Arcadia Strategy Group LLC Lead Animal Assisted Therapist (LCSW or OT) Bethesda, MD · Full time

Arcadia Strategy Group (ASG) is seeking a Lead Animal Assisted Therapist to support a Federal Government customer in support of service members and their families with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Psychological Health (PH) problems.

Description

** This position is contingent on contract award. **


Arcadia Strategy Group (ASG) is seeking a Lead Animal Assisted Therapist to support a Federal Government customer in support of service members and their families with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Psychological Health (PH) problems.


Primary Responsibilities:

Serves as a Lead Animal Assisted Therapist. Specific duties and functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

·      Responsible for providing clinically based interventions to Managed Health Services (MHS) health care beneficiaries through the implementation of an animal assisted therapy program.

·      Conduct individual, family, and group service animal training sessions that will provide opportunities for patients to develop improved cognitive, behavioral, social and emotional competencies.

·      Conduct therapeutic service animal training sessions in accordance with program standards (e.g., based on positive methods of shaping behavior) and targeted therapeutic goals. 

·      Establish specific patient goals and objectives for the individual application of the animal assisted therapy program, and shall collaborate and align these goals to support with the overall clinical goals established for the patient by the referring provider / interdisciplinary team. 

·      Provide professional judgment with a flexible use of a wide range of clinical skills to support MHS health care beneficiaries presenting many combinations of vocational, education, physical, social, and emotional problems.

·      Responsible for the care, training and well-being of animals entrusted to participate in the program.


Qualifications:

·      Two years clinical experience as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), occupational therapist (OT), or a related clinical field.

·      Current state licensure in the state of Maryland or National Capital Region.

·      Ability to empathize with clients and understand their needs. Embody compassion towards both human and animal participants for creating a supportive and nurturing therapeutic environment.

·      Strong communication skills for building rapport with clients, collaborating with other healthcare professionals, and effectively communicating.

·      Master’s degree in psychology, counseling, social work, or a related field is required.


Benefits

At ASG, we recognize and reward your contributions. Our benefits for full-time employees include employer-sponsored health insurance, matching 401k retirement plan, and paid leave.