POSITION TITLE: Behavioral Health Therapist
Responsible for facilitating a variety of direct service outpatient mental health and substance abuse activities. Behavioral Health Therapists make independent decisions about the course of therapy best suited to the needs of individuals and families with whom they provide services to. They may form an impression of the diagnosis, develop a treatment plan, and utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches to help clients resolve personal problems.
Master’s degree in social work, psychology, mental health counseling or closely related field with a minimum of 2 years post-masters experience. LCSW, LCPC required. CADC preferred. Counseling experience in outpatient psychiatric, chemical dependence program and/or serving the chronically homeless population. Demonstrate knowledge and utilization of sound best practice relevant to population served (homeless, chronically mentally ill, chronic substance use, HIV, etc) Proven history of effective communication and counseling skills, a strong sense of responsibility, and the ability to manage time and document effectively.
- Administer psychosocial assessments and make diagnostic recommendations for review and approval by clinical supervisor or medical director.
- Utilize interventions and/or models of care that incorporate behavioral health treatment to improve health outcomes and address the unique needs of BMSM living with HIV.
- Provide direct counseling to clients addressing behavioral and/or psychosocial issues in keeping with social work clinical best practice standards.
- Complete screenings, intakes and assessments; performs intake screening for clients using ASAM criteria to determine level of care, and or DSM criteria for diagnosis.
- Provide outpatient services aligned with DMH Rule 132 59 ILAC 132 and Title 77, Illinois Administrative Code Rule 2060
- Provides individual, family and group counseling in the clinic/office as well as off site, may include home visits.
- Ensure that all recording and reporting of client contact is accurate, up to date and of good quality, working within the JCAHO accrediting standards.
- Provides referrals case management and care coordination as needed.
- Facilitate didactic counseling and educational group sessions
- Coordinate services with case management and medical team in accordance with established procedures using prescribed forms, surveys and electronic health records.
- Maintain and submit weekly/monthly statistical reports related to program services performed (service referrals received, [internal and external] depression screens, domestic violence screens, individual counseling sessions conducted, etc.)
- Document all client encounters and contacts made on behalf of clients utilizing prescribed forms/electronic health records; develop, complete and submit weekly progress reports.
- Submits substance abuse diagnosis assessments and treatment plans to medical director for review and sign off, and all other diagnosis assessments and treatment plans to BH supervisor for review and approval.
- Assist in an on-going appraisal of the program, and peer review, which will result in continuous improvement in the quality of the program and in the development of new services.
- Participate in multi-disciplinary staffing, program and clinical meetings.
- Helping participants in setting individualized goals for themselves and in assessing their own skills and resources related to goal attainment. Goals are set by exploring strengths and needs in the individual’s living, learning, social, and working environments. Implementation of services in the plan may take place individually or in groups.
- Document all encounters and maintain accurate and current patient/ client charts.
- Perform other duties as assigned