Current Opening: Clinical Therapist/Adventure Therapist

Status: Full-time Exempt
Reports to: Director of Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare

Basic Job Functions:
Provide counseling for victims of child physical and sexual abuse and/or neglect and their families either at the ChildSafe offices or in outdoor settings.  Works with and provides consultation to all members of the multidisciplinary team.  Participates in multidisciplinary case staffings and makes referrals to, and consults with, outside agencies as necessary.

Essential Job Functions: 

  • Provides counseling to children and adolescents who are victims of sexual or physical abuse or neglect, as well as to their families, utilizing the following trauma techniques:
    1. Building a strong collaborative and therapeutic relationship with parents or caregivers and the young child
    2. Identifying feelings and supporting emotional expression and regulation
    3. Identifying strategies to help calm the child when feeling overwhelmed
    4. Establishing routines and helping the child feel secure
    5. Cognitive processing/reframing in language appropriate to the child’s development; linking feelings, thoughts, and memories
    6. Developmentally appropriate strategies that allow exposure to trauma reminders/memories and feelings in tolerable doses so that they can be mastered and integrated into the child’s experience
    7. Assuring safety, encouraging self-control, and allowing age-appropriate choices
    8. Supporting developmental progress, building resiliency, and closure
  • Facilitates support groups in peer, family, and multi-family group settings.
  • Schedules and coordinates adventure therapy sessions with clients.
  • Prepares for adventure therapy sessions by setting-up and inspecting equipment before use with clients, evaluating surroundings for safety, planning and reviewing emergency procedures, and consulting with supervisor about any concerns regarding the well-being or safety of clients, staff, or volunteers before the start of any adventure therapy session.
  • Facilitates the families return to a sense of safety, trust and control.
  • Assists in the evaluation and enhancement of adventure therapy programming by, among other tasks, conducting focus groups and surveys with clients.
  • Prepares and maintains records, reports, and statistics related to client care and workload.
  • Works as a member of a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals, Child Protective Services workers, law enforcement personnel, and members of the judicial system.
  • Contributes to the ongoing enhancement and development of a trauma informed adventure therapy best practices curriculum.
  • Administers assessment tools and provide evaluation data as required.
  • Avails self of training opportunities either at the agency or at workshops and conferences and maintains requirements to keep licensure current and remain adept in facilitating adventure therapy activities with clients.
  • Completes documentation within 48 hours of service.
  • Participates in court proceedings as needed.

Education / Skills / Training Requirements:

  • Bilingual Spanish/English preferred.
  • Master’s Degree in a mental health field is required with current Texas licensure (LPC or LCSW). This is not an intern position.
  • Preference will be given to counselors currently trained in a trauma specific modality or willing to be trained in a trauma modality, to include but not limited to Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention.
  • Must be willing to participate in on-going trauma specific services training with the CAC of Texas and travel to Austin for these trainings.
  • Must be willing to participate in on-going training related to the adventure therapy field to help ensure the safe, ethical, and responsible use of equipment and techniques in adventure therapy programming.
  • Confident with relating to children and adolescents in a nurturing, supportive manner and to parents and caregivers in a non-judgmental, empathic, compassionate, and encouraging manner.
  • Able to manage crisis situations.
  • Interacts with other professionals and co-workers in a spirit of cooperation and mutual commitment to the goals of delivering the best possible services to children and their caregivers affected by physical abuse, sexual abuse, and/or neglect.
  • Driver license, liability insurance and reliable transportation required.
  • Certification in CPR and First Aid is required, but can be earned after employment. Wilderness First Responder training is preferred.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

  • General office environment
  • Outdoor settings to include but not limited to campgrounds, hiking trails, and bodies of water such as free flowing rivers
  • Must be able to swim, climb to set-up high level adventure therapy equipment on a ropes course or natural rock face, and transport outdoor gear such as camping supplies and backpacks
  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time
  • Needs to move about the office to access cabinets, files, office machinery including computers, copiers and printers
  • Operates a computer and other office productivity machinery (EG: copiers and printers)
  • Will seldom ascend/descend ladder to retrieve client files
  • Occasionally lifts supplies and support materials weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Must be able to observe client’s emotional state to assess and identify needs
  • Must be able to communicate well with clients and supportive family members
  • Must be able to assess and respond appropriately to settings and circumstances to help ensure clients’ physical and emotional safety

Hours/Shifts:
ChildSafe is open Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  This position is a 40 hour/week position and will require weekend availability for adventure therapy programming or training.  Some evening appointments may be scheduled to accommodate client needs and crisis situations.

About ChildSafe:
ChildSafe is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.

To Apply:

To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to Sue Ellen Ruggles, Chief Administrative Officer. We regret we are unable to accept phone calls or hard copies of resumes.

ChildSafe is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.

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