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Clinical Counselor 4 / Clinical Counselor 5

at Lincoln County, Oregon

Posted: 9/29/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2486218
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Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Position Summary

CLINICAL COUNSELOR 4:

Performs professional behavioral health services through individual and group psychotherapy and counseling of clients. Primary responsibility is the delivery of behavioral health services for prevention of child abuse and neglect, hospitalizations, crime and delinquency, and for improved County safety and quality of living.

CLINICAL COUNSELOR 5:

Performs professional behavioral health services through individual, group and family psychotherapy and counseling. This position is distinguished from the Clinical Counselor 4 classification by the required licensure, increased emphasis on professional initiative, competence developed through years of experience, continuing education and the ability to coordinate specific program functions. The employee's primary responsibility is the delivery of behavioral health services (mental health and/or addictions) for prevention of child abuse and neglect, hospitalization, crime and delinquency, improved county safety and quality of living.

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities

CLINICAL COUNSELOR 4:

a)Provides individual, family or group psychotherapy and counseling including diagnosis, treatment case management, planning, counseling and follow-up.

b)Prepares necessary records, reports and correspondence to document work.

c)Performs initial screening of new clients, which includes evaluation, diagnosis and treatment planning.

d)May conduct pre-commitment investigations as assigned if qualified; submits reports to courts, arranges hearings, keeps records and appears in court as necessary.

e)Assesses emergency mental and emotional disturbance cases by providing crisis intervention services.

f)Provides a full range of behavioral health services including both mental health and addictions treatment.

g)Determines dangerousness for civil commitment.

h)Provides consultation services to outside agencies as assigned.

i)If performing problem gambling services, actively markets and provides education about problem gambling treatment to community partners, schools, courts, health care providers, and the general public, as assigned; identifies and effectively engages problem gambling clients in treatment services, as assigned.

CLINICAL COUNSELOR 5:

a)Provides individual, family or group psychotherapy and counseling including diagnosis, treatment case management, planning, counseling and follow-up.

b)Assists with needs assessments in a specialized area of behavioral health and participates in the design and implementation of programs. Consults with other agencies in assessing diagnosis and treatment of emotionally, behaviorally disturbed persons as assigned.

c)May be assigned responsibility for sub-program areas.

d)Prepares necessary records, reports, clinical evaluations, and correspondence to document work.

e)Performs initial screening of new clients, which includes evaluation, diagnosis and treatment planning.

f)May conduct pre-commitment investigations as assigned (if qualified); submits reports to courts, arranges hearings, keeps records.

g)Treats/assesses emergency mental and emotional disturbance cases by providing crisis intervention services.

h)May provide a full range of behavioral health services including both mental health and addictions treatment.

i)Determines dangerousness for civil commitment.

j)Provides consultation services to outside agencies as assigned.

k)If performing problem gambling services, actively markets and provides education about problem gambling treatment to community partners, schools, courts, health care providers, and the general public, as assigned; identifies and effectively engages problem gambling clients in treatment services, as assigned.

Typical Qualifications

CLINICAL COUNSELOR 4:

SPECIFIC JOB SKILLS:

Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills are required. The ability to solve problems and negotiate is also required. The employee must exhibit proficiency in the principles and practices of social casework or clinical delivery systems, medical/psychological diagnostic assessment, basic psychotherapy and counseling techniques.

The physical capability to handle high mobility demands and complex personal interactions is essential.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/LICENSES/CERTIFICATES REQUIRED:

A Master's degree specializing in clinical social work, psychology or a related field or a Bachelor's level Registered Nurse with experience in the provision of psychiatric care is required. In addition, for the Problem Gambling Counselor position, advanced certification in addictions (CGAC II preferred), or the ability to document a minimum of 1000 hours of problem gambling treatment experience and completion of 60 hours of problem gambling specific education is required. This position also requires an insurable driving record and a valid Oregon driver's license within 30 days of appointment. The employee is required to maintain current and active licensures and certifications, as applicable, and to provide the appropriate verifications at the time of renewals. Bilingual and/or bicultural competencies for Latino population is preferred.

JOB SCOPE:

Encounters a wide diversity of work situations, which involve a high level of complexity due to the nature of behavioral health problems and treatment needs of children and adults. Performs duties under clinical and administrative supervision. Decisions are made within general policy constraints.

CLINICAL COUNSELOR 5:

SPECIFIC JOB SKILLS:

SPECIFIC JOB SKILLS:

A thorough knowledge and understanding of Integrated Service and Support Rules (ISSR) related to mental health treatment of children and adults is required. Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills are required and the ability to solve problems and negotiate is essential. A thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of social casework and clinical delivery systems as well as considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of behavioral health treatment, including assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, psychotherapy and counseling are required. Reasonable knowledge of psychological and personality testing and its application to the diagnosis and treatment of mentally ill persons; functions and procedures of other social service agencies; laws and regulations applicable to behavioral health programs as they relate to the employee's area of specialization are essential. Intermediate to high level skills in psychotherapy and counseling techniques as well as the ability to exercise sound judgment in appraising situations and making decisions regarding complex behavioral health treatment issues; perform general mental health/addictions, conduct needs assessments and apply knowledge of needs and resources to development of services; deal professionally with persons who have mental and emotional disturbances, developmental disabilities or alcohol and drug abuse problems and develop therapeutic relationships with patients and their families; conduct thorough interviews, assessments and evaluations and effectively interpret information in the formulation of a diagnosis and treatment plan; write clear and concise reports and client evaluations; comprehend and interpret laws, rules and regulations; develop and maintain effective working relationships with peers, supervisors, and professionals in related disciplines are all required. The physical capability to handle high mobility demands and complex personal interactions is essential.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/LICENSES/CERTIFICATES REQUIRED:

A minimum of 3 years of extensive experience in behavioral health counseling and psychotherapy following graduation with a Master's degree and an Oregon license in social work or counseling psychology (LCSW, LPC, LMFT) are required. In addition, for the Problem Gambling Counselor position, advanced certification in addictions (CGAC II preferred), or the ability to document a minimum of 1000 hours of problem gambling treatment experience and completion of 60 hours of problem gambling specific education is required. Additional training and/or certification in the addictions field (CADC) is preferred. Demonstrated ability to act with minimal supervision on personal initiative using sound clinical judgment is essential. This position is classified as a Qualified Mental Health Professional. The position requires an insurable driving record and a valid Oregon driver's license within 30 days of appointment. The employee is required to maintain current and active licensure/certification/insurance and to provide the appropriate verifications at the time of renewals. Bilingual and /or bicultural competencies for Latino population is preferred.

JOB SCOPE:

Encounters a wide diversity of work situations which involve a high level of complexity. This job involves a high degree of complexity due to the nature of behavioral health problems and the treatment needs of children and adults. Requires advanced level skills applied in psychotherapy and counseling techniques for the most severe cases. Operates from established practices and procedures with opportunities to participate in the planning, design and implementation of programs. Operates with minimal supervision. Work is reviewed for adherence to procedures, standards and for effectiveness.

Job Conditions and Physical Demands

CLINICAL COUNSELOR 4 AND CLINICAL COUNSELOR 5:

JOB CONDITIONS

Normal working hours. Additional hours may be required in order to provide triage/crisis services. This position involves exposure to people with a wide variety of behavioral health problems and may involve exposure to potentially dangerous situations. Home visits are a routine location of treatment services provided by this position. For ACT/EASA, working hours shall include evening and weekends.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands are typical of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

ADA COMPLIANCE:

Physical capability to handle high mobility demands and complex personal interactions.

a)Physical Ability: Tasks involve the ability to exert very moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (12-20 pounds).

b)Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require visual perception and discrimination. Some tasks require oral communications ability. Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate sounds.

c)Environmental Factors: Tasks are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, animals/wildlife, toxic/poisonous agents, violence, disease, or pathogenic substances.

Lincoln County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to allow them to perform the essential functions of the job when such individuals request an accommodation.