Behavioral Health Counselor (Unlicensed)

Aurora, CO
Sep 12, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Counseling
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

College of Nursing

Behavioral Health Counselor (Instructor for Clinical Practice)

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver-one of America's most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

A national leader in health care and life sciences, CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado and the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Located in Aurora, Colo., it is one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. With six schools and colleges, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future by blending education, research and clinical care all in one place. This strategic collaboration among diverse health care fields allows knowledge to travel directly from the research bench to the patient's bedside. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus ranks among the top institutions nationally in clinical care, education and research. Its 230-acre campus, designed to enhance collaboration and interprofessional education, hosts the College of Nursing; the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health; the Graduate School; a Health Sciences Library; and two hospitals. Strategically located contiguous to the campus are a biosciences research park and the soon-to-be-completed Veterans Hospital. CU Anschutz offers two undergraduate degrees, 35 graduate degrees, and five first-professional programs. More than 4,000 students learn alongside faculty members who also make meaningful medical discoveries and provide expert clinical care through 1.5 million patient-visits annually. A hub for research and innovation, CU Anschutz receives over $400 million in research awards each year and has filed 1,300 patent applications and formed 53 new companies since 2002.

Nature of Work:

The University of Colorado, College of Nursing, is seeking a Behavioral Health Counselor (BHC) for a .60-1.0 FTE benefits-eligible position with the University of Colorado, College of Nursing, at its Sheridan Health Services, Community Clinic, in Denver, CO (80236). This position is clinic based as a mental health provider, 24-40 hours per week (0.60-1.0 FTE) and is at the level of a clinical teaching track Instructor within the College of Nursing. Applicants must be bilingual (Spanish/English).

Clinic Description:

Sheridan Health Services (SHS) is a multi-site, nurse-managed federally qualified community health center, funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Primary Healthcare; and is a collaborative effort between the College of Nursing and the Sheridan School District. There are now ~40 employees at two convenient locations to serve community health needs primarily for residents of Sheridan, Englewood, and North Littleton. A school-based clinic is located in the Sheridan School District Administration building. The community health center is located in southwest Denver on the Fort Logan campus and provides services to adults. Services offered include primary care across the lifespan; prenatal and postpartum care, gynecology, dentistry, pharmacy, behavioral health, and outpatient substance abuse treatment. We extend the reach of the clinic through public health outreach where nursing students provide community outreach, health education, and home visitation services.

Supervision Received:

Work is performed independently under the general direction and authority of the CEO of Sheridan Health Services as part of the College of Nursing (CON) faculty practices. Supervision will be provided directly by the Behavioral Health Program Director.

Examples of Work Performed:
  • Provide general outpatient treatment via individual, group and family therapy, case management, crisis management, skill building, and psycho-education to adults and adolescents.
  • Provide case management and care coordination with providers of service including but not limited to primary care providers, school personnel, family members, and other mental health and community partners.
  • Evaluate crisis situations and take appropriate action to ensure client safety and the safety of all clinic users.
  • Participate in scheduled behavioral health team meetings, interdisciplinary work groups, monthly staff meetings, and other required meetings.
  • Complete all required clinical and administrative documentation to accepted standards of practice, accurately, legibly, and by established timelines on electronic health record system and paper as needed.
  • Utilize best practices and provide all treatment within appropriate limits. Complete and follow through with financial and clinical information necessary to ensure reimbursement for provided services.
  • Expected to demonstrate high quality customer service focus, good communication and professionalism with clinic users, co-workers and representatives from outside agencies and to enhance community relationships.
  • Performs other duties as determined by the Behavioral Health Program Director or Executive Director.
  • Completes necessary documentation.
  • Active participation in health plan contracts.
  • Remain credentialed by the health plans and ensure credentialing materials stay current.
  • Ensure strict compliance with University and professional policies/procedures

Skill and Ability Requirements:
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse population of staff, faculty, community members, and clients.
  • Expertise in clinical assessment and therapeutic interventions with individuals, couples, families, and groups.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of primary care-behavioral health integrated programs, including fundamental elements of co-located and/or fully integrated services.
  • Ability to effectively utilize computer and electronic medical record.
  • Remain credentialed by the health plans and ensure credentialing materials stay current.
  • Actively participates in marketing and patient recruitment
  • Availability to work weekends as needed.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in social work, counseling or related field.
  • Registered with DORA-Department of Regulatory Agencies. No grievances filed with DORA or any other state licensing governance board, Medicaid, or Medicare.
  • Prior experience providing behavioral health services in a clinic setting.
  • Current BLS/CPR Certification.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Spanish/English bilingual.
  • One year of experience providing integrated behavioral health services in a primary care setting.
  • Experience working with population based outcomes.
  • One year of electronic health record experience.
  • Experience working in a primary care or school based health center setting, using brief treatment modalities with an emphasis on time effective, recovery oriented, evidence based treatment.
  • Experience with, working knowledge of, or commitment to care delivery that incorporates a social justice perspective around the intersectionality of racism, classism, LGBTQ issues, and other forms of oppression.
  • Experience with prevention and early intervention approaches, utilizing trauma informed care, and working with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary for a full-time (1.0 FTE) begins at $40,000 and is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Review of applications will begin September 21, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 11066

When applying, applicants must include:
  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications, Attach copy of CPR/BLS certification to application
  2. A current Resume/CV
  3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document
Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20468 - College of Nursing

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Sep 11, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Rod DeVriendt

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00683298