Acute Response Therapist

The Washburn Allina Acute Response Model (WAARM) Therapist  will maintain a caseload of 10-12 children/adolescents referred through the emergency department or inpatient unit(s) at area Allina hospitals.  They will provide short term (1-5 sessions), culturally based, and individualized services in the client’s home, schools, community and/or Allina premises. Services are provided in person and include assessment for appropriateness of services, crisis intervention, care coordination, case management, bridging to other services, therapy, parent psychoeducation and skills trainings.  The purpose of this position is to assist in transitioning the client to less intensive services, actively work on safety planning, engage other service providers, make referrals for longer term care and improve or maintain children and families’ overall functioning to reduce future out-of-home placements and improve stability over time.

Position description           

Receive referrals from the Allina Emergency and Inpatient Departments and collaborate with hospital staff to set up intakes with families for WAARM acute therapy services. The WAARM therapist will follow up with families to determine if they are interested in participating in short-term services through the WAARM program. An intake will be completed and the WAARM therapist will assess to ensure that short-term services are appropriate for the client’s immediate needs. 1-5 session will be completed based on client / family need. If short-term services are not appropriate for the client, the WAARM therapist will assist the family in identifying other community resources to better suit the client’s mental health needs.


Clinical Treatment – Clinicians will provide services to educate and support families to become empowered to better self-advocate and navigate the various systems with more confidence and skill, as well as the following services:

  • Provide specialized direct services to children and their families, in their homes, schools, clinic, and communities. This includes:
    • Complete a diagnostic addendum used in conjunction with records provided by the treating hospital
    • Develop and implement treatment plans, safety planning, and goal setting based on the diagnosis
    • Provide individual and family therapy designed to improve the functioning of the child in daily and community living
    • Provide parent psychoeducation
    • Care coordination of social and other services designed to help the child and family gain access to all services providers and interdisciplinary services and to make further referrals as needed, including, but not limited to, the areas of volunteer services, advocacy, transportation, and legal services
    • Provide consultation with school, recreation, and other community programs to encourage the child’s successful participation
    • Must be knowledgeable and confident providing therapy and teaching families and others within the treatment team about trauma informed practice
    • Create a discharge plan

Documentation – Clinicians will be expected to maintain required documentation as specified in our Clinical Policy Manual, including:

  • Diagnostic addendums
  • Treatment plans for each client
  • Daily progress notes
  • Track and document symptoms using the SUDS rating scale each session
  • Documentation of all case activities
  • Discharge or transfer summaries
  • Collaborate with the billing department to maintain current, timely authorizations for all therapeutic services from required insurance policies
  • Timely response of communications from the program director, the supervisor, or program support to ensure clear communication throughout the program
  • All clinicians are to ensure Minnesota and HIPAA data privacy requirements are followed.

Supervision and Professional Development – Clinicians are expected to:

  • Attend weekly supervision and case consultation, present case information, and create and identify questions for consultation and supervision
  • Provide and receive support from other team members
  • Provide clinical and administrative supervision for interns as approved by the program assistant supervisors based on licensure and experience and assist with providing training, feedback, and learning experiences for program interns
  • Maintain required CEUs


Must have a Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, or other human service field and must maintain or be working towards independent licensure. Licensure as LICSW, LP, LPCC, or LMFT strongly preferred. If candidate has a Master’s in Social Work, valid licensure as an LGSW is required. A minimum of one year of experience with severely emotionally disturbed children and their families is required, with 2-4 years preferred. The position requires flexibility, resourcefulness, and demonstrated cultural responsiveness when working with diverse populations, specifically those impacted by systemic inequality. Must have knowledge of and demonstrated application of trauma-informed practice. Must have vehicle in operating condition, a valid driver’s license, and car insurance.

Washburn Center for Children is an EEO/AA employer: women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

What we value:

Cultural Responsiveness and continually evolving is essential to achieving our mission.   Our aspirational aim is to advance equity and work toward building a multi-cultural workplace community that balances culturally responsive practice and collaboration with internal self-awareness and reflection.

This requires a commitment, by each and every employee, to increasing awareness of our own cultural beliefs, values and biases, a commitment to self-reflection and individual growth, and an intentional commitment to actively integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion into our organizational cultural at Washburn Center.    The on-going practice of learning, development and action is guided by our core values:

  • We embody compassion
  • We practice resilience and hold hope
  • We build a multicultural community
  • We transform and grow