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Job Code: 2021-SPECIALI-028
Location: Division of Specialized Services
Department: Residential Treatment Center
FT/PT Status: Full Time

Job Responsibilities:
Bakari Clinician

Wisconsin Community Services (WCS)

Specialized Services Division - Bakari Center

Position Summary:

Responsible for providing individual therapy and supervising milieu group therapy to the youth residing at Bakari Center utilizing the Integrated Treatment Model including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Provide service coordination in collaboration with the case manager and Bakari Center team.

The Residential Care Center is licensed under the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Chapter 52 to provide a Type II residential treatment facility for 24 youth (ages 13-17).

Essential Functions:
  • Interview, assess, and screen youth for placement at Bakari Center.
  • Provide and lead dialectical behavior therapy at a residential treatment center for 9-12 male youth, ages 13-17 years old.
  • Facilitate DBT groups a minimum of 3 times per week with the youth residing at Bakari Center.
  • Facilitate value-added groups for the youth including but not limited to sex education, healthy relationships, cultural awareness, substance use, independent living and life skills.
  • Provide weekly (more frequently as needed) 1:1 individual therapy session utilizing the DBT.
  • Attention to youth engagement, skill development, and positive reinforcement.
  • Complete behavior chain and solution analysis with youth as well as write behaviorally specific treatment plans.
  • Provide DBT training and coaching to the Bakari Residential Care Center Team by engaging in activities/programming to role model and teach DBT skills to both youth and staff.
  • Participate in consultation teams both as a team member and as a facilitator for residential care center staff to assist in monitoring the fidelity of the milieu group therapy.
  • Participate in weekly consultation, training and supervision on the integrated treatment model.
  • Conduct risk assessments to ensure the youth are safe and not a risk to themselves or others.
  • Coordinate with Milwaukee County Crisis Services as needed.
  • Work collaboratively with the Case Manager to implement a comprehensive treatment plan outlining each youth's identified target behaviors.
  • Closely collaborate with the Multi Systemic Therapy Family Integrated Transitions (MST-FIT) team for intensive aftercare services.
  • Attend court hearings as needed to provide updates and advocate for youth.
  • Document all interactions in the electronic medical record SecurManage.
  • Engage with youth's support network and participate in family engagement initiatives.
  • Attend psychiatric medical appointments and assist in medication administration.
  • Keep appropriate documentation for all funding sources.
  • Maintaining resident record files in accordance with licensing for the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Chapter 52 to ensure all records are updated and complete.
  • Uphold and promote a positive and supportive culture for youth and staff.
  • Maintain confidentiality within all written and verbal communications

  • Job Qualifications:
    Minimal Qualifications:
    • A master's degree in a social work, psychology, or a behavioral science field. Training license as an Advanced Practice Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor In-Training, or Licenses Marriage and Family Therapist In-Training preferred.
    • Two years field work experience or employment experience working with children or families with significant life needs.
    • Working knowledge of computer applications preferred (Windows and Microsoft Word).
    • Ability to display cultural competence by responding respectfully and effectively to people of all cultures, languages, classes, races, ethnic backgrounds, religions and other diversity factors in a manner that recognizes, affirms and values the worth of each client.
    • Knowledge and skills to work with population age 13-17.
    • Valid driver's license, automobile, and insurance sufficient to meet agency requirements.
    • Meet all the employee requirements including references, criminal background check, drug test, and driver's license check.
    Other Job Information (if applicable):
    Other Duties and Responsibilities: Provide coverage and direct service to youth as needed. Other job-related duties as may be necessary to carry out the responsibilities of the position.

    Work Relationship and Scope: Reports directly to the Residential Care Center Social Work Supervisor. Has contact with a wide variety of individuals including youth and family members, other program staff, vendors, and other collateral contacts, neighbors, funders, Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services, Milwaukee County Division of Youth and Family Services, Children's Court officials, Wraparound Milwaukee, the Department of Children and Families, Milwaukee Public Schools staff and administrators, staff of youth serving agencies, and the community.

    Personal Attributes: Follow agency Code of Conduct and Leadership Code of Conduct; adhere to established policies and procedures of the agency and of all funding sources; conduct self in an ethical manner; maintain professional and respectful relationships with program staff, other WCS staff, youth and all external persons and agencies involved with service provision; sensitivity toward cultural, ethnic and disability needs; demonstrate commitment to agency values and mission.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Working knowledge of positive child/youth development; patience and understanding of difficult life situations; the ability to interact with escalating youth and/or parents in a calm and professional manner; ability to follow oral and written instructions; ability to respond appropriately in crisis situations; proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel; perform basic computer functions; uses time efficiently and effectively; ability to multi-task; sensitivity towards cultural, ethnic and disability issues.

    Working Conditions:
    • State-Licensed Residential Care Center, Type II

    • Local travel as required fulfilling essential functions of the position.

    • Ability to take rotational 24-hour supervisory call responsibilities.

    • Ability to manage youth who have experienced a great deal of trauma and express trauma through behaviors.

    Physical Demands: Duties require activity while monitoring or interacting with youth in the program. Staff may be required to use physical intervention during crisis. Driving is required.

    Wisconsin Community Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability, status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.



    Full time
    Salary Range
    $38,000.00 - 67,000.00
    per Year
    Salary range estimated by
    Milwaukee, WI 53208, US