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Therapist (FT, PT, TEMP)

Job Description

Assess and treat adolescents with mental, emotional and substance abuse problems.  Activities may include individual and group therapy, family therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy and prevention and education.  Work with individuals and groups to promote abstinence and optimum mental health by dealing with addictions, family dynamics, suicide, stress management, problems with self-esteem and issues associated with mental and emotional health.  Manage a case load of 5-7 clients in a residential treatment setting.

Primary Responsibilities: 

Job Tasks

  1.  Counsel clients in individual and group sessions to assist them in dealing with substance abuse, mental and physical health, anger management, trauma and abuse.

  2. Interview clients, review records, and confer with professional team to evaluate mental and physical condition of client.

  3. Develop and implement individualized treatment plans based on clinical experience and client needs.

  4. Collaborate with therapists, clinical psychologist and clinical director to plan and coordinate treatment based on client needs.

  5. Monitor, evaluate, and record client progress with respect to treatment goals.

  6. Refer client and family to community resources to assist in recovery efforts, following through to ensure service efficacy.

  7. Provide family therapy for clients and family members to aid family members and assist them in understanding, dealing with and supporting the client in recovery.

  8. Modify treatment plans according to changes in client status.

  9. Plan and conduct programs to help client, family and family members prevent further substance abuse, to combat social problems and to improve overall mental health.

  10. Supervise and direct other workers who provide services to clients.

  11. Learn about new developments in their field by reading professional literature, attending courses and seminars, and establishing and maintaining contact with other social service agencies.

  12. Meet with families, probation officers, care coordinators and other interested parties in order to exchange necessary information during the treatment process.

  13. Monitor clients’ use of medications.

  14. Encourage clients to express their feelings and discuss what is happening in their lives, and help them to develop insight into themselves and their relationships.

  15. Evaluate the effectiveness of counseling programs and clients’ progress in resolving identified problems and moving towards defined objectives.

  16. Maintain confidentiality of records relating to clients’ treatment.

  17. Modify treatment activities and approaches as needed in order to comply with changes in clients’ status.

  18. Prepare and maintain all required treatment records and reports.

  19. Run workshops and trainings about family, substance abuse and mental health issues.

Required Knowledge:

  1. Psychology – Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; leaning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of substance abuse, behavioral and affective disorders.

  2. Therapy and Counseling – Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse and mental health dysfunctions, and principles, methods and interventions in family therapy.

  3. Client and Personal Service – Knowledge of principles and processes for providing client and personal services.  This includes client needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of client satisfaction.

  4. Education and Training – Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


Required Skills:

  1. Active Listening – Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

  2. Social Perceptiveness – Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

  3. Critical Thinking – Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems

  4. Speaking – Talking to others to convey information effectively.

  5. Writing – Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

  6. Reading Comprehension – Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

  7. Active Learning – Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem solving and decision making.

  8.  Coordination – Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.

  9.  Service Orientation – Actively looking for ways to help people

  10.  Judgment and Decision Making – Consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

  11.  Dependability – The ability to follow instructions well, be on time for work and have no unplanned absences except in the event of an emergency.

  12.  Cooperation – The ability to cooperate with co-workers and supervisors.  Good team player, professional and will always do full share of work.

  13.  Client Care – The ability to practice clear professional boundaries at all times.

  14.  Knowledge of Job – has comprehensive understanding of job, grasps details. Able to practice all job tasks with minimum supervision.

  15.  Problem Solving – does not complain or blame others, is solution oriented, open to constructive criticism and self-improvement.

  16.  Demonstrates leadership skills – Appropriately communicates information to staff and clients.

  17.  Role model for all clients and staff.

  18.  Provides appropriate feedback to staff about clinical issues.



  • Requires a master’s degree in psychology, social work, marriage & family therapy of related field

  • Must have a Hawaii State License

  • desired Hawaii Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC)

  • At least 2-3 years’ experience providing counseling and therapy to adolescents with chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders.

  • Ability to train and supervise staff

  • Excellent oral and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to accept direction from the Clinical Director

  • Ability to work with integrity in all aspects of the job

  • Working knowledge of 12 step programs


Physical Requirments:

Air-conditioned office with minimal physical effort required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions 


Flexible (TBD)

Other Requirements:

Driver's License

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