To nurture and guide motivated young people in need
to become well-educated, career-ready men and women for others.
Deadline: Until Filled
Status: Full-time, Exempt
Type: Clinical Therapist
Location: St. Louis, MO
Travel: Occasional, less than 25%
In support of Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis’s (STL) mission and values, the Clinical Therapist is responsible for the social-emotional health of the scholars and the development and support of our residential team. This individual is responsible for providing and coordinating therapy and wellness services and ensuring that the organization is effectively supporting the holistic health and overall success of the scholars and employees. The clinical Therapist is responsible for the overall design, implementation, and execution of BHGH of STL’s counseling and wellness programs. The Clinical Therapist works with teachers, parents, schools, and residential team to help scholars thrive and supports residential team in their growth and professional development.
This position is focused primarily upon the operations of the residential homes and includes responsibility for serving the program’s scholars and advancing the organization’s mission. The position requires annual participation in continuing education, satisfied through in-house programs offered by Boys Hope Girls Hope or third party providers. The position will have at least an annual performance evaluation. While working within a home team schedule, employees will be required to be flexible regarding the 24 hours, seven days a week needs of the Boys Hope Girls Hope scholars.
Clinical Therapists may need to be available for the 24-hour call for Emergencies and Critical Incidents. It is the clinical Therapist’s responsibility to inform the Executive Director when he or she will be unable to serve on-call duties at least one week in advance, except for emergencies, so that other arrangements can be made.
- Leadership, motivation, and the ability to provide constructive feedback and supervision to employees
- Knowledge of residential care practice and licensing regulations
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with adolescents, their guardians or parents, co-workers, supervisors, teachers, and other audiences both verbally and in writing
- Ability to communicate in high stress or emotional situations, especially to convey information and directions
- Professional work habits and dress
- Ability to develop and maintain appropriate relationships with different populations, including scholars, their families, and supervisees
- Sensitivity to different religious backgrounds and cultures
- Ability to manage several projects and activities at the same time
- Ability to use a computer for simple word processing and internet applications like e-mail
- Active and empathetic listening capacity with the ability to give full attention to a child, co-worker, parent, or others
- Ability to influence others, especially teens, in positive, appropriate ways
- Ability to communicate sensitive information and to maintain confidentiality
- Creativity in presenting material and motivating scholars to pursue their education
- Curiosity and a life-long passion for learning
- A willingness to make a long-term commitment to the scholars
- Ability to balance the demands and personal sacrifices inherent in the role with the need to care for self
- A deep understanding of the organizational mission, creed, and philosophy
- Knowledge and understanding of adolescent development theory and practice
- Creativity in dealing with challenges
Major Areas of Responsibility
- Provide direct clinical counseling and referral services, when needed, to individual scholars
- Oversee general health and wellness initiatives for scholars and team
- Provide training, support, professional development to Residential team, ongoing confidential outlet (work-life balance, boundary setting with scholars, mandated reporting, physical boundaries, suicide and depression awareness, how to live where you work, etc.)
Ongoing and Responsive Scholar and Program Support
- Help facilitate ‘service learning in action’ workshops on social justice, power and privilege, and healthy identity development
- Design and implement group therapy and psychoeducational groups to address issues including, but not limited to: grief/loss, healthy relationships/sexuality, coping skills, and interpersonal communication
- Administer trauma and community violence assessments for scholars applying for the residential program
- Complete needed annual assessments with scholars as identified by BHGH NHQ and/or Executive Director
- Assess scholar’s health and wellness needs individually and collectively to refer them to the appropriate services.
Collegian and Alumni Support
- Work with the College Success Coordinator to find creative and proactive ways to support the non-academic health of our collegians and alumni
- Develop and maintain out a socio-emotional support arm to collegians and alumni
Health and Wellness Development, Implementation, and Oversight
- Communicate proactively with residential team members and program manager about scholars’ needs to ensure integrated support.
- Design, implement, and manage the overall health and wellness initiatives and support the overarching mission of the organization
- Serve as the health and wellness leader of the organization, with collaboration, support, and guidance provided by the Executive Director
- Ensure healthy life choices and oversee initiatives for stress relief, physical movement, meditation, and mindfulness
- In collaboration with the Program Manager, coordinate psychiatry services and assist with coordinating medication management of scholars.
- Respond to emergencies and confer with other professionals to coordinate, develop, or integrate treatment plans
- Provide suicide risk, and other crisis risk assessments and safety plan as needed
Supervision and Collaboration
- Supervise interns and other health-related volunteer interns who meet with students to address social and emotional needs
- Develop and maintain partnerships with city-wide organizations that promote and offer health and wellness services
- Maintains positive relations with neighbors, community groups, schools, authorities, and professional service providers
Administrative and Record-Keeping Responsibilities
- Maintain documentation of mental health services provided, including individual case plan for scholars
- Assist with the grant writing process
- Develop initial and ongoing training curriculum for Residential Counselors
Child Development and Health Responsibilities
- Knows and follows Boys Hope Girls Hope program policies and procedures regarding the care and development of scholars;
- In collaboration with the Residential team members, meets the academic, physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and academic development needs of scholars living in the home in accordance with individual scholar service plans and Boys Hope Girls Hope program policies.
- In collaboration with the Residential team , maintains parent and/or guardian relationships and involvement in scholars’ lives when appropriate; works to maintain parent and/or guardian engagement with their child and the program; and initiates regular contact with the parent and/or guardian.
- In collaboration with the Residential team , teaches the transitional living skills and psychoeducational curriculum, including college preparation activities.
- All tasks and/or duties as deemed necessary by the Executive Director.
- Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have a Master's degree from an accredited school in social work, psychology, counseling, education, or a related field. State licensure as LPC or LCSW required
- Have at minimum five years of experience in adolescent care, or at least two years of a full-time year of experience as a Residential Counselor in a Boys Hope Girls Hope home with satisfactory performance reviews.
- Possesses or is willing to obtain current CPR and First Aid certification.
- Possess or be willing to obtain any additional state licensing agency requirements to assume the responsibilities of this position.
- Have prior successful experience working in a residential setting or equivalent
- Be willing to attend the national Therapeutic Crisis Intervention "train the trainer" certification course