Summary of Duties: In accordance with the Agency’s Mission Statement, Code of
Ethics, policy and procedures, State of MI licensing, contracts,
and COA standards, the Therapist – Residential Programs is
responsible for providing therapeutic treatment services to all
residents based on the client’s individual needs.
Plans and organizes work to meet all job requirements according to Agency and COA
standards, licensing, and funding requirements.
Works cooperatively and in collaboration with Vista Maria staff and representatives of other
Works with Vista Maria programs and community agencies to provide referrals, resources,
and related services to clients.
Communicates clear and timely information regarding the intake, referral, and follow-up
processes and procedures related to assigned clients.
Serves as liaison and client advocate with the courts, funding and referring/referral
Implements and monitors continuous quality improvement methods including performing as
an agent to execute a positive and proactive change where appropriate.
Regularly prepares for and participates in supervision/unit/team and all other agency
meetings as required.
Develops/revises strategies and diverse treatment plans for assigned clients according to
their individual needs.
Implements and monitors quality individual, group and family therapy according to the
specific treatment plan.
Completes all required paperwork, e.g., case records, reports/assessments, and service
activities thoroughly and in a timely manner.
Provides in-service training regarding the needs of residents, clinical and report writing for
all unit staff.
Transport clients to court and home assessments.
Assist floor staff in Non-Violent Crisis Interventions when needed.
Completes all other related tasks as assigned by Supervisor.
Participates in continuous quality improvement efforts.
Demonstrates personal integrity and professional demeanor in accordance with the ethics of
the agency and profession.
Stays informed of current practice developments within the profession, and uses educational
and training opportunities to ensure continual professional competence.
Masters degree in Social Work or related Human Services degree from an accredited
State of Michigan license as required by PA 61 of 2004.
Ability to successfully pass medical and physical stamina examination in accordance with
licensing and/or contract requirements.
Working Knowledge of diagnostic criteria and coding.
Working knowledge of psychotropic medications and crisis interventions.
Demonstrated ability to interact positively in a culturally diverse environment.
Demonstrated proficiency in basic computer knowledge.
Demonstrated effective people and organizational skills.
Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills.
Valid MI drivers license without relevant restrictions.
Practical/internship or experience in a clinical and/or mental health setting.
Advanced knowledge of treatment concepts and skill in their implementation for EMI, LD,
ADHD, EI, and Conduct Disorder in adolescents.
Ability to actively participate in the physical management of a resident when needed per
Non-Violent Crisis Intervention techniques.
Ability to provide backup support when needed.
Therapist - Substance Abuse Program:
CAADC (Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor), CADC (Certified Alcohol and
drug Counselor) or CADC-M credentials.
Verification of FAODP (Fundamentals and Other Drug Principles)
Ability to facilitate multi-family groups
Knowledge of 12-step recovery process
Post-degree experience in working with dual-diagnosed clients (i.e., mental
Experience in juvenile justice with adolescent females
At Vista Maria we know that it takes a Fearless Heart to overcome the challenges of abuse and trauma and move forward. An unwavering courage, limitless love and positive vision that was embodied in 1883 by our founder Sister Mary Euphrasia, and carried on today by each one of us. What began as a home for girls and women in need has evolved to encompass mental health services, foster care and adoption, independent living , and secure care for the survivor's of human trafficking, plus education, after school care and advocacy for the welfare of children.