Lakeview Center Inc.


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Description/Job Summary


The Outpatient Counselor II will provide therapeutic services within the scope of training, protocols, and competence and within purview of statutes applicable to the position. Therapeutic services include but are not limited to assessment, treatment planning, direct service provision, person centered services and management of client risk and safety. To provide individualized, integrated mental health, substance abuse and co-occurring services to individuals and their families based on the individualized plan. To provide in-depth assessment, screening, bio-psychosocial evaluation, limited functional assessment, treatment plan development, treatment plan  reviews, individual and family therapy, group therapy, psychosocial, rehabilitation services and behavioral health overlay services. Interview, gather and interpret clinical data. Analyze data considering the client’s age, developmental level, treatment readiness, stage of change, gender, and cultural background and complete a thorough interpretive summary. Assess for co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. Complete mental status exam. Using interpretive summary arrive at a clinically supported and valid DSM diagnosis. Arrive at treatment recommendations and level of care decisions that are appropriate to diagnosis, client’s level of functioning and medical necessity criteria. Use assessment information to develop an individualized treatment plan. Develop individualized treatment plans based on the interpretive summary. Develop individualized treatment plans based on the client’s assessed stage of change and in consultation with the client. Address any assessed co-occurring disorders in the treatment plan. Assess treatment and recovery progress, and, in consultation with the client and significant others, make appropriate changes to the treatment plan to ensure progress toward treatment goals (FTPR, progress notes, changes to treatment plan as indicated by client change). Provide individualized treatment services based on the treatment plan. Provide integrated treatment to individuals assessed as having co-occurring disorders. Involve family, social networks, and community systems in the treatment and recovery process as appropriate. Conduct discharge planning with the client (and involved significant others when available and appropriate). Provide individualized person centered services. Establish rapport with clients and families to foster engagement and develop a therapeutic relationship. Assess for ongoing stage of change and provides services appropriate to the assessed stage of change. Provide services based on strengths, needs, abilities,preferences cultural identity and language of the client. Adapt evidence based practice to the individual needs of the client (EBP include but are not limited to solution focused brief therapy, other brief therapies, assessment and treatment of co-occurring disorders, CBT,  DBT, motivational interviewing, etc). Assess for and respond to client risk in an appropriate manner. Assess for risk and protective factors and provide services appropriate to identified risk and protective factors. Recognize and respondto high risk factors including suicidal and homicidal ideation. Recognize, respond to and defuse volatile or dangerous situations. Seek supervision and consultation as needed. Recognize and manage transfer of care and other critical points in treatment (critical risk points include but are not limited to: initial contact; change or transfer of care; change in legal status; change in life events; change in mental status; change in physical condition; change to a less restrictive level of care; discharge from services). Appropriate use of seclusion and restraints following agency procedures. Use SAFE-T as indicated (admit, transfer, discharge) and as appropriate. Support the Lakeview mission and values. Adhere to the Lakeview Mission, Vision & Values.

  • Master’s Degree in Social Services (psychology, social work and related studies) with a minimum of one (1) years experience working with adults who have mental health, substance abuse and/or co-occurring disorders.
  • Must be able to provide individualized, integrated mental health, substance abuse and co-occurring services to meet the needs of individuals served and their families
  • Must be able to use a computer
  • Must be able to pass a background check
  • Must have a valid Florida Drivers license
  • Must be insurable under Center’s automobile plan
  • Must be able to travel locally to person’s served homes, training locations and other locations as necessary
  • These responsibilities do not reflect all duties the incumbent will be required to perform. This description serves as an overview only. Salary is based on experience.

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Interested applicants please visit and complete the on-line application. If you require additional assistance, please call Human Resources at 850-469-3729.

Lakeview Center is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Drug Free/Nicotine Free Workplace Employer, DRUG TESTING/NICOTINE TESTING REQUIRED.

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