Therapeutic Intervention Specialist – Clinical/Hoarding/Project SILK

Reports to: 
Director of Therapeutic Services
Expected Schedule: 
37.5 hours per week, Monday-Friday
Hourly Wage: 
$20.51
Please send cover letter and resume to: 
Functional Definition: 

Immediate need for full time Therapeutic Intervention Specialist.  This position is a direct-service position that will encompass and expand upon existing programs throughout CHS whose primary focus in not treatment/behavioral health.  The Specialist will assess, plan, refer, and coordinate the services and progress of individuals under their charge.  They will serve as a point of contact for participants, develop and maintain collaborative relationships, advocate for appropriate services, and work towards supporting participants in achieving their goals.  This position carries specific roles in the Hoarding Disorder Program and Youth Programs/Project SILK.  Full time employment benefits include; Health, Dental, Vision, Generous PTO and Holidays. Life Insurance/STD/LTD, and 401(k) if working over 20 hours per week. The position pays an hourly rate of $20.51.

Responsibilities and Duties: 
  1. Provide mental health support and counseling with an emphasis on promoting optimal well-being and self-efficacy. 
  2. Assess participants’ needs through comprehensive assessment and evaluation, including risk and suicide assessment, under supervision of LCSW or equivalent staff. 
  3. Develop an individualized treatment plan for each participant. 
  4. Make appropriate referrals to community mental health and/or medical providers to ensure that participants receive quality, holistic care. 
  5. Facilitate weekly open support group for participants, as well as other preventative wellness classes/workshops. Engage in long-term program planning for specialized interventions. 
  6. Maintain appropriate documentation, privacy, and confidentiality of records in adherence to agency policies and HIPAA. 
  7. Maintain professional licensure and seek continuing education as related to job duties. 
  8. Exercise discretion, judgment, and skill to intervene effectively and promptly in crisis situations and when challenging behaviors occur. 
  9. Provide advanced skilled behavioral health interventions on a one-on-one basis with participants.
  10. Provide guidance, work in a collaborative manner, and provide training to the In-Home Specialists who work with participants who are complex and have hoarding tendencies.
  11. Perform assessments on potential participants for the Hoarding Disorder Program.
  12. Participate in internal and external program planning/staff meetings.
  13. Work collaboratively with referral source or other involved parties (SC, landlord, CYF, etc.).
  14. Utilize best practices when working with individuals who hoard.
  15. Stay abreast of best practices and emerging trends in service delivery.
  16. Maintain detailed and up to date records of interactions and therapeutic services with participants.
  17. Attend Hoarding Task Force meetings and educate at the community level on Hoarding Disorder.
  18. Report any safety concerns to the Program Director.
Minimum Qualifications: 
  1. MSW or equivalent degree plus a combination of life, work, and educational experiences.  Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience as approved by Allegheny County DHS and CHS Board of Directors.
  2. Commitment to agency mission and vision.
  3. Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. 
  4. A strong working knowledge of the social service systems, including the child welfare and homelessness systems. 
  5. Strong knowledge of and experience with communities of color, homeless individuals, and GLBTQIA communities; understanding of harm reduction practices. 
  6. Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team. 
  7. Minimum of one year working directly with individuals who hoard.
  8. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and written.
  9. Ability to listen without judgment.
  10. Ability to establish and maintain boundaries.
  11. Ability to motivate and positively encourage individuals to succeed.
  12. Ability to meet the physical demands of the position including lifting, bending, and navigating stairs.
  13. Possess a valid PA Driver’s License with the ability to travel throughout Allegheny County.