Outpatient Therapist

Job Title: Outpatient Therapist

Reports to: Program Director

Department: Outpatient Behavioral Health Program

Exempt: No

Position Overview

The therapist delivers outpatient therapeutic counseling to children, adolescents, young adults and their families to assist in helping clients relieve mental and emotional suffering and assist clients in finding ways to change behaviors. The therapist works with clients on a number of issues such as, anxiety, trauma, mood disturbances, family dynamics, abuse, poor self esteem and many others areas of life that are creating emotional, mental, spiritual and behavioral concerns for them.

The most important knowledge, job responsibilities and qualifications are listed for the Outpatient Therapist.


Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological or social work research methods; and the assessment and counseling modalities of behavioral and affective disorders.

  • Knowledge of principles, theories, models, methods, and procedures for counseling of physical/mental/emotional/behavioral dysfunctions in the capacity of individual, family, and group therapy.
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for psycho-educational instruction for group counseling and the measurement of training effects.
  • Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins
  • Knowledge of counseling or social work ethics.
  • Have a working knowledge of how trauma impacts people of various developmental stages in the different domains of their lives.


  • Strong assessment and interviewing skills
  • Strong documentation skills
  • Minimal supervision required regarding use of time, able to prioritize work assignments
  • Effective organizational skills.


  • Ability to communicate effectively with professionals and clients/families
  • Ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Active listening skills
  • A “team player”

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following for the Outpatient Therapist:

  • Complete services and documentation within designated time frame as determined by supervisor/agency policy, funding sources, accreditation organizations and best practices.
  • Complete services and documentation completely, accurately, according to requirements determined by supervisor/agency policy, funding sources, accreditation organizations and best practices.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of diagnostic criteria evidenced by documentation of symptoms presented supporting mental health diagnosis and prescribed treatment.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in the development of treatment plans based on clients presenting symptoms and identified underlying causes with measurable goals and objectives showing the progression towards discharge.
  • Maintains documentation and client files in accordance with program standards as determined by supervisor/agency policy, funding sources, accreditation organizations and best practices.
  • Close cases and files, completing all discharge data entry and documentation requirements completely and in a timely manner set forth by supervisor/agency policy.
  • Maintains an average of 25 billable sessions weekly.
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills through timely responses to emails, deadlines and requests, attention to detail in meeting task requirements.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking skills through display of flexibility, creativeness and ingenuity in meeting expectations and facing client and task oriented challenges.
  • Completion of training objectives within established timeframes.
  • Other job duties as required.

Minimum Education and Experience

A practitioner of the healing arts who is in accordance with the Florida State Laws according to their respective discipline, with a Master’s degree from an accredited college/university recognized by the Florida Department of Education in a major in the field of mental health counseling, social work, marriage and family counseling, or psychology with a minimum of two years of professional experience in providing services to persons with behavioral illness.

  • A minimum of two years experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and families.
  • Experience working in a mental health setting.
  • Experience with Medicaid and third party insurance service delivery preferred.
  • Experience providing outpatient mental health services preferred.

Mathematical Skills and Reasoning Ability

Basic and/or advanced computational skills may be necessary.

Physical Demands

This is a sedentary position, and the incumbent will be required to sit approximately 70 per cent of the time.  Little to moderate lifting of less than 25 lbs. may be required.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is in a work environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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