Outpatient Therapist- Valley Counseling Services, Children's Office

Famly & Community Services, Inc./Valley Counseling Services - Warren, OH (30+ days ago)3.0

Rate of pay based on licensure

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: The position requires the development of knowledge and skills in the areas of community support, discharge planning, mental health issues, medication and its side-effects and the field of community services to the mentally ill. The position also requires the ability to respond appropriately to crisis or emergency situations, including at least basic training in the wrap around model, crisis intervention and handling the difficult client. The primary function is to provide community-based community support services to the severely mentally disabled or seriously emotionally disturbed client, their families and other individuals as required. The goal of community support services is to provide Recovery Services and to facilitate the client receiving services and resources necessary to live and function in the least restrictive environment within the community.


  • Monitor and coordinate the delivery of necessary evaluations (psychiatric, medical, vocational, health, etc.) and assessments in a timely manner to ensure that client’s needs are adequately identified.
  • Conduct Diagnostic Assessments, as defined in the ODMH Certification Standards and permitted by the Provider Matrix, according to VCS policies and procedures and licensure Board standards, in order that each client’s psycho-social needs are identified.
  • Provide psychotherapy/counseling services, as defined in the ODMH Certification Standards and permitted by the Provider Matrix, according to VCS policies and procedures and licensure Board standards, to clients and significant others through individual, group and/or family methods within the provider’s scope of practice and according to current professional standards of care.
  • With the client, develop a comprehensive Individualized Service Plan (ISP). The Plan shall include services and assistance necessary to achieve specific objectives as well as an explanation of the availability, intensity, and duration required of each service. Review and update the ISP as required by VCS policy, ODMH standards, and as additional needs and goals are identified.
  • Provide effective community-based coordination and assistance in accessing appropriate services to ensure that needed services are obtained and the objectives of the ISP are met, using the wrap-around model in indicated situations.
  • Provide supportive interventions during periods of crisis to assist the client in stabilization.
  • Assist the individual in achieving objectives and maximizing age-appropriate independence and productivity through support and training in use of personal and community resources.
  • Assist in developing formal and informal community support on behalf of a client or group of clients.
  • Assist the client in increasing social support networks of relatives, friends, volunteer organizations that mediate life stresses resulting from the person’s disability. If medically necessary, accompany the individual to activity sites and assist in daily living activities.
  • Enter and maintain daily schedule into computer as required.
  • At a minimum, achieve and maintain the Agency’s established productivity standards.
  • Serve other departments, programs, and/or service locations, on a full or part-time basis, as needed and as assigned.
  • Complete all documentation, including consumer outcomes, in a legible and timely manner according to the policies of VCS and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and provide necessary data for statistical and billing purposes.
  • Make referrals to other services within the community and within the Agency as indicated.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings, in-service training, supervision, various committees as assigned including Performance Improvement, workshops, and other meetings to receive information and instructions as well as to remain current and accurate on procedures, policies, and techniques. Serve on committees designed to develop/review policies and procedures.
  • Participate in assigned community service activities including talks and speeches.
  • Consult, collaborate, and communicate in a timely and accurate manner all client-related issues and concerns internally to VCS staff and externally to other agency service providers, schools, law enforcement agencies, courts, etc. in the provision of services to clients and to the community to ensure coordination of care.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and make every attempt to resolve work-related difficulties with the co-worker in a timely fashion.
  • Communicate all concerns and questions regarding the program functioning and client care to the immediate supervisor.
  • Maintain current knowledge of all applicable VCS policies and procedures and function according to these standards.
  • Be knowledgeable of and adhere to all pertinent federal, state, and local laws, standards of the Ohio Department of Mental Health, and appropriate professional ethical standards.
  • This position may provide clinical services to dual diagnosis clients if the provider is qualified by declared competency in drug and alcohol counseling, certification in drug and alcohol counseling or with supervision of a CCDC-III.
  • May be assigned to after-hours on-call rotation.
  • Participate on VCS committees as assigned.
  • Perform other assigned and related duties specific and customary to the department in which they are assigned.
  • Complies with agency policies and procedures, COA regulations, federal and state requirements, and educational/certification/registry requirements.


  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with clients and significant others.
  • The ability to function as part of an organization by working with others and by adhering to established policies and procedures.
  • Ability to assemble meaningful information in order to draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to work independently as well as cooperatively, reliably and dependably, and the ability to manage available resources to carry out assigned task.
  • Training in First Aid, CPR and De-escalation techniques.
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and adequate levels of insurance and insurability.
  • Must be able to meet agency requirements for criminal back ground check (Ohio Bureau of
  • Criminal Identification & Investigation).

MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL/LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS: Bachelors degree in a mental health related field preferred. Must meet ODMH Provider Matrix Criteria. Applicable licensure/certification preferred.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Prior community support experience preferred.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

Availability to be on-call at night, and on weekends and holidays. The substantial portion of work done occurs outside of the office in a variety of community settings such as the client’s residence, hospitals, community agencies, etc. Must be able to travel off-site.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Community Support: 1 year


  • Bachelor's