Mental Health Outpatient Therapist
Company: Children's Bureau
Posted on: June 7, 2021
Under general auspices of the Program supervisor, provides
comprehensive mental health services, case management and other
related support services to eligible children and their
This role's primary purpose is to implement Outpatient Services
that are integrated, individualized, and tailored to the community
needs under the oversight of the Outpatient Program Supervisor. The
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist provides clinical
interventions designed to reduce mental health impairments, promote
client and family safety, and increase family stability for the
client and family. The Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist also
provides family, individual, conjoint, and group psychotherapy as
necessary to promote the development of parenting/child management
skills consistent with maintaining an environment that is both safe
and sufficiently structured to support the safe and successful
residence of the client in the community. This role promotes
family-centered, strengths-based approaches to service delivery
that encourage functioning in the school and home environments.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Support existing agency policies, principles, and mission.
- Maintain confidentiality in matters of agency operation,
personnel, and clients.
- Under the general oversight of the Program Supervisor or
his/her designee, conduct DMH Intake-Assessment and Clinical
Diagnostic Evaluation, provide coordination of treatment planning
and implementation, and develop the service plans. The Licensed
Marriage and Family Therapist demonstrates intervention techniques
- behavioral interventions in a manner consistent with the
individualized service plan and mental health objectives.
- Provide family, individual, conjoint, and group
psychotherapeutic interventions that are school and family-centered
- Achieve established service delivery/ productivity expectation
of 65% of a 40-hour work week.
- Provide system-oriented interventions for each client's family,
foster family, and support system. System interventions include a
full range of collaborative activities with other members of the
mental health treatment team and interagency teams. The Licensed
Marriage and Family Therapist must interface effectively with other
agencies and with all levels of agency management/staff, consumers,
- Provide direct case management interventions as required.
- Participate in weekly Utilization Management supervision,
monthly clinical supervision, and Evidenced Based Practice group
sessions as required.
- Work closely with case managers, TBS Workers, Behavioral
Specialists, and other therapists as available to facilitate
implementation of the child/family treatment plan. Maintain
positive communication with all agency staff, clients, and
- Complete all charting/paperwork within the same day of service
delivery and ensure all billable activity is entered on time.
- Document 100% of activity in compliance with State of
California Standards for Medi-Cal, Short-Doyle, EPSDT service
- Review all documentation for accuracy.
- Review reports for accuracy.
- Participate in Quality Assurance activities such as Peer
- Attend and participate in all training events focused on
service philosophy, efficiency issues, and clinical delivery issues
as approved by Program Supervisor.
- Participate in outcome-oriented data collection for Program
- Participate in a multi-cultural team approach that is sensitive
to the cultural and linguistic needs of the families served.
- Participate in staff meetings as scheduled by program
- Work hours to meet the needs of the community including evening
hours if necessary.
- Exercise good judgment in performance of all duties and
- Other related duties as assigned and approved by the Program
- Maintain confidentiality in matters of agency operations,
personnel, and clients.
- Maintain positive communications with all agency staff,
clients, and visitors.
- As a mandated reporter, must follow child abuse reporting
guidelines and report all suspicions of child abuse and/or
JOB QUALIFICATION STANDARDS
- Two (2) years direct service experience with severely
emotionally disturbed clients in an inpatient or outpatient health
care setting (internship and/or practicum time may be
- One (1) year case management experience preferred.
Education, Professional Training, Technical Training or
- Master's degree in psychology, social work, childcare
counseling, education or development from an accredited college or
university is required.
- Licensed with either Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
(AMFT), Licensed Clinical Social Worker, or Registered Psychologist
in active status with State of California Board of Behavioral
Sciences or Board of Psychology. Active status with respective
board needs to always remain active and in good standing. It is the
employee's responsibility to keep license active. Employment is
contingent upon active license.
- Valid California driver's license
- Bilingual Spanish language speaking, reading, writing
- Maintains confidentiality in matters of agency operations,
personnel, and clients.
- Maintains positive communication with all agency staff,
clients, and visitors.
- Exercises good judgement in performance of duties and
- Supports existing agency policies, principles, and
- Ability to interact and communicate both verbally and in
writing with seriously emotionally disturbed children, other staff,
physicians, and the public.
- Demonstrated understanding of psychiatric illness and its
- Demonstrated ability to assess the mental status and
psychosocial needs of severely emotionally disturbed children
visually and audibly.
- Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of community services
and county agencies.
- Knowledge of DCFS reporting mandates and limits of
- Ability to write professional/clinical reports and
- Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or
employees of organization.
- Must be able to function independently and be able to seek
guidance when necessary to assist in working with children and
- Knowledge of and ability to use Microsoft Office Suite and web
- Knowledge of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders (DSM V).
- Good knowledge of a variety of therapeutic interventions and
models emphasizing empirically validated interventions.
- Knowledge of child/adolescent development
- Must meet the documentation standards of completing all
documentation per DMH and CB policy within 24 hours from date of
Diversity is a core value at Children's Bureau and in the Mental
Health department. We are passionate about building and sustaining
an inclusive and equitable working and learning environment for all
staff, and people leaders. We believe every member on our team
enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to
understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to
discover, design and deliver solutions.
Children's Bureau practices Trauma Informed Care principles
which recognizes the signs, symptoms, and widespread impact of
trauma; Employees are asked to comprehensively integrate knowledge
of Trauma Informed Care into policies, procedures, and practices
with the goal to prevent re-traumatization which promotes
resilience and healing of families, children, individuals, and
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