The Clinical Therapist is responsible for providing direct and indirect client care by providing psychotherapeutic services to clients and families. The CT will serve as a member of the interdisciplinary team, supporting the facility's treatment program and philosophy. The CT will also serve as the primary liaison between the family and outside agencies for discharge planning, abuse reporting, and continuum of care functions.
Through a collection of interactions with patients and other health care providers, collects and analyzes data regarding the patient's psychosocial history and current environment, and identifies anticipated discharge needs.
Ensures the psychosocial data is comprehensive, completed within a specified timeline; and reflects the medical necessity for treatment; includes an integrated summary with recommendations for treatment and discharge.
Ensures the psychosocial information is obtained from the patient and from an appropriate array of reliable informants.
Coordinates the development and review of the Master Treatment Plan and Treatment Plan updates, ensuring that input from all treatment team disciplines, referral source(s), and/or parent/guardian (as appropriate) is reflected in the plan.
Reviews treatment plan documents with the patient and/or parent/guardian (as appropriate) and obtains the proper signatures.
Recommends effective alternatives or modifications to treatment plans based on the patient progress and response.
Ensures that treatment plan goals and interventions effective address acuity, patient management issues, and target behaviors, ensuring the goals and objectives are measurable.
Provides individual therapy patients, ensuring therapy interventions are directly related to treatment plan goals and objectives; meets with patients weekly to assess response to treatment, level of functioning and treatment needs; assists patients in setting appropriate goals; discusses ongoing discharge plan with clients.
Provides weekly family therapy for all assigned cases that is consistent with the Treatment Plan's specification of frequency and content/goals.
Provide group therapy sessions and be able to effectively manage group process to maximize therapeutic benefits to patients; conducts process and specialty groups as assigned.
Establishes rapport and minimizes resistance with families to effectively engage them in family treatment; makes weekly contact with each patient's family and/or guardian in addition to family sessions to discuss progress.
Works with families and/or guardians to obtain ROI's, completing any RTC Applications, scheduling patient appointments, and other aspects of discharge planning.
Provides group and specialty therapy sessions with content appropriate to identified needs of the patient.
Demonstrates the ability to conduct groups with varying age groups of patients and to effectively manage group process to maximize therapeutic benefit.
Ensures individual, family, and group therapy documentation is completed accurately and in a timely manner.
Communicates patient's progress and readiness for discharge to members of treatment team; ensures initial discharge plans are documented within specified timeline.
Meets with patient and family and/or guardian to discuss discharge plan; makes timely referral to alternate levels of care and assists family and/or guardian as needed to complete applications; works with discharge planner to establish prior authorization, travel, and other necessary steps to ensure smooth discharge; completed discharge paperwork prior to patient's discharge; contacts referral sources and obtains appointments prior to discharge
Reports all incidents of suspected abuse/neglect; conducts interviews with clients about suspected abuse in a way which minimizes disruption of investigation efforts of the authorities.