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Douglas County  7430
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Pay Range GC20


This classification supervises a day treatment program for the mental health division of the health and social services department. This classification has primary responsibility in planning, monitoring, supervising and coordinating a day treatment program area of mental health such as the Fowler House Day Treatment Center. Employee provides individual and group psychotherapy and counseling; coordinates and monitors daily structured activities of clients; performs crisis intervention as necessary and provides consultation and training. This classification supervises lower level staff and is responsible for work performed in assigned specialized program area.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

1. Responsible for daily operations of day treatment program which provides client activities/services such as socialization, living skills training, field trips, physical/recreational and crisis intervention; provide and participate in client physical/recreation activities.

2. Provide individual, marital, dyad and group psychotherapy and counseling as primary or co-therapist; assess and treat emergency mental and emotional disturbance cases; perform crisis intervention as necessary.

3. Coordinate individual treatment plan with daily schedule of activities at day treatment facility; consult with and coordinate treatment plan or referral of clients with social service agencies, schools, organizations and other professionals; monitors progress of treatment plan.

4. Serve as member of inter-disciplinary team; consult with other staff regarding client assessment, diagnosis and treatment plan.

5. Plan, develop, coordinate and implement activities and programs within program area; assist with program needs assessment.

6. Provide consultation and training for and with clients, staff, professionals, other service agencies and the public; attend unit meetings and workshops; develop, modify and or obtain training programs and materials.

7. Supervise, assign work to, coordinate, train and assist staff in program area; participate in the selection and evaluation of staff in program area.

8. Maintain and complete required records, reports, clinical evaluations and correspondence as required by departmental policy and state law.


Knowledge of: Considerable knowledge of psychological theory, principles and practices of mental health treatment including assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mentally ill persons; considerable knowledge of human behavior as it relates to crisis situations and problems of client population; considerable knowledge in substance abuse treatment as it pertains to the chronically mentally ill, considerable knowledge of behavior intervention, management and support strategies; considerable knowledge of sound case management; considerable knowledge of community resources the functions and procedures of other social service agencies and service providers; considerable knowledge of psychological and personality testing and application to diagnosis and treatment of mentally ill persons; considerable knowledge of and ability to participate in program planning, evaluating and implementing programs to meet specific objectives; reasonable knowledge of educational theories and techniques; reasonable knowledge of psychoactive medication and treatment applications; reasonable knowledge of management principles including personnel supervision, financial and physical facilities and equipment. Skill in: Writing clear and concise correspondence, records, activity schedules, reports and statistical data; interviewing, counseling and listening techniques and principles; individual and group dynamics. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both written and oral form; plan, consult and coordinate with source agencies, physicians, families of clients and the community; work within inter-disciplinary team; relate to a diverse population of people with mental and physical handicaps; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures, establish new procedures when applicable, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques. work independently, efficiently organize time and meet established deadlines; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; teach socialization and living skills to individuals with various learning levels; establish and maintain records, reports and statistical data; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, clients, families, schools, service agencies, physicians, professionals, team and committee members and the public.

Education, experience and training: Bachelor's degree plus five years experience in a mental health setting or a satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience and training. At time of appointment, must possess valid Oregon driver's license.

Desirable qualification: Master's degree in psychology, social work or related field plus three years experience in a mental health setting.


Work is performed under the general direction of a mental health specialist 4. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem resolution are left to employee discretion and interpretation. Employee estimates and manages time efficiently. Work is subject to active supervisory control and review in more complex cases through regularly scheduled conferences to ensure determinations and decisions made are in compliance to department policy and procedures.


Work is performed within departmental policy and procedure, federal, state and county statutes, rules, regulations, guidelines and ordinances; clinical ethics in counseling, approved physical restraint procedures, various skills guidelines and social service guidelines. Judgement on day-to-day activities is required as needed.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed in an office environment residential living setting; may involve bending, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, lifting up to 60 pounds, sitting, standing and walking. Considerable attention is given to personal safety when in contact with potentially aggressive clients. Employees must maintain a positive mental attitude and a tolerance for pressure situations. Position requires reasonable amount of driving.

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