The person in this position will be responsible for completing a comprehensive clinical assessment on potential clients seeking admission to Berks Counseling Center as part of our Open Admission process. This will include completion of supporting documentation, orienting the client to services, and setting up the electronic health record.
- LCSW with counseling experience in mental health and/or drug and alcohol required.
- Knowledge of or experience with trauma-informed approaches preferred.
- At least one (1) year documented work experience in a behavioral health setting required.
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 assessment and treatment of behavioral health disorders.
• Knowledge of and ability to work within a framework of integrated physical and behavioral healthcare.
• Knowledge of organizational and community resources that support the potential needs of clients to be served.
• Knowledge of and commitment to Berks Counseling Center established policies and procedures.
• Knowledge and understanding of trauma and how it impacts others.
• Skill in active listening and collaborative communication.
• Skill in recognizing crisis, crisis management and conflict resolution.
• Skill in managing and triaging multiple priorities.
• Skill and ability to document clinical needs clearly, concisely and in a timely manner.
• Skill in use of a computer including Microsoft Office and Outlook and ability to learn and effectively utilize electronic record keeping systems.
• Ability to work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team.
• Ability to make appropriate clinical decisions regarding emergency needs, level of care, and preliminary treatment needs.
• Ability to effectively present client clinical needs to other clinical staff, supervisors, and physicians.
• Ability to communicate professionally with community organizations and referral sources.
• Ability to seek supervision and support when needed.
• Ability to provide culturally competent, compassionate, patient centered, recovery oriented care to diverse populations.
• Ability to organize daily activities and follow through with established goals and deadlines.
• Ability to organize daily activities toward the successful completion of goals.
• Ability to work a flexible schedule when needed.
• Ability to engage in honest, transparent and respectful interactions with others.
• Ability to act with integrity and work from a place of empathy and compassion.
Essential Job Functions
1. Conduct face to face clinical behavioral health assessments on persons seeking services at Berks Counseling Center as part of BCC’s multidisciplinary admissions team.
2. Determine an appropriate level of care for each client based on established guidelines.
3. Assign client to an appropriate clinician based on his/her needs.
4. Utilize collaborative documentation to complete an intake note and comprehensive clinical assessment that meets compliance standards, medical necessity guidelines, and agency standards as to timeliness and accuracy of documentation.
5. Orient the client to agency policies and procedures and secure necessary consents and releases.
6. Responsible for opening and inputting initial clinical data into the client electronic health record.
7. Work collaboratively with and communicate and meet regularly with other members of BCC’s Admissions Team.
8. Work collaboratively and cooperatively with outside referral sources.
9. Regularly prepare information and reports, as directed, on admissions activities that support decision making and program planning and development.
10. Identify and respond to emergency clinical needs and crises as they arise.
11. Utilize individual and group supervision to review clinical cases and seek feedback and direction as needed.
12. Navigate and utilize electronic health records using technology, including computers.
13. Develop an understanding of trauma and how it impacts others.
14. Incorporate trauma informed practices into job duties and responsibilities, including interactions and communications with others.
15. Be an active member of BCC’s culture of caring through positive and engaging social interactions.
16. Perform all other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
SEEING: Must be able to see well enough to read reports and use computer.
HEARING: Must be able to hear well enough 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 10 pounds.
OTHER: Must be able to write, type and use technology.
Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed, but are not to be seen as a complete list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Also, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of Berks Counseling Center. Berks Counseling Center is an equal opportunity employer.