New job Clinical Therapist (Crisis Intervention Services) in Wisconsin

Clinical Therapist (Crisis Intervention Services)
Clinical Therapist (Crisis Intervention Services)

Clinical Therapist (Crisis Intervention Services)

Company : Waukesha County, WI
Salary : $30.57 - $40.45 an hour
Location : Wisconsin

Full Description


Waukesha County Department of Health & Human Services is recruiting for a Full-Time Clinical Therapist. This Clinical Therapist position will have a primary job assignment on the Waukesha County Crisis Intervention Team and will provide mobile crisis services.

Work schedule will be:
Week One: 4pm-2am, Sunday through Wednesday
Week Two: 4pm-2am, Monday through Thursday

See Supplemental Information below for position details.

Under supervision, to perform professional clinical work in a variety of settings for clients of all ages; and to perform other duties as required.

Example of Duties


  • Receives referrals of voluntary and involuntary clients with difficult mental health and behavioral problems and conducts assessment of treatment needs and intervention needs.
  • Provides psychotherapeutic treatment in a variety of settings to individuals, couples, families, and groups to resolve social, personal, developmental, behavioral, and/or mental disorders.
  • Develops and implement a treatment plan to meet the needs of the client utilizing psychotherapeutic treatment methods.
  • Interprets nature of illness and prescribes course of treatment to clients and families.
  • Participates in client staffings, reviews, and multi disciplinary team discussions to formulate diagnoses and develop treatment and service plans.
  • Serves as a liaison and consultant to staff and other Human Services agencies.
  • Provides community education and public speaking on various community mental health issues and related topics.
  • Performs clinical crisis intervention and emergency intake evaluations for clients of all age groups.
  • Provides court related clinical and other duties such as assessments, testimony, reports, and recommendations.
  • Completes documentation for billing of services and maintains mandated clinical documentation.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relations with clients, families, staff, other agencies, and the general public.
  • Teams with social workers and others in non-licensed department programs to provide in-home and community based assessments, counseling and intervention as referenced in Wisconsin Statutes, Chapter 46, 48, 55, 88 and 938.
  • Performs emergency government duties as assigned in the event of a Waukesha County Emergency Government declaration.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Essential Knowledge and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of psychopathology, mental health principles, and techniques of clinical therapy.
  • Working knowledge of the signs and symptoms of reactions to psychotropic drugs used in the treatment of mental disorders.
  • Working knowledge of techniques to identify clients with alcohol or other drug abuse problems.
  • Working knowledge of computerized department program software, Internet access, and database, spreadsheet, and word processing programs.
  • Working knowledge of human service organizations, mental health, and other community resources.
  • Working knowledge of applicable codes, rules, statutes, and regulations.
  • Working knowledge of state and federal confidentiality rules and regulations, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 and Wisconsin Statutes, Chapter 51.
  • Ability to interpret psychosocial and DSM 5 diagnoses to individuals and families.
  • Ability to utilize electronic health record, word processing, database and spreadsheet, and program specific applications.
  • Ability to participate in multi-disciplinary decision making and treatment planning.
  • Ability to develop treatment plans and to provide psychosocial and psychotherapeutic treatment services to individuals, families, and groups.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, families, staff, other agencies, and the general public.
  • Ability to respond appropriately to mental health emergency situations and utilize crisis intervention techniques and procedures.
  • Ability to complete clinical documentation and write reports as needed.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Minimum Qualifications

You must meet these minimum Training and Experience requirements:

  • Graduation from a recognized college or university with a master's degree in psychology (clinical, counseling, educational,) counseling and guidance, social work or closely related area. Candidates must have Advanced Practice Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor in Training, or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Training, status as a minimum.
  • Two (2) years of post bachelor work experience in psychology (clinical, counseling, educational), counseling and guidance, social work or closely related area.

Supplemental Information

Waukesha County Crisis Intervention Services is a State Certified DHS 34 program that supports individuals across the lifespan who may be experiencing a mental health emergency or may be at risk of a mental health emergency. Crisis intervention services seeks to provide person-centered and strength-based interventions that utilize the least restrictive means necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of persons experiencing mental health or behavioral health crisis. Mobile crisis services are provided 24/7 including weekends and holidays.

Essential Job Responsibilities of Staff Include:

  • In-person/community (mobile) crisis response
  • Phone referral and supportive listening
  • Suicide risk assessment
  • Crisis risk assessment
  • Authorization of Chapter 51.15 emergency detentions
  • Crisis intervention and de-escalation
  • Safety planning/Crisis Planning
  • Service linkage and follow-up
  • Community education
  • Assessment of Adults and/or Elders at risk - Chapter 55 emergency protective placements
  • Professional documentation including use of an electronic health record
  • Court testimony may be required
All candidates must be master’s prepared clinicians who are fully licensed or credentialed in the State of Wisconsin. Preference will be given to those with work experience in crisis intervention, treatment of mental health and/or substance abuse issues, and practice in community-based recovery services.

Waukesha County's pay plans, group insurance programs, and other benefit policies comprise a package that is highly competitive and satisfies the needs of its employees. This is intended to give only a brief summary of the employee benefit package. Additional information will be provided at the time of hire. Benefits for part-time positions are pro-rated.

2-weeks 1 – 2 years of service
3-weeks 3 – 9 years of service
4-weeks 10 – 16 years of service
5-weeks 17 or more years of service

9 paid holidays
New Year's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving day
The Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
New Year's Eve Day

Floating Holidays
2 paid floating holidays earned on February 1 and June 1

Sick Leave
12-days (96-hours) of sick leave granted immediately upon hire. Thereafter, 1-day earned per month, up to a maximum of 120-days

Funeral Leave
Up to 24-hours of leave with pay to attend the funeral of an immediate family member

Health Insurance
County pays 85% of premium and employee contributes 15% of the premium

Health Savings Account
Pre-tax savings account that can be used for qualifying medical expenses (e.g. office visit fees, co-pays, prescriptions, vision and dental). County contributes to health savings account based on HRA completion- $2,250 for family plan and $1,125 for single plan

Onsite Health and Wellness Clinic
Available to individuals who are enrolled in the County's health insurance plan including employees, spouses, and children ages 2+. Preventive care services are free. All dispensed prescriptions are $2. Dispensed available ACA preventative medications are $0 cost. Non-preventative care visits are $30. Physical therapy is $25 per visit. Clinic staffed with MD and Physician Assistant, Physical Therapists, and Health Coaches

Dental Insurance
Choice of two dental plans. Coverage begins on the first day of the month following 6-months of employment

Vision Insurance
Coverage begins on the first day of the month following 60-days of employment

Employee Wellness Activities & Program/Fitness Center
24/7 access to a wealth of health tools and information on the wellness portal. On-going education programs, fitness challenges and classes. On-site fitness center

Retirement Pension
As a full-time employee, you will automatically be enrolled in the Wisconsin Retirement System. This pension is administered by the State of Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds. You are required to pay the employee's share of contributions to the fund, while Waukesha County contributes the employer's share. Employees are vested in their portion of contributions immediately and after five years of creditable service for the employer contribution. To view employee/employer contribution rates, visit Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds' website and type in WRS Contribution Rates in the search box.

Part time employees are enrolled and required to pay the employee's share of contributions after working 1,200 hours of work in any 12-month period

457 Deferred Compensation
Optional program used to supplement retirement income. Pre-tax and Roth options available

Roth IRA
Optional post-tax program used to supplement retirement income

Life Insurance
Automatic coverage in life insurance at no cost to employee. Additional coverage for spouse and dependents available at the employee's expense

Dependent Care Reimbursement
Optional pre-tax account used for child and elder/care expenses

Retirement Health Savings Plan
Automatic enrollment in a retirement health savings plan. County makes contributions on behalf of employee

Long-term Disability Insurance
Automatic coverage in long-term disability. County pays 100% of monthly premiums

Employee Assistance Program
Voluntary program that offers free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals, and follow-up services to employees and their family members who have personal and/or work-related problems. Unlimited access to a highly informative website with articles and tools to support you in a wide variety of your work/life needs

Tuition Reimbursement
Financial assistance for attending Job-related classes

Employee Discount Programs
  • Dell products
  • Cell service through US Cellular, AT&T Wireless, Sprint Wireless, Verizon
  • Special licensing for a copy of Microsoft Office for home use
Pay for Performance
Employees are eligible for performance based merit awards with exceptional and commendable performance ratings