Posting: Therapist - Vista Maria

December 1, 2022

Vista Maria Position Description Title:

Therapist – Residential Programs

Reports to:

Program Manager or Designee

Summary of Duties:

In accordance with the Agency’s Mission Statement, Code of Ethics, policy and procedures, State of MI licensing, contracts, and COA standards, the Therapist – Residential Programs is responsible for providing therapeutic treatment services to all residents based on the client’s individual needs.

Primary Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Plans and organizes work to meet all job requirements according to Agency and COA standards, licensing, and funding requirements.
  • Works cooperatively and in collaboration with Vista Maria staff and representatives of other agencies.
  • Works with Vista Maria programs and community agencies to provide referrals, resources, and related services to clients.
  • Communicates clear and timely information regarding the intake, referral, and follow-up processes and procedures related to assigned clients.
  • Serves as liaison and client advocate with the courts, funding and referring/referral agencies, etc.
  • Implements and monitors continuous quality improvement methods including performing as an agent to execute a positive and proactive change where appropriate.
  • Regularly prepares for and participates in supervision/unit/team and all other agency meetings as required.
  • Develops/revises strategies and diverse treatment plans for assigned clients according to their individual needs.
  • Implements and monitors quality individual, group and family therapy according to the specific treatment plan.
  • Completes all required paperwork, e.g., case records, reports/assessments, and service activities thoroughly and in a timely manner.
  • Provides in-service training regarding the needs of residents, clinical and report writing for all unit staff.
  • Transport clients to court and home assessments.
  • Assist floor staff in Non-Violent Crisis Interventions when needed.
  • Completes all other related tasks as assigned by Supervisor.
  • Participates in continuous quality improvement efforts.
  • Demonstrates personal integrity and professional demeanor in accordance with the ethics of the agency and profession.
  • Stays informed of current practice developments within the profession, and uses educational and training opportunities to ensure continual professional competence.

Therapist- Residential R01/11 Qualifications Required:

  • Masters degree in Social Work or related Human Services degree from an accredited school
  • State of Michigan license as required by PA 61 of 2004.
  • Ability to successfully pass medical and physical stamina examination in accordance with licensing and/or contract requirements.
  • Working Knowledge of diagnostic criteria and coding.
  • Working knowledge of psychotropic medications and crisis interventions.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact positively in a culturally diverse environment.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in basic computer knowledge.
  • Demonstrated effective people and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Valid MI drivers license without relevant restrictions.

Qualifications Preferred:

  • Practical/internship or experience in a clinical and/or mental health setting.
  • Advanced knowledge of treatment concepts and skill in their implementation for EMI, LD, ADHD, EI, and Conduct Disorder in adolescents.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to actively participate in the physical management of a resident when needed per Non-Violent Crisis Intervention techniques.
  • Ability to provide backup support when needed.

Therapist - Substance Abuse Program:

  • CAADC (Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor), CADC (Certified Alcohol and drug Counselor) or CADC-M credentials.
  • Verification of FAODP (Fundamentals and Other Drug Principles)
  • Ability to facilitate multi-family groups Knowledge of 12-step recovery process
  • Post-degree experience in working with dual-diagnosed clients (i.e., mental health/substance abuse)
  • Experience in juvenile justice with adolescent females

Job Contact:

Maksim Konoplyanko (he/him)

Human Resources Recruiter

Office: (313) 271-3050, ext. 268

Fax: (313) 441-1685

Cell: (313) 479-7121


Vista Maria • 20651 W. Warren Ave. • Dearborn Heights, MI 48127

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