Position Title: Therapist

Department: Clinical

Reports to Position Title: Clinical Supervisor

FLSA:  Exempt

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, or related field from an accredited university.

  • Valid Michigan driver’s license with a driving record acceptable to the Agency’s insurance carrier.

  • Possession of or eligibility for a certified social worker or counseling license for the state of Michigan.

  • Meet State “Good Moral Character” guidelines

  • At least 1 year experience working with children in a clinical setting is required.  Experience with trauma based clinical interventions and working with survivors of abuse and neglect is preferred 


Required Skills & Abilities:

  • Model effective self-advocacy and assertive communication skills;

  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with people and organizations in the community;

  • A nonjudgmental approach that reflects cultural competency and sensitivity to unique needs and diverse experiences of individuals and their families;

  • Effective interpersonal communication skills;

  • Willingness to be flexible, patient, and creative;

  • Ability to engage and maintain therapeutic relationships with the children


Essential Skills & Duties:

  • Develop therapeutic relationships with children and their families and assess the needs of the children;

  • Provide individual, family, and group therapy with an emphasis on trauma focused intervention;

  • Crisis intervention;

  • Facilitates ongoing communication and services with representatives from schools, Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), foster care/adoptive caseworkers, the court system, care givers, mentors, and other community organizations on behalf of the children;

  • Participates in regular case review meetings with a Multidisciplinary Team and provide psychoeducation as needed;

  • Provide transportation as needed for court dates, family visits, etc., this may require the use of your personal vehicle.

  • Make referrals to Child Protective Services and adhere to proper Mandated Reporter guidelines

  • Participate in clinical supervision, team meetings, treatment team meetings, FTM’s & IEP’s, and training as needed;

  • Complete clinical documentation in a timely manner that is consistent with policies and procedures and State and licensing requirements;

  • Responsible for providing afterhours on-call resources as needed;

  • Provide consultation and case notes with appropriate court personnel and outside sources (i.e CASA, to evaluate the appropriateness of court intervention);

  • Organize and maintain case notes regarding narratives, assessments, case summaries, case records and other related records;

  • Provide supervision and oversight to clinical interns placed within the agency; and

  • Responsible for teaching, modeling, practicing, supporting and articulating the agency’s Circle of Courage strength-based program philosophy.


Please Note: all other duties may be assigned by the Director of Clinical, Clinical Supervisor, and/or President/CEO

Note: This description is a summary of the responsibilities, duties, knowledge, skills, experience, abilities, and qualifications associated with this position.  It is not an exhaustive list and may be changed any time at the discretion of Whaley Children’s Center