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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. 

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
  • Engage prospective clients through timely referral contacts, community education, and facilitating off site treatment opportunities in tandem with other local organizations
  • Maintain data regarding referrals, outreach, intakes, treatment plans and demographics to assess and improve Allies’ services
  • Develop rapport with the diverse population of clients seen at Allies, regardless of their history, trauma, mental health background, diagnosis, 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 to coordinate transportation, resources, and other client services/needs
  • Engage in consistent supervision with supervisor for case consultation/conceptualization, and professional development
  • Provide group therapy 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
  • Attend to clients in person and via telehealth platforms while maintaining a consistent on-site presence at the agency for consultation purposes
  • Maintain licensure and/or 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, and other evidenced-based practices
  • 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 is strongly preferred

The therapist may be called upon to engage in physical activity related to general office work to stand or sit for extended periods. Current PA child abuse, PA criminal history, federal criminal history clearances, and verification of TB test performed within the last year are required within the first 30 days of employment.

The designated budget for the therapist position is between $50K and $55K with distinctions made for education and direct service experience with client populations similar to Allies’.

LGBTQIA identified persons, Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC), individuals with disabilities and legal histories, as well as from other historically underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.