School Based Youth Counselor ($500 Sign-on Bonus!)Hillcrest Family Services, DUBUQUE, IA
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Founded in 1896, Hillcrest Family Services is a not-for-profit health services and education provider serving over 20,000 individuals each year. With primary programming and administrative offices in Dubuque, Hillcrest also operates programs in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Clinton, Washington, Ottumwa, Monticello, Maquoketa and Thomson, IL. The agency operates with an annual budget in excess of 20 million, has 500 employees, and is accredited by the Joint Commission and Coalition for Residential Education (CORE).
Job Purpose: Provides specialized counseling, psychotherapy, consultation and evaluation services to children and adolescents in a school based setting.
- Master's degree in psychology, mental health counseling or social work from accredited institution. Professional licensure preferred. Related prior experience in mental health/counseling with school aged children required.
- Must complete Mandatory Reporter for Child/Dependent Adult Abuse training within four months of hire date.
- Must successfully complete child/dependent adult abuse and criminal background check, including DHS evaluation (if needed, including documentation of follow-through for any stated employment restrictions); reference check forms (minimum of two); and employment physical, TB test and drug screen prior to contact with clients and as required thereafter.
- Gathers information by conducting interviews with referred students and their support network to evaluate referred students' mental health status and counseling needs.
- Conducts individual and group counseling to assist referred students in identifying ways to more effectively manage stressful situations and their mental health needs.
- Establishes, reviews and evaluates various treatment goals and methods in order to develop an individualized treatment plan.
- Refers students and their families to various community services providers, as appropriate.
- Assists school personnel to identify variables which negatively affect a student's school performance, recommending strategies which best support the student. This may be accomplished by using various strategies which include: observing classroom and teacher interactions, participating in problem solving opportunities, and attending staffings and case facilitations.
- When possible, presents for emergencies or assists school personnel to de-escalate crisis situations.
- Coordinates treatment approaches by facilitating communication between the schools and service providers who work with referred students outside the school setting.
- Works with the families of referred students to assist them in understanding and responding more effectively to the student's needs.
- Develops and maintains collaborative and positive relationships with the schools served, other service providers, and the community at large.
- Participates with schools and allied groups to plan coordinated services for area youth.
- Participates in the development of SBYS programs and services.
- Attends school based staff meetings, case reviews and in services as appropriate.
- Prepares case notes and necessary SBYS documentation, reports, and records.
- Ensures the timely and accurate recording of all client information and grant requirements.
- Maintains established organization/department policies, procedures, directives, confidentiality, quality, safety and infection control standards appropriate to position.
- Provides educational services to schools and community agencies as needed or as required by funding requirements and as approved by Administrative staff.
- Participates in approved community service committees and functions as appropriate.
- Maintains professional growth through seminars, workshops and professional affiliations, as well as maintaining ethical and professional standards.