To maintain the fidelity of the ACT model with its multi-disciplinary approach, incorporation of both a behavioral health counselor and a co-occurring behavioral health counselor are each critical positions to the success of the team. Additional department/program specific qualifications, knowledge and essential job functions are noted below to spotlight or further define one or both behavioral health counselor positions.
The person in this position will be responsible for providing integrated treatment supporting the needs of both behavioral and physical health care to clients admitted to Berks Counseling Center. This would include clinical treatment modalities and supporting documentation.
Full-time clinicians are Exempt and are paid a flat salary amount. Full-time clinician schedules are 30 or more hours per week.
- Master’s degree in a related social service field required
- At least one (1) year experience with substance abuse/co-occurring treatment required.
- Experience with and working knowledge of severe and persistent mental illness required.
- Knowledge of the ACT model with a willingness to promote and respect the philosophy of the ACT model required.
- Must have a valid PA Driver’s License and the ability to drive, travel, and provide community-oriented services required.
- LCSW or LPC applicants with counseling experience in drug, alcohol and mental health preferred.
- CAC a plus.
- Bi-lingual: English/Spanish a plus.
Note – under the ACT program, a CADC is required for Co-Occurring Specialist equivalent.
To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Knowledge of the ACT model and the willingness and ability to work within the evidence based framework of that model.
• Ability to understand transitional age populations with severe and persistent mental illness.
• Knowledge of the assessment and treatment of behavioral health disorder.
• Knowledge of BCC services, policies and procedures.
• Knowledge of ethical practices of counselors.
• Knowledge of electronic health records (EHR).
• Knowledge of community services available to low income, high risk populations.
• Skill and ability to document clinical needs clearly, concisely, and in a timely manner.
• Skill in using Microsoft Office and Microsoft Outlook and ability to learn and navigate new software programs that support project efforts and the electronic health record.
• Skill in supporting the health care and wellness needs of low income, high risk populations.
• Skill in managing competing priorities.
• Skill in problem solving and conflict resolution including identification of the problem or conflict within a team oriented approach to care.
• Skill in oral and written communication.
• Ability to facilitate evidence based groups.
• Ability to maintain weekly direct services hours as designated by supervisor.
• Ability to type and navigate electronic health records.
• Ability to utilize and learn software, technology and office equipment.
• Ability to work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team in meeting the integrated physical and behavioral health and wellness needs of the persons served.
• Ability to work well with diverse, low income, high risk populations and provide culturally competent care.
• Ability to demonstrate a commitment to the provision of compassionate, patient-centered care supportive of the patient’s own goals and motivated toward positive health outcomes.
• Ability to communicate professionally with coworkers, clients and vendors.
• Ability to organize daily activities of self and others and to work as a team player.
• Ability to assist the consumer in identifying appropriate treatment plan goals and action steps.
• Ability to provide culturally-competent care.
• Ability to work a flexible schedule when needed.
Essential Job Functions
*Participates in the comprehensive assessment process with a particular emphasis on drug and alcohol/co-occurring history and assessment.
*Works closely with consumers on utilization of 12 step support programs, even transporting and attending meetings with consumers, if appropriate.
*Utilizes non-threatening motivational interviewing techniques to assist consumers in identifying substance abuse/co-occurring concerns.
1. Provide screening, assessment, and evaluation of potential clients.
2. Provide individual, group, and/or family counseling.
3. Effectively assess client treatment needs and develop a comprehensive individualized integrated treatment plan.
4. Complete clinical documentation that meets compliance standards, medical necessity guidelines, and agency standards as to timeliness and accuracy of documentation.
5. Maintain weekly direct services hours as designated by supervisor.
6. Actively participate in individual supervision and clinical team meetings.
7. Work cooperatively with the psychiatrist in meeting the medication management needs of clients.
8. Attend staff meetings and community meetings/committees as assigned.
9. Provide community outreach and networking related to clinical services.
10. Maintain appropriate credentials and attend ongoing training and education as required by licensure, certification and/or agency policy.
11. Maintain accurate, up to date clinical documentation in the client record.
12. Prepare reports as required.
13. Work closely with other treatment staff, case managers and other outside persons involved in a client’s care to assure effective coordination of care, including the promotion of health and wellness.
14. Meet all insurance and funding source requirements.
15. Provide crisis coverage as needed.
16. Perform all other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Physical Requirements SEEING:
- Must be able to see well enough to read reports and use computer.
- COMMUNICATING: Must be able to communicate to clients, vendors and coworkers.
- MOBILITY: Must have mobility to move about the agency.
- LIFTING/PULLING/PUSHING: Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds.
- OTHER: Must be able to write, type and use technology.