Description: The BH Counselor is responsible for providing assessments, individual and group therapy for assigned adult and geriatric patients. Also, the BH Counselor is responsible for telephone and in-person crisis intervention and counseling for patients and family members and for information and referral services. The BH Counselor participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of the treatment plan, acting as a liaison for family members, community agencies and the Mental Health Court, and the coordination of discharge planning activities and referrals. Typical Duties:
Completes an assessment, including an assessment of discharge planning needs and alternatives for each assigned patient, per policy.
Participates in treatment planning for assigned patients.
Charts assigned patients per operating procedure and maintains other records as assigned.
Liaisons with patient’s family or other support systems regarding the patient’s care, treatment plan, and discharge plans.
Assumes responsibility for crisis counseling, psycho-educational services, or other responsibilities as assigned.
Assumes primary responsibility for discharge planning, including assessment of needs, coordinating referrals, consulting with other service providers, and consultation with other community resources, as appropriate.
Maintains current knowledge about issues affecting the adult and geriatric population.
Maintains current community resource information regarding services for adult and geriatric patients.
Maintains clinical competence for adult and geriatric services and exhibits professional growth and development.
Utilizes behavioral health expertise to promote change to improve behavioral and physical health conditions.
Ensures compliance with patient HIV pre-counseling and post-counseling per policy.
Performs other related job duties as assigned.
- Required Education and Experience:
- Master’s Degree in Counseling or Social Work from an accredited college or University.
- 2 plus years of work experience conducting diagnosis of severe mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders in a healthcare, therapeutic, physician, and/or other clinical practice setting.
- Required Licensure/Certification/Specialized Training:
- Must have a current licensure from Texas in one of the following: Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) from the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners or the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.
- Must be a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.
- Certification in Non-violent Crisis Intervention (CPI) but may be obtained subsequent to hire.
- Basic Life Safety Certification (BLSC) required but with 90 days of employment.