WISe Therapist

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 WISe Therapist provides comprehensive therapeutic support services assisting children, youth, and families cope with complex behavior and mental health needs.  In a team framework, the therapist works in close collaboration with a Wraparound Facilitator and Parent /Youth Partner to identify goals, assess needs, and coordinate access to community resources.  The WISe Therapist will conduct outreach to clients and families in their homes, school, and community.  

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

  • Complete mental health intake assessment (including Child Adolescent Needs and Strengths - CANS) and secure authorization for treatment.  CANS certification required within 30 days of hire.

  • Develop individualized treatment and service plans with the child and family to best address mental health needs.

  • Conduct program orientation explaining the role of WISe Therapist.  Provide ongoing psycho-education to clients and their families by meeting them in and out of the office; develop the recovery plan; provide educational information in conjunction with direct service providers related to treatments, procedures, medications, and continuing service requirements.

  • Participate in WISe Child & Family Team Meetings for each client, contributing to the development of the Cross-System Care Plan and Team Safety Plan.  May include facilitation of the child and family team.

  • Provides Crisis Management Services and coordination after hours, as needed.  Participates in crisis rotation as assigned.

  • Partner with the family in order to assist them in utilizing the resources offered by formal and informal sources within their community.

  • Complete all documentation in keeping with Wraparound fidelity guidelines, King County requirements, agency policies, and State and Federal requirements.

  • Create and practice a plan for aftercare supports and response post-Ryther involvement.

  • Assists the client in strengthening connections to informal, natural supports such as friends, extended family members, community groups, etc.

  • Attends meetings related to the client’s involvement in other child-serving systems, including school, juvenile justice, child welfare, primary care, or other related systems. Serves as an advocate for the client in these meetings. 

  • Works closely with Wraparound Facilitators and Peer/Parent Partners to make and monitor applicable referrals. May accompany clients to access these referrals.

  • Works with team to monitor the delivery of care by reviewing client records; overseeing the completion of necessary agency and county forms, documenting care; identifying progress toward desired care outcomes; modify and adapt recovery plan to address barriers; review the recovery plan with clients in conjunction with the other service providers.

  • Serve as a knowledgeable resource to families and professionals regarding Children’s Long-term Inpatient Psychiatric facilities in the state of WA, including application procedure and processes.

  • Implements team recommendations and tasks assigned at Child and Family team meetings

  • Evaluates outcomes of care with the interdisciplinary team by measuring intervention effectiveness with the team.

  • Utilize Evidence-Based Practices to move a client toward readiness to engage in ongoing therapy.

  • Provide therapeutic groups relevant to WISe enrolled clients.

  • Provide consult to child-serving clinicians across the agency, particularly related to high-need use with multi-system involvement, as assigned.

  • Provide and participate in consult to fellow WISe team members regarding mandated reporting or duty to warn situations.

  • 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.

ESSENTIAL JOB REQUIREMENTS

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

  • Master’s degree in social work, counseling, marriage and family therapy, or a related field.

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

  • Minimum 21 years of age.

  • 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.

  • Ability to use the senses of sight and hearing to effectively supervise clients.

  • Licensure with the state of Washington desired.

  • Mental Health Professional (as defined by WAC 388-877). MHP status required to perform in the field intakes.

  • Have and maintain current Washington State DOH counselor registration or license.

  • Obtain Agency Affiliated Counselor registration within 2 weeks of hire.

  • Two years experience providing treatment to children or adolescents who have serious emotional or behavioral issues and experience intervening on a family level within a publicly funded service system.  Experience working with youth and families with complex needs or frequently accessing crisis services, a plus.

  • Have and maintain current first aid and CPR certification.

  • Have a valid Washington State Driver’s License and acceptable driving record.  Must have the ability to transport clients.

  • Capacity to have flexible schedule including working evenings and weekends as needed.

  • Prior experience in Wraparound programs a plus.

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

  • Able to accurately input and track data while meeting deadline requirements.

  • Able to problem-solve effectively and work collaboratively with other team members.

  • Have access to reliable transportation and able to transport clients in the community.

  • Undergo and pass a background check upon initial employment and any subsequent checks requested by the agency.