Job Description

Location: St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
Posted Date: 2/27/2020

Counselor per diem

I. Position Function:

* Performs individual counseling, group counseling, psycheducational groups, and case


* Provides mentoring and clinical supervision to counseling staff and interns.

* Provides support to clients/families via family sessions and brief counseling, education,

and coordination of comprehensive aftercare plans.

* Assures that a client's substance abuse disorder is assessed in an integrated

Bio-Psycho-Social-Cultural-Spiritual-Environmental context.

II. Job Relationships:

* Supervised and/or reportable to the Executive Director and Clinical Coordinator.

* Collaborates with the following staff effectively:

- Medical Director

- Nurses

- Staff Counselors

- Residents

- Psychiatrists

- Counseling Interns

- Community Treaters in a variety of aftercare settings

* Must be able to collaborate and communicate with referring agencies, such as EAP

professionals, private practitioners, probation officers, halfway house staff, primary care

doctors, community mental health agencies, etc ...

IV. A. Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

1.) "Provides superior customer service to internal and external clients, customers,

and patients as referenced in the Service Excellence Standards."

Clinical Practice

2.) Complete biopsychosocial assessments of individuals and families.

3.) Utilizing patient/client, family, and significant others and formulation of DSM-IV diagnosis,

develops an individualized treatment plan.

4.) Implements treatment plans, accessing appropriate services within the hospital and

community resources.

5.) Competently engages in therapeutic interventions, including individual counseling, family

work, group work, and psychoeducation.

6.) Provides support for patient/client advocacy.

7.) Provides crisis intervention when necessary.

8.) Independently makes clinical assessment of patients/clients regarding dangerousness to self

and or others by reason of mental status/substance abuse severity and intervenes to secure

required level of care.

9.) Provides family psychoeducation and referrals to self-help groups and/or individual/couple

family therapy as needed.

10.) Provides ongoing revision of treatment plans to reflect patient/client's changing needs.

11.) Able to make clinical assessments and interventions autonomously.

12.) Completes appropriate referrals.

13.) Formulates expected behavioral outcomes as part of the patient/client's treatment plan.

14.) Continually monitors and evaluates achievement of behavioral goals set in the treatment


15.) Provides case management services to assigned patients/clients.


16.) Coordinates programs, including Day Treatment, Evening Treatment, Relapse Prevention

Program, and various outpatient groups.

17.) Performs intake/biopsychosocial assessments, insurance precertification, registration,

billing, progress notes of participation in treatment, aftercare referrals, discharge, and


18.) Supervises counseling staff and counseling interns as needed.

19.) Performs 25 hours of clinical contact weekly via individual counseling, group counseling,

family sessions, and intakes/biopsychosocial assessments with patients/clients.

20.) Maintains standards of clinical record keeping:

- Documentation of biopsychosocial histories, treatment planning (updates every 3 months),

and progress notes.

- Closing a client's case within a month of discharge from clinical services.

21.) Prepares and participates in all administration, consultation, and supervision meetings.

22.) Will play a key role in meeting performance improvement criteria and thresholds, as well as

post-treatment measures of patient/client satisfaction in validating clinical outcomes.


23.) Initiates interaction and peer consultation with treatment team to enhance treatment planning.

24.) Seeks out feedback from treatment team and peers regarding role functions.

25.) Communicates effectively with other health care providers in the community and within the

hospital to coordinate treatment planning.

26.) Actively utilizes supervision to further enhance clinical skills and performance.

27.) Serves as a resource to the interdisciplinary team, including doctors, nurses, residents,

peers, etc ...

28.) Requests guidance of information as needed.

29.) Conducts in-service orientation as needed.


30.) Participates in weekly clinical supervision with assigned clinical supervisor.

31.) Provides and attends in-service educational presentations to interdisciplinary staff.

32.) Shares knowledge gained through continuing education with team colleagues and others in

the department.

33.) Participates in hospital wide education programs.

34.) Fulfills licensure (LISCW or LMHC) requirements for continuing education credits and actively

manages own learning.

35.) Seeks supervision from assigned supervisor and/or Executive Director as needed.


36.) Demonstrates clinical competence in providing patient/client care.

37.) Provides specialized mental health and substance abuse expertise to colleagues.

38.) Understands legal consequences of clinical interventions.

39.) Demonstrates understanding and practice of counseling values and ethics.

40.) Familiar with Patient's Bill of Rights.

41.) Fully able to manage confidentiality issues.

42.) Serves as patient/client advocate.

B. Responsibilities/Non-Essential Functions:

V. Reporting Requirements:

* Reports immediately to supervisor and/or Executive Director.

* Reports medical or safety concerns to Clinical or Executive Director or RN in charge of

program to provide appropriate clinical response.

VI. Accountability:

* Accountable for carrying out SECAP CQI project as requested.

* Accountable for maintaining the confidentiality and security of all hospital-related and

patient/client related data and information.

* Accountable for abiding by all relevant hospital policies and procedures.

* Accountable for observing all policies and procedures of the SECAP Department,

including infection control policies and procedures.

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