Mental Health Counselor - Supervisee in Social Work

Commonwealth Intensive Community Teatment Services - Virginia Beach, VA

Full-time

IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED AS A SERIOUS CANDIDATE FOR THIS POSITION YOU MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING CRITERA: 1) MUST HAVE A MASTERS DEGREE IN THE HUMAN SERVICES FIELD. 2) MUST HAVE A SUPERVISEE IN SOCIAL WORK OR RESIDENT IN COUNSELING ACTIVE LICENSE FROM THE VIRGINIA BOARD OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS. 3) MUST HAVE AN ACTIVE QMHP-A LICENSE FROM THE VIRGINIA BOARD OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS.

Works as part of the Intensive Community Treatment (ICT) team to assure services and resources are coordinated among providers as needed to help individuals live and function optimally in the community. Responsible for carrying out rehabilitation, clinical and support functions including but not limited to linking and referral, education, individual and family support counseling, mental health support services, symptom management and crisis intervention. Provides support and guidance as needed to ICT team members.

Responsibilities:

  • Actively participates in daily ICT team meetings for client treatment planning.
  • Gathers information from client and referral sources, as appropriate, and completes assigned comprehensive assessment addressing all major life areas.
  • Submits all administrative paperwork and completes all contact progress notes, assessments, individual service plans, quarterly reviews and other required documentation in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Advocates for services on behalf of individuals and their families/caregivers as needed. Reviews human rights and responsibilities with individuals and/or guardians as outlined in ICT policies and procedures. Documents and reports suspected violations of client’s rights immediately as required by policy.
  • Consults with community agencies and families as appropriate to maintain coordination of the treatment process; links clients to community resources including but not limited to self-help programs and support groups as needed.
  • Provides direct clinical services including individual supportive therapy and education to clients teaching behavioral symptom management techniques to alleviate and manage symptoms. Promote personal growth and development by supporting clients to adapt to and cope with life stressors.
  • Provides individual, group and family education and support as appropriate in a recovery based model addressing interactions of mental illness and substance abuse; promotes wellness and recovery action planning.
  • Coordinates with inpatient services as needed to support clients for detoxification and establishes links to self-help programs in the community promoting sobriety and recovery.
  • Provides support, education and encouragement to help clients socialize with peer group and families while addressing mental illness issues that prevent positive interpersonal interactions; organize and lead individual and group social/recreational activities to educate and increase social experiences; and provide opportunities for clients to practice social skills.
  • Assists clients with education on activities of daily living tasks including but not limited to money management/budgeting, utilization of community resources, household tasks, housing issues, personal hygiene, nutrition education, and management of physical health issues.
  • Treats all communications, written or verbal, with respect and confidentiality, and complies with HIPAA standards and regulations.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of serious and persistent mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and substance use disorders.
  • Knowledge of assessments and individual service plans and their uses in service planning and ability to complete all documentation meeting quality standards including contact notes, assessments, ISP’s, and quarterly reviews.
  • Ability and willingness to work with individuals with co-occurring serious mental illness, intellectual disabilities, substance abuse disorders , and their families/care givers, and other agencies.
  • Knowledge and understanding of best practice treatment modalities for severe and persistent mental illnesses, intellectual and developmental, substance use and co-occurring disorders, including individual, group and family counseling, crisis intervention, discharge planning and service coordination.
  • Ability to think critically and problem solve—recognizing escalating symptoms or situations and reacting quickly and appropriately in crisis situations.
  • Ability to provide clinical guidance to community support professional staff and other team members as appropriate.
  • Knowledge of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

(DBHDS) regulations for providers of mental health services.

  • Knowledge of relevant Medicaid guidelines.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing, especially when teaching, guiding, and mentoring others.
  • Basic knowledge of use of medications in the care of individuals served.
  • Knowledge of computers, and word processing.
  • Initiative, resourcefulness, and ability to work independently as well as part of a

team.

  • Possess a valid driver's license and an acceptable driving record.
  • Acceptable background and central registry check; acceptable drug screen.

Education and Experience:

Graduated from an accredited university with a master’s degree in psychology, counseling, social work, or human services related field with at least one year applicable related experience working with individuals with serious mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and substance abuse disorders, preferably in community setting.

Must hold an active certification for Qualified Mental Health Professional-Adult (QMHP-A) from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.

Job Type: Full-time

Experience:

  • relevant: 1 year (Required)

Education:

  • Master's (Required)

License:

  • Driver's License (Preferred)
  • QMHP-A (Required)
  • Supervisee in Social Work or Resident in Counseling (Required)