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Outpatient Mental Health Counselor/Worker

Company: Laurel Life
Location: Gettysburg
Posted on: January 11, 2022

Job Description:

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Easing Adversity, Inspiring Growth

Laurel Life empowers individuals, families, and organizations to strengthen relationships, encourage social responsibility and improve quality of life. We serve clients throughout Central Pennsylvania with proven, evidence-based services for overcoming a wide range of challenges in the home, school, and work settings. As one of the area's leading providers of trauma-informed care, our behavior coaches, educators, licensed counselors, social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists take an innovative approach to treatment, classroom management, and leadership. By acknowledging the significant role trauma plays in the lives of the people we serve, we promote meaningful transformation that lasts.

Summary

The Outpatient Mental Health Worker provides therapeutic services to children, families, adolescents, and adults in the main clinic or other satellite settings. Using evidence-based psychotherapeutic theories and practices delivers individual and group therapy to clients and completes assessments on identified members in person or by telehealth if approved by OMHSAS. The Mental Health Worker has the ability to apply provides thorough and complete documentation in a manner necessary to meet established deadlines; and involves significant others in the treatment process as deemed appropriate. The Outpatient Mental Health Worker must have a Bachelor's degree and the ability to resolve crisis and conflict situations and develop positive relationships with clients. Funding for services provided by Outpatient Mental Health Workers comes from Medical Assistance or through contracts with the county.

In addition to the details and requirements for the employee listed below, Laurel Life expects the employee to be committed to incorporating principles of trauma-informed care in all areas of service delivery.---Commitment to these principles in trauma treatment will be required through attendance in training and the use of identified evidence-based practices.---Trauma-informed care includes cultural sensitivity and emphasizes a safe and respectful environment for all clients and staff.

Duties And Responsibilities

An Outpatient Mental Health Worker should be prepared to perform the following duties and responsibilities:
Provide therapy and consultation services to clients and families in compliance with Chapter 5200 regulations governing outpatient psychiatric clinics.
Compile an individualized treatment plan for each client that includes counseling objectives and goals as well as a crisis plan. Meet with parent/guardian to review treatment plans as required.
Complete clinical notes on all therapy sessions. Prepare written documentation describing a client's progress in achieving treatment goals.
While maintaining compliance with HIPAA standards, develop cooperative relationships with community agencies that will facilitate treatment services provided to all clients. Communication and collaboration to facilitate the integration of child-serving efforts put forth by the agency, a District, and providers working in other child-serving systems.
Deliver the required number of billable hours (as applicable).
Administer evidence-based interventions, assessments, and outcome measurements to drive treatment.
Attend individual and group supervision as required.
Maintain psychiatry (medication) only treatment plans and therapy and psychiatry waiting lists as needed.
Prepare letters to send and mail regarding re-engagement, non-compliance, and successful discharges.
Complete audits on Outpatient and School-Based Outpatient files.
Prepare progress reports, court summaries, attend court hearings, and/or conduct progress review meetings with referring agencies as needed.
Perform other special projects or duties as requested by the Supervisor, Regional Director, Chief Operations Officer, or Chief Executive Officer.

Educational Requirements
Undergraduate degree in a clinical field issued by an accredited educational institution that included a clinical practicum.
Specialized learning in Resiliency & Trauma.
Specialized learning in evidence-based treatment interventions.

Work Experience

Five years of experience working with children, adolescents, and their families in a clinical setting is preferred.

Skills

Good interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to develop effective and meaningful relationships with clients. Must be able to remain calm in a crisis, identify underlying causes of problem situations, resolve conflicts, and de-escalate potentially explosive situations. Must be a team player.

WORKING CONDITIONS

The work setting is an outpatient clinic building or satellite location. Clientele may at times be verbally or physically abusive.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required or personnel so classified.

This job description is not intended to be a contract of employment with the employee. The employee covered by this job description is an at-will employee of Folium.

Keywords: Laurel Life, Ellicott City , Outpatient Mental Health Counselor/Worker, Healthcare , Gettysburg, Maryland

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