Outpatient Therapist

$27.33 - $41.21 hourly
  • Douglas County
  • Sep 27, 2023
Full time Licensed Mental Health Professional Licensed Substance Abuse Professional Psychologist

Job Description

Primary Function:

Incumbent works under the direction of the Director of the Community Mental Health Center
(CMHC) or designee providing professional counseling services to CMHC Psychiatric Outpatient
Program clients.

Douglas County is an EOE - Disability/Veterans

Essential Functions:

  • Lead and conduct therapeutic individual counselling sessions and group therapy using evidence-based techniques providing intensive psychiatric treatment as a treatment team member, responding to emergency phone calls from clients, providing guidance or referrals.
  • Perform Mental Health Assessments with clients conducting assessment interviews, gathering psychosocial background and clinical information, determining danger level to self or others, and identifying current symptoms in coordination with the psychologist and psychiatric staff.
  • Develop, update, and maintain treatment plans coordinating with the department physician, psychologist and other treatment staff collaborating with the client.
  • Document client's mental health status objectively (e.g. client's behavior, words/actions, progress, treatment participation) complying with CMHC policies, procedures and accreditation standards.
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with clients, supervisors, County employees, elected officials, attorneys, law enforcement, judges, other agencies, community organizations, and the public.
  • Comply with Civil Service policies and regulations, collective bargaining agreements, County policies, department policies, and laws to create a cooperative, safe, respectful and quality work environment.
  • Arrange, schedule, and conduct family meetings at the treatment team’s recommendation, reviewing client’s treatment plan,, involving family members in understanding and engagement in the client’s treatment, and discussing discharge plans, community referrals, and follow-up care.
  • Prepare and maintain accurate patient charts and records documenting progress, assessments, evaluations, diagnoses, treatment plans, treatment activities and discharge summaries.
  • Prepare and maintain various records, reports, correspondence and other documents
  • Interact and coordinate effectively with various agencies (e.g. County Attorney’s Office, Board of Mental Health, Region 6 Behavioral Health, Nebraska Health and Human Services System).
  • Complete billing and pre-authorizations.
  • Attend multi-disciplinary clinical team meetings.
  • Maintain a strong knowledge of state and federal guidelines surrounding co-occurring services.
  • Perform assessments within established timeframes.
  • Prepare and maintain various records, reports, correspondence and other department documents.
  • Establish and conduct individual counseling sessions and educational and/or counseling groups.
  • Maintain client confidentiality and safeguard records according to CMHC standards, state and federal laws, accreditation guidelines, and adhere to HIPAA 42 CFR Part 2 requirements.
  • Assist in developing policy and procedures.
  • Participate in intradepartmental and interdepartmental committees.
  • Maintain assigned caseload and productivity based on CMHC criteria.
  • Ensure all services provided comply with professional standards, state, and federal regulations and the policies and procedures of Douglas County and the CMHC.
  • Perform quality assurance activities.
  • Maintain knowledge of current trends, developments, skills and techniques e.g. webinars, seminars, research).
  • Safely operate a motor vehicle when required to travel on County business.
  • Report to work with regular, consistent attendance.
  • Perform other duties as assigned and/or directed.

Job Requirements


  • Master’s Degree from an accredited university or college in Social Work, Clinical Psychology, Counseling, Human Services required.
  • Licensed as a Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP) / Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (PLMHP) required.
  • Licensed Alcohol/Drug Counselor (LADC) or Provisional LADC is preferred.
  • Three (3) years of community behavioral health care preferred.
  • Experience performing assessments and recommendations to community programs preferred.
  • Knowledge of ASAM criteria preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license and own mode of transportation at the time of hire and throughout employment required.
  • Completion of a pre-employment criminal records check and post-offer drug screen required.

Douglas County is an EOE - Disability/Veterans

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