The Crisis Stabilization Counselor educates and trains MHS participants on independent living skills. Serves as a link to community resources and provides case management services to MHS participants.
Duties and Responsibilities
· Provide one-on-one behavioral support services to clients experiencing a crisis jeopardizing their current placement.
· Initiate and facilitate de-escalation techniques and strategies to assist the client in maintaining self-control.
· Interact with all clients in accordance with the individual service plan and the therapeutic process.
· Assess, evaluate and monitor the safety of the client and others at all times.
· Exercise appropriate intervention in accordance with the least restrictive alternative to protect client from harming self or others.
· Coordinate closely with other staff and community partners to ensure the appropriateness of treatment modalities and services being provided.
· Serve as clinical liaison to referral sources and parents regarding progress and needs; to include attendance of FAPT meetings and court hearings as necessary.
· Develop and implement plans for discharge including mobilization of resources for ongoing maintenance, rehabilitation & recovery.
· Maintain high quality documentation of all case work, completed in a timely manner and consistent with outlined program policies and licensure requirements.
· Provide transportation for participants to and from appointments toward the completion of the treatment goals and objectives.
· Monitor mental health symptoms, compliance with medication regimen, health nutrition and physical condition of participants.
·Be available to provide services during the day, evening, weekends and holidays.
·Provide and maintain an acceptable driving record.
·Provide services in various neighborhoods, including crime-ridden and poverty stricken communities.
·Have access to and ability to use a computer, printer, internet services, and other necessary items and equipment to produce electronic program documentation/paperwork.
·Maintain communication with Program Coordinator and other Unit employees through e-mail and cell phone usage on a daily basis.
Knowledge, Skills and Ability
·Ability to maintain a flexible schedule.
·Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously.
·Experience in clinical crisis counseling and case management.
Education and Specifics
Require Qualified Mental Health Professional – Adult (QMHP-A) credentials:
(i) A doctor of medicine or osteopathy licensed in Virginia
(ii) A doctor of medicine or osteopathy, specializing in psychiatry and licensed in Virginia;
(iii) An individual with a master’s degree in psychology from an accredited college or university with at least one year of clinical experience;
(iv) A social worker: an individual with at least a bachelor’s degree in human services or related field (social work, psychology, psychiatric rehabilitation, sociology, counseling, vocational rehabilitation, human services counseling or other degree deemed equivalent to those described) from an accredited college and with at least one year of clinical experience providing direct services to individuals with a diagnosis of mental illness.
(v) A person with at least bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in an unrelated field that includes at least 15 semester credits (or equivalent) in a human services field and who has at least three years of clinical experience;
(vi) A Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Provider (CPRP) registered with the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA);
(vii) A registered nurse licensed in Virginia with at least one year of clinical experience; or
(viii) Any other licensed mental health professional
Require Qualified Mental Health Professional – Child (QMHP-C) credentials:
(i) Be a doctor of medicine or osteopathy licensed in Virginia
(ii) Have a master’s degree in psychology from an accredited college or university with at least one year of clinical experience with children and adolescents;
(iii) Have a social work bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited college or university with at least one year of documented clinical experience with children or adolescents;
(iv) Be a registered nurse with at least one year of clinical experience with children and adolescents;
(v) Have at least a bachelor’s degree in a human services field or in special education from an accredited college with at least one year of clinical experience with children and adolescents, or
(vi) Be a licensed mental health professional.