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Outpatient Therapist-. Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC)

Department: Higley Integrated Care
Location: Gilbert, AZ

Job Summary

Provide direct services and participate in the coordination of behavioral health services for adult and youth members.

 Essential Functions

  • Conduct individual, family and group treatment sessions, as appropriate to member treatment plans
  •  Applies best practice standards and outcome measurements as related to clinical practices 
  •  Ensure the delivery of culturally competent behavioral health, social services and substance use are consistent with the Agency's mission, goals, licensure rules, accreditation standards, and best practices 
  • Conduct and document individual initial and ongoing assessments and billing requirements accurately and in the required time frames
  • Develop individualized treatment plans in coordination with members' clinical teams and individual service needs
  • Provide emergency face to face counseling and/or crisis intervention as needed to avert or in response to member relapse
  • Participate in quality assurance and utilization review including admission, service continuation, transition planning, and discharge reviews
  • Ensure that participant records, treatment statistics, and other documentation are maintained according to established standards to include the approval of Treatment Plans and Assessments
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with community agencies, case managers and clinical teams
  • Participate in Adult Recovery Team (ART) meetings and individual service planning sessions with case managers, treatment staff, family members and others to identify and meet member treatment needs
  • Assist participants/families in identifying and pursuing realistic treatment goals
  • Identify the types and amounts of support members require to remain independent
  • Maintain information on community resources for member assistance and support
  • Provide education, assistance and support to family members and others involved with the member to enhance awareness of mental and emotional illness and to increase their ability to contribute to the rehabilitation process
  • Maintain member records, treatment statistics and other documentation according to agency standards
  • Participate in oversight of the health, safety and welfare of members in the treatment programs
  • Provide back up to other outpatient staff as needed and/or as assigned
  • Must be able to work flexible hours
  • Assist in actively assessing work area for non-compliance issues and notify supervisor in a timely manner to ensure follow up
  • Must be able to work in a culturally divers environment
  • Maintain Arizona State Certification and provide current copy of certification to PSA HR Coordinator
  • Other duties, as assigned


 Qualification Requirements


  • Bilingual preferred but not required.
  • .Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) (must be licensed to work in the state of Arizona)
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or a related human service field.
  •  Two years' supervised counseling experience with the adult population in a mental health center setting. Supervision must be documented and provided in advance of hire.
  •  One year experience in delivering group substance abuse services.
  • Preference for counselors with experience utilizing CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, EMDR, DBT and/or the SAMHSA Co-Occurring model.
  • Valid AZ driver’s license.
  • Five-year MVD Report that meets the agency’s auto insurance carrier’s coverage requirements and have dependable transportation, as you will be utilizing your own vehicle with mileage reimbursement
  • Must have a current CPR/First Aid card within 30 days of hire
  • Must have a DPS Level 1 fingerprint card within 90 days of hire

 Knowledge of:

  •  Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Methods used to prevent or de-escalate inappropriate behaviors of participants or others.
  •  How to provide behavior management in crisis situations.
  •  Where to access resources for assistance.
  •  How to document participant activities and progress according to accepted professional and agency standards.
  •  The special needs and characteristics of the client population
  •  Counseling principles and methods
  •  Prevention of violent behavior or behavior harmful to the members or others
  •  Provision of behavior management in crisis situations
  •  Recognitions of indications, common side effect, reactions and interactions of medications commonly used by the member population
  •  Documentation of member activities and progress according to accepted professional and agency standards
  •  Behavioral health assessment and rehabilitation.
  •  Principles and methods of psychosocial rehabilitation.
  •  ASAM criteria
  •  Working with the LGBT community


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Well organized
  • Ability to be flexible, as specific tasks/situations change
  • Under direction, possess ability to work independently but also be able to work in a Team environment
  • Proficiency in group process and group facilitation
  • Ability to develop and implement treatment plans within the framework of a clinical team
  • Proficiency in promoting participant responsibility, mastery and to recognize symptom exacerbation
  • Ability to be creative, energetic, flexible and to serve as a healthy role model for staff and participants
  • Strong computer literacy using Microsoft products and other related software.
  • Ability to learn new software in a timely manner.

 Physical Requirements


Must be able to lift and carry boxes/packages up to 50 pounds as needed. Must be able to push and pull file cabinet/desk drawers open and closed daily

Body Positions/Movements:

Sit in a chair at a desk for extended numbers of hours each workday: moves from office to office. Must be able to retrieve items/supplies on overhead shelves and bend/stoop to reach files located in bottom file cabinets. Drives to and from various locations of service delivery.

 Hand Use/Sense:

Manual dexterity sufficient to use calculator, telephone, keyboard and various office machines on a daily basis and be able to write. Must be able to communicate both in person and on the telephone, enter information on the computer and read various instructions. Be able to read numbers, reports, and computer terminals.

Operating an agency motor vehicle, other vehicle, equipment, machinery or power tools.

Analytical Requirements

Must be able to analyze many variables and choose the most effective course of action. Personal maturity is an important attribute. Must be able to resolve problems, handle conflict and make effective decisions under pressure. Ability to give, receive, and analyze information, prepare written materials, and articulate goals and action plans. Ability to do simple math calculations, input data into the computer, and analyze data as requested.

Equipment to Be Used

Must be able to operate computer and other office machines, including fax, calculator, telephone, copy machine.

Working Conditions

Usually works in a typical office setting.

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