The Qualified Professional in the Day Treatment Program setting, provides direct professional treatment services to the children and adolescents served by FACT. Individuals served in the DTP range in age from 8 to 18 years and exhibit significant mental illness/severe emotional disturbance as well as co-occurring developmental disabilities. He/she will plan and provide psychoeducational groups in both the Day Treatment and Residential Treatment settings to facilitate the development of skills necessary to allow the individual child or adolescent to transition to – and function appropriately in – their home, school, and community. The Qualified Professional will provide other “Q” services within the Day Treatment and Residential programs as needed and will serve as a member of the multi-disciplinary treatment team.
Develops and/or implements approved psycho-educational, educational/vocational, and treatment services which are of therapeutic value for the dually diagnosed population served by FACT Specialized Services and which are offered in accordance with state and federal standards. Develops and implements lesson plans to provide appropriate therapeutic services to the clients/students assigned to the Day Treatment Program. Determines, requisitions, and maintains adequate equipment, materials, and supplies needed for the provision of educational/vocational services in the Day Treatment setting in a cost effective manner. Serves as a member of the multi-disciplinary Treatment Team and attends the Team’s weekly meetings. Assists in the formulation and development of each client’s overall treatment plan, discharge criteria, and ultimate placement recommendations. Provides input for the Child and Family Treatment Team or attends such meetings upon request. Assists in establishing and maintaining productive community relationships and resources to support the program and the treatment goals and objectives of the clients. Provides psycho-educational groups in the Day Treatment and/or Residential Treatment settings and other needed support services as assigned and as appropriate in the role of QP. Documents treatment progress in the client record in a timely manner and in accordance with state and federal standards. Assesses, evaluates, and documents progress. Provides appropriate therapeutic and crisis interventions (based upon CPI principles/training) in the Day Treatment program setting. Documents such incidents as required by state and federal regulations and MHC Policies and Procedures. Participates in the on-call rotation to provide after-hours QP coverage (on-site assistance, crisis intervention, and post-restraint assessment) within the Residential program as the designee of the Clinical Director. Participates in program/curriculum planning and scheduling with the Day Treatment Program staff, Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Director and FACT Specializes Services staff. Serves as a member of committees when assigned or as appropriate to the needs of the program. Performs other related duties as requested.
Knowledge and Experience:
• Bachelor’s Degree in a human service field with two (2) years of full-time, post-bachelor’s degree experience with the client population; or,
• Bachelor’s Degree in a field other than human services with four (4) years of full-time, post-bachelor’s degree experience with the client population; or,
• Master’s Degree in a human service field with one (1) year of full-time, post-graduate degree experience with the client population.
• Must maintain a valid Driver’s License and an acceptable driving record.
• Must be insurable by Methodist Home for Children’s insurance carrier.
• Must successfully complete all phases of pre-service and on-going training, including, but not limited
to, physical restraint training, First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and medication administration.
• Position will be supervised by a Qualified Professional and follow a written supervision agreement
that is updated on an annual basis.
• Must be able to work in high pressure, high stress environment.
• Position may experience verbal and/or physical aggression from client population.
• Possible exposure to infectious diseases.
• Must provide a negative drug screen result prior to employment.
• Must pass a post-employment physical and TB test and on-going physical assessments as required.
• Have the ability to perform physical demands associated with daily operational functions, property management, and client interactions, such as standing, bending, lifting, participation in physical activities, facility cleaning (interior and exterior) and maintenance, and other rotating assignments.
• Have the ability to comprehend and produce accurate program documentation, including, but not limited to, client treatment plans, progress summaries, and community correspondence.
• Have the ability to communicate professionally with consumers, including, but not limited to, parents, colleagues, and community service providers.
• Have the ability to provide on-going visual and physical proximity supervision of clients.
• Have the ability to participate in recreational activities with clients, including, but not limited to, arts, athletics, and outdoor activities.
• Have the ability to drive a van to transport clients.
• Regular attendance at primary worksite and agency related events.