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Outpatient Therapist

Childrens Square U.S.A. Council Bluffs, IA

Job Description

Children's Square USA is actively seeking an energetic, creative person to fill the role of Outpatient Therapist. The Outpatient Therapist will provide trauma-informed therapeutic services to children ages 4-18 and their caregivers who are experiencing effects of trauma and attachment difficulties.

The Outpatient Therapist will maintain a caseload and may be asked to work as a team to provide consultation and workshops for staff and community members, provide on call services on a rotational basis, and be a resource to staff in working with youth in a therapeutic manner. 

The successful candidate will hold a Master's Degree in Social Work or Mental Health and a license or provisional license.  


  • Maintain direct service unit expectations consistent with that of a full time employee
  • The ideal candidate will be able to provide evidenced based treatment models in at least one of the following models, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), or Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP).
  • Take personal responsibility for insuring that trauma informed practices are implemented in all aspects of care.
  • Provide counseling and therapy services to individuals and families families, individuals, and couples in order to effect change for growth and healing.
  • Develop and facilitate therapeutic groups for specific problem areas.
  • Provide follow-up to re-engage clients who fail to appear for appointments or drop out of treatment.
  • Administer baseline and follow up outcome measures necessary for program standards
  • Design and deliver educational/therapeutic workshops, classes, or programs to meet identified needs of groups
  • Assist in the promotion of agency services, workshops, and classes.
  • Assume responsibility for building and maintaining a referral base and caseload.
  • Collaborate with other community professionals to provide maximum positive results with clients.
  • Provide consultation for churches, schools, organizations, and communities in areas related to behavioral health and family life.
  • Follow agency policies and procedures.
  • Provide on-call services on a rotational basis as required by program
  • Integrate cultural considerations within service delivery.
  • Develop a positive working relationship with area County Boards of Mental Health, probation, Diversion, state criminal justice system, and HHSS/DHS or other referring agencies.
  • Displays excellent communication skills.
  • Demonstrated the ability to write in a clear, concise and easily understood style.
  • Efficient verbal communicator. Able to explain thoughts and concepts in easily understood manner. Is able to communicate clearly using verbal skills.
  • Accurately communicates information to all the necessary parties in order to coordinate services to the client and/or family
  • Acts as a resource to give input to other professionals about the best course of action in difficult client situations.
  • Takes initiative to implement good practice and meet licensing and accreditation standards.
  • Assumes a leadership role in handling a crisis.
  • Assesses needs in crisis situations quickly, calmly, and accurately.
  • Interacts and collaborates professionally and cooperatively with other parts of the agency (i.e. Human Resources, Academic Center, Operations, etc.).
  • Conducts team meetings with other professionals as the need arises.
  • Maintains accurate, written clinical records of services provided per established agency/COA standards.
  • Timely completion of any provider enrollment forms and reports needed for third party payers or other outside entities.
  • Participates in peer review process as assigned by supervisor.
  • Collects client fees and ensure services have prior authorization
  • Ensures services provided are billable and coded properly.
  • Maintains documentation of supervision with clinical supervisor/supervising practitioner, when applicable.
  • Participates in regular supervision sessions for the purpose of reviewing cases, discussing treatment strategy, and monitoring client progress.
  • Continues personal and professional growth and development through reading, research, workshops, seminars and other strategies that will broaden knowledge on therapeutic approaches and techniques.
  • Keeps all client names, information and other Agency business confidential.
  • Ensures that all office and record security procedures are followed.
  • Reports to meetings, and training on time.
  • Actively participates in a constructive manner.
  • Follows agency procedures in use of leave time.
  • Represents themselves and the agency in a positive way.
  • Uses good telephone skills.
  • Uses direct communication.
  • Demonstrates good problem-solving/conflict resolution skills.
  • Works toward team and agency goals
  • Participates in agency required training.
  • Dresses appropriately for the activity being performed.
  • Regularly contacts parents, and referring workers at least twice each month.
  • Builds relationships with referring workers.
  • Demonstrates teamwork when collaborating with other professionals.
  • Builds contacts that facilitate appropriate referrals to other or additional services.
  • Receives positive responses from clients, caregivers, and referring entity on at least 90% of satisfaction surveys.
  • Other duties as directed by the supervisor
  • Completes assignments in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Is willing to take on additional responsibility in a positive manner.
  • Completes training necessary to perform position consistent with program and agency staff development plans.
  • Identifies training appropriate to this position.
  • Takes responsibility for scheduling and attending appropriate training. (minimum of 40 hours per year)


  • Knowledge of the stages of growth and development.
  • Masters Degree in Social Work or other related Mental Health or Human Services.
  • Currently licensed or ability to gain license in Iowa to facilitate individual and family therapy. (Prefer licensed)
  • Experience working with trauma and attachment difficulties is required.
  • The ideal candidate will be trained and certified or certified ready in at least one of the following Evidenced Based Treatment Models, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), or Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP).
  • Must be able to demonstrate overall knowledge of families and youth, the child welfare system, family dynamics and the change process. Knowledge of counseling/therapy models and techniques, including the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy is essential.
  • Demonstrates ability to express concepts and ideas orally and in writing.
  • Possess a desire to grow, learn and change, and to serve as a role model for children in care, families, and other team members.
  • Demonstrates ability and willingness to travel and to utilize flexible scheduling is required
  • Demonstrates good interpersonal skills, strong listening skills, and the ability to establish relationships with a wide range of individuals.
  • Demonstrates ability to appropriately handle confidential information.
  • Requires valid driver’s license, own vehicle and automobile insurance that meet agency policy
  • Demonstrates ability to interact with clients and children with sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural and socioeconomic characteristics in the service population.

Job Details

Date Posted January 8, 2019
Date Closes February 7, 2019
Located In Council Bluffs, IA
Job Type Full-time Employee
Start Date Immediately
SOC Category 21-1014.00 Mental Health Counselors
Zipcode 51502
Name Human Resources
Address PO Box 8-C
City, State and Zip Council Bluffs, IA 51502
FAX (712) 323-6968

This job offers the following benefits

  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Dental
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Maternity / Paternity / Family Leave
  • Medical
  • Prescription Drug Plan
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Free Parking
  • Nursing Facilities
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacations

This job requires the following skills

  • Ability to Work Under Pressure
  • Strong Flexibility / Adaptability
  • Strong Time Management
  • Crisis Prevention
  • Mental Health Care
  • Group Psychotherapy
At a Glance
Enjoy these benefits
  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Dental
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Life Insurance
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