience working directly with special children or adolescents in the mental health system.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
License desirable, but not required; Act 33 and 34 Clearances.

TRAINING:
Training in crisis intervention before working on specific cases; other training as necessary.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Professional appearance; ability to keep pace with active children; no lifting restrictions. Challenging physical and behavioral aspects anticipated .

WORKING CONDITIONS:
Challenging aspects HAZARDS: Possible, due to client behaviors.

Specific Services:

The MT provides intensive therapeutic services to a child and family in settings other than a provider agency or office. Services usually take place in a child's home; but settings also include school, church, conununity center, neighbor's or extended family member's home, among others. Services provided by an MT vary according to the individual. needs of a child and family. Core services include the following:
  • 1.Assessment of strengths and therapeutic needs of child and family. Active listening skills, asking questions, and exchanging information with child and family are critical elements of the assessment.
  • 2. Inclusion of child as a participant in his/her own treatment plan.
  • 3. Inclusion of parents or other caretakers as members of the treatment team. Such inclusion requires that the family actively participate , in an ongoing manner in the formulation, development , implementation, and monitoring of treatment efforts. Such participation presumes the family's broad knowledge of the child and their intention to contribute constructively to positive outcomes. Family/parental participation in interagency team meetings, treatment plan development/reviews, and Individual Education Plans is essential and should be supported by the MT. However, family participation should occur throughout the course of treatment, not just as the time of formal reviews.
  • 4. Determination , with the family and case manager, of any necessary family support services. Development, with the case manager and other involved professionals and team members, of a plan to obtain identified services.
  • 5. Provision of child-centered, family-focused, individual and family psychotherapy, as agreed on with the family. It is expected that the MT, in addressing defined problems, will use a strengths-based approach. Specific formats.for individual and family therapy will vary according to the individualized needs of the child and may include session With the child individually, the entire nuclear family, the family and a community resource, e.g., minister, scoutmaster, mentor, other;the family and teacher, guidance counselor, or principal; subsystems of the above, as clinically indicated and agreed on, e.g., parent(s), siblings
  • 6. Determination, in conjunction with child and family and other involved professionals , of the clinical need for special evaluations and services, such as psychiatric medication assessment or psychological testing.
  • 7. Collaboration with child and family and other involved professionals to develop daily routines during times of crisis and transition, as well as a 24-hour crisis plan. Collaboration with other involved professionals and agencies to provide unified services and continuity of care to child and family.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Mobile Therapist provides intensive therapeutic services to a child and family in settings other than a provider agency or office. Settings include the child's home, in particular. Other potential settings for the mobile therapist's services include the school, church, community centers, a neighbor's or extended family member's home, and other community settings.

Services provided by a mobile therapist vary according to the individualized needs of a child and family. Core services include the following:
  • 1. As part of the therapeutic team, perform ongoing assessment of strengths and therapeutic needs of child and family. Active listening, asking questions, and exchanging information with child and family are critical elements of the assessment.
  • 2. Inclusion of child as a participant in his/her own treatment.
  • 3. Inclusion of parents or other caretakers as members of the treatment team and partners in treatment. Such inclusion requires that the family actively participate, in an ongoing manner, in the formulation, development, implementation, and monitoring of treatment efforts. Such participation presumes the family's broad knowledge about the child and the family's intention to contribute constructively to positive outcomes. Parental participation in Inter-Agency Treatment Team Meetings, Treatment Plan development/reviews, and Individual Education Plans (IEPs) is essential, and should be supported by the mobile therapist. However, family participation should occur throughout treatment, not just at time of formal reviews. Mobile therapist will maintain and review required documentation. Mobile therapist will provide documentation of therapeutic efforts towards attainment of goals (treatment plan, IEP).
  • 4. Determination, with family and the case manager, of any necessary family support services. Development, with the case manager and other involved professionals, of a plan to obtain identified services.
  • 5. Provides intensive child-centered, family-focused, individual and family interventions, as agreed upon by mobile therapist , BSC and family. It is expected that the mobile therapist, in addressing defined problems, will utilize strengths-based approach.Specific formats for individual and family therapy will vary according to the individual needs of the child and may include, in the home or community settings, sessions with:
  • A. Child Individually
  • B. Parents
  • C. Entire Nuclear Family
  • D. Family and a Community Resource - Minister, Scoutmaster, Community Leader, Mentor, and other
  • E. Family and Teacher, Guidance Counselor, or Principal
  • F. Subsystems of any of the above, as clinically indicated and agreed upon
  • 6. Determination, in conjunction with child and family and other involved professionals, of clinical need for special evaluations and services, such as medication assessment by a psychiatrist, psychological testing, or other.
  • 7. Collaboration with child and family and other involved professionals to develop daily routines during times of crisis and transition and a 24 hour crisis plan. Collaboration with other involved professionals and agencies in order to provide unified services and continuity of care to child and family.
  • 8. Mobile therapist will supervise, provide support and training to other therapeutic staff support personnel.
  • 9. Will maintain progress notes consistent with treatment plan.
  • 10. Will maintain, as prescribed, ongoing communication with BSC to discuss progress and/or needed treatment plan modifications. 

Elwyn is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation and identity, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, genetic information, disability status, military or veteran status, marital or family status, political activities or affiliations, or any other characteristic protected by local, state, and federal law.   #mon



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