Agency for Community Treatment Services, Inc

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at Agency for Community Treatment Services, Inc

Posted: 3/23/2020
Job Status: Internship
Job Reference #: 1369

Job Description

Characteristicsof Position:

This is agraduate student practicum, internship, or field placement in a clinicalposition in a human services agency providing alcohol, drug abuse, mentalhealth or juvenile justice services. Therapist Interns provideappropriate assessment, therapy and documentation, working under supervision ofthe assigned field instructor or designee.


  • Understanding Behavior - Understands applicable theories of addiction andhuman behavior; recognizes the risk and resiliency components of the personal,environmental, social and cultural contexts; co-occurring competent; analyzesand 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, socialnetworks and community resources in support of individual recovery; utilizesoutcome measures in evaluating performance.

  • Application to Practice - Effectively matches client needs to appropriatelevels and modalities of care; individualizes strategies and interventions toindividual client recovery needs, preferences, readiness, stage of change andunique co-occurring disorder, language, gender and cultural considerations;makes optimum therapeutic use of client crises; incorporates and utilizespharmaceutic interventions as appropriate; adheres to the fidelity of selectedpractice models.

  • Professional Readiness - Understands and respects diverse culturesand cultural differences; comfortable with and responds to persons withdisabilities; evidences personal awareness of strengths, limitations andbiases; behaves ethically and adheres to professional standards ofconduct; pursues guidance and supervision and continuous professionaldevelopment opportunities; remains aware of personal and professional limits inknowledge and expertise.

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

  • Business Acumen - Knowledgeable of support and benefits available to clients andaggressively works to enable client access to those resources; proficient inthe matching and billing of services provided to appropriate fund sources andmaintaining audit compliant backup documentation; consistently meets or exceedsestablished case load size and productivity standards.

  • Professional - Offerconsultative services and resources; offer collaboration with communityinstitutions and systems; offer techniques for interacting with communitysystems (e.g., courts, lawyers, schools); capable in methods of clinicalsupervision, clinical consultation, and clinical teaching; knowledgeable inSelf-assessment methodologies; adheres to professional values and codes ofethics.

  • Analytical - Increaseddepth and breadth of practice skills; independent competence with diversediagnostic groups; ability to adapt core knowledge to unique needs of clientand milieu; clear definition of limitations in level of expertise and scope ofpractice; continued participation in direct practice activities; ongoingmotivation for learning from practice experience, commitment to andimplementation of continuing professional development; maintenance of highestlevel of ethical standards for the profession.

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


  • Currentlyenrolled in a graduate degree program in social work, counseling, psychology orother human services field and working under a formal learning contract orsimilar agreement with a university.

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

Incentivesand Differentials: N/A

Qualityof Work Expected: Level commensurate with satisfactory Therapist Intern performance

Quantityof Work Expected: Commensuratewith level necessary to fully meet obligations of learning contract.

Supervision: This position does not providesupervision to others, and reports to the assigned field instructor.

Scope ofResponsibilities:

Undersupervision of the assigned field instructor or designee, assess when admittingnew clients, provide clinical services, maintain and prepare clinical charts,professionally communicate with and provide consultations toparents/significant others.

CoreResponsibilities/Essential Functions:

  • Workingunder supervision of the assigned field instructor or designee, adheres toregulatory bodies and licensing rules, guidelines and established protocols tocarry out duties as established in the learning contract or similar agreement,in compliance with contract, licensure, accreditation, and certificationrelative to the agency, program, service assignment and agency designated modelfor treating persons with co-occurring mental and substance disorders.

  • Provideclinical services including, but not limited to individual, group and familytherapy, assessments, treatment plans and reviews, and discharge planning.

  • Attendscheduled interdisciplinary treatment team meeting or clinical supervisorysessions and discusses aspects of client's care and progress (or lack of same);may participate in other meetings/events as assigned.

  • Observeclients for behavioral changes and progress in treatment, communicateempathically with clients regarding addiction, mental illness, medications andrecovery.

  • Conductsface to face interviews with clients to develop individual behavioral health ortreatment plans and reviews individual behavioral health treatment plans withassigned field instructor or designee.

  • Responsiblefor documenting services he/she directly provides.

  • Reportcrisis situations and treatment needs of clients to clinical personnel andsupervisor; recognize client's comprehensive needs and discusses withinterdisciplinary treatment team.

Theomission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigningspecific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment toposition.

ACTS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualifiedapplicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race,color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin,disability or veteran status.

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