Therapist - In Training - Family Centered Treatment Program - Recovery Focus
Company: Lutheran Social Services
Location: Eau Claire
Posted on: January 21, 2023
Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is a private, non-profit, human
service agency providing a variety of services throughout Wisconsin
and Upper Michigan. Over the years, LSS has grown to become one of
the largest human service agencies in the two state area serving
more than 125,000 clients annually. We are looking for passionate,
mission-driven individuals like you to help provide services
including outpatient behavioral health management, international,
domestic and special needs adoptions, older adult services, support
services for children, youth and families, community corrections
programs and support services for adults with disabilities and/or
mental health concerns.
Motivated by the compassion of Christ, we help people improve the
quality of their lives. Does this describe your personal mission
statement? Are you motivated to serve by sharing your talents? If
you would like to help us achieve our mission, please apply for the
Now providing a $2000 sign-on bonus for new Therapist colleagues!
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Lutheran Social Services is currently seeking a Therapist - In
Training to join our Family Centered Treatment team in a new
substance use recovery program. The program will require staff to
be trained in Wheels of Change using all 4 stages of the program
understanding that substance use impacts the entire family and
focused on assisting the parent/caregiver with substance use
disorder recovery. The role will require work with a
multi-disciplinary team including therapists, Peer Specialists,
The services provided include Individual and Family
Psychoeducation, Individual Skill Development and Enhancement. The
role role will require evening hours as well as be part of an
on-call rotation to provide family coaching services to families.
The program serves Eau Claire and the surrounding counties.
Examples of services Expected may include (These are examples, not
all inclusive, and all services may not be provided by an
- Psychotherapy - Psychotherapy includes the diagnosis and
treatment of mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders,
conditions, or addictions through the application of methods
derived from established psychological or systemic principles for
the purpose of assisting people in modifying their behaviors,
cognitions, emotions, and other personal characteristics, which may
include the purpose of understanding unconscious processes or
intrapersonal, interpersonal, or psychosocial dynamics.
Psychotherapy may be provided in an individual or group
- Individual and/or Family Psychoeducation - Psychoeducation
- Providing education and information resources about the
member's mental health and/or substance abuse issues.
- Skills training.
- Problem solving.
- Ongoing guidance about managing and coping with mental health
and/or substance abuse issues.
- Social and emotional support for dealing with mental health
and/or substance abuse issues.
- Psychoeducation may be provided individually or in a group
setting to the member or the member's family and natural supports
(i.e., anyone the member identifies as being supportive in his or
her recovery and/or resilience process).
- Individual Skill Development and Enhancement - Individual skill
development and enhancement services include training in
communication, interpersonal skills, problem solving,
decision-making, self-regulation, conflict resolution, and other
specific needs identified in the member's service plan. Services
also include training in daily living skills related to personal
care, household tasks, financial management, transportation,
shopping, parenting, accessing and connecting to community
resources and services (including health care services), and other
specific daily living needs identified in the member's service
- Participation on recovery teams. (provide feedback around
service delivery and progress)
- At Lutheran Social Services of WI and Upper MI, the health and
safety of our colleagues and clients is our top priority! LSS is
regularly reviewing OSHA and CDC recommendations and guidelines to
stay abreast of the ever changing Covid-19 pandemic. LSS employees
are currently required to mask regardless of vaccination status
when indoors and in the presence of clients or colleagues.
Employees are expected to adhere to agency protocols.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
This list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and
may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities, as
management may deem necessary from time to time.
- Provides assigned services to clients in alignment with the
- Provides individual, couples, family, and/or group
psychotherapy services to adult and/or child/minor clients in a
school, office, out-of-home care setting and/or home
- Conducts assessments of client needs using clinical interview,
objective diagnostic tools, and collateral contacts.
- Develops treatment plans collaboratively with clients and other
- Provide agreed upon and necessary therapeutic services in
keeping with strength-based, evidence-based best practice
- Complete required documentation within required timelines and
expectations per LSS, regulation, payers, and practice
- Maintains client records.
- Makes recommendations within the client team and scope of
- Testify at legal proceedings as required by law and/or
- Attend client/recovery team meetings.
- Attends and participates in staff development programs,
including in-service training, staff meetings, and professional
- Within your scope of practice, provide consultation to
- Actively participate in clinical supervision meetings as
required to meet best practice and licensure standards.
- Work a flexible weekly schedule that includes some evening
and/or weekend hours for client appointments. Work directly with
Program Supervisor or Manager to set expectations for scheduling
clients. Schedule is based on client need.
- Expected to understand productivity expectations and meet those
standards that have been established for the role and the
- Works under the direct supervision of the Clinical Director -
FCT Supervisor as well as external FCT Foundation
- This role will be expected to work on average, 40 hours/week on
a full time schedule and willing to work non-traditional
- Work a flexible weekly schedule that may include frequent
evening hours for client appointments, based on client
- Works within the evidenced-based framework of FCT and the four
phase of treatment-Joining and Assessment, Restructuring, Valuing
Change, and Generalization.
- Provides direct clinical treatment using methods compatible
with FCT principles and practices for assigned cases and meets
fidelity requirements for treatment intensity (5 hours per week per
- Provides clinical/peer support to FCT team and attends FCT
weekly team meetings.
- Conducts FCT joining and assessment activities with the
referred individual and their family members, review of referral
information, identifying and engaging key participants, identifying
systemic strengths and weaknesses, and working with the family on
family identified goals.
- Engages primary caregiver and other key participants in active
change-oriented treatment by identifying and overcoming barriers to
- Implements conceptualization, treatment planning, intervention,
outcome review, and strategy revision procedure using the FCT
- Maintains clear and concise documentation of treatment efforts
that promote peer and supervisory review and feedback.
- Collaborates with all relevant systems and key participants
within each system to ensure their buy-in and cooperation
throughout FCT treatment.
- Carries a caseload of 3 to 5 clients
- Significant travel to various locations for meetings,
trainings, or to perform clinical responsibilities as needed.
Travel will vary depending on case load.
- Committed to adhering to the FCT principles and model, as well
as completing the necessary trainings and assignments to achieve
certification as a FCT Clinician within 12 months of hire.
- Trained in behavioral, cognitive behavioral, and pragmatic
- Provides direct care or face-to-face contact with youth, family
and other systems involved with the family (e.g., probation, child
welfare, school, employer, etc.)
- Maintains phone contacts with the family and other
- Maintains clinical documentation, which includes fidelity
documentation that must be completed for every client to guide
clinical planning, LSS documentation due to clinic status,
documentation required for M.A. and/or CCS billing, and in some
cases documentation requested by the referral source
- Participates in supervision and consultation (this occurs for a
minimum of 2.5 hours/week)
- Participates in FCT-specific training, as well as agency
- Demonstrates flexibility to allow for specific time spent on
each responsibility varies depending on intensity of client need
during a given week, therapist need for additional supervision,
- Participates in FCT trainings throughout the calendar
- Participates in all additional agency-specific trainings (e.g.,
HIPAA, cultural competency, etc.).
- Participates in a team with weekly supervision and
- Participates in a rotating 24/7 on-call system that has been
established by the team
- Performs other duties and special projects as required.
Working for Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
- By being employed with LSS, which is a non-profit agency, you
can be eligible for loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan
- Loans are eligible to be forgiven after 10 years of on-time and
consistent payments through the income-based re-payment
- LSS Clinical Managers (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Human
Capital employees can assist you in applying for this benefit.
- Licensure and Exam Fees
- It is required for your position to maintain a state license in
a mental health or substance abuse related field.
- The following are situations in which licensure and/or exam
costs will be reimbursed:
- If the employee has been with LSS for 1 year prior, they will
receive full reimbursement for licensure and/or exam costs for your
first attempt. LSS also pays for bi-annual renewals.
- If the employee is considered part-time, LSS will pay for half
of the associated licensure and exam costs for your first attempt.
LSS also pays for bi-annual renewals.
- Clinical Supervision and Consultation
- We offer a free, robust clinical supervision experience for any
type of licensure that focuses not only on client needs, but
- LSS is focused on the continued growth of our employees and
ensuring we provide high quality services.
- LSS employees are eligible for receiving internal as well as
financial support for external trainings to support your growth and
required Continuing Education (CEU) credits.
- LSS is a family/employee-focused agency which values work-life
- Employees can adjust their schedules to accommodate personal
commitments by flexing their schedule or utilizing time
- Some programs have the option of working remotely.
- Benefits Package
- 10 paid holidays (ex: Juneteenth, Christmas Eve, MLK Jr. Day,
Memorial Day, etc.)
- 2 personal days
- Sick & Vacation Time
- Retirement - 403b Match
- LSS makes annual raises and additional bonuses a priority for
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to
perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed
below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability
required. Upon offer, candidates must successfully complete the
necessary background, caregiver, medical and any other checks
required, according to program requirements. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities
to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
- Master's degree in Social Work with Mental Health
concentration, Counseling, Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy,
or related program is required.
- Practicum experience, through your degree program, related to
services LSS provides is required.
- Eligibility for training license by meeting criteria set for by
WI Department of Safety and Professional Services.
- Some positions may require Substance Abuse Certification as
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
- The incumbent of this position must have or be eligible to
receive state licensure "in training" as an Advanced Practice
Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist, or Professional
Counselor as applicable.
- Must be fully certified in FCT within twelve months of their
initial hire via the official FCT certification program, Wheels of
Change. Certification is granted through the Family Centered
Treatment Foundation (FCT Foundation) when staff passes and show
competence in required components.
- The incumbent of this position must have a valid driver's
license and have reliable transportation to perform the essential
duties of the role; a motor vehicle check (MVR) with a satisfactory
driving record per the LSS Driver Safety Procedure is required, and
ability to meet LSS auto insurance requirements.
- Ability to read, write, analyze and interpret to complete
required documentation by established timeframes.
- Ability to document in a neat, legible, accurate, objective and
consistent manner to reflect the services provided.
- Ability to effectively present information and respond to
questions from all levels of LSS management and employees, as well
as the individual, family, and circle of support.
- Working knowledge of computers to allow employee to access
computer systems and applications to complete timecards, read and
respond to email, and complete required on-line training.
- Ability to utilize efficiently an electronic health record(s)
for documentation of direct services.
- Must be able to work on computer and utilize computer
applications and programs to effectively complete the job.
- Ability to work within a variety of ever-changing software
packages and computer systems.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The physical demands and work environment described here are
representative of those that must be met by an employee to
successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Speaking and hearing ability sufficient to communicate effectively
by phone or in person at normal volumes. Vision adequate to read
correspondence, computer screen, forms, etc. Good manual dexterity.
The employee may need to climb stairs to access clients being seen
The employee must react appropriately in times of crisis, which may
include verbal and physical aggression from the people served and
recognizing and taking appropriate action if signs of child or
dependent adult abuse are present. Understands and is able to
evaluate the potential for medical or behavioral emergency.
The employee of this position works in client homes. The incumbent
may be exposed to unsanitary household conditions and household
allergens. The employee will also be exposed to outdoor weather
conditions when traveling on company business.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
TRAVEL: Daily travel may be required. Some overnight travel may be
LSS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status or any
other characteristic protected by federal, state or local
EducationMaster Degree of Social Work (preferred)
Master Degree of Marriage & Family Therapy (preferred)
Master Degree of Counseling (preferred)
Master Degree of Psychology (preferred)
Licenses & CertificationsAdvanced Pract Soc Worker (preferred)
Driver's License (required)
Lic. Mar. & Fam Ther IT (preferred)
Lic. Prof Counselor IT (preferred)
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner
discriminate against employees or applicants because they have
inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of
another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access
to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as
a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of
other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise
have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is
(a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance
of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an
investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the
contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR
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