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Mental Health Therapist (Youth & Family Services)

Job Location

Houma, LA, USA


$43,000-$50,000 (non-exempt employee)
Pay is dependent on educational requirements.

Type of Job

Full time

Published Date

November 3, 2022 at 6:30:00 AM

Job Description

Do you have a passion for working with children and families? Start Corporation is looking for compassionate, dedicated people in the Bayou Region (Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes) who want to empower youth and families by creating strength-based behavior change that will be sustained long after treatment ends. You will receive ongoing training in your chosen model (Homebuilders, Multisystemic Therapy, Functional Family Therapy, Functional Family Therapy-Child Welfare) as you work with families, youth, their communities and other key members of their environment to implement your model as designed.

Minimum Requirements

  • Masters degree in human services or related field (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, etc) preferred.

  • Bachelors degree in human services (Psychology, Sociology, Counseling, Social Work, Family and Consumer Science, etc)

The salary advancement track is as follows:

  • Bachelors level - starting at $43,000

  • Masters level - starting at $50,000

Commitment to the Evidence Based Model (Homebuilders, Multisystemic Therapy, Functional Family Therapy, Functional Family Therapy-Child Welfare)

  • Data entry into agency's electronic health record and Evidence Based Model's systems

  • Ability to work with diverse individuals/populations

  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain client and employee confidentiality

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills

  • Requires working flexible hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays

  • Work is performed in an office environment, the community and client homes

  • Requires extensive travel to client homes and throughout the community

  • Involves exposure to tobacco smoke, domestice animals, household pests, and other conditions common to domestic environments

  • Provide at least 60 units of billable services per week (MST, FFT, FFT-CW), 80 units for Homebuilders depending on caseload

Core Competencies

Effectively demonstrate the understanding and practice of Evidence Based Models

  • Communicate respectfully and effectively and establishes professional relationships

  • Promotes recovery, independence, and personal choice for participants.

  • Assists participants in identifying strengths, needs, and realistic goals to develop a service plan.

  • Accurately identifies risk and respond appropriately.

  • Demonstrates advanced knowledge of behavioral health symptoms, interventions, and impact.

  • Maintains professional boundaries and operates within agency /ethical guidelines.

  • Knowledge of agency and community resources and referral processes.

Job Duties/Skills Required

Extensive research has proven the effectiveness of each of these evidenced based models. Start Corporation therapists do whatever it takes to assist families with creating the change they wish to see, via close collaboration with all involved. You will empower families to address challenging and/or problematic behavior and to help youth of varying ages depending on chosen model. Treatment progress is made through intensive interventions such as skill building, changing unhelpful family interactions and increasing social support, to name a few. For more information, please view the Homebuilders, Multisystemic Therapist, Functional Family Therapy and Functional Family Therapy-Child Welfare program cards available on under programs in Houma. Additional model information can be found on the website for each model: Homebuilders: MST: FFT/FFT-CW:

  • Complete mandatory training and consultation of Evidence Based Model

  • Ensure service delivery is consistent with Evidence Based Model

  • Schedule and maintain a flexible workweek to meet the needs of client families, therapists and other job responsibilities.

  • Participate in weekly consultation and supervision

  • Provide services while maintaining fidelity to Evidence Based Model


Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Insurance, Vision insurance, Dental insurance, Life insurance, Paid time off, 14 Paid Holidays per year for regular full time staff, Disability insurance, 401(k), 401(k) matching

About Start Corporation

Start Corporation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1984. Our Mission is to promote opportunities, which enhance the self-sufficiency of people who are impaired in their abilities to live and function independently.

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