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Therapist/Advocate

Location: Davidson
Position Type: Full-time
Closing Date: November 1, 2021

THERAPIST/ADVOCATE (LCMHCA, LCSWA, LMFTA)
$42,000 annual salary

Description of Agency:
Family Services of Davidson County is a non-profit agency located in Lexington, NC providing counseling, crisis intervention, and youth development programs to strengthen individuals, families, and our community. We work from a team model and Trauma-Informed Care approach to provide optimal services to our clients and to promote a healthy workplace environment.

Primary Function:

The Therapist/Advocate provides comprehensive clinical assessments, treatment plan development, outpatient counseling, group counseling and advocacy for in-office and community-based services. Community-based services include Davidson Davie Community College (DDCC) and the Hattie Lee Burgess Home. Therapist/Advocate will also serve as an advocate for clients by coordinating care with primary care physicians, school personnel, Department of Social Services social workers, and other professionals/agencies involved with the clients and their families.

Job Type: Full-time salaried position

Education/Experience

• A Masters Degree from an accredited school of social work or counseling program and licensure or eligibility for licensure in the state of North Carolina.
• Employee shall demonstrate competence as a clinician who has solid theoretical base in the helping process that includes the Family Systems approach and ability to form strong therapeutic alliances.
• Employee shall demonstrate ability to function independently as a consultant, educator, and advocate.

Accountability:

This position works under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director. Therapist/Advocate will receive clinical supervision from the Director of Clinical Operations.

Responsibilities:

50% Davidson Davie Community College

1. Provide comprehensive clinical assessments, safety assessments, and short-term individual and family counseling to DDCC students.
2. Maintain 16 scheduled on-campus hours at DDCC during which students and personnel may access clinical/advocacy services without an appointment.
3. With the support of Director of Clinical Operations,
a. Promote and market on-campus mental health services. Deliver trainings, events, and presentations to the DDCC community on mental health, healthy relationships, and general wellness.
b. Provide critical incident services on the campus of DDCC in response to events that meet the criteria for Critical Incident Stress Debriefing.
c. Provide consultation services through collaboration with the DDCC Care Team committee.
d. Consult with the Director of Behavioral and Counseling Services and/or the Vice President of Student Affairs when there are questions regarding the level of care required for a specific student.

50% Counseling and Advocacy

4. Provide Comprehensive Clinical Assessments, develop treatment plans, advocate, and provide individual and family counseling services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. May be assigned clients with other presenting concerns from our Front Desk.
5. Lead our weekly support group for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
6. Coordinate services with other FSDC staff and community and advocate for clients as needed.
7. Provide educational presentations and consultations to the community when requested on topics including domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
8. Maintain accurate and current records on all clients as required by the agency. This includes writing appropriate treatment plans, social histories, assessments, and progress notes.
9. Maintain program compliance with funding source requirements.
10. Maintain personal transportation and a flexible schedule to include emergency appointment times and consultations as the need dictates on a weekly basis.
11. Continue professional growth through attendance at supervision, workshops, and staff meetings. This includes the use and continued growth of the professional self.
12. Maintain professional credentialing or licensure requirements of the specific therapist’s professional field and follow their ethical guidelines.

GENERAL:

1. Process all correspondence, time and travel sheets and monthly reports as scheduled.
2. Represent the agency at meetings as requested, attend staff meetings, and participate in community events.
3. Promote the Family Service philosophy in the community.
4. Carry out additional assignments as requested by supervisor or director.

Benefits:
• 37.5 hour, 4-day work week
• Generous PTO
• 403(b) Retirement Plan
• Health, dental, and vision insurance coverage
• Mileage reimbursement
• Continuing education reimbursement
• Provisional licensure supervision

COVID-19 considerations:
Temperature checks are being completed at the front desk and clients are screened through a questionnaire. Staff are provided with PPE and cleaning supplies. Clients have options for in-person or telehealth appointments.