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Department: 090 -CAT - Citrus/Hernando
Location: Hernando/Citrus, FL

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The MH Therapist has training in one of the mental health professions and clinical skill and experience to assess, plan, develop, coordinate, and provide treatment, rehabilitation, and support services to program youth and families under the clinical supervision of the team leader and psychiatrist. Functions as a clinical member of the CAT Team and provides treatment, rehabilitation, and support services or may be designated by the team leader to function as the lead mental health professional.

Coordinates treatment, rehabilitation and support to youth and his or her family; completes timely and appropriate documentation of services; must successfully function in a fast-paced, team-driven work environment.


RESPONSIBILITIES: Provide management for an assigned group of youth and families including coordinating and monitoring the activities of the treatment team; assume primary responsibility for developing, writing, implementing, evaluating and revising overall treatment goals and plans in conjunction with the other team members; provide individual, family and/or group therapy ensuring immediate changes are made in the treatment plans as individuals’ needs change; educate and support individuals’ families, and advocate for individuals’ rights and preferences. Conduct comprehensive assessment of psychiatric history, mental status, developmental history and diagnosis; physical health and dental health; use of drugs or alcohol; education and employment; social development and functioning; activities of daily living; and family structure and relationships. Act as liaison and consult with community agencies and families to maintain coordination in the treatment process. Perform shift management in coordination with other CAT team members according to established policies and procedures. Assist with crisis intervention and continual on-call coverage for 24 hours per day to assist with crisis intervention, referrals, or supportive counseling. Document youth and families’ progress to maintain a permanent record of activities according to established methods and procedures. Provide treatment, counseling, therapeutic mentoring, training or coordination in parenting skills, behavioral modification, family education, and family support network development, behavior management, sober living or relapse presenting skills development, with some interventions directed or performed by staff with specialty training and skills. Take the lead role or participate in providing substance use and treatment services. Provide on-going assessment of youth’s mental illness and substance use disorder, if present, and behavioral issues and the youth and families’ response to treatment. Make appropriate changes in treatment plans to ensure immediate and appropriate interventions are provided in response to changes in mental status or behavior which put individuals at risk. Provide education to youth and his or her family to identify symptoms related to his or her diagnosis(es). Provide direct clinical services to youth and his or her family on an individual, group, and/or family basis in the office and in community settings to teach behavioral symptom management techniques to alleviate and manage symptoms not reduced with medication and/or therapy and to promote personal growth and development by assisting youth and family to adapt to and cope with internal and external stresses. May participate in setting treatment goals and plans with youth and family to reduce or abstain from substance use and to learn replacement behaviors. Coordinate with outside inpatient services to detoxify individuals and establish linkage to outpatient treatment, self-help programs, outpatient services and residential facilities. Take a lead role or participate in the provision of rehabilitation services. Teach job-seeking skills. Develop individualized jobs based on individuals’ needs, abilities, and interests. Coordinate with state vocational rehabilitation and other employment services.


KNOWLEDGE AND JOB SKILLS: Must have a clear understanding of the characteristics and problems for youth with a mental health diagnosis(es) or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse diagnoses with behavioral issues placing them at risk for an out of home placement or involvement with the Department of Juvenile Justice. Must be knowledgeable about the CAT model. Must demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills. Displays excellent telephone and customer service skills. Must be able to function effectively within a team; however must also be able to function with a high level of autonomy.



1)               Age Specific: Developmental Stages, Assessment, Knowledge, Interpretation, Interventions, Enhancement of Family Involvement 

2)               Basic Job Readiness: Courtesy, Flexibility, Reliability, Responsiveness 

3)               Personal Effectiveness: Communication, Interpersonal Skills, Self-Management, and Thinking Skills. 

4)               Organizational/Management: Compliance, CQI, Commitment, Leadership, Management of Information, Organizational Participation, Safety 

5)               Performance Specific: Assessment, Crisis Management, Customer Focus, Cultural Competence, Empowerment/Advocacy, Psychosocial Interventions, Treatment/Service Planning


JUDGMENT: Good, sound judgment is integral to the security, confidentiality and satisfactory job performance.




Education: Master’s degree in Behavioral Health Sciences, such as mental health counseling, social work, or psychology; is licensed or psychology from an accredited school. Must be eligible to be a registered intern seeking licensure with the State of Florida to be considered for the position and must apply to be a registered intern within 30 days of acceptance of the position.


Experience: Minimum of 2 years experience working with children or adolescents with behavioral health needs.


Personal Qualities: A pleasant and friendly manner is vital to satisfactory job performance. Must display patience and understanding of potentially difficult individuals. Must be alert and vigilant at all times. Dependability and adaptability essential for this position. Must show initiative and be able to work autonomously.


Supervisory Responsibilities: None.


Special Factors: Maintains a professional atmosphere. Provides excellent customer service. Maintains good working relationship with center, as well as, facility staff and external agencies. Works with staff psychiatric staff to coordinate pharmacological management. Must have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.


Staff Development: Completes all administrative and competency requirements in accordance to Individual Training Plan.

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