Position:  Trauma Specialist Therapist
Location:  Birmingham, AL
Job Id:  625
# of Openings:  0

Trauma  Specialist Therapist, Full-time
Normal Work Hours/Days:  M-F 8 am - 5 pm; Some flexibility dictated by patient need is required
 
This JBS/DHR Trauma Specialist Therapist Position will provide a combination in office and community-based therapy for SED children and adolescents age 5-17 with special focus on addressing any trauma history that may be impacting their functioning.   
 
PRIMARY JOB FUNCTIONS:
  • Responsible for the assessment and development of a treatment plan for clients referred through the JBS/JCDHR Unit with an emphasis on trauma-specific interventions.
  • Provides individual, family and group therapy as needed to target improvements for child and adolescent patients and their families.
  • Provides accurate documentation of charts on a daily basis, including clinical assessments, case plans, referrals, data collections, case reviews and follow-up tracking.
  • Conducts mental health intakes/evaluations and assessments as needed for the JBS/JCDHR Clinic
  • Thoroughly documents intakes, evaluation instruments, treatment and summary reports (as needed) for the JBS/JCDHR Clinic.
  • Coordinate services for eligible children and their families with the program psychiatrists, case manager, In Home Teams and JBS Children’s administrative staff to ensure appropriate level of care is provided.
  • Contact other agencies and professionals for case consultation.
  • Participate in consultation and public education activities.
  • Participate in clinical and administrative program meetings.
  • Participate in supervision.
  • Maintain progress towards certification as a trauma specialist and all other appropriate certifications for treatment of children with sexually reactive behaviors.
  • Maintain progress towards State licensure.  
  • Provides transportation to children and families when appropriate.
  • Perform other administrative duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Master’s degree in social work, counseling or psychology with valid state licensure for Alabama or in process of licensure with the State of Alabama.  Therapist with previous experience with trauma specific treatment for children and adolescents preferred.
 
Valid Alabama driver’s license and driving record acceptable to agency automobile insurance carrier for inclusion on agency policy. Suitable automobile to permit required travel. Must show and maintain car insurance equal to or in excess of the State of Alabama standards for automobile insurance coverage.
 
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  
Knowledge of the special needs and behavioral characteristics of children/adolescents with a serious emotional disturbance and a history of trauma who come to the attention of the Jefferson County Department of Human Resources.
Ability to thoroughly complete diagnostic assessment and evaluation instruments and make appropriate recommendations for treatment intervention/follow-up services as indicated.
Ability to communicate in an organized, timely and effective manner, through both written and oral expressive modes.
Knowledge of psychotherapy principles and techniques.
Knowledge and a willingness to learn of the effects of trauma and interventions appropriate to address trauma recovery.
Knowledge of psychotropic medications, including there uses and side effects.
Ability to perform individual and family therapy to include trauma specific interventions, behavior modification, R.E.T., parental education and problem solving skills
Ability to collaborate effectively with interagency partners as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
Ability to relate effectively to the child and adolescent populations and their families.
Strong, interpersonal relationship skills.
Ability to work a flexible schedule due to the special needs of the child and adolescent population and their families.
Participates on a rotating 24 hour on call roster
 

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