Would you like to help build a stronger Arizona for children and families? Would you like to make a direct impact, right in your own community? We have a great opportunity for you to join our team as a Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) Clinician! As an NMT Clinician with Arizona's Children Association you will have the opportunity to help clients and families have a neurodevelopmentally informed understanding of their child's current level of functioning. This biologically respectful approach is not a specific therapeutic intervention but a way to organize a child's history in a way that provides structure to their current service planning.
Who We Are:
Founded in 1912, Arizona's Children Association is one of the oldest and largest statewide comprehensive child welfare and behavioral health not-for-profit agencies in Arizona. Located in all 15 Arizona counties, we provide a variety of programs and services to meet the needs of more than 40,000 children, youth and families each year. When working with AzCA, you'll be surrounded by highly talented and dedicated individuals who are committed to our mission of protecting children, empowering youth, and strengthening families.
Why You'll Love Working for Us:
At Arizona's Children Association, our employees are our most valuable asset; and as such we offer a wide range of benefits to aid your health and wellness including:
Find your passion. Join our Team!
What is The Neurosequential Model?
Arizona's Children Association (AzCA) provides assessment and treatment planning using the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) in partnership with the Neurosequential Network. Developed by Dr. Bruce Perry, the NMT is an evidence-based, "trauma-informed," and brain-based approach to clinical problem solving.
In many situations, children who exhibit unhealthy and difficult behaviors (acting out, aggression, self-harm, sleep disturbances, and struggles with regulating emotions), have brain development challenges that can be addressed with proper intervention. The NMT provides the structure to identify experiences that may have impacted a child's developing brain. The goal of NMT is to provide an assessment of the child, determine primary problems, identify key strengths and apply interventions in a way that will help family, educators, and therapists to best meet the needs of the child.
The NMT recognizes that brain development follows a sequential pattern and incorporates current research regarding the effects of adverse experiences on a child's brain development. Through NMT, a model is provided to assess neurological disorganization and help identify developmentally appropriate interventions.
By targeting deficits within the brain utilizing NMT's brain mapping, clinicians are better equipped to identify more effective therapeutic, environmental, and relational treatment approaches. These approaches have been found to effectively increase bonding and attachment, assist in regulating one's emotions, and managing unhealthy behaviors.
What You'll Do:
· Conducts a comprehensive NMT metric assessment and makes treatment recommendations, summarizes primary presenting issues, and identifies child/family strengths.
· Reviews behavioral health documentation produced by BHT's and provides feedback to BHT staff when necessary.
· Develops interim service plans that identify the next steps taken after intake by the provider and person/family, and what issues are to be addressed for ongoing assessment.
· Provides effective crisis assessment including the following of program triage protocol, arranging for emergency psychiatric evaluation/hospitalization as indicated by protocol, provides for follow-up, normalizes situation, discusses options and handles situation calmly.
· If no behavioral health problem exists, refers client to an appropriate community resource.
· Performs duties with knowledge and skill in group processes, establishes group commitment to common goals, and establishes an environment of mutual respect and understanding.
· Performs duties using knowledge and skill in assessment and diagnosis utilizing DSM-IV criteria.
· Understands human development and family life cycle in children and families and demonstrates application of this knowledge in assessment and diagnosis.
· Conducts a full and ongoing assessment utilizing the program specific protocol
· Engages the child/ family collaboratively in order to create safety and stability for each family member.
· Develops and implements successful trauma informed intervention
· Plans for client treatment discharge/termination including establishing treatment plans
· Interacts professionally, clearly and in a timely manner with internal and external customers, other community professionals including staffing meetings, providing consultation or advocacy representing AzCA as a trauma informed agency.
· Participates in in-service training and educational opportunities outside the agency as required and as time and resources permit.
· Provides effective client treatment with regular supervision.
· Provisions psychotherapy to individuals and families
· Provides crisis management, including assessing and providing appropriate responses, handling the situation calmly.
Minimum Education & Experience:
· Master's Degree in counseling, social work or related field of study from an accredited college or university.
· Preferred license or license eligible
· Must be NMT Phase I trained and have a minimum of an "acceptable" NMT Fidelity score.
Minimum Qualification & Requirements:
· Must be 21 years of age (licensing requirement).
· Possess a valid Arizona driver's license and be insurable under the agency's automobile policy.
· Must be able to provide own transportation to and from clients' homes and/or other relevant organizations/agencies
· Must be able to provide DPS fingerprint clearance.
· Must be able to meet training and agency compliance requirements for the position. An individual may qualify for this position if the individual is able to "perform safely" the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.
At Arizona's Children Association we are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that not only promotes, but values and celebrates diversity. Our goal is to create an inclusive workplace and culture to better serve our children, families and community.
Just like the uniqueness of the families we serve, we strive to be diverse in:
race, color, ethnicity, national origin, culture, language, gender, age, sexual orientation/preference, gender identity and expression, disability and/or diagnosis, marital status, religion, status, or any other protected status.
AzCA does not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.
AzCA is an EEO/Veterans/Disabled/LGBTQ employer