Behavioral Health Specialist
Basic Functions: Provide general counseling services including but not limited to assessment, treatment planning, short-term counseling, group therapy, psycho-education, and case management, with special focus on Alcohol/Other Drug (AOD) counseling, to a diverse student population. This position will participate in educational outreach and consultation, with faculty, staff, students and other health care providers as appropriate.
Essential Job Functions: Provide direct clinical services. Conduct mental health intake evaluations, assessments, triages, consultation, and crisis intervention services. Conduct individual alcohol and other drug related assessments following department guidelines and professional and ethical standards. Develops and implements appropriate educational materials to complement interventions. Provide multi culturally-sensitive counseling and psychotherapy for students with diverse presenting concerns, through both individual and group counseling. Complete required documentation on an electronic health record system, and quality assurance activities including routine monitoring and management of student treatment compliance (i.e., missed appointments, cancellations, etc.) in accordance with state and federal regulations. Coordinate a referral network to support students with chemical dependency access to a higher level of care when needed. Participate in educational outreach and consultation to faculty, staff, students and other health care providers as appropriate. Design, coordinate and implement preventative initiatives in partnership with the Wellness Coordinator. Performs outreach programs, training, collaborative activities and consultation to the college community specifically designed to serve the needs of students with chemical dependency issues. Identifies program needs and provides recommendations to the Associate Director of Counseling Services. Facilitates, supports, and engages in special projects. Serve on AOD related department and/or university committees. Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree or higher in social work, counseling, or psychology. Licensed to independently practice as a mental health professional in the state of Ohio A minimum of 3 years clinical experience with young adults. Adherence to mental health professional codes of ethics. Passion for working with students from underrepresented groups and diverse backgrounds and dedication to partnering with relevant campus advocates (i.e. Office of Gender and Sexuality, Center for Cross Cultural Engagement, Dean of Students, Community Values and Conflict Resolution) to improve mental health service provision in the context of AOD assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to form strong working/collaborative relationships with students, faculty, and staff members, and the ability to relate effectively with diverse members of the University community. Must have a current, valid driver's license and must be insurable under Denison's liability insurance policy.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience and knowledge of the unique needs of a student-centered environment. Understanding of AOD prevention and response efforts within a higher education community. Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC) designation. Therapeutic knowledge and experience treating a young adult population with a broad range of developmental issues and psychological and medical problems including, but not limited to substance abuse disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, learning disabilities, sexual abuse and assault, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and complex medical diagnoses. Demonstrates knowledge and expertise using a trauma informed approach.