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Minds Matter, LLC Cognitive & Behavioral Therapist in Topeka, Kansas

“This position provides services in-person and therefore requires full vaccination against COVID-19. For individuals not able to be vaccinated, we do review requests for medical and religious exemptions which are granted on a case by case basis.”

Company Overview

Minds Matter, LLC is an organization dedicated to helping individuals who have experienced a brain injury live independently at home. Our innovative experts provide services and resources that empower consumers to relearn, reinvent and reconnect in their communities. We believe in a holistic, person-directed approach to care. Your goals are our goals. Our consumers work with physical, occupational, cognitive, behavioral, and speech therapists as well as Transitional Living Services staff who help consumers learn independent living skills so they can live, work and play in the community.

Job SummaryThis is not a mundane job or a position where you are paid on commission. This is a fun and rewarding career where therapists are part of the community and work with individuals with brain injuries to achieve person-centered goals. This a great opportunity for college students wanting part-time work and to set their own hours. If you have a passion for human services and enjoy the flexibility of setting your own hours and schedule, this is the job for you. Unlicensed staff participate in an ongoing virtual supervision program. This hybrid position provides home and community-based brain injury Medicaid waiver services to individuals through either Cognitive Therapy or Behavioral Therapy. While most sessions are provided in the consumer’s home or community, at times services may be provided via telehealth (via phone calls or a real-time two-way video platform).

A Cognitive Therapist uses real life situations to help individuals develop techniques to enhance problem solving, organization and processing skills. By teaching people to create systematic processes and to divide complicated tasks into achievable steps, consumers can overcome stressful situations and find fulfillment in everyday activities. Cognitive Therapy may involve:

  • Identifying individual needs. Some individuals can regain skills that were lost while others may need to learn new ways to accomplish tasks.

  • Increasing awareness of brain injuries and its effects

  • Resolving emotional and behavioral issues

  • The use of technology as a tool for reinforcing routines

  • Developing memory compensation strategies

  • Integrating employment, educational, and independent living goals

A Behavioral Therapist assists individuals that have noticed changes in behavior after a traumatic accident, serious illness or brain injury. Emotional and behavioral concerns often become more apparent after the initial critical stages of recovery. Working in tandem with a therapy team, behavioral therapists can help minimize negative responses to challenges by identifying triggers and coping strategies. Behavior therapy can help improve:

  • Anxiety

  • Anger

  • Fears

  • Negative self-image

  • Irritability

  • Emotional ups and downs

  • Difficulty connecting emotionally to friends and loved ones

  • Strained family relationships

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Responsible for learning and implementing all aspects of Minds Matter, LLC philosophical principles in all aspects of service delivery.

  • Assist individuals to identify their needs and develop appropriate compensation techniques to accommodate the consequences of their brain injury. This includes developing, with the consumer, techniques for enhancing consumers’ problem solving, memory, planning, organizational and processing skills.

  • Integrate employment, educational and independent living goals into therapy.

  • Work closely with the consumer and other team members to determine when goals are attained.

  • Provide services only as designated on each individual consumer’s authorized plan of care.

  • Educate families and caregivers about the effects of brain injury and communicate with them about goals and progress as needed.

  • Attend all trainings and workshops to maintain ability to provide the most up to date, effective and evidence-based practice.

  • Document sessions with the consumer the day of the service. Documentation must be goal driven, concise, factual, and clear.

  • Complete cognitive and behavioral therapy assessments. Review assessment results with the consumer to maximize strategy development and goal accomplishment.

  • Attend all weekly conference calls and webinars with the rest of the therapy department.

  • Attend team meetings and assist consumers in goal setting.

  • Establish and maintain a professional rapport with all consumers, co-workers, referral agents and representatives of other community agencies and services.

  • Promote public relations throughout the agency and community for the program.

  • Demonstrate a willingness to serve on agency and interagency task groups as requested.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisors.

  • Provide care and maintenance for Minds Matter LLC issued iPad.

  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

  • Maintain confidentiality of protected health information in accordance with HIPAA regulations.

  • Possibly serve as a consumer’s team lead, which entails being accountable for updating goal plans and team meeting history forms during the team meetings with progress, effectiveness of strategies, concerns, task assignments to team members, or changes to goals.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Capability to work independently, specifically as it relates to setting your schedule of weekly sessions

  • Great listening and teaching skills

  • High degree of sensitivity towards all people

  • Comfortable navigating and deescalating stressful situations

  • Ability to work professionally with people one-on-one

  • Capacity to effectively plan, coordinate and work within with many aspects of a consumer’s life

  • Excellent time management skills

  • Creativity

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to meet deadlines

Education and Experience

  • Prefer a bachelor’s degree or higher but experience in related fields will be considered.

Requirements

  • Some lifting required for consumers with physical needs

  • Requires good verbal skills and listening ability

  • Must be able to read and write

  • Basic technology proficiency

  • Have reliable transportation, as appointments may be spread across multiple cities

  • Responds to emails, texts, and voicemails within one business day

  • Processes outstanding tasks within one business day

  • This role is a mandated reporter to Adult Protective Services and Child Protective Services

Measurement of Success

  • Feedback by constituents including consumers, families, and other agencies.

  • Ability to relate to and work with all consumers effectively.

  • Degree of confidence displayed in the execution of responsibilities.

  • Positive and professional relationships with all internal and external contacts.

Total Compensation Package

  • In addition to competitive pay, we offer a 401K, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), free CEUs for licensed staff, health insurance, dental insurance, and vision coverage to qualified employees, and generous accrual of paid time off. We also offer unique opportunities to further your brain injury specialist certification.

  • What Minds Matter Therapist Appreciate: the ability to set their own hours and schedule, a work-life balance where they aren't hounded about productivity, the ability to find creative solutions to life's challenges, and a supportive work environment.

  • Do meaningful work. With Minds Matter, your work makes an impact on a consumer's life from your very first session. Our therapy is applied in an individual's home and/or community - the most natural setting possible. As a result of this, our outcomes are 4-5x greater than that of other brain injury rehabilitation programs.

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