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Outpatient Counselor

Hours

40 hours per week 

Position Summary

Behavioral health counseling and therapy involves interaction with a person served in which the focus is on the assessment and treatment of the person's mental illness or emotional disturbance.  Counseling and therapy shall consist of a series of time-limited, structured sessions that work toward the attainment of mutually defined goals as identified in the ISP.  Behavioral health counseling and therapy service may be provided in a group setting or one to one with a client, in the agency or in the natural environment of the person served.

Education

Master’s Degree in social work or clinical counseling with licensure as an LISW, LSW, PC, or PCC in the State of Ohio.  Independent license is preferred. Clinical training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders.

Experience

5-7 years assessment and counseling experience in a community behavioral health setting.  Experience in working with the severely mentally disabled population in outpatient as well as crisis services preferred.

Qualifications

Counselors must demonstrate strong skills in applying counseling theory and technique as well as assessing mental and emotional disorders. They shall have the skills to develop appropriate treatment plans based upon needs presented by the consumer.  Counselors shall have a working knowledge of community resources to which they can connect consumers in support of needs not addressed in counseling sessions.  They must have the ability to manage and track many tasks simultaneously as well as demonstrate flexibility, adaptability, collaboration, mediation, patience, and organization. Counselors shall be open to the individuality of others and able to establish professional rapport.  Demonstration of strong oral and writing skills is critical to the role.  They must be able to effectively manage a caseload of consumers and strive to produce positive outcomes for those they serve.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office products (Word and Excel).

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