Crisis Services Therapist
This position requires the incumbent to provide initial screening and evaluation of services requests including crisis intervention and emergency services to a wide variety of individuals having various types of disabilities. These services must be provided under the general supervision of the Crisis Services Supervisor and be conducted in accordance with current agency policies and procedures relating to crisis and prescreening services. The Crisis Services Therapist will work as part of a set of rotating shifts with site location based on need and as assigned by Crisis Services Supervisor.
ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge: Considerable knowledge of adult, adolescent, and geriatric psychology in mental health and substance abuse areas; of primary models for treatment of individuals having these problems; of appropriate methodologies for assessing psychopathology; and, of crisis intervention theory and techniques, and their application to individuals in crisis. Working knowledge of community systems and resources; and, inter-agency networking. Some knowledge of voluntary and involuntary admission to state facilities such as local jails or correctional facilities.
Abilities: Demonstrated ability to assess client needs and develop appropriate initial treatment plans; to remain calm and reassuring in crisis situations and to intervene appropriately; to assist clients in evaluating and accessing available resources and work effectively with community resources; to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; to accurately prepare and maintain client records and write reports and summaries; to exercise professional judgment; and, to work effectively with others as part of a treatment team.
Requires a Master’s degree in a relevant human services field, with eligibility for LCSW or LPC in Virginia. Will receive on the job, specialized training to qualify as Certified Prescreener. Position requires strong clinical and problem solving skills, and the ability to work independently. Must be able to provide own transportation as necessary. License preferred. Will be required to obtain State Emergency Services certification following employment.