Interested in an opportunity with a leading mental health organization in North Carolina? Alexander Youth Network is looking applicants for a Behavioral Health Counselor position in our PRTF department. Qualified applicants should have a high school/ GED Equivalent. This position is for PRN availability only (as needed- hours may vary.) PRNs may also work at any of our additional day treatments (Waxhaw, Charlotte, Shelby, Dallas, and Concord) as needed.
Must be able to attend two week orientation. Salary is $12.00 per hour.
Provides, coordinates, and monitors a variety of direct care activities for clients in the residential, group home or other client treatment environment. Maintains the residences and clients in a clean and safe environment. Offers appropriate intervention services; facilitating individual, group and family conferences.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Ensure consistent and appropriate activities according to NMT model.
- Utilize activities manual to plan, implement and participate in activities that have a therapeutic value for clients and compliments treatment goals
- Modify activities according to the needs for the clients and the environment
- Allow clients to participate at all times with modifications only for safety
- Aware of restrictive intervention plans for each client
Ensure clinical interventions according to NMT model.
- Transitional routines
- Life space interviews
- Appropriate tone of voice and interaction
- Limited use of consequences and effective use of teaching, role modeling, and correction
- Observation of client rights
- Acknowledge clients
- Point out positive behaviors
- Verbalize actions
- Teach and reinforce skills
- Link feeling to behaviors
- Give choices
- Restrictive interventions used according to guidelines, trainings, and refreshers
Participation in therapeutic activities according to NMT
- Leading and engaging clients in activities
- Participate in activities implemented by recreation therapist, volunteers, and teachers
- Participate in academics
- Participate in group therapy activities
Participation in NMT staffing and treatment planning
- Attendance in weekly cottage staffing
- Positive communication with families
- Effective communication of treatment issues to the treatment team
Documentation quality and quantity.
- Progress notes completed on time
- Progress notes are good quality as evidenced by details that reflect PCP, appropriate use of grammar, legibility, and individualized
- RI notes are completed on time
- RI notes are good quality as evidenced by appropriate use of grammar, legibility, and an accurate account of events
- Incident reports are completed on time
- Incident reports are of good quality as evidenced by appropriate use of grammar, legibility, and an accurate account of events
- Precautions forms and restriction of rights forms completed when applicable.
- Sleep logs are completed as bed checks are being made.
Consistent routine and daily planning
- Adheres to posted schedules
- All clients participate with modification for safety reasons only
- Daytime staff complete and use daily lesson plans to coordinate activities
- Evening and weekend staff ensures daily activities and support volunteer groups during their activities and routine.
- Positive interaction with families, guardians, and other professionals involved in the treatment process
- Regular communication with families and treatment team on the progress of clients as well as other information.
Plans appropriate recreational and educational activities to enrich the therapeutic milieu through BHC's
- Utilize activities manual to plan activities that are engaging, age appropriate, therapeutic, and makes good use of programming schedules and resources.
- Use lesson plan books to plan and document activities and stick to the plan unless a need arises to modify activities and academics based on safety, crisis, or reasonable "teaching moments" in which the focus should change.
- Communicate with and work effectively with the recreation coordinator to plan and implement activities and work with volunteers.
- Give at least two weeks notice with submitting PTO requests.
- Contact immediate supervisor for last minute call outs.
- Last minute call outs will be for emergency reasons only and subject to documentation requests
- Work regular schedule.
- Remain alert and in assigned cottage/classroom for the duration of the shift
- Attend all required trainings.
Problem identification and proactive resolution
- Identify problems areas and bring them to the attention of the Program Supervisors in a timely manner
- Offer thoughtful solutions for problem areas
- Assume responsibility for problems in need of immediate attention
- Appropriate physical and verbal interaction with coworkers
- Clothing that does not pose a hazard given the population and the possible use of physical interventions (no high heel shoes, open toes shoes, sandals, flip flops, dangling jewelry).
- T-shirts with appropriate logos, language, and art
Effective utilization of supervisor
- Participate in individual and group supervision as needed
- Receive and give constructive criticism in a positive manner
- Offer thoughtful solutions to problems
- Offer thoughtful ideas on programming improvement
- Seek additional responsibility
Care of the environment
- Ensure cottages and classrooms are free of hazard
- Ensure clean and sanitary environment
- Report all environmental issues and concerns to facilities and Program Supervisor
- Maintain a kid friendly environment (bulletin boards, art, etc.)
Overall quality of care for clients
- Teach and reinforce hygiene skills
- Ensure appropriate attire for the weather
- Make sure clothes are clean, labeled, and stored appropriately
- Guarantee all meals are offered on time
- Maintenance of the environment (classrooms, cottages, client rooms, etc.)
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 accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
High school diploma is required. B.A. /B.S. in a related human service field preferred. Four years Mental Health experience is preferred.
Competency is defined as the techniques, procedures, technology, skills or equipment needed to do one's job. The following competencies are required of this position: age specific competency for children and adolescents, competency in the Administration of Medications, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, Life Saving/Safety to include First Aid and CPR; Working with Mental Health Population through utilization of TCI and NMT, Blood Borne Pathogens and Infection Control.
The physical demands described here are representative 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.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee frequently is required to climb or balance. The employee must frequently move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.