STATEMENT OF THE JOB
The Therapist for the Late-Life Depression Program provides counseling services using an evidence-based model of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to a specific target population of older adults within a specific geographical region of Riverside County. Therapist will also conduct outreach in the community to recruit prospective clients, attend regular meetings and training sessions. Late-Life Depression Program Therapists report directly to the Late Life Depression Program Coordinator.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES
1. Conducts outreach in the community to recruit prospective clients.
2. Manages a caseload of eight to fourteen clients weekly.
3. Screens and assesses prospective clients using approved program instruments and forms . and refers those who are not appropriate for the treatment model to other services for help.
4. Provides individual counseling to older adults using a specific model of cognitive behavioral therapy for which the clinician is trained. Maintains fidelity to the model.
5. Develops and implements a therapeutic treatment plan as prescribed by the program model.
6. Administers and scores the Beck Depression Inventory and uses information gleaned from the BDI to assist in developing a therapeutic plan within the framework of establish treatment model.
7. Observes clients to detect indications of abnormal physical or mental behavior.
8. Completes case notes, case recording, programmatic paperwork and other documentation in a timely manner.
9. Consults with medical doctors, other service providers and treatment plan and amends plan as directed.
10. Refers client to supportive services to supplement treatment and counseling.
11. Provides case management services to client and/or client’s family.
12. Complies with programmatic and agency policies and procedures.
13. Participates in supervision and seeks additional assistance when necessary.
14. Performs other duties as may be assigned.
1. Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy or Master’s in Social Work.
2. Registered with Board of Behavioral Science Examiners for Licensing as MFT or LCSW.
3. Commitment to the agency’s mission.
4. Proficiency in English and, if bi-lingual Spanish, be proficient in conversation, reading and writing Spanish.
5. Have an automobile to use, possess a valid CA driver’s license and auto liability coverage according to the agency requirements OR have the ability to secure transportation to various counseling sites, including the ability to make home visits in a reasonably time efficient manner.
6. Possess culturally competent counseling skills and demonstrate knowledge and sensitivity to aging issues as related to mental health and counseling.
7. Adheres to ethical standards as established in the profession and by Catholic Charities. Maintains the highest standards of client confidentiality.
8. Demonstrate team support and team-building skills.
9. Demonstrate an ability to problem solve in a professional, solution-oriented manner.
10. Support of implementation of “best practices” and continuous improvement
11. Show knowledge of community resources and referrals.
12. Proficient computer skills (Microsoft Word, Email, and Internet).