Outpatient Therapist position split between Winona and Caledonia offices

Job Summary

To provide outpatient mental health services to the citizens participating Counties, in a non-profit community mental health clinic setting with other licensed professionals and Center staff including working with individuals, couples, families and the community at large.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Assess and document client’s current life situation, including reasons for referral, history of the current mental health problem including important developmental incidents, strengths, and vulnerabilities, current functioning and symptoms, diagnosis using the DSM 5 or other updated tools, and providing needed mental health services.
  2. Develop a written plan of intervention, treatment and services identifying goals and objectives of treatment, treatment strategy, a schedule for accomplishing treatment goals and objectives, and the individual or individuals responsible for providing treatment to the person.
  3. Perform planned and structured treatment (individual, family and/or group psychotherapy) based on client’s diagnosis.
  4. Assist in the coordination of therapeutic services with other Center staff, including consulting with on-staff psychiatric prescribers.
  5. Consult in a timely manner with other professionals or agencies concerning clients referred to or from the Center as well as mutual clients.
  6. Participate in the required multi-disciplinary team meetings and clinical supervision.
  7. Provide case or program consultation to health care and human service professionals and agencies.
  8. Participate in efforts to coordinate agency and community resources.
  9. Participate in conferences, seminars, or other educational activities based on the annual staff development plan and as needed to be in good standing with state licensure requirements.
  10. Provide training to in-house staff, share approved and legal video/audio tapes of sessions with clients for intra-agency training or as requested by the Clinical Director.
  11. Perform other outpatient mental health activities such as giving presentations at all-agency meetings or to area businesses, schools, and other organizations as directed by the Director or staffing information booths at events or fairs and participating in activities outside of the agency as directed.
  12. Maintain accurate and current documentation of all client treatment activities in the agency’s ECR. Progress Notes are to be completed within 48 hours of seeing a client; treatment plans completed at the first therapy session; diagnostic assessment completed within insurance compliance guidelines or sooner in time sensitive situations and as requested by county or other partner staff.
  13. Maintain accurate and up-to-date case closings and terminations, typically within three months of the most recent session with a client.
  14. Maintain a thorough and accurate schedule in the electronic health record, including all productive and non-productive time and activities.
  15. Maintain productivity time standards – billable and non-billable at the required minimal level, currently 65% of total paid time.
  16. Complete all information/forms needed by the business office (Enrollment form, prior authorizations, requests for information or letters sent to doctors etc.) in a timely manner.
  17. Develop and maintain good working relationships with all referral sources and intra-agency staff.
  18. Perform other duties as assigned by the Clinical Director or Executive Director.

Equipment Used

This position requires regular use of a computer and use of software specially designed for the Center’s needs. A therapist will be expected to complete all Diagnostic Assessments, Treatment Plans, and Case Notes on the computer using the approved software. The agency uses an “all-electronic” format which will require periodic updating as software evolves and changes. In addition, this position will require the regular use of a telephone with voicemail, equipment such as the agency’s ITV set-up and in-session use of a webcam to record therapy sessions when approved and legal, use of fax, copy, and scanning machines as needed and possible uses in certain cases of an on-call pager or agency-provided cell phone.

Job Qualifications

  1. Education: Applicable MN MHP Licensure or License Eligible Clinical Trainee. Minimum graduate degree in mental health field of study. Educational requirements completed to meet clinical trainee designation.
  2. Experience: Two years’ experience and licensed as an LP, LICSW, LMFT or LPCC preferred but not required; will consider clinical trainee candidates.
  3. Worker Traits: Must possess a high level of human relation skills and an aptitude for effective decision-making. Must be organized, able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, and be able to demonstrate appropriate problem-solving skills. Must work well on a team of therapists and coordinate as necessary to support the treatment of clients. Must also work well with other agency staff and respond to reasonable demands placed on them outside of their clinical work by agency staff.

Work Environment

All Hiawatha Valley owned or leased facilities are smoke/drug free environments with little exposure to excessive noise, dust, temperature.

Sitting, potential for movement, crouching, bending, twisting (if involved in play therapy). Certain positions may require sessions to be held in client homes or out in the community.

The employee is occasionally exposed to a variety of conditions at client sites. Employee may encounter verbally or physically aggressive clients.

Therapists who do play therapy may be required to kneel, bend, lift.


This position is expected to be supervised administratively by the Outpatient Mental Health Clinical Director. This supervision is provided in concordance with any required clinical supervision required for licensure. Must adhere to any clinical supervision plan developed while working as a clinical trainee.



Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center strives to bring exceptional behavioral health support to the communities we serve, while providing excellent employee benefits! We offer a flexible working environment.  HVMHC has a comprehensive benefits package including health, life, disability, vision, and dental insurance.  We look to the future of our staff and have the option of 403(B) with an employer match.  We offer a generous amount of paid time off  including PLT and holidays.  HVMHC also has an employee assistance program, discount programs, and much more!


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