Intern-Therapist

Characteristics of Position:

This is a graduate student practicum, internship, or field placement in a clinical position in a human services agency providing alcohol, drug abuse, mental health or juvenile justice services.  Therapist Interns provide appropriate assessment, therapy and documentation, working under supervision of the assigned field instructor or designee.

Core Competencies

Understanding Behavior - Understands applicable theories of addiction and human behavior; recognizes the risk and resiliency components of the personal, environmental, social and cultural contexts; co-occurring competent; analyzes and distinguishes between the contributing interactions of physical, social, behavioral, psychological and social factors.

Treatment Knowledge - Versed in science based treatment philosophy, models and practice; incorporates the use of other disciplines, family, social networks and community resources in support of individual recovery; utilizes outcome measures in evaluating performance.

Application to Practice - Effectively matches client needs to appropriate levels and modalities of care; individualizes strategies and interventions to individual client recovery needs, preferences, readiness, stage of change and unique co-occurring disorder, language, gender and cultural considerations; makes optimum therapeutic use of client crises; incorporates and utilizes pharmaceutic interventions as appropriate; adheres to the fidelity of selected practice models. 

Professional Readiness -  Understands and respects diverse cultures and cultural differences; comfortable with and responds to persons with disabilities; evidences personal awareness of strengths, limitations and biases; behaves ethically and adheres to professional standards of conduct;  pursues guidance and supervision and continuous professional development opportunities; remains aware of personal and professional limits in knowledge and expertise.

Technical Capabilities - Proficient in the use of Electronic Health Records; effectively utilizes electronic medium (internet, intranet, phones, etc.) to communicate and stay abreast of changes in the field and political and community environments; thoroughly documents and records professional events/activities.

Business Acumen - Knowledgeable of support and benefits available to clients and aggressively works to enable client access to those resources; proficient in the matching and billing of services provided to appropriate fund sources and maintaining audit compliant backup documentation; consistently meets or exceeds established case load size and productivity standards.

Professional - Offer consultative services and resources; offer collaboration with community institutions and systems; offer techniques for interacting with community systems (e.g., courts, lawyers, schools); capable in methods of clinical supervision, clinical consultation, and clinical teaching; knowledgeable in Self-assessment methodologies; adheres to professional values and codes of ethics.

Analytical - Increased depth and breadth of practice skills; independent competence with diverse diagnostic groups; ability to adapt core knowledge to unique needs of client and milieu; clear definition of limitations in level of expertise and scope of practice; continued participation in direct practice activities; ongoing motivation for learning from practice experience, commitment to and implementation of continuing professional development; maintenance of highest level of ethical standards for the profession.

Leadership - Specialization in one or more areas of expertise; expertise in participating in the professional development of colleagues (through mentorship, supervision and other modes of teaching); leadership in developing and expanding intervention strategies; leadership in defining and attending to professional issues; ability to expand the conceptual knowledge of the profession.

Pre-requisite Requirements:

Currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in social work, counseling, psychology or other human services field and working under a formal learning contract or similar agreement with a university.

Preferred Attributes:

Physical /Safety/Health Considerations:  Standing, walking, carrying, stooping, speaking, and listening

Incentives and Differentials:  N/A

Quality of Work Expected:  Level commensurate with satisfactory Therapist Intern performance

Quantity of Work ExpectedCommensurate with level necessary to fully meet obligations of learning contract.

SupervisionThis position does not provide supervision to others, and reports to the assigned field instructor.

Scope of Responsibilities:

Under supervision of the assigned field instructor or designee, assess when admitting new clients, provide clinical services, maintain and prepare clinical charts, professionally communicate with and provide consultations to parents/significant others.

Core Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

Working under supervision of the assigned field instructor or designee, adheres to regulatory bodies and licensing rules, guidelines and established protocols to carry out duties as established in the learning contract or similar agreement, in compliance with contract, licensure, accreditation, and certification relative to the agency, program, service assignment and agency designated model for treating persons with co-occurring mental and substance disorders.

Provide clinical services including, but not limited to individual, group and family therapy, assessments, treatment plans and reviews, and discharge planning.

Attend scheduled interdisciplinary treatment team meeting or clinical supervisory sessions and discusses aspects of client?s care and progress (or lack of same); may participate in other meetings/events as assigned.

Observe clients for behavioral changes and progress in treatment, communicate empathically with clients regarding addiction, mental illness, medications and recovery.

Conducts face to face interviews with clients to develop individual behavioral health or treatment plans and reviews individual behavioral health treatment plans with assigned field instructor or designee.

Responsible for documenting services he/she directly provides.

Report crisis situations and treatment needs of clients to clinical personnel and supervisor; recognize client's comprehensive needs and discusses with interdisciplinary treatment team.

The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to position.

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