Job Description

Job Title: Behavioral Health Counselor
Job ID: 684285
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Monday-Friday, daylight hours
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: WPR Psychiatric Rehab
Location: 3501 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213

Description

Purpose:
The purpose of this job is to provide clinical treatment services to patients in a community, inpatient, or outpatient/ambulatory setting. The Behavioral Health Counselor will provide services to patients with diagnoses who meet criteria for behavioral health treatment.

Responsibilities:
  • Actively participate, coordinate, and liaison with other services.
  • Assist with care coordination as needed to ensure the highest quality of care to clients and families. Facilitate referrals for other clinical services during treatment and at discharge.
  • Conduct a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and design a Positive Behavior Support Plan based upon the assessment, under the direction of the program manager or supervisor.
  • Conduct ongoing evaluations of behavior plans after implementation to assess if plans need to be updated.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of behavior support techniques and skills to aid in the development of individualized behavior plans.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of structured clinical assessment tools including specific measures of psychiatric symptomatology, family functioning, and academic achievement with an ability to communicate results and recommended course of treatment to families and other professionals.
  • Develop expertise in child/adolescent/adult psychopathology, crisis intervention / de-escalation techniques, and behavioral therapy.
  • Ensure behavior plans are implemented with fidelity by staff to maximize effectiveness.
  • Facilitate the resolution of any problematic issue related to service delivery.
  • Participate in necessary trainings related to the provision of services.
  • Provide direct care to assigned patients.
  • Provide direct clinical supervision to assigned staff. Modes of supervision include: individual, group and onsite supervision. Treatment team meetings also will be conducted.
  • Provide individual and family therapy in a community and/or inpatient/outpatient setting.
  • Responsible for paperwork and participates in interagency team meetings. Completes all necessary department documentation per established policies.

Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Psychology, Child Development, Applied Behavior Analysis, Early Intervention, Education, Special Education, Instruction in Learning, Social Work, or a related field required.
  • One (1) year of clinical experience preferred. 
  • Psych rehabilitation and/or vocational rehabilitation desired.
  • Knowledge of behavior principles, evaluation and assessment process, as well as application of current version of the DSM preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Behavior Specialist Licensure and/or Certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, National Certified Counselor, Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner or other similar Behavioral Health license/certification preferred.
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management - CCM training is required within 30 days of hire and annually thereafter
  • Driver's License

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $18.24 to $30.32

Union Position: No

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