Clinical Trainee (Associate Therapist)

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The "Associate Therapists" are clinical trainees working towards licensure.  Associate Therapists can have a part-time up to full-time caseload of in-home and in-office position cases. They are responsible to provide therapeutic and educational/skills interventions/services to clients and families who have been referred to MSSI Mental Health programs.


Must possess a general knowledge of ARMHS services, therapy services, and previous experience with mental health documentation. Must have supervised experience in the delivery of clinical services in the treatment of adults with mental illness


  • Masters degree in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Counseling Psychology or related field. 

  • 1-2 years of experience working with clients from diverse communities providing therapy to individuals and or families with a mental illness diagnosis.  

  • Must be on a clinical licensure track (pre-license) in Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Social Work, Counseling Psychology or a related field. 


  • Provide intake assessments and diagnostic assessments resulting in recommendations for mental health needs/treatment. 

  • Serve as the primary Therapist to develop a treatment plan that focuses on mental health needs, engage in treatment individual treatment plan. 

  • Develop client’s initial Individual Treatment Plan (ITP) and ensure ongoing review of ITP  

  • Coordinate with the client, family, and other involved individuals, i.e. school personnel, probation officer, case manager, mentor, to meets the needs of the client(s) 

  • Provide individual, group and family therapy to each client/family on his/her caseload, face to face each week both in-home and in-office. 

  • Coordinate the transfer/discharge process for the client and family, informing the Program Administrator and the Admissions Department of projected transfer/discharge planning.  

  • Be able to summarize work and recommendations to outside entities

  • Monitor the quality of overall treatment services to clients on his/her caseload, and evaluate the adequacy of these services to meet treatment objectives. 

  • Enter timelines (invoice) along with case notes in a timely manner.  

  • Participates in regularly scheduled staff meetings, therapist meetings, and any others as deemed necessary by the Program Administrator. 

  • Comply with continued education expectations as per your licensure for professional growth. 

  • Possess a working knowledge of licensing and accreditation standards and work with other disciplines to Utilize educational opportunities and resources offered by the agency and through the profession for the continued development of skills and clinical expertise, (conferences, in-services, therapists’ meetings, resource groups, etc.) 

  • Meet regularly with his/her supervisor and use the knowledge and skills of his/her supervisor to increase understanding of treatment programming and to further professional development. 

  • Prepare presentations for colleagues and/or team members on selected relevant treatment topics. 

  • Participate in on-call rotation and respond to emergency situations while on call. 

  • Travels to client homes/programs/courts located throughout the area serviced. 

  • The position’s responsibility also includes some supervision of mental health practitioners (Life Skills Staff).  

  • Perform other duties as assigned.