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Geriatric Unit Therapist (LCSW, LPCC, LMFT, LPP)

Lincoln Trail Behavioral Health System has a dedicated inpatient unit for older adults experiencing acute psychiatric symptoms. The primary focus of the unit is treating older adults experiencing depression, dementia, and behavioral changes, with a goal of assisting in regaining a sense of health and well-being. The therapist serves as a key member of the treatment team providing direct clinical services in the form of individual, family, and group therapy. In addition, the therapist is responsible for completing psychosocial evaluations, developing and implementing master treatment plans, and working with the treatment team to provide appropriate discharges. The therapist also participates in patient care team meetings, working with the team to continuously develop improved programing for our patients. Strengths and qualities needed to successfully complete the job include: excellent communication, time management, organization, ability to multitask, and flexibility.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Masters or Doctoral degree in a clinical field such as psychology, social work, professional counseling, or marriage and family therapy. A license or certification is required (CSW, LPCA, MFTa, LPA), and an independent license is preferred (LCSW, LPCC, LMFT, LPP). If an independent practice license is not present, this individual must be clinically supervised and actively work towards their independent licensure. At least two years clinical experience, working with an inpatient or outpatient psychiatric or chemical dependency population is preferred. Experience working with older adults is preferred.
REASONING ABILITY: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common clinical reports, outcome data, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to document in the medical record effectively to meet regulatory requirements. Ability to communicate on an effective level with both clients and staff from a variety of disciplines.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands as described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable the individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to sit and use hands to write or manipulate small objects. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



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