Clinical Therapist - Dallas SPARC Program Job

Children's Health - Psychology Careers

Job Number: 52532

Location: Dallas, TX

Date Posted: 9-11-2017


The clinical therapist is a fully licensed, revenue generating practitioner, responsible for providing psychological treatment and coordination of care throughout the continuum of treatment for SPARC patients. As part of the SPARC treatment, the Clinical Therapist is responsible for conducting an initial evaluation and assessment, conducting individual and family therapy weekly, facilitating teen group therapy, multi-family group therapy, and parent education groups, and providing after hours crisis intervention support. The Clinical Therapist also provides coordination of care with outpatient providers prior to SPARC discharge and also conducts one and six month follow-up calls post discharge as preventative measures. The position supports the multidisciplinary SPARC team during patient crises and coordinates transfer to higher level of care when needed.


  • Requires knowledge and understanding of children in foster care and special training and clinical experience with trauma treatment and trauma informed care.
  • Requires knowledge and experience in evidence based therapy treatments.
  • Has knowledge of best practices and how own area integrates with others; demonstrates awareness of the industry, including regulatory, evolving customer demands, and the factors that differentiate the organization in the market
  • Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience; may lead projects with manageable risks and resource requirements
  • Solves complex problems and takes a new perspective on existing solutions; exercises judgment based on the analysis of multiple sources of information
  • Impacts a range of customer, operational, project or service activities within own team and other related teams; works within broad guidelines and policies
  • Able to work with a team of professionals and also independently, with guidance in only the most complex situations.
  • Explains difficult or sensitive information; works to build consensus


  • Provide evaluation and treatment services to patients and families with complex psychosocial needs; provide crisis intervention and emergency services as needed.
  • Participate in clinical research protocols and maintain appropriate documentation; participate in multidisciplinary team meetings as appropriate to the clinical care of patients. Case management and disposition arrangements.
  • Contribute to program development
  • Maintain fiscal accountability and apply problem solving skills that demonstrate responsibility for generating allocated billable and/or patient contact hours.
  • Contribute to the teaching mission of the hospital by working with trainees as co-therapists, and participating in didactics on topics of own expertise.
  • Work with team or directly determine whether the patient's benefits provide coverage for services and communicate this information back to the families and the team.
  • Interact and collaborate effectively with a large multidiscplinary team.


  • Minimum 3 - 5 years of job related experience, preferred.


  • Graduate or professional work or advanced degree; or equivalent experience, required.


  • License at a Master's level (LPC, LMFT, LCSW or equivalent), required.
  • Initial Pediatric Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behaviors (PPMAB) training must be completed within 60 days of hire and renewed annually, required.
  • Basic Life Support - Health care provider course (BLS) certification must be completed within 60 days of hire and renewed every 2 years, required.

Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Maintain effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment; adjust effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures.
  • Use appropriate interpersonal styles to establish effective relationships with customers and internal partners; interact with others in a way that promotes openness and trust and gives them confidence in one's intentions.
  • Meet patient and patient family needs; take responsibility for a patient's safety, satisfaction, and clinical outcomes; use appropriate interpersonal techniques to resolve difficult patient situations and regain patient confidence.
  • Ensure that the customer perspective is a driving force behind business decisions and activities; craft and implement service practices that meet customers' and own organization's needs.
  • Develop and use collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals.
  • Identify and understand issues, problems, and opportunities; compare data from different sources to draw conclusions; use effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; take action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
  • Take prompt action to accomplish objectives; take action to achieve goals beyond what is required; be proactive.
  • Deal effectively with others in an antagonistic situation; use appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people.
  • Effectively manage one's time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently.
  • Accomplish tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks; being watchful over a period of time.
  • Set high standards of performance for self and others; assume responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks; self-impose standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed.
  • Assimilate and apply new job-related information in a timely manner.
  • Clearly convey information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.

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