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Therapist

Position Overview

The Allies therapist is a key member of our staff devoted to providing direct care and guidance to our clients and patients. In addition to individual and group counseling, the therapist will work closely with Community Health, Client Services and Clinic staff to integrate behavioral health into the spectrum of services Allies offers. Over the course of a two-year funding period, the therapist will work to create a self-sustaining client base.

Mission

To improve health and well-being, Allies provides integrated medical care, supportive human services, and community-based education for individuals living with, or at risk of HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections.

Vision

Allies envisions a healthier community whereby people access integrated medical care and supportive human services in a respectful setting, free of stigma and discrimination.

Responsibilities

  • Provide appropriate evidenced based treatment (i.e. counseling, therapy, intervention) informed by thorough mental health assessment and treatment planning;
  • Collaborate, develop and implement treatment plans and goals that reflect a client-centered, trauma-informed approach with measurable outcomes;
  • Complete clinical documentation within expected time frames, utilizing DAP format for progress notes; enter and maintain all treatment plans and assessments via HER;
  • Develop rapport with the diverse population of clients seen at Allies, regardless of their history, trauma, mental health background, substance abuse issues, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual or gender identity;
  • Communicate and consult regularly with colleagues with whom you share case managed clients and clinic patients;
  • Engage in consistent supervision with supervisor for case consultation/conceptualization, professional development;
  • Provide group therapy as needed on site or in the community for clients receiving services at Allies;
  • Develop relationships with external providers, resources, agencies, and/or other supportive services to better refer and provide continuity of care;
  • Inform, instruct, and assist clients in connecting to resources and services;
  • Maintain sufficient caseload and scheduled sessions to meet productivity standards and establish behavioral health services as a core sustainable program;
  • Maintain Licensure CEU requirements.

Organizational Expectations

  • Seek out up-to-date information about Allies’ programs and services, as well as relevant local, regional and national health statistics that will inform and support our mission;
  • Improve job knowledge by remaining aware of new regulations and best practices; participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations;
  • Embrace and exemplify organizational standards and guiding principles for processes, protocols and utilization;
  • Commit to Allies’ promise to sustain and extend diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Contribute to efforts which build and reinforce Allies’ distinctive, effective and ethical practices.

Knowledge

  • Federal and PA confidentiality laws;
  • Multiple therapeutic modalities;
  • Referral processes to community resources;
  • Concomitant issues associated with infectious disease, stigma and physical health;
  • Interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, and create overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.

Skills

  • Strong client service orientation and ability to work with diverse groups and individuals;
  • Confidentiality;
  • Electronic charting;
  • Harm reduction interventions;
  • CBT/DBT, motivational interviewing;
  • Build, foster and maintain client base.

Education & Experience

  • Counseling experience with clients who are vulnerable to multiple social prejudices;
  • Master’s degree in social work, psychology or counseling required;
  • LCSW or LPC required.

The therapist should expect to work minimal non-traditional hours and will be called upon to engage in physical activity related to working in an office setting including the capacity to lift 25 lbs. and stand or sit for extended periods. Proof of licensure is required upon hire. Current PA child abuse, PA criminal history, and Federal criminal history clearances are required within the first 30 days of employment.

Please submit resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Mark Marsen, director of human resources, at mmarsen@alliespgh.org. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.