Behavioral Health Counselor - Henry J. Austin Health Center

Behavioral Health Counselor

Behavioral Health
Status: Full Time
Department: Behavioral Health
Location: All Sites
Hours: 8am-5pm
Union: Non-Union



Under the direct supervision of the Behavioral Health Director, the Behavioral Health Counselor provides behavioral and mental health services to include brief intervention counseling, referrals to higher levels of care and follow up services to patients.  Is responsible to work independently, managing a diverse and sometimes difficult caseload; does related work as required.


Direct Service:

  • Provide comprehensive assessment and diagnosis of behavioral health clients.
  • Provide effective treatment planning and assisting clients in successfully achieving goals.
  • Evaluate crisis situations and apply appropriate interventions.
  • Actively participate in meetings that support the integrated health care model to provide comprehensive care for clients.
  • Assist in the detection of “at risk” patients and development of plans to prevent further psychological or physical deterioration.
  • Assist the primary care team in developing care management processes such as the use of guidelines, disease management techniques, case management, and patient education to improve self-management of chronic disease.
  • Provide assessment, consultation, and brief intervention for psychological/psychiatric problems and/or disorders.
  • Teach patients, families, and staff care, prevention, and treatment enhancement techniques.
  • Monitor the site’s behavioral health program, identifying problems related to patient services and making recommendations for improvement.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Program Development and Maintenance:

  • Develops and maintains liaison relationships with community resources as able, specifically other behavioral health and substance abuse agencies.  Works to establish collaborative services and to lessen duplication of care.
  • In conjunction with other staff, maintains standardized current community resource directory.
  • Participates in the development, implementation, and evaluation of special projects and/or pilot programs.
  • Interprets Center behavioral health policies and procedures to providers, institutions, agencies, recipients, and other concerned individuals.
  • Establishes and maintains necessary records and files.  Drafts correspondence in the course of official duties.
  • Collects, records, and analyzes significant program-related data; develops monthly statistical and programmatic reports.

Staff Development:

  • Serves as a full member of the HJAHC clinical staff team.
  • Participates fully in Behavioral Health departmental meetings and other agency meetings as warranted.
  • Participates in professional and related meetings, conferences, and continuing education training as available; prepares reports as requested.
  • Keeps appraised of developing areas of behavioral health and provides colleagues with updates as appropriate.
  • Assists in behavioral health departmental tasks, including programmatic and infrastructure design, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Learns and implements various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the Center or its related units.


  • Education/Experience: Masters Degree in Social Work or PhD in Clinical Psychology.
  • Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Word Processing software.
  • Certificates and Licenses: Licensed in the State of New Jersey as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or a Licensed Psychologist.


  • Excellent working knowledge of behavioral medicine and evidence-based treatments for medical and mental health conditions. 
  • Ability to work through brief patient contacts as well as to make quick and accurate clinical assessments of mental and behavioral conditions.
  • Should be comfortable with the pace of primary care, working with an interdisciplinary team, and have strong communication skills.
  • Good knowledge of psycho-pharmacology.
  • Ability to design and implement clinical pathways and protocols for treatment of selected chronic conditions. 


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand and use hands to handle, finger or feel objects, tools or controls.  The employee is occasionally required to sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, or crouch.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to focus.


The work environment characteristics describe here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

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