Outpatient Therapist in Norwalk, CA at Avanti Hospitals

Date Posted: 2/11/2020

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Job Description

Coast Plaza Hospital

Job Title: Outpatient Therapist 

City: Norwalk / State: California    

Behavioral Health

Varied Shifts

Varied Hours



Job Description and Job Responsibilites

Job title: Outpatient Therapist

Job summary:

The Outpatient Therapist, serving as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team, is responsible for providing therapeutic recreational and activity services to patients under the hospital care for emotional or substance abuse problems. The Therapist will develop and implement therapeutic treatment plans demonstrating sound application of Theory and methodology, assessments and therapy sessions for individuals, families or groups.

Essential Duties:

  • Conducts psychosocial assessments to document history and identify preliminary issues for treatment focus.
  • Participates in the formulation of patient's treatment plans, including the establishment of treatment goals and objectives.
  • Monitors and documents patient's progress in achieving treatment goals and objectives in group notes, as well as through individual and family sessions.
  • Consult with doctors, case managers and nursing staff as needed to provide quality patient care. Contacts outpatient treatment providers as needed.
  • Conducts individual therapy with patients.
  • Conducts family therapy sessions for patients and family members.
  • Provides process-oriented group therapies, as well as conducting educational and other didactic groups as assigned.
  • Reports to community and/or state agencies regarding any patient issues as required by law.
  • Cross trains and covers inpatient therapy to help bridge services for patients needing continued therapy after discharge.
  • Represents hospital in legal proceedings as required.
  • Complies with facility safety, infection control and security program.
  • Supports facility internal and external customer service standards.
  • Upholds the Organization's ethics and customer service standards.

Behavioral Standards:

  • Exhibits customer and service oriented behaviors in every day work interactions.
  • Demonstrates a courteous and respectful attitude to internal workforce and external customers.
  • Communicates accurately and appropriately.
  • Works well and efficiently under minimal supervision.
  • Handles difficult situations in a discreet and professional manner.
  • Is adaptable to changes in assignments and priorities.


  • Knowledge of psychiatric and addictive disease diagnoses and treatment; flexibility; teaching or training skills helpful; understanding of, or ability to understand, DSMIIIR methodology.
  • Advanced knowledge and clinical skills in diagnosis and treatment of mental health
  • Knowledgeable of patient rights and laws pertaining to mental health.
  • Must have basic PC skills that include a combination of working in a Windows Operating System and Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Must have excellent communication skills and be a good listener with a pleasant demeanor that encourages and engages others.
  • Must be able to multi-task, prioritize with strong time management skills.


  • Contributes toward effective, positive working relationships with internal and external colleagues.
  • Demonstrates cooperation, flexibility, reliability, and dependability in all daily work activities and a willingness to collaborate with others for the good of the customer and the organization.

Job Requirements



  • At least 2 years' experience or combination education and experience preferred.


Master's Degree in Social Work or Counseling preferred. 


  • Requires ability to multi-task and exhibit excellent analytical, interpersonal, problem solving, time management and communications skills


  • LCSW, LMSW, LPC or LPC-Intern
  • CPR Certification
  • Management of Assaultive Behavior training