Behavioral Health Counselor Full time day (40 hours per week) flexibility with hours Bel Air, Maryland
Every Patient. Every Encounter. Every Day.
At University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH), you will join a highly dedicated and supportive team that has been providing high quality care to the community of Harford County for over 100 years. We proudly serve our patients and our community with unwavering commitment and exceptional care. It's our passion for people that motivates us to do great work every single day.
Consistently named among the top 100 Best Places to Work in Maryland, our team members have the opportunity to grow professionally in a supportive and stimulating environment.
As a member of our team, you will experience:
A supportive, collaborative, and continuous learning work environment
A comprehensive benefits package to support your health and a balanced lifestyle
403(b) savings plan with company match
Tuition Reimbursement benefits
General Summary Responsible for the provision of psychotherapy and care coordination services including, but not limited to, assessments, treatment planning, discharge planning and coordination of care, case management functions, and provision of individual/family and group therapy. May provide crisis intervention and de-escalation. Works with diverse populations, demographics, and age groups to provide collaborative care. Collects, tabulates data, and alerts treating team to potential/risk issues. This role completes utilization reviews and all documentation.
Principal Responsibilities and Tasks The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. These are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.
Provides short term and crisis psychotherapy to individuals/families in our outpatient mental health bridge clinic. You will have a caseload of patients that you meet with on a weekly basis for individual therapy. This will be your primary role.
Group therapy as needed.
Provides crisis assessment and intervention as needed. Must triage at-risk guests to higher level of care as needed.
Independently completes comprehensive psychiatric assessments, diagnostic formulation using DSM V criteria, treatment planning, and discharge planning in accordance with state and federal guidelines within the timeframe established by the program policy.
Provides psychiatric case management services including but not limited to: coordination of care with outpatient providers, assistance with application for entitlements and social services, resource linkage, and referrals to other services as needed.
Participates in ongoing consultation with treatment team including group rounds, clinical reviews, and supervision.
Maintains all documentation and charting requirements on all guest encounters and services in accordance with program policy and procedures.
Identifies and prioritizes insurance reviews with communication to payors using demonstrated knowledge of utilization review. Documentation and tracking of authorizations.
Establishes an effective, professional, and compassionate means of communicating and collaborating with guests, physicians, social workers, payors, and administrators to ensure safe and efficient services. Effectively utilizes Motivational Interviewing techniques and AIDET communication models.
The Klein Family Harford Crisis Center (KFHCC) is a comprehensive, trauma-informed behavioral health hub that uses innovative evidence-based modalities to serve our community. The KFHCC was created with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations in mind in order to ameliorate the behavioral health crisis currently being experienced in Harford County, Maryland. All aspects of crisis response behavioral healthcare are offered directly by the KFHCC. Specifically, an Urgent Care Walk-In Clinic, an Outpatient Therapy/Psychiatry Clinic, and short-term Residential Crisis Beds are offered to those in need of behavioral health/substance use disorder care. In addition, targeted education is provided in the community with the goal of eliminating stigma associated with mental health and substance use disorders.
Education & Training
Master's Degree in Social Work or Counseling from an accredited program required.
Maryland licensure LMSW or LGPC is required. Licensed LCSW-C or LCPC is preferred.
BLS certification required within 60 days of start date.
Work Orientation & Experience
A minimum of two (2) years' experience working in a behavioral health treatment setting implementing psychotherapeutic and crisis intervention services required.
Care coordination experience preferred.
Skills & Abilities
Demonstrate ability to provide compassionate care in completing psychiatric assessments, treatment plans, care coordination, and discharge planning in accordance with state and federal guidelines.
Demonstrate competence in the provision of individual/family therapy and group therapy as needed.
Demonstrate competence to independently assess and treat guests in crisis in a person-centered, compassionate manner.
Ability to provide care coordination, and entitlement and resource linkage.
Demonstrate ability to (a) communicate and collaborate with both internal and external customers; (b) assess, adapt, and calmly respond to changing/or crisis environment; (c) make independent decisions consistent with current policies, procedures, and ethical standards; (d) develop and implement treatment plans for guests relative to his/her specific needs in accordance with state and federal guidelines.
Complete accurate and timely utilization review/obtaining and documentation of authorizations. Ability to utilize computer and software systems. Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment.
Flexibility to assess and treat guests/families with a variety of behavioral health conditions and needs
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.
The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) was created in 1984 when the state-owned University Hospital became a private, nonprofit organization. It has evolved into a multi-hospital system with academic, community and specialty service missions reaching every part of the state and beyond. UMMS is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care, women's and children's health and physical rehabilitation. It also has one of the world's largest kidney transplant programs, as well as scores of other programs that improve the physical and mental health of thousands of people daily. The hospitals and health systems that comprise UMMS are: University of Maryland Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, UM Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute, UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center, UM Capital Region Health, UM Charles Regional Medical Center, UM St. Joseph Medical Center, UM Upper Chesapeake Health, UM Shore Regional Health, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital and UM Community Medical Group.