Shelter Therapist

POSITION: Shelter Therapist

FUNCTION: Under the direction of the Director of Counseling, and within the scope of the agency’s goals and objectives, the Shelter Therapist at the residential facility is responsible for the provision of individual and group counseling services to clients residing in the emergency shelter and the transitional living program.

SCHEDULE/HOURS: Monday – Friday. Will includes some evenings.

1. Provide direct counseling services to clients residing in the emergency shelter, including crisis counseling, individual and support group counseling, solution-focused therapy, completion of intakes, psycho-social history, individual service plans, individual counseling, and support groups.
2. Complete standard psychological tests and/or other appropriate assessments in order to diagnose, develop a treatment plan, and implement treatment plan utilizing appropriate clinical techniques.
3. May assist in the development and implementation of counseling program evaluation activities.
4. Assist with facilitation of DV 101, AWBW, and other groups offered to emergency and transitional shelter residents, as needed.
5. Assist with answering the 24-hour crisis line.
6. Maintain thorough and accurate records of activities, including completion of agency forms, progress notes and service tracking, as well as the timely submission of all these forms to the appropriate agency department.
7. Participate in all agency meetings as appropriate: program meetings, weekly and monthly staff meetings, case management meetings.
8. Demonstrate ability to be an effective team member by communicating openly, co-operating with other staff, demonstrating positive attitudes and working together to solve problems.
9. Communicate professionally and appropriately with staff and the public by observing confidentiality, staying focused on job tasks and demonstrating active listening skills.
10. Demonstrate ability to work effectively under supervision by being open to feedback, communicating all clinical information to supervisor and providing supervisor access to all clinical notes and records, reporting on activities as directed, and staying within the job description and following through on suggestions.
11. Other duties as assigned which may include but is not limited to: heavy cleaning, lifting, and organizing supplies.

QUALIFICATIONS: Associate Level (APCC, AMFT, ASW), MSW, and/or any combination of education and experience. Must have thorough knowledge of gender issues, residential services and domestic violence. Some experience in both individual and group settings. Ability to provide short term, brief and crisis intervention services. Must be sensitive to the needs of adult and child clients impacted by domestic violence. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

House of Ruth, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Shelter Therapist Job Description

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Toni Schrader