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Behavioral Health Counselor



UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is hiring a full-time Behavioral Health Counselor. This role will work a flexible schedule (3 or 4 evenings per week) to meet families’ needs. This program is funded by the Allegheny County Children, Youth, and Families.


 The Behavioral Health Counselor is responsible for providing individual, family and parent management treatment in an outpatient multidisciplinary program that targets youth with mental health issues and Sexual Behavior Problems (SBPs) and their families.  This program provides treatment services for these three populations: (1) youth who exhibit SBPs but have not received charges or have been adjudicated in Juvenile Court; (2) youth who exhibit SBPs who are NOT involved with Juvenile Court but are involved with Children, Youth, and Families, and (3) youth who exhibit SBPs, their intrafamilial victims, and their caregivers. Treatment will be provided in the office or in home in the family’s natural environment. The clinician will work as part of a multidisciplinary team with the Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families, Family and Juvenile Court, Child Advocacy Centers, Victim’s Advocates, Victim’s therapists, and other mental health professionals. 

  • The Behavioral Health Counselor will assess, treat, and follow these youth and their families.
  • The Behavioral Health Counselor will conduct diagnostic assessments and gather data via face-to-face interviews, phone interviews, and self-report measures from a variety of data sources (e.g., youth, parents, teachers, referral sources, other collateral sources).   
  • The Behavioral Health Counselor will provide progress report to the court via court letters or court testimony as requested.
  • The Behavioral Health Counselor will schedule and organize monthly treatment progress multidisciplinary meetings with CYF, victim’s therapists and other providers. 
  • The Behavioral Health Counselor will attend the Child Advocacy Center Multidisciplinary Meetings on a monthly basis. 
  • The Behavioral Health Counselor will attend other treatment team meetings as requested by the court and/or referral source.   

  • Responsible for paperwork and participates in interagency team meetings. Completes all necessary department documentation per established policies.
  • Facilitate the resolution of any problematic issue related to service delivery.
  • Participate in necessary trainings related to the provision of services.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Provide individual and family therapy in a community and/or inpatient/outpatient setting.
  • Conduct ongoing evaluations of behavior plans after implementation to assess if plans need to be updated.
  • Provide direct clinical supervision to assigned staff. Modes of supervision include: individual, group and onsite supervision. Treatment team meetings also will be conducted.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of behavior support techniques and skills to aid in the development of individualized behavior plans.
  • Ensure behavior plans are implemented with fidelity by staff to maximize effectiveness.
  • Provide direct care to assigned patients.
  • Actively participate, coordinate, and liaison with other services.
  • 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.


  • Masters degree in Psychology; Child Development; Applied Behavior Analysis; Early Intervention; Education; Special Education; Instruction in Learning; Social Work or a related field.
  • One year of clinical experience preferred. 
  • At least three years of clinical experience working with children and/or their families highly preferred
  • Experience working with sexual abuse victims and/or with children with sexual behavior problems. 
  • Experience with Cognitive Behavioral Treatment highly preferred 
  • Knowledge of psychiatric diagnostic evaluation and assessment process, as well as application of DSM V highly preferred
  • Knowledge/Experience with Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (TF-CBT). 
  • Knowledge/Experience of family systems theory and application.
  • Knowledge/Experience with child development research and its application in treatment.
  • Knowledge/Experience of behavioral therapies theory and application.
  • Knowledge/Experience of social skills assessment and intervention. 
  • Must have proficiency at a mastery level of the following: Microsoft Office Package including but not limited to   

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.

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