Shodair Children's Hospital Outpatient Primary Therapist - Full-time Exempt, 40 hrs/week, Monday-Friday in Helena, Montana

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Outpatient Primary Therapist - Full-time Exempt, 40 hrs/week, Monday-Friday

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Helena, MT

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Starting Salary Candidate: $48,464 to $61,796 annually, DOE

Starting Salary Licensed: $55,144 to $70,449 annually, DOE

POSITION TITLE: Primary Therapist I

DEPARTMENT: Social Services

SUPERVISED BY: Social Services Manager



Serves as a therapist within a multidisciplinary treatment team performing a wide variety of patient care activities. Works to facilitate individual, family, and group therapy, including identification of family functioning and patterns contributing to patient’s acute behavior. Performs psychosocial assessments, social and developmental histories, as well as treatment and discharge plans. Serves as an integral member of the treatment team with particular expertise in the area of family dynamics and other psychosocial, environmental, and cultural aspects of the patient and his/her family.


  • Maintain a daily schedule to ensure duties and responsibilities are accomplished as required.

  • Attend required meetings to include rounds, treatment team meetings, patient care meetings or other meetings as required.

  • Provide a range of therapeutic services to children and their families to include assessments, individual, family, group therapy.

  • Complete all documentation and paperwork as outlined in Shodair policies and in Joint Commission and other regulatory agencies standards of care or as assigned by the Social Services Director.

  • Provide case management services to coordinate care to include discharge planning.

  • Serve as a liaison between patients, their families, and other team members, internally and externally.

  • Listen and communicate effectively with children, families, community agencies, and co-workers in a professional manner and participate in problem solving conversations appropriately regarding patient care.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies to perform the essential functions of this position:

  • Regular, predictable, and reliable attendance at work.

  • Maintain a pleasant demeanor and communicate effectively with co-workers, supervisors, subordinates, and others with whom in contact and work as part of a team.

  • Ability to follow instructions.

  • Ability to physically handle violent and out of control patients.

  • Ability to work any shift and any schedule, to include a weekend work schedule.

  • Ability to handle stress in a professional manner without interfering in work performance.

  • Ability to utilize general office equipment, computer.

  • Ability to learn concepts of child development and apply that knowledge by implementing appropriate interventions.

  • Ability to perform psychosocial assessment, social and developmental histories, as well as treatment and discharge plans.

  • Conduct individual, family, and group therapy as required and clinically indicated.

  • Maintain clinical skills to include current therapeutic techniques in working with children and families.

  • Display good organizational skills.

  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.

  • Have a thorough working knowledge of psychiatric disorders and prescribed treatments.

  • Ability to work within a multidisciplinary team and communicate and coordinate treatment for children and their families.

  • Ability to effectively work with seriously disturbed children, setting limits and boundaries for the protections of both patient and staff member.

  • Ability to provide appropriate case management in the care of children and their families.

  • Ability to participate in physical activities such as running, lifting, and general play with patients.

  • Ability to complete documentation in a timely manner as required by Shodair policies and regulatory agencies.

  • Ability to learn and apply principles of Shodair’s theoretical model in the delivery of care to patients and their families.

  • Ability to cross cover on all units as required.

  • Ability to follow state requirements and Shodair policy regarding the reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect.

  • Complete other duties as assigned by the Social Services Manager.


Graduation from an accredited Master’s degree program in social work, counseling, marriage and family therapy, psychology or closely related field with two years experience in working with children who are emotionally disturbed. Evidence of training and/or experience in individual, group, and family therapy. Must possess advanced skills in oral and written communication, as well as working knowledge of various theories, their implications and human development. Eligible for licensure as LCPC or LCSW in the State of Montana within two years of hire date.


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