Behavioral Health Counselor

Position Summary

The Behavioral Health Counselor provides vocational rehabilitation and support services and oversees and coordinates rehabilitation readiness activities and services to people with psychiatric disabilities in the PROS program.

Responsibilities:

• Provides individual and group counseling and case management on site, in the field or in the home.
• Provides vocational readiness activities and vocational assessments for individuals.
• Performs job development in the community including placement and follow-up support.
• Participates in interdisciplinary team meetings and conferences.
• Refers applicants to ancillary services.
• Coordinates and acts as a liaison with other community service providers.
• Provides consultation and advocacy for individuals in inpatient, residential and independent living situations, including on-site visits and discharge meetings as needed.
• Accompanies clients to offsite activities.
• Maintains records in an accurate and timely manner in accordance with regulations.
• Collects and synthesizes data for use in problem solving in order to assess and address a client’s needs.
• Understands and disseminates information on community resources; particularly.
• public benefits and entitlements.
• Assists with program and agency crises.

General responsibilities:

• Attends workshops, conferences and staff development training seminars on current practices as directed by the supervisor to acquire continuing education in the appropriate field; implements what has been learned.

• Maintains cooperative relationships with all referents and community resources.
• Undertakes related duties as assigned.

Administrative Relationship:

The Behavioral Health Counselor reports directly to the Program Supervisor, for supervision and collaborates with other staff.

Qualifications:

Bachelors’ degree in human services required. Two years’ experience in vocational rehabilitation, Master’s degree and/or CRC desired. A thorough knowledge of diagnostic and therapeutic techniques used in mental health and the factors that contribute to personality development, and a thorough knowledge of the social factors affecting mental health are required. Proficiency in computer use including Word, Excel, Microsoft Office, Internet, Databases and Electronic Medical Record Systems. Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships among team members and external stakeholders. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Strong attention to detail and accuracy. Insurable driver’s license required and used of own car may be needed.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; and operate and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 5 pounds.

Reasoning Ability:
Ability to apply common sense and understanding in order to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problem solving several concrete variables in standardized situations.