The Counselor reports to the BIPS Program Director.
Works as a team with the Therapist/Counselor in providing systemic treatment to adolescents and their families both on-site and in their homes using various professional integrative and collaborative modalities.
Assist with intake and assessment information using the Bridge bio-psycho-social assessment form and a recovery-oriented, culturally competent assessment approach.
Conduct behavioral health screenings on new clients or as issues emerge
Provide weekly family-focused counseling/case coordination to approximately 16 adolescents and their families, depending on each family's individual needs.
Participate in Service Plan meetings to develop discharge criteria and working in collaboration with the BIPS case manager.
Develop strong relationships with community-based organizations and resources throughout the city to help client and her family establish linkages to appropriate community resources.
Ensure that discharge planning is included in treatment planning and is the focus of case management from the time of admission.
Conduct psychoeducational, Life Skills, and other didactic groups for BIPS clients and family members.
Collaborate with representatives from other systems involved in the youth and family's treatment process, particularly behavioral health providers.
Participate in all required case consultation meetings, staff meetings and trainings.
Help develop ASAP plans with the case manager, family, youth and school personnel.
Adhere to all written documentation protocols as required by DHS
Provide referrals for support services when warranted.
Enhance, update and remain current with educational advances within the discipline and field by attending at least 25 hours of in-service or educational experience.
Attend staff meetings
Attend weekly supervision and provide agenda for these supervisory meetings.
Alert Program Director and Service Team of any concerns regarding clients that might jeopardize the safety of the program, client or other clients.
Other duties assigned by Program Director.
Competence in individual, group and family therapy with an emphasis on empowerment
Ability to use therapeutic skills essential to assisting at-risk youth.
Knowledge, understanding and experience working with at-risk youth, substance abuse, trauma and/or mental illness
Strong knowledge of community resources relevant to this population.
Knowledge and experience and ability to provide family partnership/parent training
Ability to utilize supervision to improve collaboration with treatment team and provision of family treatment
Sensitivity to racial, cultural, economic, and willingness to adopt interventions that work for different groups.
Understanding of a strengths-based, recovery-oriented approach and a willingness to adopt this approach.
Knowledge of high-risk youth, family systems, mental health disorders and substance abuse.
Master's Degree in social work, psychology, family therapy or related field required.
Valid driver's license and vehicle required.
Public Health Management Corporation