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Become A Primary Therapist

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Working As A Primary Therapist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $63,565

    Average Salary

What Does A Primary Therapist Do At Rochester Regional Health

* Assessment.
* Interview and observe patients to form assessment; document findings
* Relationship Development.
* Establish a therapeutic alliance with each patient; collaborate with patient and other resources to review objectives and outcomes of care; focus on the patient’s needs and provide a structured process for patient to reach objectives
* Treatment Plan Development.
* Formulate a comprehensive treatment plan that integrates initial assessment; coordinate care with primary medical providers; continually evaluate and revise treatment plan based on most current assessment
* Caseload Management.
* Maintain a dynamic caseload and ensure quality care throughout each case
* Rochester Regional Health is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

What Does A Primary Therapist Do At Delphi Health Group

* Primary case load management
* Facilitation of Process Group and other therapeutic groups
* Provides curriculum based group content as approved by the clinical and program director
* Responsible for the completion of the Biopsychosocial Assessment, Self
* Harm and Suicide Risk Screen, Trauma Assessment, Educational Learning Needs Assessment, Treatment Plans, Transfer Note, Discharge Summary and Discharge Plan
* Documentation of individual sessions, therapy groups, family sessions and related activities (Immediately, no later than 24 hours of service)
* Attends daily staff meetings and weekly training
* Participates in monthly supervision with the Clinical Director
* Assists with ACA (Against Clinical Advice) blocking
* Works at a minimum, one weekend per quarter, on a rotating basis
* Performance Objectives:
* Works cooperatively with the facility’s multi-disciplinary team
* Flexible with client and programming changes as warranted by leadership
* Works with Administration to enhance the treatment environment
* Accepts guidance and direction from leadership and direct supervisor
* Demonstrates effective writing skills, including proper grammar and spelling
* Participates in professional development activities, such as, field related training, certification, education and licensure
* Possesses the ability to provide effective treatment within the levels of care provided at the facility
* Participation with curriculum development, as needed

What Does A Primary Therapist Do At Eating Recovery Center

* Demonstrate ability to provide comprehensive and ongoing assessment resulting in appropriate treatment and discharge recommendations
* Create an individualized treatment plan with specific and measurable goals.
* Must continually monitor progress and re-evaluate appropriateness of goals, resetting as appropriate
* Demonstrate knowledge of and practice of clinical interviewing/counseling skills
* Ensure that patients are seen for family therapy as clinically indicated
* Encourage reluctant and/or resistant patients and/or family members to stay in program and build motivation
* Provide case management for each assigned case, demonstrating ability to facilitate and/or ensure the whole of patient care.
* Integrate all aspects of care and ease the process of treatment for the patient
* Facilitate groups with expertise, demonstrating ability to engage, set limits and monitor the group process
* Be creative in therapeutic interventions to include homework assignments, community resources, etc
* Conduct Utilization Review in timely fashion to ensure payment
* Have ongoing attention to discharge plan, evidenced by development of aftercare plan, transition sessions without patient treatment providers, and patient's knowledge of available resources
* Effectively communicate to other members of the treatment team about patient care and treatment

What Does A Primary Therapist Do At Sovereign Health

* Interviews patients, their relatives and/or agency personnel to obtain complete psycho-social case histories on each assigned patients.
* Assesses each assigned patient to evaluate individual needs for recovery.
* Observes, evaluates and reports on behavior, attitudes, general emotional maturity and stability of family members to help them assist the patient in his/her treatment program and discharge planning.
* Conducts individual, group and family counselling sessions.
* Participates in interdisciplinary staff meetings with other professional staff members, doctors and counselors to discuss evaluate and develop treatment plans.
* Interprets treatment plans, goals and disposition to the family.
* Assists the family in working with the clinical staff towards treatment goals.
* Records interventions and interactions with patients, families and community agencies in progress notes of patients’ charts.
* Co-ordinates discharge planning for all assigned patients.
* Develops aftercare plans.
* Completes appropriate documentation in charts, treatment plans and clinical progress.
* Responds to all social services consulting requests by physicians on assigned patients.
* Attends interdisciplinary staff meetings, case conferences, program team meetings, in-service and other meetings when appropriate.
* Records interventions and interactions with patients.
* Assists the family in working with the clinical staff toward treatment goals.
* The Therapist manages and provides services in the treatment of patients suffering from substance abuse and mental health.
* They utilize case history to do individual, group and family therapy techniques, administration, community organization, consultation, teaching, research and planning.
* They are responsible for Case Management of allocated cases.
* The Therapist reports to the Program Director or designated supervisor

What Does A Primary Therapist Do At Meridian Health

* Treatment Services
* Individual, family, and group psychotherapy consistent with the Meridian Health Services treatment plan.
* Case Management Services
* These also include consultation with clients, center staff, welfare agencies, schools, courts and other social service agencies.
* Communication (verbal and written) with clients, center staff, welfare agencies, schools, courts and other social service agencies.
* Provide diagnostic and evaluation services both on and off site including traveling to other locations We are seeking candidates with the following qualities: Master's degree in Social Work required.
* Minimum of two (2) years' experience required, experience with addictions preferred Licensure

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How To Become A Primary Therapist

Although most social workers need a bachelor’s degree in social work, clinical social workers must have a master’s degree and 2 years of post-master’s experience in a supervised clinical setting. Clinical social workers must also be licensed in the state in which they practice.


A bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) is the most common requirement for entry-level positions. However, some employers may hire workers who have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as psychology or sociology.

A BSW prepares students for direct-service positions such as caseworker or mental health assistant. These programs teach students about diverse populations, human behavior, social welfare policy, and ethics in social work. All programs require students to complete supervised fieldwork or an internship.

Some positions require a master’s degree in social work (MSW), which generally takes 2 years to complete. Master’s degree programs in social work prepare students for work in their chosen specialty by developing clinical assessment and management skills. All programs require students to complete a supervised practicum or an internship.

A bachelor’s degree in social work is not required in order to enter a master’s degree program in social work. Although a degree in almost any major is acceptable, courses in psychology, sociology, economics, and political science are recommended. Some programs allow graduates with a bachelor’s degree in social work to earn their master’s degree in 1 year.

In 2015, there were more than 500 bachelor’s degree programs and more than 200 master’s degree programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Some universities offer doctoral programs in social work, where students can earn a Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) or a Ph.D. Most doctoral programs in social work require students to have a master’s in social work and experience in the field. Many doctor’s students go on to work as postsecondary teachers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states have licensure or certification requirements for nonclinical social workers. Requirements vary by state.

All states require clinical social workers to be licensed. However, some states provide exemptions for clinical social workers who work in government agencies. Becoming a licensed clinical social worker requires a master’s degree in social work and a minimum of 2 years of supervised clinical experience after graduation. After completing their supervised experience, clinical social workers must pass a clinical exam to be licensed.

Because licensing requirements vary by state, those interested should contact their state board. For more information about regulatory licensure boards by state, contact the Association of Social Work Boards.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Clients talk to social workers about challenges in their lives. To effectively help, social workers must be able to listen to and understand their clients’ needs.

Empathy. Social workers often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relationships, they must have compassion and empathy for their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Being able to work with different groups of people is essential for social workers. They need strong people skills to foster healthy and productive relationships with their clients and colleagues.

Organizational skills. Social workers must help and manage multiple clients, often assisting with their paperwork or documenting their treatment.

Problem-solving skills. Social workers need to develop practical and innovative solutions to their clients’ problems.

Time-management skills. Social workers often have many clients and administrative responsibilities. They must effectively manage their time to provide adequate service to all of their clients.

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Primary Therapist Career Paths

Primary Therapist
Psychologist, Private Practice Adjunct Faculty Clinical Director
Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Clinician Program Director Career Coordinator
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Therapist Family Counselor Family Service Counselor
Case Management Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Clinical Director Chief Executive Officer Specialist
Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Lead Therapist Clinical Director Career Manager
Clinical Case Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Therapist
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Clinician
Clinical Supervisor
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Coordinator Nurse Manager Case Manager
Housing Case Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Clinical Director Adjunct Instructor Associate Director
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Clinical Social Worker Director Of Social Services Therapist
Lead Therapist
5 Yearsyrs
Psychotherapist Psychologist Mental Health Counselor
Mental Health Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Clinical Coordinator Faculty Dentist
Optometrist/Practice Owner
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Therapist Program Director Clinical Director
Outpatient Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Supervisor Nursing Director Case Manager
Senior Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Therapist, Contract Outpatient Physical Therapist Clinician
Senior Clinician
7 Yearsyrs
Psychotherapist Family Counselor Social Worker
Social Services Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Clinician Medical Social Worker
Social Work Case Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Clinical Supervisor Adjunct Professor Clinical Social Worker
Social Work Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Clinical Social Worker Social Work Supervisor Therapist
Therapist And Program Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Primary Therapist Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Greek

  • Urdu

  • Hindi

  • Russian

  • Korean

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Top Skills for A Primary Therapist


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Top Primary Therapist Skills

  1. Group Therapy Sessions
  2. Treatment Plan Reviews
  3. Family Therapy Sessions
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conducted individual and group therapy sessions for a population with addiction and mental health dual diagnoses.
  • Complete ASAM assessment and master treatment plan reviews to reflect client progression in treatment.
  • Facilitate individual, group and family therapy sessions in accordance with license requirements.
  • Participated in numerous public speaking engagements to promote community awareness of mental health issues.
  • Provided group, individual and family therapy to patients with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.

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