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Description/Job Summary


The Outpatient Counselor I will provide therapeutic services to clients within scope of training, protocols, and competence, and within requirements 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 individualized treatment plans. To provide the following services to clients: screening for potential services, bio-psychosocial evaluations, treatment plan development, treatment plan reviews, group therapy. Interview, gather and interpret clinical data on assigned clients and then analyze data considering the client’s age, developmental level, treatment readiness, stage of change, gender, and cultural background and complete a thorough interpretive summary of client’s current state of being. Assess assigned clients for co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. Complete mental status exam on each assigned client. Using interpretive summary and assessment information, provide a clinically supported and valid DSM diagnosis. Use assessment information and interpretive summary to develop an individualized treatment plan for each assigned client. Provide treatment recommendations and level of care decisions that are appropriate to diagnosis, client’s level of functioning and medical necessity criteria. Address any assessed co-occurring disorders in the treatment plan. Continually assess treatment and recovery progress, and, in consultation with the client and significant others, make appropriate changes to the treatment plan as necessary to ensure progress toward treatment goals (FTPR, progress notes, changes to treatment plan as indicated by client change). Provide individualized treatment services to assigned clients based on the individual’s 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, and establish rapport with the foregoing to foster engagement and develop therapeutic relationships on behalf of clients. Conduct discharge planning with the client (and involved significant others when available and appropriate). 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 appropriately to client risk situations/events, including high risk factors such as suicidal and homicidal ideation. Recognize, respond to and defuse volatile or dangerous situations. Provide crisis intervention services as needed. Participate in program/division/agency best practice sustainability process. Adhere to LCI standards of performance at all times. Comply with LCI safety policies/procedures.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, social work, counseling, rehabilitation, or a related human services field (a related human services field is one in which major course work includes the study of human behavior and development) OR
  • Certified through the Florida Certification Board as Addiction Professional (Substance Abuse Services Only)
  • Must have at least two year(s) experience working with adults who have mental health, substance abuse and/or co-occurring disorders or developmental disabilities
  • 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 be able to travel locally to clients’ homes, training locations and other locations as necessary.
  • Must be able to perform client management interventions
  • 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. Days.

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Interested applicants please visit www.elakeviewcenter.org 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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