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The Mission of the Therapist is “Helping Children to be Victors.” A Therapist shall be accountable to the Clinical Manager for over all management and day to day operations of a discreet unit or defined program area.


  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR certification and renewals,
  • Cornell University Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) certification and renewals,
  • Youth Mental Health Certification by National Council for Behavioral Health and renewals,
  • Bachelor degreed staff are eligible for the WHS internal Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) course/track as approved by MCBAP.
    • WHS pays application and test fees, as well as renewal fees!!
  • Master degree qualified mental health staff are eligible for the WHS internal Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) course/track as approved by MCBAP.
    • WHS pays application and test fees, as well as renewal fees!!
  • Masters level therapists are eligible for the exclusive internal CBT certification track as developed in partnership with the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT)
    • WHS pays all application course and certification fees!! *Lifelong certification
  • Master degree qualified mental health staff are eligible for juvenile sex offender treatment certification (JSOT) in accordance with program specialization.
    • WHS pays all application course and certification fees!! *Lifelong certification


  • Evidence based course/curriculums based on the most innovative, new best practices.
  • An innovative design for a residential level of care using an ‘outpatient’ design and model.
    • Unlike traditional roles of therapists in the residential milieu, this allows for skill building with clients more reflective of the community and outside the ‘residential’ lens.
  • Weekly CBT fidelity measured supervision with an ACT Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy licensed supervisor.
    • WHS provides free CBT Supervision to its licensed therapist teams within the agency setting.
  • Onsite and offsite professional CEU trainings to support licensure and best practice.
    • WHS pays for approved courses
    • WHS supports ongoing education, so considers these part of the work week, so no need to use your valuable personal/vacation days for training!
  • All above certification tracks are done on WHS time during the course of routine job duties.


  1. The Therapist is committed to the Mission Statement and Values of Wolverine Human Services, Inc.
  2. The Therapist will possess a required Masters degree in Sociology, Psychology or related field; Masters Degree in Social Work and two years experience with Juvenile offenders is preferred.
  3. Has proven extensive experience in clinical assessment and intervention techniques, with a strong background in residential treatment.
  4. Able to meet state licensing and registered as a Social Worker in the State of Michigan. Licensure as a certified Social Worker is preferred.
  5. Emotionally stable, of good moral character with mature judgment. Initiative, self aware, with self discipline and initiative in areas of program development.
  6. Working familiarity with the principles and tenets of case assessment, clinical intervention skills, and behavior modification, working knowledge of community agency function, group work, family therapy and residential treatment.
  7. Excellent writing skills, able to write reports that are accurate, objective and logically organized. Ability to make assessment intervention, evaluation and have excellent communication skills.
  8. Able to work evenings and weekends t accommodate facility and residents family needs.
  9. The therapist will have knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of case work including a working knowledge of psychology and sociology.
  10. Ability to pinpoint resident’s problems and needs, and determine effective treatment goals related to the residents return to the community.
  11. Has ability to work effectively and harmoniously with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds including staff, clients and their families; with an understanding of and respect for multi-cultural diversity.
  12. Sincere interest in the rehabilitation of delinquent youth, able to respond to the needs of residents especially in emergency situations, and is committed to understanding the importance of reintegration services.
  13. Appropriate role model for youth and co-workers.
  14. Has knowledge of social case work, principles, practices and techniques of child welfare, social work and management.
  15. Has experience in working with dependent and neglected children, children with behavior problems and children of special needs.
  16. Has good physical condition and health adequate for effectively carrying out the responsibilities of the position.
  17. Must possess a valid Michigan driver’s license with a chauffeur’s endorsement.
  18. Ability to complete and pass all phases of the Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) seminar and to apply the principles and techniques learned and to oversee the application of these principles.
  19. Possesses certification of satisfactory completed First Aid and CPR training.
  20. Have a working knowledge of Wolverine Human Services and its scope of programs and services; working knowledge of other social service agencies and family court and the manner in which they coordinate and relate to the operation of WHS.
  21. Has a working knowledge of state licensing requirements and how they apply to the specific program operations of WHS.

**Ability to Work with a Diverse and Multi-cultural Client and Staff Population.


  1. The Therapist will ensure that all youth receive through treatment and clinical case work.
  2. Develop an assessment for all youth within fourteen (14) days of admission, to be included in the initial service plan; develop related treatment goals throughout the youth’s stay, in accordance with established standards, practices and time frames.
  3. Monitor and coordinate outside services related to specialized treatment.
  4. Provide a minimum of two hours weekly specialized programming, utilizing appropriate treatment models, for each youth identified as needing specific treatment.
  5. Coordinate on going communication among families, youth, staff and the State, Court Workers during youth’s on going treatment. Participate in case conference process.
  6. Monitor, route, and intervene youth’s communication with family members, placing workers, etc. (i.e., resident mail, phone calls, contacts).
  7. Develop individual reintegration plans for each youth in conjunction with the Team Managers.
  8. Coordinated with the school and vocational segments to ensure that youth’s work in these areas meet clinical goals.
  9. Chair clinical meetings and facilitate effective meetings as required.
  10. Act as primary liaison with the Department of Social Services/ Court Workers, especially in dispute resolution.
  11. Represent youth at court hearings, case conferences, and family visitation and conduct family therapy sessions as needed.
  12. Work with Secretaries and Intake Specialists to ensure that the file information is keep current and meets licensing, contract, C.O.A. and funding source requirements.
  13. Coordinate staff training and development in areas of specialized treatment with the Director of Staff Development and the Senior Vice President of the Programs.
  14. Monitor the effective implementation of the point level system; assist Team Managers with Clinical issues.
  15. Provide training and information to staff teams to increase their effectiveness working with youth.
  16. Coordinate and or conduct specialized treatment planning for the unit and ensure that treatment plans and activities are implemented in support of those treatment plans.
  17. Conduct therapy for the family of youth in placement. Have contact with each parent while the youth is in the program on a monthly basis.
  18. Assure that families are oriented to the program and are included in case planning within the first 30 days. Assure that families are informed of visitation policies, encourage family visitations and supervise or assure that visitations are supervised.
  19. Be on call 24 hours a day to be able to respond to various crisis situations as needed which support adequate treatment plans of youth and families.
  20. Work with reintegration staff, State and Court workers for youth who do not have adequate home situations.
  21. Work with reintegration program to ensure that residents transferring into the programs have all relevant information ready to be transferred with the youth upon request.
  22. Ability to meet all paperwork deadlines.
  23. Ability to complete all tasks assigned.
  24. Coordinate ordering of supplies and assembly of resources necessary to perform assigned duties.
  25. Effectively communicate significant information to treatment team members through logging and verbal communication.
  26. Monitor youth record keeping relative to post placement planning.
  27. Develop skills in the field of social work relative to client needs.
  28. Attend all staff meetings. Support treatment team members through suggestions and innovative ideas on a regular basis. Participation in evaluation of treatment team members.
  29. Able to participate in agency professional development programs.
  30. Submit monthly reports to the Clinical Manager detailing the monthly activities.
  31. Work cooperatively with Team Managers and other managers, supervisors, facility and agency employees.
  32. Demonstrate flexibility and creativity with activities and scheduling in order to provide residents and families with the best possible treatment.
  33. Coordinate the development of the discharge plan with the youth, family, DHS worker, court officials and the Team Manager. This plan may include but is not limited to education, employment, housing, community activities, AA or NA, and other sources of treatment and counseling.
  34. Coordinate with the Program Manager, Facility Director, Clinical Manager, Family Worker, all clinical and administration team members and the post discharged service provider to develop youth home visitation documentation, including court orders, home visit approval, etc.
  35. Facilitate the execution of the youth discharge plan once it has been developed.
  36. Assist community staff in the development of case planning and reintegration services where they are not currently available.
  37. Coordinates staff training and development with the Director of Training and the Senior Vice President Northern Region and provides regular training to agency staff.
  38. Coordinates with Intake Department in planning for intakes and discharges.
  39. Monitors the effective implementation of the point store, group point and level system, and assist Clinical Supervisors in solving clinical problems.
  40. Audits group work, family work, individual treatment, and fills in for Clinical Supervisors in their absence.
  41. Collaborates with Operations and Educational staff on site in advocacy of clients’ basic needs, and treatment and educational needs.
  42. Coordinates with Auxiliary/Administrative staff off site as needed and appropriate regarding client, staff, and/or logistical matters.
  43. Primary responsibility for site compliance with the agency Management Information System.
  44. Other duties as assigned by the Program Manager and or Senior Vice President of Northern Region.

Responsible to: Program Manager and Senior Vice President of Programs


This is an exempt position for purposes of compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1967.

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