JOB DESCRIPTION: Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Date: February 21, 2020
Rate: Contracted Rate
Location: DCTC Olathe, CO
Supervisor: Clinical Director
Status: Contracted Employee
GENERAL PURPOSE: The Mental Health Counselor utilizes a variety of person center, culturally sensitive treatment approaches to work with a diverse client population. The Mental Health Counselor is responsible for assessment, treatment planning, documentation of services, billing and ensuring ethical practice. Service goals include providing effective behavioral health therapy to clients to improve their functioning and to prevent a higher level of care; linking clients to other services and agencies; providing comprehensive treatment to persons with a co-occurring disorder; and improving the coping skills of individuals and families. The Mental Health Counselor builds on the equine specialist’s horse observations, bringing in the metaphoric and therapeutic/learning relevance using equine assisted therapy (EAP).
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
· Delivers and documents individual, group, and family therapy and case management services to clients designated by DCTC, which could include at risk children/youth, adults, seniors, military service members and veterans. These services may be delivered in the office or other designated areas on the DCTC property through equine assisted therapy
· Conducts mental health status examinations and diagnostic assessment to establish differential diagnosis and treatment plans
· Meets DCTC standards regarding missed appointments (DNS, CBT, CBC), documentation completion, service plans, and billing
· Will deliver person centered, culturally sensitive evaluations, and trauma informed services as defined by position. These services are delivered in various locations using equine assisted therapy or traditional practices.
· Work collaboratively with the client and their systems to identify treatment goals and objectives
· Maintain professional licensure and certifications as required for the program
· Maintains client charts/documentation according to the standards outlined in the DCTC policies and procedures
· Attends meetings and supervision sessions as requested/required
· Collaborates with and refers to other human service agencies within the community to coordinate client care plan
· Works cooperatively and constructively as part of an interdisciplinary team that may include courts, probation, DHHS, schools, primary care, equine specialists, and others that are a part of the care of the horses.
DCTC Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Responsible for keeping client information confidential by adhering to Colorado law and policies and procedures for DCTC.
Responsible for compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws; professional practice acts and ethical guidelines; policies and procedures of DCTC; and contractual guidelines.
- Responsible for supporting the DCTC Vision, Mission, Values and Beliefs
- Completes all administrative paperwork and documentation/time sheet (billing and personnel/payroll) as requested/required
- Completes required competency training and additional training as requested or selected by supervisor
- Reviews and acknowledges DCTC policies and procedures as requested/required
MISC. DUTIES AS ASSIGNED
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education or Formal Training
- Masters level degree in one of the recognized mental health professions
- Colorado State License or license eligible
- EAP Certification or willing to obtain this certification
- At least one (1) year of experience as a Mental Health Professional, preferred
- Training in conducting mental health status examinations to establish differential diagnosis and treatment plans
- Must pass a criminal background check and drug screen
Knowledge, Skill and Ability:
- Possesses advanced clinical knowledge, skills and abilities regarding individual, group, family and equine assisted treatment approaches and their application to clients with emotional, behavioral, and substance use disorder problems
- Demonstrates advanced knowledge and application of clinical skills
- Ability to produce written documentation and/or electronic records of clinical work in a manner readily understood by other service providers and in a manner that meets federal, state, and DCTC documentation requirements
Ability to summarize service themes from a variety of client contacts and communicate