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Safehouse Therapist

Safehouse Therapist


Safehouse Therapist

REPORT TO:  Program Director

TIME REQUIREMENT:  Full Time (40 Hours/Week)
SYNOPSIS:    This position provides therapeutic assistance to residential clients in TESSA’s Safehouse with a primary focus on the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault. Administrative supervision for this position is under the purview of the Program Director.


Client Services

Treats clients with respect, dignity, and empathy.

Provides therapy for adult victims of domestic violence and sexual assault through individual and psycho-educational and therapeutic groups per client need and grant requirements.

Provides therapy for children from abusive homes.

Provides time-limited, goal-directed therapy to enable service provision to a high-volume of clients.  Refers clients with longer term needs to appropriate services.

Assesses each client admitted into TESSA’s residential program within 48 to 72 hours. Establishes individual treatment goals and methodologies. Collaborates with clients, case managers, and other relevant staff to ensure highest quality client support and success.

Provides crisis intervention and behavioral intervention as needed.

Provides a minimum of 3 clinical/educational groups a week over variety of topics (Healthy relationships, boundaries, parenting, seeking safety, etc)

Works with Children’s Program Staff to develop and implement treatment and service plans for children and parents.

Follows ethical guidelines of the ACA including keeping all client information confidential as directed by the client.

Attends regular clinical supervision with Program Director

With the help of Case Managers, facilitates case conceptualizations presentations  for safe house staff during weekly meetings.

Works cooperatively with other agencies and individuals involved with the client to assure comprehensive service delivery.

Develops knowledge and expertise regarding domestic violence and sexual assault.

Provides education and information to the client to support informed choices.
Record Keeping

Completes appropriate consultation notes for each client contact by the end of the work week.

Maintains client records in a timely and accurate manner.

Assists in collecting client statistics for program evaluation/management and grant reporting.


Cultural Inclusivity

Delivers programs and services in a manner that is respectful and sensitive to the clients’ cultural experience.

Develops multicultural services, programming, and outreach as appropriate.

Prevents, identifies, and removes discriminatory barriers in services provided.

Recognizes that we hold attitudes and beliefs that can detrimentally influence our perceptions of, and interactions with, individuals who are diverse from ourselves.

Applies the principles of multiculturalism and diversity in training and staff development.

Applies culturally appropriate skills in all interactions with clients, co-workers, volunteers, partner agencies, and other community members.

Uses organizational change processes to support culturally informed organizational policies and procedures



Understands department objectives and how they relate to the goals of the agency.

Attends staff, other relevant meetings, trainings, and in-services as assigned.

Commits to TESSA’s organization mission, vision, and operating philosophy.

Assist in the training/monitoring of clinical interns for TESSA



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Master’s degree in Counseling, Psychology, or Social Work.

Colorado licensure preferred.

Three years relevant work experience including: adult and child victims, systems professionals (law enforcement, District Attorneys, etc.), and within a residential setting preferred.

Exceptional ability to work with executive leadership, accept direction, and communicate progress and issues up in a proactive, positive manner.

Ability to maintain attention to detail while working toward big picture objectives.

Availability for evening and on-call shifts.

Ability to work well under stressful and emotionally-taxing circumstances and engage in effective self care.

Computer/database proficiency.

Possess vision and hearing sufficient to work on a computer, on the phone and in person

Ability to lift 50lbs, intermittently

Must be willing to complete background checks.

Ability to read, write and speak English.

Multilingual (Spanish, ALS, etc) preferred.

EMDR Level I and II certification preferred.


Position Open until Filled | Review of Applications begins March 24th, 2017.

TESSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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