The University of Maryland, Baltimore Department of Psychiatry (Child and Adolescent Division) has an opening for a School Mental Health Counselor to provide counseling services in the Howard County Public School System at Patuxent Valley Middle School. The School Mental Health Counselor provides a broad range of clinical services including: 1) assessments and evaluations, 2) individual, group, and family therapy, 3) crisis intervention, 4) teacher consultations, and 5) school-wide education and training regarding mental health issues. The primary duty of the position is to provide direct clinical services and school-based consultations, including clinical diagnosis and treatment plans, professional consultation with school staff, and program development at the school site. The position is also responsible for maintaining client records, preparing required billing forms, and completing other required paperwork. The LGSW or LGPC will work under the supervision of an LCSW-C or LCPC when any care provision is involved.
UMB offers a generous benefits package that includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools.
The position will be located in the Howard County Public School System.
Assess risk by screening and interviewing clients. Identify psychosocial condition and needs, and determine best course of therapeutic treatment.
Evaluate, refer, and counsel clients to assess needs and address issues. Provides preventive, protective, or supportive services to individuals or groups who are in or threatened by situations detrimental to their well-being or that of the community.
Development of treatment plans and healthcare evaluations for a variety client issues.
Document client(s) progress. Perform chart reviews and generates notes on evaluations, therapy sessions, reports and other accountability measures.
Consult with other therapists, case managers and, if applicable, researchers. Provide work coordination and training to graduate and undergraduate level trainees in their clinical work.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Education: Master's Degree in Social Work or related field, such as Psychology or Counseling Licensure: Licensed as Graduate Social Work - (LGSW) or Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor – (LGPC) in the State of Maryland Experience: One (1) year of professional or field experience related to mental health services or programming.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Possess knowledge of best practices in the field as well as relevant federal, state, and local rules, regulations, and programs/policies utilizing proper application of diagnostic tools. Able to perform position in compliance with all requirements, regulations, and laws. Ability to maintain high standards with the work being performed and maintain awareness with trends and influences. Assumes personal responsibility for all outcomes; makes effective and timely decisions; and learns how to effectively use technology. Maintains productivity and uses knowledge strategies to increase knowledge base. Ability to use measurable and verifiable information for resolving problems and facilitating decision-making processes.
Ability to effectively communicate both verbal and written thoughts, ideas, and facts. Interprets and understands written information and is able to listen attentively to verbal and non-verbal cues that lead to a deeper understanding. Ability to maintain confidentiality of client information in accordance with professional standards, HIPAA (Health Information Portability & Accountability Act) and FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act) and state regulations. Ability to effectively interact with a diverse client population using various approved interviewing techniques and consultative approaches.
Ability to independently review and authorize documentation of others for reimbursement for grant submissions. Ability to work cooperatively with others and demonstrates professional, ethical, respectful, and courteous behavior when interacting with others. Capable of interacting pleasantly and positively with others to meet customer expectations, and provide follow-up with customers.
Hiring Range: Commensurate with education and experience
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