Behavioral Health Lead Therapist
RUTH ELLIS CENTER INC Highland Park, MI $58000-$68000


The CLQ Behavioral Health Lead Therapist provides peer support through an integrative approach to members of the mental health team, including coaching on performance and clinical aspects of their work; and provides counseling and family support services for a caseload of individuals, groups, and/or families to promote optimum mental health and well-being by achieving more effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment (primarily same gender loving women and girls/sexual minority women). The therapist provides psychoeducation, guidance and support for caregivers and individual or group counseling services through assessment and evaluation of individual barriers to functioning through the use of case history, screening assessment tools, and observation with a trauma informed and harm reduction practice



Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  1. Working knowledge of DSM and diagnostic work to write treatment plans to provide mental health services to clients primarily women, girls, and their families 13-30 years old.
  1. Demonstrate an integrated health approach that includes substance use prevention and treatment, including participation in an integrated health/multidisciplinary treatment team.
  1. Maintains confidentiality of records relating to clients' treatment according to HIPAA standards.
  1. Conducts comprehensive assessment utilizing trauma-informed practices.
  1. Assesses clients’ risk of suicidal and self-harming behaviors, and provides crisis intervention as needed. 
  1. Conducts, examines, and interprets a variety of assessments for individuals, groups, and families, including clients involved in the Juvenile Justice system.

7.     Develops treatment plans and prioritizes the individual needs of those receiving services including referrals and recommendations for appropriate community based services.

  1. Provides counseling, skill building, and psychoeducation to carry out treatment plans to reduce risk, increase well-being, attain person centered goals, and if applicable strengthen families systems.
  1. Evaluates the progress of individuals on an on-going basis.
  1. Engages in care coordination with other systems involved with the client (collateral contacts with schools, other health providers etc.)
  1. Completes and maintains all paperwork in accordance with Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network (DWIHN) guidelines, as well as Ruth Ellis Center’s policies and procedures.
  1. Responsible for duties assigned related to grant funded projects.
  1. Acts as MSW Field Instructor and supervision of counseling services for interns.
  1. Shares Community Mental Health Program information widely (schools, meetings, stakeholders) with intent to recruit clientele into appropriate services, including attendance at county level meetings on behalf of BH Director.
  1. Pursues certification in evidence-based practice (if applicable) (TFCBT, addictions treatment, DBT etc.) with supervisory and financial support from Ruth Ellis Center.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: This position has up to three (3) direct reports, and zero (0) indirect reports. The positions that report to this person are:

·       Mental Health Interns (3)


This job operates in a variety of professional and community environments including but not limited to normal clinical office settings with some exposure to communicable disease, community and partner agencies, and youth spaces. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phone, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines. The noise level in the work environment and job sites may be loud.



The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

  • Talk and/or hear
  • Stand
  • Walk
  • Use hands to finger, handle, or feel
  • Reach with hands and arms
  • Squat while holding the weight
  • Push and/or pull up to 50 lbs
  • Lift and or move objects up to: 50 lbs


This is a full time, permanent position.  The position has some flexibility in scheduling for meetings and other requirments. Some evening and weekend hours may be required to meet the duties of this position.The schedule is generally as follows:

 Monday, Wednesday - 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 


This position requires local travel to complete errands and duties as assigned. In-state and national travel may be required up to 5% of the time. The employee must have a valid driver license approved for airline travel.


1.     A Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or related field and have an active license to practice from the State of Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services.

2.     Five (5) years’ experience with general mental health diagnosis and treatment.

3.     Experience in supervision of interns.

4.     Experience working with individuals and families involved with Department of Health and Human Services, Foster Care, Juvenile Justice, and experience with homelessness.

5.     Demonstrated knowledge of adolescent development and positive LGBTQ development.

6.     Experience with Microsoft Office, and Google Suite Software.



1.     Ten (10) years’ experience with general mental health diagnosis and treatment.

2.     Two (2) years’ experience in a supervisory role.

3.     Experience using the following evidence based practices, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, CAFAS, LOCUS, and ASAM criteria.

4.     LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning) cultural and diversity competency.

5.     Familiarity with the Ruth Ellis Center’s principals of work (trauma informed care, harm reduction, restorative justice, and positive youth development).


  1. CAFAS Certified
  2. Wellplace, or equivalent certification body, Qualified Mental Health Professional and Child Mental Health Professional certification.
  3. Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (MCBAP), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), or Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) certification or development plan within the first thirty (30) days.


  1. Must be able to pass a criminal background check as outlined by agency policy.
  2. Have no record on the Central Registry for child abuse or neglect in the employee’s state of residency or employment.
  3. Be able to produce a non-reactive tuberculosis test from within the previous twelve (12) months.


The Ruth Ellis Center is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. The agency does not discriminate based race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, national origin, citizenship, veteran status, age, disability as protected by federal, state, and local laws, genetic information, or any other characteristic that is protected by law.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities, may change at any time with or without notice. 

RUTH ELLIS CENTER INC is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled
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