Child and Adolescent Outpatient Therapist II

Montgomery/Lowndes/Autauga/Elmore Counties
54,437.00 Annual
35,776.00  Annual


This is responsible, professional work providing outpatient, individual therapy to children and adolescents who exhibit serious emotional disturbance. This position will service one or more counties and will carry a caseload.



Conduct initial intake interviews of clients according to established procedures, assessing the consumer's problems and needs, developing an initial diagnosis.

Develop treatment plans using information gathered in the intake assessment, initial goals for treatment. 

Perform mental health evaluations or other therapeutic services at assigned locations.

Perform prehospitalization screenings either at the Mental Health Center or at other locations as needed.

Participate in training activities as required by the Authority to increase and enhance professional and therapeutic skills.

Conduct individual, group and family therapy sessions for individuals on caseload. 

Participate in clinical supervision as required. 

Update treatment plans as appropriate, reviewing objectives, goals and interventions.

Provide crisis intervention and assessments for clients seen on an emergency basis.

Provide mental health consultation to other agencies or provider's assisting Carastar's clients.

Document all services within the Electronic Health Record.

Complete reports required for client records as well as all forms and paperwork required by Carastar, including consumer releases, admission/discharge documentation, and other forms as needed.

Complete referrals to other children's services as appropriate.

 Engage in community service and consultation work with other groups and agencies as may be periodically assigned.

Provide Family education and support as outlined in the client's treatment plan.

Perform mental health evaluations or other therapeutic services at assigned locations (emergency room, courts, schools, jails, community, etc.).

Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.



Considerable knowledge of individual and group behavior with special emphasis on mental and emotional disorders.

Knowledge of the principles and methods of counseling.

Knowledge of psychotropic drugs concerning their use, misuse, desirable and undesirable effects and research material available on these drugs.

Knowledge of assessing the mental status of individuals in need of mental health services.

Considerable knowledge of mental health services and available resources.

Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with consumers, families, hospital staff and community mental health center staff.

Ability to work in a proactive, assertive and energetic manner in fulfilling the duties of this position.

Ability to work effectively as a treatment team member.

Willing to work in non-traditional and in-home settings.

Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and/or weekends if necessary.

Reliable transportation and willingness to transport clients.



Master's Degree in the behavioral sciences from a recognized college or university with a clinical practicum.  If license eligible must have LGSW or ALC credential within three months of hire date. Some clinical experience with children and adolescents preferred.

Degree and experience must meet requirements for approved Medicaid Provider status.

Must hold a valis driver's license and maintain a driving record that is acceptable to Carastar's insurance carrier.

Must maintain at least liability coverage on personal vehicles.

Must hold and maintain a current Red Cross First Aid, CPI and CPR certificate.