The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut (CGC), a non-profit children’s mental health agency based in Stamford, CT, is seeking a clinician/psychotherapist with a passion for helping children age 9 -18 in our Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) Program. This position offers a social worker, family therapist or professional counselor an opportunity to work in a family intensive treatment program with high risk or drug/alcohol using adolescents and their families. Working under the supervision of CGC’s MDFT Program Director and as a team with a therapy assistant, the MDFT therapist works to reduce and eliminate his/her clients’ substance use, dangerous behaviors and psychiatric symptoms. Success for this clinician comes when he/she sees improvements in client functioning, parent relationships and family ability to access needed services and supports.
Conduct comprehensive substance use and mental health assessments, including diagnoses and clinical formulations
Develop detailed treatment plans, case conceptualizations, and weekly case reviews that address the client and family priorities, behaviors and symptoms
Engage adolescents and their families in the three stages of MDFT treatment, while maintaining fidelity to an evidenced-based short-term treatment model
Conduct consultations and coordinate care with judicial, school and other agencies
Participate in supervision, including the use of DVD reviews and live supervision, and in MDFT trainings required to earn and maintain therapist certification
Utilize the agency’s electronic health record and MDFT reporting systems for proper and timely completion of clinical documentation
Maintain positive and collaborative supports with community providers
Provide guidance to foster the therapy assistant’s success in helping the family identify and access needed services and supports
Actively participate in all activities of the MDFT training process and CGC’s exciting array of in-service training and staff development activities
Masters degree in clinical social work or community counseling, such as MSW or MFT, required
Licensure in Connecticut or another state or able to become licensed in Connecticut necessary
Minimum one year experience providing clinical assessments and psychotherapy to children/adolescents with SED and high risk behaviors and to their families preferred
Willingness to work in clients’ homes required
Experience working with adolescents and/or adults with substance abuse/dependence a plus, but not required
Ability to complete clinical assessments and other documentation in English required; bilingual candidates strongly encouraged to apply
Experience and competence treating individuals and families from culturally diverse backgrounds a plus (EOE)
Computer skills required; familiarity with electronic health record systems a plus
Additional Salary Information: Salary based on credentials, experience and skills. Excellent benefits package, including flexible work schedule, generous vacation policy, employee health and dental insurance, and pension and 403(b) plans. CGC is also a qualified National Health Service Corp. (NHSC) site, which entitles qualified clinicians to apply for federal student loan repayment.
The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut is a renowned non-profit children’s mental health agency that serves the communities of Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan, CT. Recognized for over 60 years for excellence treating a broad spectrum of behavioral health issues facing children, adolescents and their families, CGC’s staff have the opportunity to make a major difference in chi...ldren’s lives. With the expertise of a multi-disciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, other master’s level professionals and care coordinators, CGC has a dual commitment to effective clinical services and to developing the expertise of clinical staff and trainees. Visit us at www.childguidancect.org for more information about the organization.