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Careers and Internships

Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC offers a mental health workplace environment that is safe, non-judgmental, validating, and always striving to provide a felt experience of connection and belonging. Our clinical team flourishes through mutual collaboration and teamwork. Here at Birchlawn Place, we support growth in individual clinician’s areas of interests, strengths, and expertise. We welcome innovative ideas for bridging the gap between children and families’ mental health needs and access to holistic and equitable community based mental health services. Our clinical team values the importance of balancing each clinician’s professional life and personal life thus we offer full-time and part-time positions in which clinicians can create their own work schedule.

Current Career Opportunities:

Outpatient Mental Health Therapist

Job Description:

Our outpatient mental health therapist work with children and families with a variety of social-emotional concerns, complex life experiences, and mental health diagnosis. Professionally trained and licensed outpatient mental health therapist at Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC will partner with children and their families to foster decreased internal conflict, increased insight and resiliency, coping, healthy connections, and emotional wellness within children and families. Specifically providing individual psychotherapy, developing and implementing clinical treatment plans, completing diagnostic assessments, and maintaining their clients’ progress notes and mental health records. Outpatient mental health therapists will have the opportunity to provide family psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and other innovative programming if desired.

Requirements:

  • A minimum of a Master of Arts or Master of Science in an appropriate professional field.

  • Be licensed and in good standing with one of the following Minnesota licensing boards: Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy, Minnesota Board of Social Work, Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy, or The Minnesota Board of Psychology.

  • Postgraduate school training in providing children and family mental health services or have taken graduate-level course work specific to children and family mental health services.

  • Take and pass a legal background check.

  • Efficient, organized, and accurate.

  • Desire and skill to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team.

  • Ability to direct self in prioritizing work, attending to demands, and problem-solving.

  • Clear, direct, and compassionate communication skills with children and adults.

  • Commitment to serving diverse families with responsive and culturally competent care.

  • Passionate about serving children and families.

Play Therapist 

Job Description:
Play Therapists work with children between three and twelve years of age (or appropriate adolescents), with a variety of social-emotional concerns and complex life experiences. The play therapist will partner with children and their families to work through difficult life issues and experiences, including but not limited to emotional dysregulation, behavioral dysregulation, disruption of the family unit, various forms of trauma and neglect, and an array of psychological concerns and mental health diagnosis. Complex needs cannot be treated in the same way as with adults consequently play therapists will need to understand the nature of how children express themselves and their understanding of the world by utilizing play as their language. A professionally trained play therapist at Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC will partner with children and their families to foster decreased internal conflict, increased insight, and resiliency, coping, healthy connections, and emotional wellness within the child and family. Specifically providing individual psychotherapy, developing and implementing clinical treatment plans, completing diagnostic assessments, and maintaining their clients’ progress notes and mental health records. Play Therapists will have the opportunity to provide family psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and other innovative programming if desired.

Requirements:

  • A minimum of a Master of Arts or Master of Science in an appropriate professional field.

  • Be licensed and in good standing with one of the following Minnesota licensing boards: Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy, Minnesota Board of Social Work, Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy, or The Minnesota Board of Psychology.

  • Postgraduate school training in providing children and family mental health services or have taken graduate-level coursework specific to children and family mental health services. Certified Registered Play Therapist via The Association for Play therapy or may have advanced training in play therapy and the motivation to seek their Registered Play Therapist certification.

  • Take and pass a legal background check.

  • Efficient, organized, and accurate.

  • Desire and skill to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team.

  • Ability to direct self in prioritizing work, attending to demands, and problem-solving.

  • Clear, direct, and compassionate communication skills with children and adults.

  • Commitment to serving diverse families with responsive and culturally competent care.

  • Passionate about serving children and families.

In-Home Therapist

Job Description:
In-Home Therapists offer counseling services to children and families in their natural environment, their home. This position may also, on occasion provide therapeutic services to children and families in the community, shelters, and other appropriate locations as needed, depending on the children and families’ unique needs. In-home therapists will work with a diverse range of family structures, a variety of social-emotional concerns, and complex life experiences, including but not limited to emotional dysregulation, behavioral dysregulation, disruption of the family unit, various forms of trauma and neglect, and an array of psychological concerns and mental health diagnosis. In-home therapists at Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, Inc. will provide individual psychotherapy, family psychotherapy, individual and family coping skill development,  provide resources and support system development within family units, developing and implementing clinical treatment plans, completing diagnostic assessments, and maintaining their clients’ progress notes and mental health records. In-Home Therapists will have the opportunity to provide family psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and other innovative programming if desired.

Requirements:

  • A minimum of a Master of Arts or Master of Science in an appropriate professional field.

  • Be licensed and in good standing with one of the following Minnesota licensing boards: Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy, Minnesota Board of Social Work, Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy, or The Minnesota Board of Psychology.Postgraduate school training in providing children and family mental health services or have taken graduate-level coursework specific to children and family mental health services.

  • Take and pass a legal background check.

  • Efficient, organized, and accurate.

  • Desire and skill to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team.

  • Ability to direct self in prioritizing work, attending to demands, and problem-solving.

  • Clear, direct, and compassionate communication skills with children and adults.

  • Commitment to serving diverse families with responsive and culturally competent care.

  • Passionate about serving children and families.

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Job Description

Occupational performance difficulties due to sensory modulation challenges or poor integration of sensation can result from difficulties in how the nervous system receives, organizes, and uses sensory information from the body and the physical environment for self-regulation, motor planning, and skill development. These problems impact self-concept, emotional regulation, attention, problem-solving, behavior control, skill performance, and the capacity to develop and maintain interpersonal relationships. Occupational therapists at Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC will explain the physiological and emotional impact of impaired sensory processing to primary caregivers in ongoing parent education. While concurrently providing dynamic, responsive, and individualized occupational therapy to children and adolescents. Whether working with toddlers or adolescents our therapy at Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC is family-centered. We integrate sensory- and relationship-based methods with a focus on self-regulation. Occupational therapy provided at Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC has a strong focus on relationship-building between the occupational therapists, clients, and the clients’ families with a focus that integrates holistic strategies for supporting the whole child and family system.

Requirements:

  • Masters or doctorate degree in occupational therapy.

  • Sensory processing certification or credential and/or extensive training and continued education in sensory processing.

  • Minimum of three years experience providing occupational therapy.

  • Minimum of one year experience providing occupational therapy to children.

  • Current Minnesota Occupational Therapist license.

  • Ability to perform strenuous physical activity (crawling, jumping, lifting, climbing, etc.) for multiple consecutive hours during each workday.

  • Desire and skill to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team.

  • Efficient, organized, and accurate.

  • Ability to direct self in prioritizing work, attending to demands, and problem-solving.

  • Clear, direct, and compassionate communication skills with children and adults.

  • Commitment to serving diverse families with responsive and culturally competent care.

  • Passionate about serving children and families.

Senior Executive Assistant

Job Description

We are seeking an experienced executive assistant to work alongside Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC’s Center Director, be responsible for a broad range of generalist administrative and coordinator duties and become an important part of a fast-growing multidisciplinary team. This person will be expected to perform a variety of tasks, help keep long term projects on track, handle more urgent requirements, and provide direct assistance to the Center Director while providing input and suggestions. This position will require initiative, judgment, independent decision making, and client service skills. An ideal candidate is responsive, thoughtful, self-directed, positive, and seeking a challenging role. The professional in this position must project warmth and enthusiasm toward our diverse clients.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Respond promptly to Center Director’s queries.
  • Act as the point of contact between Center Director and staff/clients when appropriate.
  • Assist Center Director with scheduling appointments.
  • Assist Center Director with onboarding and offboarding clinical team members.
  • Assist with and/or coordinate minor billing task with Center Director and Billing Consulting Company.
  • Coordinate with Center Director and IT consultants on all office equipment as needed.
  • Review and recommend changes to our company policies and maintain office policies, as necessary.
  • Partner with Center Director to maintain, update, and/or create necessary practice forms and templates.
  • Manage Center Director’s and practice’s general phone calls and voicemails.
  • Facilitate internal communication to clinical team (e.g., distribute information, policy changes, updates, etc..).
  • Suggest more efficient ways to run the office and troubleshoot malfunctions.
  • Generate reports and update internal databases and logs as requested by Center Director.
  • Responsible for ensuring office financial objectives are met by preparing annual budget for the office, planning the expenditures, analyzing variances, and carrying out necessary corrections that may arise.
  • Ensure security, integrity, and confidentiality of data, requiring the professional to remain up to date on HIPAA and HITECH standards.
  • Remain updated on technical and professional knowledge by attending educational workshops, joining professional associations, building networks with fellow professionals, and reviewing of industry publications as deemed necessary.
  • Provide general support to clients and handle external inquiries.
  • Manage faxes and assist clinical team with coordination of care tasks on behalf of clientele.
  • Point person for maintenance, mailings, and errands.
  • Participate actively in the planning and execution of company events.
  • Monitor and maintain office supplies inventory.
  • Other duties as assigned by Center Director.

Career Opportunity Type: Full-Time, with 2.5-year employee contract commitment.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and/or experience required.
  • Two years of administrative assistant or executive assistant experience.
  • Advanced computer skills including Microsoft Office – Word, Excel and Outlook required.
  • Must operate well in a team environment as well as perform job duties with little supervision.
  • Ability to maintain a flexible working attitude, while performing job duties in stressful situations or handling complex communication with clients.
  • Adhere to mental health best practices while concurrently adhering to regulatory and company policies in an ethical manner.
  • Must be able to professionally handle sensitive information and maintain complete confidentiality and HIPAA and HITECH compliance.
  • Excellent organizational and multitasking skills.
  • Experience in the mental health and/or social services fields preferred but not required.

Clinical Internship Program:

Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC contributes to the mental health field and the need for the expansion of highly trained mental health clinicians with experiences and specialized training in providing mental health services to children and families by offering a rigorous clinical internship program. Clinical staff will support master-level students studying counseling, social worker, marriage and family therapy, psychology, and related disciplines. Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC assists Clinical Interns with gaining clinical skills and specialized training associated with providing children and families community based mental health services while strictly adhering to the following:

1.) Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC requires that all Clinical Interns be in their final phase of graduate-level education and are required to be enrolled in a graduate-level course for field experiences, practicum, or internship

2.) Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC will only consider Clinical Intern applicants that are enrolled in an accredited graduate-level academic program.  Accreditation is recognition from an accrediting agency that an institution maintains a certain level of educational standards within the education program that is consistent with the expectations in the applicable professional field. 

3.) Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC focuses on offering our clinical internship program to graduate-level students who demonstrate a passion and commitment to servicing children and families. Further, demonstrating an awareness of the importance of servicing children and families with a trauma-informed lens, multi-cultural-lens, and with a developmental perspective.

4.) Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC only considers applicants for our clinical internship program who demonstrate high academic achievements. In addition to demonstrating historical work, career, or volunteer experiences with children and families.

5.) Clinical internships offered by Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC are directly tied to the Clinical Intern’s formal academic program evident by required practicum and/or internship course attendance in the Clinical Intern’s academic setting, integrated coursework directly related to the clinical internship that the Clinical Intern is responsible for completing throughout the duration of their clinical internship, and requiring that the Clinical Intern will receive academic credit upon completion of the clinical internship. Additionally, Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC provides training that would be similar to that which would be given in an academic environment, including clinical and other hands-on training on-site in a clinical setting.

6.) Clinical internships offered by Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC fully accommodate the Clinical Intern’s academic commitments by corresponding to the academic calendar. Resulting in Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC’s clinical internship program duration is limited to the period in which the clinical internship provides the Clinical Intern with beneficial learning by being a fixed-term clinical internship.

COVID-19 Considerations: At Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC we are taking extensive precautions to protect our staff and the families we serve. Career opportunity applications are welcome to inquire about our thirty-page COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan that outlines the various precautions and sanitation measures we are implementing at Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC.