Posting: Therapist, Foster Care Treatment- The Guidance Center, Lincoln Park, MI

February 13, 2023

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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.

We have an exciting opportunity for an Individual Therapist to join our team of talented professionals in the Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO) program .

The Individual Therapist is responsible for providing mental health treatment and case management services. Services are delivered in the home or community based on the needs and preferences identified by the TFCO team. Must be willing/able to work a non-traditional schedule based on the needs of the families served. Must be able to deliver Treatment Foster Care Oregon clinical services and implement interventions that within the fidelity of the model. Must be able to deliver behavioral therapy that targets school behavior and individual behavior. The TFCO Individual Therapist is responsible to help coordinate and integrate services that are provided to individual child by multiple service providers and to identify and eliminate barriers to effective service delivery. Must maintain flexible work schedules and cell phone as needed. Must possess a “whatever it takes” mentality in delivering services to individuals within the in program. 

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Provide weekly individual therapy to TFCO youth utilizing the TFCO treatment model. This includes introducing new behavioral coping and social skills and practices these in sessions utilizing strategic positive reinforcement and coaching interventions
  2. Participate in the development of IPOS for program youth.
  3. Engage participants to identify and overcome barriers to engagement;
  4. Develop therapeutic relationships with youth in the program;
  5. Provide direct clinical treatment using methods compatible with TFCO model;
  6. Provide individual therapy;
  7. Attends weekly clinical team meetings;
  8. Available to program youth via phone when needed;
  9. Coordinate services with mental health and medical professionals, including psychiatrists, physicians, and nurses;
  10. Facilitate collateral contacts with representatives from schools and other community organizations on behalf of children and families;
  11. Model effective self-advocacy and assertive communication skills;
  12. Advocate on behalf of families to help them meet their needs and achieve their desired level of independence and self-sufficiency;
  13. Provide transportation as needed;
  14. Help to identify and eliminate barriers to services;
  15. Help to enhance existing community services and develop new services based on the needs of families;
  16. Work collaboratively with a team of professionals and paraprofessionals;
  17. Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with people and organizations in the community;
  18. Make referrals to Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services as needed;
  19. Participate in clinical supervision, team meetings, case consultations and training as needed;
  20. Complete clinical documentation in an timely manner consistent with policies and procedures of The Guidance Center; develop, maintain and review complete case records;
  21. Provide individual, family and group therapy; crisis intervention; case management;
  22. Participate in program evaluation and program development initiatives;
  23. Participate in all TFCO training, Supervision, and Consultation activities;
  24. Seek consultation with the Supervisor as needed;
  25. Complete 25 hours of program and or job specific training on an annual basis;
  26. Complete a minimum of 15 hours billable service hours per week;
  27. Other duties as necessary.


  • Must have a Master’s Degree or higher and be a Psychologist (TLLP, LLP, or LP) TLLP supervised by a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC or LPC) LLPC supervised by a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Master's Social Worker (LMSW) or Limited Licensed Master's Social Worker (LLMSW) supervised by a Licensed Master's Social Worker, and must possess and retain current licensure in the State of Michigan.
  • Must meet Michigan Department of Community Health requirements of a Child Mental Health Professional within 120 days of hire.
  • 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 therapeutic 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.
  • Must have a favorable driving record and be able to obtain a chauffeur’s license within 30 days of hire.
  • Preferred experience includes working with families, working within a team environment, administering social skills assessments and interventions, direct use of pragmatic (i.e. structural, strategic, and functional) family therapies, cognitive behavioral therapy with children and adults, Wayne County CMH services, and electronic medical records. 

If you are interested in becoming part of our world-class team, please submit your resume on-line at

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