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Day Treatment Intensive Therapist (DTI)

Company: Children's Bureau
Location: Lancaster
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

Under general supervision, works within the Day Treatment Intensive program to provide psychotherapy and social skills activities to children ages 3 thru 6 and their families. The Day Treatment therapist primarily conducts services for clients within the milieu environment. Family therapy, case management, consultations, parenting classes and other supportive services are also conducted by the Day Treatment therapist outside of the milieu.

This role's primary purpose is to implement Day Treatment Intensive services that are integrated, individualized and tailored to the client's needs under the direction of the Day Treatment Program Supervisor. The Day Treatment Therapist provides direct planned interventions designed to promote community and family safety and to reduce the possibility that the targeted consumer will require placement in, return to, or be retained in a higher level of care. The Day Treatment Therapist also provides family, individual, conjoint, and group psychotherapy as necessary to promote the development of parenting/child management skills consistent with maintaining an environment that is both safe and sufficiently structured to support the safe and successful residence of the consumer in the community. This role promotes family-centered, strengths-based approaches to service delivery that encourage functioning in the school and home environments.


  • Support existing agency policies, principles, and mission.
  • Maintain confidentiality in matters of agency operation, personnel, and clients.
  • Under the general supervision of the Day Treatment Program Supervisor or his/her designee, conducts the Day Treatment Intensive Services Necessity Assessments and the Day Treatment Intensive Treatment Plan and submits to the Department of Mental Health to obtain authorization for the child to receive Day Treatment Intensive Services.
  • demonstrates intervention techniques, and provides behavioral interventions in a manner consistent with the individualized service plan and mental health objectives.
  • Provide family, individual, conjoint, and group psychotherapeutic interventions that are family-centered and strengths-based.
  • Provide system-oriented interventions for each client's family, foster family, and support system. System interventions include a full range of collaborative activities with other members of the mental health treatment team and interagency teams.
  • Therapist must interface effectively with other agencies and with all levels of agency management/staff, consumers, and families.
  • Provide direct case management interventions as required.
  • Maintain positive communication with all agency staff, clients, and visitors.
  • Complete all charting/paperwork within 24 hours of service delivery and ensure all billable and non-billable activity is entered on time.
  • Document 100% of activity in compliance with State of California Standards for Medi-Cal, Short-Doyle, EPSDT service delivery.
  • Review all reports and documentation for accuracy.
  • Participate in Quality Assurance activities such as Peer Review.
  • Attend and participate in all training events focused on service philosophy, efficiency issues, and clinical delivery issues as approved by Program Supervisor.
  • Participate in outcome-oriented data collection for Program Evaluation.
  • Participate in a multi-cultural team approach that is sensitive to the cultural and linguistic needs of the families served.
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings.
  • Work scheduled hours that the Day Treatment Intensive Program is in operation, both in the milieu as well as outside of the milieu to meet the needs of the child and family.



  • Two (2) years direct service experience with severely emotionally disturbed clients in an inpatient or outpatient health care setting (internship and/or practicum time may be substituted).
  • One (1) year case management experience preferred.

Education, Professional Training, Technical Training or Certification

  • Master's degree in psychology, social work, childcare counseling, education or development from an accredited college or university is required.
  • Valid California driver's license
  • Licensure as either Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT), Associate Clinical Social Worker, or Registered Psychologist in active status with State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences or Board of Psychology.
  • Active status with respective board needs to always remain active and in good standing. It is the employee's responsibility to keep license active. Employment is contingent upon active license.


  • Bilingual Spanish language speaking, reading, writing preferred.
  • Maintains confidentiality in matters of agency operations, personnel, and clients.
  • Maintains positive communication with all agency staff, clients, and visitors.
  • Exercises good judgement in performance of duties and responsibilities.
  • Supports existing agency policies, principles, and mission.
  • Ability to interact and communicate both verbally and in writing with seriously emotionally disturbed children, other staff, physicians, and the public.
  • Demonstrated understanding of psychiatric illness and its treatment.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess the mental status and psychosocial needs of severely emotionally disturbed children visually and audibly.
  • Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of community services and county agencies.
  • Knowledge of DCFS reporting mandates and limits of confidentiality.
  • Ability to write professional/clinical reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
  • Must be able to function independently and be able to seek guidance when necessary, to assist in working with children and families.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use Microsoft Office Suite and web browsers effectively.
  • Knowledge of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V).
  • Good knowledge of a variety of therapeutic interventions and models emphasizing empirically validated interventions.
  • Knowledge of child/adolescent development.
  • Must meet documentation standards of completing all documentation per DMH and CB policy within 24 hours from date of service.

Keywords: Children's Bureau, Lancaster , Day Treatment Intensive Therapist (DTI), Other , Lancaster, California

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