Title: Mental Health Therapist
Department: Circuit Court - Family Division Updated: 01/2018
Division: Day Treatment Night Watch FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Bargaining Unit: CANUE Wage Range: Not Available

The Mental Health Therapist is responsible for designing and implementing treatment programs to address the mental health and substance use needs of youth in the program.  Therapists are expected to provide the highest quality of services in accordance with agency policy and professional practice standards.

  • Maintain and enforce DTNW policies, rules, and regulations and ensures that proper discipline is maintained within the facility and that all security and program policies and procedures are understood and followed and that changes in policies are disseminated.
  • Conducts and develops clinical intake assessments, social histories.
  • Develops individual plans of service and progress notes, updating as necessary.
  • Provides clinical services, including conducting individual, group and family therapy sessions.
  • Provides ongoing case management services.
  • Provides clinical consultation to other staff. 
  • Responds crisis with youth and their families.
  • Completes documentation in a timely manner in accordance with policies and procedures (ie:  charting, compliance requirements, professional ethics).
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings, clinical supervision and case consultation.
  • Conducts Life Skills Group Sessions as needed.
  • Keeps program staff informed of potential problems.
  • Conducts Parent Group Meetings as directed.
  • Assist in responding to after-hours emergencies.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other staff as necessary to ensure the smooth functioning of the program.
  • Work collaboratively with all aspects of the program (i.e. mental health, surveillance and education).
  • Substitute for other staff as program needs dictate.
  • Perform duties at either DTNW program location as assigned by the Director or the Court.
  • Intervene as necessary in crisis situations. Follow policy and procedural guidelines for physical restraint and management.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Work is performed under the direction of the Probate Court - Family Division Administrator and the Director of Youth Services with direct supervision by the Program Manager.




·         Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or related mental health discipline from an accredited college or university and full licensure in psychology, social work, or counseling from the State of Michigan required.

·         2 or more years’ experience working with at-risk or delinquent youth.

  • Ability to manage sensitive issues independently and work under stressful conditions.
  • Writing, reading, mathematical principles; proficient computer skills-Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook; exercise sound judgment and decision making in accordance with policies and procedures; ability to research and problem solve independently; knowledge of County operations and functions; ability to prioritize and time manage; handle stressful situations, provide effective and friendly customer service; support the County's mission and values; ability to think critically where necessary.    
  • Knowledge or understanding of basic administrative tasks: operate standard office equipment; document management; prepare and maintain records, various correspondences and reports; answer general inquiries and refer as necessary; answer telephone calls, process mail, order supplies/equipment; prepare meeting agendas, attend meetings, record/transcribe/distribute minutes; entering, transcribing, recording, storing or maintaining information in written or electronic form with speed and accuracy; maintain calendars, arrange meetings, schedule rooms and equipment as necessary.    

·         Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with management, co-workers and clients; obtain and communicate accurate information; apply common sense understanding to complex instructions and respond accordingly;  communicate complex ideas through graphs, charts, presentations, reports or other professional correspondence.


·         Ability to demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.                

·         Ability to read, write & communicate in English; follow written and verbal instruction and understand basic mathematics and figure checking.              

·         Ability to interpret and apply procedures, rules, technical information, instructions, manuals to complete tasks accurately and on schedule.                                     

·         Ability to learn from directions, observations, and mistakes; and apply procedures using good judgment.                                                                        

·         Ability to use discretion and maintain sensitive and confidential information.     

·         Ability to work independently or part of a team; ability to interact appropriately with others such as County officials, employees, vendors and the general public.

·         Ability to work under supervision, receiving instructions/feedback, coaching/counseling and/or action/discipline.                                             

·         Adaptability to change in the work environment, managing competing demands and ability to deal with frequent changes, delays or unexpected events.

·         Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction

·         Proficient skills using Microsoft Office programs including, but not limited to: Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook required.  Proficiency may be tested.      


·         Prior to starting employment, the candidate must complete a satisfactory background check.  The background check is understood to encompass all forms of pre-employment screening, including but not limited to: drug screen, physical, criminal background, Central Registry clearance, driving record, sex offender registry, education, training and licensing verification, credit check, school and employment records, home environment, personal traits, integrity and professional and personal references.  Candidate must successfully complete an annual background check throughout employment in the position in order maintain satisfactory qualifications. 

·         Possess a valid State of Michigan Operator’s License, an operable insured automobile for authorized travel, and maintain eligibility to drive as per the County’s vehicle policy throughout employment in this position.

·         Possess a valid CPR, first aid and AED certification, or successfully complete the training within ninety (90) days of employment in the position.

  • Successfully complete all required training as mandated by the department and state regulations.

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 with or without accommodations.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

·         Speak to others to convey information effectively.

·         Read, interpret and understand procedures, rules, technical information, instructions and manuals.

·         Hear and understand information presented through spoken words and sentences.

·         Specific vision requirement includes close vision, distance vision, color and depth perception.

·         Use hands to operate a computer, handle materials and operate equipment.

·         Push or pull carts, reach with hands and arms forward, above and below shoulder level.

·         Lift, move or carry objects, equipment and supplies weighing up to fifty (50) pounds.

·         Sit, bend, stoop, crouch, crawl and kneel in an ergonomically correct manner.

·         Stand and walk for significant periods of time, climb stairs.

·         Good physical condition which will mean the fitness to be able to apprehend and to exert the force necessary to implement physical restraint and management techniques to subdue and control individuals who require physical intervention.

·         This position will require irregular hours and work schedules will include nights, weekends, holidays and unanticipated overtime. 

·         This position involves contact with people harboring potentially communicable diseases and is frequently at risk to exposure from bodily fluids.  Tasks require the use of Personal Protective Equipment such as gloves and hand sanitizer.

·         The noise level in the work environment is moderate with many interruptions.

·         Work involves an element of risk in dealing with the physical and emotional behavior of youth.




Disclaimer: The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.




It is the policy of St. Clair County not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability that does not prevent performing essential job functions or because he or she is a protected veteran.