Job Description

Job Title: Behavioral Health Counselor
Job ID: 691085
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Monday-Friday, daylight hours with 3-4 evenings
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: Kolko
Location: 100 North Bellefield Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213


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.

This is a forensic clinical program, with a research component, that for 20 years has worked in collaboration with the Allegheny County Juvenile Court providing assessment and treatment to youth mandated to the program after being adjudicated or placed on a consent decree for engaging in inappropriate behaviors.

  • Actively participate, coordinate, and liaison with other services.
  • Assist in coordinating, organizing, and continuously developing/revising psychosocial assessment and treatment materials/procedures designed to evaluate and/or change common clinical targets (e.g., reduce deviant sexual behavior/arousal, enhance pro-social skills and community coping, manage aggressive behavior) in both the youth and their parents/families. This includes maintenance of the program protocol binder and dissemination of new materials and identification of needed therapeutic directions/methods.
  • Assist in the scheduling, preparation, and administration/completion of intake (e.g., screening) and discharge clinical-research evaluations designed to address the clinical and scientific mission of this project.
  • 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.
  • Co-facilitate group treatment sessions with probation officers twice a week.
  • 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 direct treatment with an individual, and family basis by conducting specialized parent, parent-child, and/or family interventions, as needed, especially in addressing difficult case targets, issues, or obstacles. To do this, the clinician will work a flexible schedule which may require evening or weekend appointments (availability of at least 3 evenings per week required).
  • 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.
  • Develop, document/monitor, and address an individualized treatment plan for each patient that outlines the clinical goals, targets, and services to be provided to the youth and his family, as needed (e.g., based on initial evaluation findings, etc.).
  • Ensure behavior plans are implemented with fidelity by staff to maximize effectiveness.
  • Facilitate the resolution of any problematic issue related to service delivery.
  • Maintain basic case management functions such that all relevant materials, documents, and files are complete, clinical issues evaluated and reviewed in supervision, and identified decisions or solutions implemented effectively. This includes discharge planning and helping to support continued follow-up work.
  • Maintain professional demeanor and good judgment in all contacts with staff, administrators, and clients, and to serve as an appropriate role model for clinic staff.
  • Monitor/document and enhance the quality and effectiveness of all clinical applications of existing treatment procedures through individual supervision, case reviews, and tape reviews. Feedback based on court staff observations and reports of client outcomes (improvement) will be incorporated in this task.
  • Participate in necessary trainings related to the provision of services.
  • Promote the extension of treatment efforts to the home/community and, where necessary, the school or other service providers, via generalization programming to reach other changes agents (e.g., parents, community teachers, therapists), and, where applicable, to maintain contacts with all involved parties.
  • 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.
  • Provide, as necessary and/or indicated, basic administrative support and liaison with others (program staff, WPIC clinics, community agencies/partners). This includes public relations efforts and efforts to procure needed resources, helping to organize all meetings, and raising system or collaboration issues, especially identifying and seeking to resolve any concerns, questions, or interpersonal conflicts/problems, in an appropriate meeting/setting.
  • Provide, as necessary and/or indicated, court testimony as relevant to case assignments. To do so, the clinician will communicate with WPIC legal department and collaborate with assigned probation officers
  • Responsible for paperwork and participates in interagency team meetings. Completes all necessary department documentation per established policies.
  • Train and supervise assigned trainees in all designated tasks (e.g., case management, preparation of materials/paperwork in a timely fashion, files are complete, clinical issues evaluated and reviewed, identified decisions or solutions implemented effectively, discharge plans set, follow-up work coordinated). This includes encouragement of the discussion of key issues and the competent and effective performance of all tasks.
  • Work cooperatively/constructively with the full treatment team at SAFE/WPIC and program staff/supervisors at the Court (Special Services Unit) and Children, Youth and Families in order to enrich the environment, enhance treatment procedures and all related program operations, and improve staff performances via assistance, training, and routine feedback. To do so, the clinician will demonstrate collegiality and provide supervision, instruction, and guidance to affiliated staff/students in the form of an effective leader/educator to assure the integrity of the program and maximize client improvements. This includes helping staff to address emergent clinical problems and treatment obstacles that may require alternative programming.


  • 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. 
  • Knowledge of behavior principles, evaluation and assessment process, as well as application of current version of the DSM preferred.
  • Experience conducting Evidence Based Treatment following a treatment protocol highly desired.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management - CCM training is required within 30 days of hire and annually thereafter
  • 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.

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

Salary Range: $18.24 to $30.32

Union Position: No

At UPMC, our shared goal is to create a cohesive, positive, experience for our employees, patients, health plan members, and community. If you too are driven by these values, you may be a great fit at UPMC!


UPMC provides a total rewards package that can help you achieve the goals you have for your career and your personal life. Whether you want to learn a new skill through a training course, reach personal health and wellness targets, become more involved in your community, or follow a career path that provides you with the right experience to be successful, UPMC can help you get to where you want to be.

Now more than ever, YOU can help us shape our communities and UPMC into a better place for everyone to work, study, play, and thrive.

Learn more about working here and check out our policies and recent updates.

Talent Network