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Mental Health Outpatient Therapist

Company: Children's Bureau
Location: Palmdale
Posted on: June 7, 2021

Job Description:

General Summary

Under general auspices of the Program supervisor, provides comprehensive mental health services, case management and other related support services to eligible children and their families.

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.


  • 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 and provide.
  • 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 and strengths-based.
  • 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, and families.
  • 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 visitors.
  • 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 delivery.
  • Review all documentation for accuracy.
  • Review reports for accuracy.
  • Participate in Quality Assurance activities such as Peer Review.
  • 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 Evaluation.
  • 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 supervisor.
  • Work hours to meet the needs of the community including evening hours if necessary.
  • Exercise good judgment in performance of all duties and responsibilities.
  • Other related duties as assigned and approved by the Program Supervisor.
  • 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 neglect.




  • 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 substituted).
  • One (1) year case management experience preferred.

Education, Professional Training, Technical Training or Certification

  • 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 preferred.
  • 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 responsibilities.
  • Supports existing agency policies, principles, and mission.
  • 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 treatment.
  • 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 confidentiality.
  • Ability to write professional/clinical reports and correspondence.
  • 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 families.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use Microsoft Office Suite and web browsers effectively.
  • 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 service.

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 communities.

Keywords: Children's Bureau, Palmdale , Mental Health Outpatient Therapist, Other , Palmdale, California

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