Upbring Careers

Therapist for RTC

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
1st Shift
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Upbring, the new Lutheran Social Services of the South, is a 135 year-old nonprofit organization with a rich legacy of serving vulnerable people across Texas. Its mission is to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. Upbring serves more than 30,000 people annually and provides innovative programs and services for children including foster care, adoption, education, residential treatment and community services. For more information, visit Upbring.org.


The Therapist, also known as a Clinician is a member of the program clinical team. The Therapist provides individual, group, and family therapy, conducts assessments and works in collaboration with multidisciplinary treatment teams to develop treatment plans and conduct utilization reviews. The Therapist is primarily responsible for the therapeutic needs and continuum of the clinical care for the residents in accordance to Agency policies and procedures, licensing standards, and federal, state, and local regulatory agencies.


Essential duties

  • Complete a comprehensive psychological assessment to initiate ongoing behavioral health counseling for residents/children; complete the intake, admission, and assessment of new residents/children
  • Establish goals/treatment through a collaborative process with the resident/child utilizing advanced counseling skills, including evidence-based practices and screening (assessments); create and update treatment plans, including resident treatment goals and activity formulation
  • Complete assessments at the point of intake, throughout the treatment process, and at discharge to ensure residents treatment plans are meeting established goals and objectives
  • Complete and update resident case files with treatment plans, progress, behavior issues, and other related information regarding the residents’ behavior outcomes
  • Coordinate, schedule, and facilitate individual, family and group therapy sessions to address residents’ emotional, mental, and social well-being and as outlined in the treatment plan
  • Comply with HIPPA privacy regulations and maintain confidentiality at all times
  • Prepare for periodic treatment review meetings by completing progress reports and updated treatment plans
  • Provide complex crisis intervention and stabilization to residents/children who are in psychological distress
  • Regularly monitor the emotional, mental, and social well-being of residents and provide or arrange for services as deemed appropriate
  • Utilize positive child management techniques, including verbal re-direction, de-escalation, and physical containment when handling behavioral issues and crises with residents
  • Provide Clinical Director and other members of the clinical team with resident progress and treatment needs
  • Coordinate and complete discharge or placement services
  • Update resident records/files with behavior issues, concerns, incidents, and progress in a timely manner and in compliance with Agency and licensing standards and federal and state regulatory requirements
  • Provide emergency crisis intervention and on-call clinical services when needed
  • Other duties or special projects as assigned

Working Relationships

  • Build and maintain cooperative working relationships with the Clinical Director/Lead Clinician, clinical staff, multidisciplinary teams, community partners, service providers, management, and staff to ensure the needs of the residents/children and program goals, objectives, and services are being met at the highest quality; work within the established ethical boundaries at all times.
  • Work closely with Clinical Director, clinical staff, and multidisciplinary teams to ensure program operations, policies, and procedures are executed in a manner that meets the needs of the residents and achieves program goals and objectives.
  • Work as team player and exhibit professional behavior and a positive attitude with both internal and external clients that reflects positively on the Agency and is consistent with Agency policies and practices



Minimum qualifications (All Residential Treatment Center (RTC) and Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) programs)

  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Counseling, Psychology, or closely related field
  • 3 years’ relevant experience
  • Ability to establish rapport, trust, and boundaries with children, parents, and families
  • Strong people and interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with diverse groups of people
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to write accurate and legible case notes without grammatical errors
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of professionalism consistent with the Social Work Code of Ethics
  • The ability to apply compassion and empathy, while dealing with stressful and difficult situations
  • The ability to work independently and collaboratively within a group
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to manage a heavy caseload and meet deadlines
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (based on service area and service population)

Minimum Qualification (Krause RTC)

  • LCSW, LMFT, or LPC
  • Preferred Qualifications (All Residential Treatment Center (RTC) and Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) programs)
  • 5 years’ previous therapy/clinical experience with children and/or adolescents
  • Previous experience providing therapy in an RTC or ORR environment, highly preferred


The physical requirements for this position with or without reasonable accommodation are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. While performing this position the employee with or without reasonable accommodation should have the ability to walk, stand, sit, kneel, speak, and hear with aid, see, read, reach with arms and hands, and use equipment that is essential to performing the job, such as a computer, copier, fax machine, telephone, and automobile, if applicable. This position may require frequent walking and sitting and standing for long periods of time. There may be a need to lift, move, or carry up to 50lbs with or without assistance.



The statements herein indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by an employee in this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities of the job and may request the employee to perform other duties and responsibilities not listed at his/her discretion. This job description is not a contract between the employee occupying the position and the employer. Upbring is an at-will employer.


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