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Mental Health Counselor

Company: MyMichigan Health
Location: Midland
Posted on: January 24, 2023

Job Description:



Summary

This position functions as a direct care provider to patients on the Behavioral Health Unit. This includes ongoing assessment of psychiatric patients, providing specific interventions as directed by the treatment plan and documenting on the patient's functioning, progress, and response to interventions. This position functions as a team member, under the direction of the Registered Nurse and is responsible for meeting the needs of all types of psychiatric patients on the Behavioral Health Unit.





Under the direction of a registered nurse:





  • (25%)* Provides individual counseling to appropriate patients using neurobiological and cognitive-behavioral framework and techniques.

  • (25%)* Utilizes the clinical pathways to complete assessments, provide interventions, and evaluate patient outcomes.

  • (20%)* Monitor and assists patients in ADLs. Documents patient level of functioning and improvement in response to interventions.

  • (15%)* Reinforces education to patients on illness, coping alternatives and relapse prevention.

  • (15%)* Takes initiative to provide appropriate activities for patients when needed.









    OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:







    Communicates information accurately and effectively (verbal and written) to treatment team, to patients, families, and to other appropriate agencies.



    Demonstrates interest and pursues advancement of clinical skills (asks questions, seeks feedback, shares articles, attends continuing education opportunities, enrolls in classes).



    Monitors the milieu in order to maintain a safe environment.



    Identifies and intervenes appropriately in any potential crisis.



    Possess effective skills in crisis intervention.



    Keeps updated on the use of nonphysical as well as physical management techniques and implements using appropriate judgment and according to established current policy.



    Coordinates unit activities as appropriate.



    Facilitate groups and other unit activities sponsored by staff, students and volunteers.



    Maintains patient dignity and rights. Collaborates effectively with other departments and agencies on behalf of the patient.



    Documents according to policy.



    Monitor changes in patient status and appropriately reports the same to the RN.



    Participates in performance improvement projects.



    Completes non-nursing components of the admission assessment in an accurate, complete and timely manner.



    Correctly completes basic care tasks such as obtaining vital signs, weight, I&O, specimen collection and assistance with personal care needs.



    Correctly assesses and utilizes seclusion and restraints and documents according to established current policy.



    Behaves in a courteous, professional manner at all times with patients, visitors, and co-workers.



    Conveys a positive attitude and works with others to constructively solve identified problems.



    Knowledgeable about mental health code, patient rights and is a patient advocate.



    Follows medical center policy and procedures.



    Has working knowledge of computers, phones, and the equipment on the unit.



    Knowledge of probate court activity and legal processes as related to the mental health patient.



    Responds to all disasters and codes promptly and correctly.







    REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, TRAINING AND SKILLS:







    Bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, counseling, or related field or completion within six months of hire or transfer required.



    Crisis Prevention Training (CPI) - Mandatory non-violent crisis intervention and physical management training (CPI) within 90 days of hire and updates annually thereafter.



    Basic Life Suport (BLS) - BLS is required within 30 days of hire or transfer date.



    Mandatory Recipient Rights training within 30 days of hire and annually



    This position must show good interpersonal skills and the ability to work with patients with a variety of needs.



    MyMichigan Health is a technology driven organization and employees need to demonstrate competency in Microsoft Windows.



    An employee may be required to participate in further learning opportunities offered by MyMichigan Health.



    Knowledge of inpatient behavioral health practices as normally acquired through one-year experience working in the medical center or similar setting preferred.







    PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS AND TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS:







    Exposure to stressful situations, including those involving public contact, as well as, trauma, grief and death.



    Able to wear personal protective equipment that includes latex materials or appropriate substitute if required for your position.



    Is able to move freely about facility with or without an assisted device and must be able to perform the functions of the job as outlined in the job description.



    Overall vision and hearing is necessary with or without assisted device(s).



    Frequently required to sit/stand/walk for long periods of time.



    May require frequent postural changes such as stooping, kneeling or crouching.



    Some exposure to blood borne pathogens and other potentially infectious material.



    Must follow MyMichigan Health blood borne pathogen and TB testing as required.



    Ability to handle multiple tasks, get along with others, work independently, regular and predictable attendance and ability to stay awake.



    Overall dexterity is required including handling, reaching, grasping, fingering and feeling.



    May require repetition of these movements on a regular to frequent basis.



    Physical Demand Level: Light. Must be able to occasionally (0-33% of the workday) lift or carry 11-20 lbs., frequently (34-66% of the workday) 10 lbs. and or Walk/Stand/Push/Pull of Arm/Leg controls.



Keywords: MyMichigan Health, Midland , Mental Health Counselor, Healthcare , Midland, Michigan

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