Home Based Therapist - Kalamazoo

Family & Children Services Kalamazoo , MI 49001

Posted 2 months ago

Home Based Therapist - Kalamazoo

Be a Source of Hope

Family & Children Services has been a source of hope for our community's most vulnerable citizens for more than 115 years. This hope is embodied in our mission "to support, strengthen, and preserve the safety, well-being, and dignity of children, individuals, and families" and is delivered every day by our dedicated, experienced, and compassionate staff members.

We're looking for people who want to join us and be a source of hope. That hope could be you.


Provide comprehensive, home-based treatment services partnering therapeutic and case management services for the entire family, offering flexible scheduling and a variety of treatment services for families to strengthen their abilities and create lasting change. Serving families with one or more children (up to age 18), who are diagnosed as having a serious emotional disturbance (SED) and families having multiple service needs. Services are youth and family-centered and build on the youth and family strengths to increase personal and community supports, promote healthy family functioning, support and preserve families, and reduce the need for out-of-home placement. Services are provided in-home/community through flexible scheduling.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsibilities associated with this job will change from time to time in accordance with the agency's program and business needs. More specifically, the incumbent may be required to perform additional and/or different responsibilities from those described below.

  • Provide interventions that focus on stabilizing the family; teaching and modeling effective strategies and coping skills; decreasing isolation; identifying, increasing, and utilizing natural strengths, supports, and resources; preparing for crisis situations; providing increased support during times of relapse and improving overall functioning.

  • Offer a variety of clinical interventions including best practice and evidence-based models.

  • Case Management Linkage and Referral to Community Supports.

  • Development of Individualized Safety/Crisis Plans with Families.

  • Support community involvement in meaningful community activities and provide services directly or through referral to enhance independence.

  • Assist families with the identification of, as well as building and sustaining positive natural supports in their lives.

  • Provide services during after-school and evening hours as well as possible weekend appointments when requested.

  • Provide accurate monitoring and documentation of all case related activities to fulfill program obligations and requirements.

  • Pursue broadened professional development to enhance level of competency and meet training requirements of funder.This position will be knowledgeable about and actively support 1) culturally competent, recovery-based practices; 2) person-centered planning as a shared decision making process with the individual, who defines his/her own life goals and is assisted in developing a unique path toward those goals; and 3) a trauma informed culture to aid individuals in their recovery process.

  • Adhere to Agency and program philosophies, policies and procedures to assure consistent and ethical professional standards and required service outcomes.

  • Ability to understand, demonstrate and apply the Agency's workplace values:

  • Respect

  • Integrity

  • Service

  • Empowerment

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Minimum MSW/MA in a mental health-related field from an accredited school.

  • Specialized training and one year of experience in the examination, evaluation and treatment of minors and their families.

  • Must be trained in CAFAS or ability to be trained as a reliable rater of CAFAS.

  • Lived experience with behavioral health issues is desired.


  • Licensure as LLMSW, LMSW, or LLPC, LPC in the State of Michigan. Full licensure preferred.

  • Valid Michigan driver's license and driving record which complies with agency policy.


  • Ability to implement physical assistance/intervention as warranted.

  • Trained or ability to be trained in Mandt.

  • Trained or ability to be trained in First Aid and CPR.

  • Ability to regularly provide out-of-office services in unstructured, unpredictable situations. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Ability to solve problems within a broadened area of knowledge involving somewhat differing situations and specialized standards.

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups, customers or employees of the organization. Ability to understand and motivate people and an awareness of importance of cultural differences within service populations. Operate as a team player with excellent organizational and communication skills.

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Home Based Therapist - Kalamazoo

Family & Children Services