Counselor (Behavioral Health/ACT Team)

Clinical Phoenix, Arizona


Description

Starting Salary:  $55,000.00 - $70,405.00/annually, depending on experience and licensure status.         
$2,000 Sign-on Bonus offered!         
As a member of the Copa Health Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACT), the ACT Counselor works collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary care team to identify, assess and provide Solution Focused Brief Therapy treatment services in individual and group settings for persons with a serious mental illness.        
  
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Establishes therapeutic relationships with service participants for the purpose of reaching appropriate treatment goals and maintains professional relationships with clinical care teams and medical staff, involved family members/guardians, and external customers.
  • Provides services consistent with Copa Health policies and productivity standards. Services include screening, assessment, and treatment in groups and individual settings, consistent with Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) model.
  • Provides coordination of care and staffing support with care teams; meets regularly with treating medical staff to review individual progress and provide recommendations consistent with SFBT treatment.
  • Conducts outreach consistent with Copa Health program standards to ensure that participants remain engaged in SFBT treatment.
  • Develops service plans for SFBT interventions consistent with program standards.
  • Conducts review of progress consistent with SFBT.
  • Identifies and implements program strategies for non-engagement.
  • Completes required documentation in a timely manner to include receipt of referrals, consent for counseling and participant contact, weekly/monthly progress reports, and discharge plans consistent with program standards and policies.
  • Meets all requirements of ABBHE to maintain appropriate licensure, or to meet supervision requirements for independent licensure.
  • Attends meetings, staffing, supervision, and training as required.
  • Seeks supervision/consultation as needed to ensure appropriate provision of effective services.
  • Assists in training clinical care teams in the principles and practices of SFBT.
  • Observe proper HIPAA standards on confidentiality of participant information.
  • Observe Copa Health policies and procedures.
Minimum Qualifications:      
  • Master’s degree in the Behavioral Health field (Counseling, Social Work, Psychology)
  • One year of full-time experience (i.e. internship and work experience) in the behavioral health field required.
  • Licensed with the AZBBHE license, i.e., Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), (LCSW), Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC).
  • Must have a fingerprint clearance card issued by Arizona Department of Public Safety or eligible to receive within eight (8) weeks of hire.
  • Good academic and working knowledge of DSM IV, State SMI checklist, Community Resources, Psychotropic Medication, Crisis Intervention, Clinical Methods and Procedures, and Intervention Techniques
  • Ability to be credentialed in accordance to funding source and contractual requirements.
  • Experience working with individuals with behavioral health issues and co-occurring disorders.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain fingerprint clearance and meet agency personnel requirements.
  • Satisfactory work record as determined by the Human Resources Department. 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:     

  • Demonstrate knowledge of current DSM categories and diagnostic criteria, including criteria for psychotic, affective, anxiety, personality, and substance-related disorders.
  • Demonstrate excellent oral, written and electronic communication.
  • Demonstrate expertise in conducting assessments, the ability to assess functional strengths and deficits related to human development phases and substance-related and mental disorders. Incorporation of information from all sources: person, family, friends, past and current providers.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of evidence based methods and techniques of therapy. 
  • Compassion, respect, flexibility, objectivity and sensitivity to cultural backgrounds.
  • Superior interpersonal skills such as tactfulness, maturity, flexibility, resourcefulness, professionalism, diplomacy, reasoning, and decisiveness.
  • Must demonstrate excellent computer skills and work within an EMR system.
  • Excellent attendance, punctuality, time management, initiative, productivity, role modeling, leadership and organizational skills.
     
Required:  Personal vehicle, valid AZ Driver’s License, state minimum insurance coverage and ability to meet and maintain the company’s acceptable driving requirements.        
       
Computer Skills: Proficiency in typing, (35 wpm minimum). Utilize and perform data entry into designated Electronic Medical Health Record, Microsoft Office suite and proficient with Excel spreadsheets. Using computer software and internet is essential.