Website Focus on Renewal
Social Services agency
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Clinician Position –
About Focus on Renewal: The Focus On Renewal Sto-Rox Neighborhood Corporation (FOR) was founded in 1969. FOR founders led a group of mobilized citizens and community activists to create an umbrella organization for much needed social services now ranging from food security, nutrition, early-childhood education, support groups, crime prevention and mental health services. Also included are arts programs
for all ages and access to the Sto-Rox Public Library.
The CBT Clinician is responsible for overseeing the quality and fidelity of the cognitive behavioral intervention (CBI) component of the Allegheny County Community Violence Reduction Initiative transitional employment and service delivery program. This program is adapted from the READI Chicago model and developed in partnership with Heartland Alliance.
The CBT Clinician will oversee the provision of emotional, behavioral, and wellness supports provided to participants. The position requires experience providing trauma-informed care, knowledge of motivational interviewing, group facilitation, training, supervision and consultation within a multidisciplinary team. This position requires an understanding of community service areas as it pertains to group and gang violence, territory and service providers. The CBT Clinician should have experience working with and engaging very at-risk young adults in structured programming, and an approach demonstrating strong cultural competency.
The CBT Clinician will report directly to the Program Manager, and will supervise the Clinical Support.
Provide therapeutic service and deliver supports:
● Successfully complete training in the specified CBT curriculum.
● Facilitate CBI sessions for participants with support from Clinical Support staff.
● Facilitate bi-weekly CBI debrief and preparatory sessions with Clinical Support; develop best practices, identify lessons learned, and troubleshoot issues that arise with service delivery.
● Provide support and resources for staff around self care and working within a trauma-informed context; this may include, but is not limited to, supporting staff following a critical incident.
● Model and provide consultation to staff in all aspects of the therapeutic work with participants such as crisis intervention, life coaching, and problem solving.
● Remain knowledgeable about emerging theories and interventions, best practice models in the social work profession, and changes in policies and regulatory reforms, such as HIPAA regulations.
● Use data to assess CBI facilitation performance. Provide technical assistance to improve performance and modify service provision as needed to achieve the best possible outcomes for program participants.
● Develop, implement, and maintain a behavior management strategy and standards for CBT groups that accommodates behaviors arising from a trauma response.
● Adhere to professional standards as outlined by governmental bodies, NASW (and/or other appropriate professional associations), private funding sources, and the hiring organization plans/policies.
Support staff in their duties:
● Model group facilitation and conflict resolution interventions and observe staff facilitation and provide technical assistance.
● Provide guidance and TA to staff regarding support plans for participants and wellness referrals for external service.
● Supervise staff efforts in developing and delivering one-to-one support sessions with participants that support conflict resolution and adoption of prosocial behaviors.
● Work collaboratively with team members, providing input on scorecards, evaluation, regular reports, and other performance tools; establish processes for collecting, reviewing, and interpreting data to understand and assess participants’ behavioral change and to ensure accountability.
● Provide data to the Program Manager for grant and other program reporting requirements.
● Design participants’ skills attainment tools to track program outcomes for quantitative and qualitative analysis.
● Meet target metrics regarding hours of CBT delivered, maintain curriculum fidelity, and ensure that all participant time designated as CBT time is actually spent receiving the intervention.
Act alongside Program Manager to provide team leadership and management:
● Supervise and support the Clinical Support staff member.
● Conduct performance reviews and guide performance improvement for the Clinical Support staff member.
● Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with staff across the community and with partner organizations.
● Maintain regular communications with leadership regarding obstacles faced with service provision to participants.
● Actively participate in team meetings.
● Collaborate with the Program Manager to hold professional development trainings that address staff and participant needs.
● Infuse trauma-informed and restorative based principles throughout the work.
● Exhibit the highest level of confidentiality at all times.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty.
Qualifications below represent the knowledge and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
● Master’s degree with clinical licensure required. Master’s degree with LSW or LPC strongly preferred.
● Three to five years of community clinical work experience, or social work and case management experience required.
● Experience in mental health, violence prevention, or criminal justice fields preferred.
● Unwavering commitment to quality programs.
● Excellent problem-solving skills.
● Ability to work with high-risk populations with complex needs.
● Excellent writing and communications skills
● Excellent computer skills, Microsoft Office Suite fluency.
● Knowledge of workforce development and employment services for chronically unemployed individuals or individuals experiencing poverty preferred.
● Knowledge of the local community preferred, including the ecosystem of violence prevention, intervention, and reduction organizations and actors, as well as local supports and service providers.
● Individuals with criminal records and other lived experience are encouraged to apply.
● No current group or gang affiliations; no pending criminal cases.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
● This position requires travel to sites across the region, including program sites, transitional jobs placement sites, unsubsidized employer partners, and other stakeholders
● While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.
● The employee is required to use hands to key, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.
● The employee is regularly required to sit, stand and walk.
● The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
● Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.
Salary and Benefits
● Salary is fixed and non-negotiable at $60,000 – $65,500
● Benefits are medical insurance, dental insurance, 403(b) plan, paid vacation, paid sick time, paid personal time, paid holidays, Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
For more information on READI, a program originally launched in Chicago by the Heartland Alliance, please visit: https://www.heartlandalliance.org/readi/
For more information on Focus on Renewal, please visit: https://www.forstorox.org
An Equal Opportunity Employer
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