County of Bernalillo
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Department of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS) Clinical Counselor
at County of Bernalillo
- Position Summary & Duties Responsible
Under the general direction of the assigned program manager/supervisor will provide addiction counseling services in accordance with their scope of licensure to clients at various programs operated by the department. Position is responsible for delivery of treatment services in a manner consistent with the department's treatment modality.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Gather relevant client information though screening, assessments and the taking of case histories; evaluation informational findings to determine client treatment and intensity needs.
- Formulate an individualized program structure that systemically and holistically addresses client treatment needs.
- Provide clinically-based training to other addition professionals within the department on a variety of topics or as assigned
- Provide therapeutic interventions as appropriate for clients in crisis situations.
- Based on assessed needs, refer clients to other treatment/supportive needs services, such as medically based providers, psychological evaluations and other treatment arenas and/or support groups.
- Conduct individual and group counseling sessions as appropriate to licensure level and within the guidelines of the department's clinical structure.
- Provide treatment oriented educational-based group facilitation following guidelines and protocols consistent with the department's chosen treatment modality.
- Provide clinically-based guidance/supervision to other addiction professionals of lower licensure levels with the department
- Initiate and maintain accurate case files; document notes relevant to provided care; maintain record of referrals and related forms.
- Prepare documents for presentation; prepare detailed client progress reports as required.
- Maintain ethical standards of practice, professional competence, conduct and integrity, confidentiality, responsibility to clients and responsibility to the profession per New Mexico occupation and professional licensing board standards.
- Attend staff meetings and team conference as assigned.
- Minimum Qualifications
- Current and valid New Mexico Licensure as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) or Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) .
- OR a current provisional license from the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department in any of the above-mentioned license types may conditionally serve to satisfy the licensure requirement. The provisional license shall only serve in meeting the licensure requirement for as long as it remains valid. Failure to maintain an active licensure status shall violate the conditional employment.
- Three years post-graduate, supervised experience in individual and family therapy with seriously emotion disturbed and conduct-disordered adults in a substance abuse setting preferred.
- Knowledge of alcohol in substance abuse theory and treatment; knowledge of a range of treatment modalities used in treating substance abuse; knowledge of community-based service programs utilized in treating substance abuse clients.
- Knowledge of operations and activities of an addiction treatment program.
- Knowledge of legal and ethical issues related to clients' rights.
- Ability to develop, implement, evaluate and modify therapeutic program services based up the clients' needs.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to write reports containing technical information.
- Ability to utilize discretion and independent judgment; must be able to maintain strict confidential of clients records.
- Skilled in the use of computers to general reports and maintain records.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working interactions with management, coworkers, County officials and the general public.
- Bilingual (English and Spanish) desirable.
- Supplemental Information
SCREENING AND COMPLIANCE
The offer of this Bernalillo County position requires compliance with the following:
- Employee must successfully complete the post-offer employment medical examination.
- Employee must comply with the safety guidelines of the County.
- A current provisional license from the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department in any of the above-mentioned license types may conditionally serve to satisfy the licensure requirement. The provisional license shall only serve in meeting the licensure requirement for as long as it remains valid. Failure to maintain an active licensure status shall violate the conditional employment.
- The majority of essential duties are performed indoors in a temperature-controlled environment.
- Indoor working surface is even and either carpeted or tiled.
- Indoor surfaces are typically dry and may involve the use of stairs.
- Work hazards or potential work hazards include those of a correctional facility environment with exposure to noise and dangerous situations that could involve serious bodily injury and other work hazards.
- Works alone primarily, with or without direction; works with groups at times and/or with select teams.
- Flexible work hours may be required.
- Utilized computers and communication equipment on a daily basis.
- Equipment typically used to perform administrative duties include the fax machine, computer, photocopy machine and telephone/pager.
- Materials and products typically handled in the performance of administrative duties include files, forms, reports, various other forms of paperwork with a variety of basic office supplies and equipment.
- May handle first aide and oxygen equipment on an occasional basis.
COUNTY OF BERNALILLO IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER