Position Title: Therapist


Department: Clinical


Reports to Position Title: Clinical Supervisor


Salary: Ranges based education and professional experience


FLSA: Exempt


Purpose & General Description of the Position: Provides therapeutic services to children whom have been abused and neglected.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling 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 one of the following: Licensed Master’s Level Social Worker, Licensed Master’s Level Counselor, Limited License Master’s Level Psychologist, Licensed Psychologist, Ph.D., Limited License Master’s Level Counselor or Limited License Masters Level Social Worker under the supervision of a Licensed Counselor or a Licensed Masters Level Social Worker 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;
  • Assess the needs of the children;
  • Provide individual, family, and group therapy with an emphasis on trauma informed 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, and other community organizations on behalf of the children;
  • Participates in regular case review meetings with a Multidisciplinary Team;
  • Provide transportation as needed for court dates, family visits, etc.
  • Make referrals to Child Protective Services and adhere to proper Mandated Reporter guidelines;
  • Participate in clinical supervision, team meetings, case consultations, 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 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; 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 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.


Updated: 1/20/2020 by AA