The Crisis worker/Therapist will be responsible for supporting and stabilizing individuals within the Oak Park/River Forest community whom are experiencing crises. You will also be a part of the multidisciplinary team providing individual, couples and/or group therapy to a diverse population. The crisis worker/therapist will work with individuals/families with behavioral, mental and/or emotional problems that may interfere with their daily lives and help develop client and/or family centered therapeutic treatment goals to support client success. Therapy caseload is balanced based on crisis shifts and the needs of the community members.
Essential Job Results & Responsibilities
Stabilizes individuals in the community experiencing a crisis by:
Responding promptly and effectively to requests for crisis intervention by the local police departments, community agencies, schools and residents and their family members.
Assessing, stabilizing and establishing crisis client in a safe situation by choosing the least restrictive environment that promotes continued stability for the client.
Advocating for the crisis client by coordinating a smooth and orderly linkage to the appropriate community resources such as hospitals, shelters, respite, substance abuse treatment centers, etc.
Creating a positive image in the community by handling crisis situations in a calm, orderly, and knowledgeable manner.
Improving the ability of clients to make healthy choices by:
Employing best practice methods of assessment and clinical diagnosis for assigned clients
Providing individual, family and group therapy based on a complete and up-to-date clinical record.
Assuring that Mental Health Assessments (MHA), Individual Recovery Plans (IRP), progress notes, assessment scaled including the Locus, Columbia, and Ohio Scales, and all other required clinical documentation is completed as delineated by the accreditation standards/funding requirements.
Linking clients to other services outside the scope of the agency and acting as advocate for clients with external service providers, as needed.
Building effective working relationships with referral sources, i.e., police department, hospitals, and other social service agencies.
Master’s Degree in a related mental health field
Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities in mental health crisis intervention.
Ability to obtain certification in CPR and First Aid (within 60 days of employment).
Working familiarity with Microsoft Office computer applications (Word, Excel.)
Possession and maintenance of a valid state driver license and documentation of current insurance coverage.
Ability to interface with agency staff and community systems in a collaborative manner.
Treatment skills in the areas of mental health assessment, treatment plan development, and individual, family and group counseling with youth and adults.
Demonstrated ability to engage clients.
Internal Number: CRS
About Thrive Counseling Center
For more than 110 years, Thrive Counseling Center has worked to alleviate suffering and empower individuals and families to live healthier and more hopeful lives through a range of professional mental health and community prevention services. Today, Thrive continues to respond to Oak Park and River Forest community needs. We are staffed by multi-cultural professional social workers, counselors, prevention specialists, and psychiatric medical staff with advanced education training and certification in a variety of specialized practice areas. Our team is sensitive to the emotional challenge of entering into counseling and takes pride in offering compassionate and respectful services. The mission of Thrive Counseling Center is to build healthy minds, families, and communities by empowering people to attain mental and emotional well-being. Hope, resilience, and recovery form the heart of our programs and services.