SCOPE OF WORK: The Clinical Therapist Intern will assist in providing trauma-informed, culturally and linguistically appropriate, psychotherapy and psychoeducation to individuals, families, and groups. Services are available to refugees, survivors of torture, victims of human trafficking, and victims of crime from different nationalities and ethnic backgrounds. The position requires an individual who is culturally sensitive and willing to make strides to communicate with non-English speakers. This position will work as part of a team and coordinate activities with case managers and other IRC staff.
Under the supervision of the Clinical Therapist, the intern will assist with the following:
- Conduct intake along with individual, family, and group counseling to all assigned clients
- Evaluate the effectiveness of counseling programs on client progress in resolving identified problems and moving towards defined objectives
- Refer clients to community resources or to specialists, as necessary
- Collaborate with other staff members to perform clinical assessments or develop treatment plans
- Assess clients for risk of suicide attempts
- Arrange for interpreters for counseling sessions where needed
- Complete and maintain required clinical documentation in a timely manner
- Maintain confidentiality of records relating to client treatment
- Attend weekly staffing meeting and individual supervision
- Conduct outreach programs/workshops, as assigned by supervisors
- Provide consultation to staff, as needed
- Perform additional job-related duties and responsibilities as requested
- Work in both a standard office environment and a community-based environment.
This course provides counseling experience in a community agency setting. Under direction and supervision of the clinical therapist interns get practice in counseling, interviewing, in-service training, and data collection
- Knowledge of the role of racial, ethnic, and cultural heritage, nationality, socioeconomic, status, family structure, age, gender, sexual orientation, religious and spiritual beliefs, occupation, and physical and mental status, and equity issues in a community counseling setting
- Understand the roles of community counselors and the relationships between counselors and other professionals in a community agency setting
- Demonstrate and understanding of ethical and legal considerations specifically related to the practice of community counseling and engage in appropriate ethical behavior in clinical situations
- Understand and demonstrate basic and advanced helping skills with a variety of clients with diverse presenting problems and trauma
- Understanding of how to apply appropriate individual, couple, family, group, and systems modalities for initiating, maintaining, and terminating counseling. This Includes the use of crisis intervention, and brief, intermediate, and long-term approaches to counseling that demonstrate a collaborative endeavor between counselor and client
- General principles of assessment and an understanding of symptoms to look for when conducting a thorough bio-psychosocial assessment in all counseling settings
- Evaluate effectiveness of provided intervention(s)
- Prepare and maintain records required
- Learn to use individual supervision effectively.
- A current master's student in the Counseling program
- Completion of departmental pre-internship requirements
- Experience with vulnerable populations preferred
- Ability to work effectively with partners, colleagues, and clients in a cross-cultural, team based environment
- Ability to present oneself in an appropriate personable and professional manner to clients and staff
- Ability to be both consistent and flexible as circumstances warrant
- Ability to receive and utilize constructive feedback regarding performance, presentation and relationships with others
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Strong computer skills
- Proficiency in a second language spoken by the client based strongly preferred but not required
- A positive attitude and a desire to learn
- A vehicle, current driver’s license and valid insurance
- A time commitment of at least 10 hours per week.
- Counseling / Mental Health
- Community Outreach
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- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
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