Individual Resiliency Therapist - First Episode Psychosis

ABOUT RYTHER:
Helping children, youth, young adults, and their families find their path to healing and hope is at the core of our work. We can only achieve this by striving for excellence and providing an array of services that are needed and wanted by the community we serve. We are continuing to expand our service array and locations where we provide services, with therapists in more schools and social service agencies. As we expand our services to serve more than 800 children, youth, and young adults each month – regardless of payer, gender identity, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity, or place of origin – we do so with the intention that we would want our own families to use these services should they need them. The staff at Ryther are committed to creating and maintaining a culture that is informed and reflective of trauma recovery and racial equity and social justice principles.

ABOUT THE ROLE:

The Individual Resiliency Therapist provides individual psychotherapeutic interventions to youth and young adults experiencing psychiatric symptoms using evidence-based approaches in line with the FEP—NAVIGATE Model. Provides culturally-relevant, trauma-informed, strengths-based, and measurement-based care for young people experiencing their first psychotic episode.  Treats psychosis, schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, substance use, and other high-risk behaviors/symptoms as part of a multidisciplinary specialty treatment team.  Provides individualized psycho-education and resiliency training. Works collaborative with entire FEP treatment team.  Facilitates family and group therapy as indicated.

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

  • Provide individual, family, and group counseling and therapy to youth/families in the FEP program.

  • Utilize evidence-based practices, including CBT for psychosis, motivational interviewing, and harm reduction techniques.

  • Promote self-determination, empowerment, personal responsibility for recovery and wellness, and assist youth in advocating for themselves and their families.

  • Engage youth and families in the treatment planning process using psycho-education and strengths-based approaches to meet the youth’s identified goals and needs.

  • Engage clients in both office-based and community-based treatment, as necessary to meet client’s needs and enhance motivation.

  • Adhere closely to the FEP--NAVIGATE model.

  • Primarily responsible for creating and monitoring client treatment plans in partnership with client, family, and other FEP Team members.

  • Maintain complete and timely clinical documentation, including gathering data in accordance with agency policies and procedures.

  • Complete initial and ongoing screenings, assessments, and data collection as required for program fidelity and contract compliance.

  • Maintain appropriate personal and professional boundaries with clients, families, co-workers, and community resources.

  • Assist youth/families in identifying existing and building new community and natural supports.

  • Facilitate team and family meetings as necessary.

  • Provide referrals and linkages to youth/families and system partners.

  • Assist youth/families in navigating systems to have their needs met.

  • Partner with client, family, other FEP practitioners, and other system of care representatives to promote youth/family involvement on all levels of care, treatment planning, and service delivery.

  • Attend and participate in clinical consultation, staff meetings, and supervision appointments.

  • Track client and family progress using contract-mandated data collection tools.

  • Participate in supervision with the FEP Program Manager or assigned supervisor.

  • Demonstrate a high degree of skill in communication and positive interaction with all Ryther employees, prospective employees, external agencies/companies, and the community at large.

  • Implements Ryther’s trauma-informed care and social justice & equity models across all areas of work.

  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

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ESSENTIAL JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Commitment to the Purpose, Vision and Values of the agency.

  • Master’s degree in mental health field.

  • Minimum of 21 years of age.

  • Minimum two years work experience with children, youth, or young adults.

  • Ability to obtain and/or maintain full or associate license or registration with the Washington Department of Health.  LICSW, LMFT, or LMHC preferred.

  • Knowledge of the impact and treatment of substance use disorders.  Current SUDP/t preferred.

  • Acceptance of a variety of lifestyles, behaviors, cultural, and spiritual practices.

  • Ability to maintain awareness of culturally relevant issues while interacting with youth, families, co-workers, and community members.

  • Valid Washington state driver's license and automobile liability insurance.

  • Access to reliable transportation and ability to meet clients/families throughout King County.

  • Understanding of child development, child psychology, and basic understanding of psycho-pharmacology.

  • Awareness of the public mental health system.  Ability to work effectively with individuals with complex needs and multi-system involvement.

  • Knowledge of homeless youth services systems.  Comfortable working with clients experiencing homelessness.

  • Ability to operate as a member of a multidisciplinary, specialty treatment team.

  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain client and employee confidentiality.

  • Excellent written/verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Flexibility and ability to work a varied schedule, including some nights and weekends.

  • Effective computer skills, including but not limited to Microsoft Office & Electronic Health Records.

  • The ability to accommodate a moderate level of stress.  Ability to maintain a positive, solution-focused demeanor when responding to conflicts or problems.

  • The ability to address and resolve conflict in a professional manner.

  • Strong knowledge of and experience with crisis de-escalation and safety planning.  Confidence and skill in handling crisis situations safely and effectively essential.

  • Ability to perform a range of physical motions including but not limited to:

    • lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs.,​

    • standing, walking, sitting for long periods of time,

    • kneeling, squatting, and stooping; and

    • running for brief periods of time.

 

SUPERVISOR: FEP Program Manager