Posting: Therapist - The Guidance Center

May 23, 2023

Therapist, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Guidance Center

Job Type:  Full-time


 As a recognized leader in our field, The Guidance center provides a broad range of services that have helped children, adults and families unlock potential and build better lives since 1958. With 25 programs we offer treatment, prevention, growth and education services to more than 15,000 people annually. Together we: Nurture development. Foster resilience. Cultivate well-being. 

The Therapist is responsible for evaluations of people receiving services to determine what interventions are medically necessary and will provide direct therapeutic interventions to people receiving services. The Therapist is also responsible for the development of treatment plans, biopsychosocial and lethality assessments; thorough assessments to determine medically necessary interventions, individual counseling, parent training, behavior modifications plans, and crisis intervention.  A minimum of 4 hours per week after 5:00 p.m. will be required.

Specific Responsibilities include

  1. Administer evaluations of people receiving services to determine what services are medically necessary and provide written reports 
  2. Provide consultation to staff/guardians/families regarding people receiving therapeutic intervention at the agency, when appropriate.
  3. Provide direct counseling services to individuals and families
  4. Conduct staff in-services specific to people served to assigned direct care staff
  5. When appropriate present information to the Behavior Treatment Committee for review and approval
  6. Participate in the development and implementation of treatment plans determined by the needs and desires of the person receiving services
  7. Obtain, analyze and evaluate significant data so as to develop service plans and construct programs utilizing a combination of treatment modalities and skills
  8. Provide therapeutic support services to individuals and families
  9. Develop and maintain written records necessary for professional practice as defined in the policy and procedural manual
  10. Must complete 24 hours of program and or position specific training on an annual basis
  11. Perform other duties as assigned 


  • Must possess a Master’s degree in Social Work, Professional Counseling or Psychology from an accredited college or university.  
  • Must have and retain a valid LLMSW, LMSW, LLPC or LPC or TLLP or LLP with the State of Michigan and have at least (7) months experience working with persons with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, including autism. LLMSW or LMSW preferred.
  • Candidate must meet the criteria for Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Profession (QIDP) and Children’s Mental Health Professional (CMHP) within four (4) months of hire which states that an appropriate candidate has one year experience in the examination, evaluation and treatment of minors and their families. Group experience and home-based service experience are preferred.  
  • Must also have DHHS and Police clearance.  
  • Additional requirements include: a nonjudgmental approach that reflects cultural competency and sensitivity to the unique needs and diverse experiences of individual families, the ability to engage and maintain clinical relationships with families, the ability to develop collaborative relationships with other providers, effective interpersonal communication skills, the ability to assess and intervene within complex family and community systems, and a willingness to be flexible, patient and creative.  


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