Walton County Sheriff's Office - Licensed Behavioral Health Counselor

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Job Overview

Department Walton County Sheriff's Office
Job TitleLicensed Behavioral Health Counselor
Salary$51,257 to $73,272 annually (based on experience)
Location Defuniak Springs , FL

Job Announcement

Job Title:                        Licensed Behavioral Health Counselor

Pay Range:                    $51,257 to $73,272 annually (based on experience)

Position Closes:           Open until filled



General Statement of Job –

Develop, plan, and implement strategies for program continuation and growth. Provide clinical training to clinical staff. This position must have a positive and supportive attitude toward the agency its overall success. This position includes both clinical and personnel supervision. Must have the ability to think globally, solve problems and have good decision-making skills, including critical thinking skills.


Qualifications –

• Valid Florida license as Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
• Master’s Degree from an accredited university in Clinical Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, or related field.
• Three year of administrative supervisory experience.
• Five years of counseling or mental health field experience.


Essential Job Functions –

• Provide leadership to the medical/clinical department through supervision, consultation, training and support to ensure compliance with policies and procedures.
• Evaluate individual and overall team performance on a regular and ongoing basis.
• Organize and conduct training in accordance with requests from training department.
• Perform all essential job functions of Behavioral Health Counselor on an as needed basis.
• Prioritize the use of best and evidence based practices, including researching programming trends and current practices being utilized in other jurisdictions.
• Maintain a working relationship with outside agencies.
• Provide regular individual clinical supervision to Behavioral Health Counselors and clinical interns.
• Assist in development of policies and procedures to ensure quality services for clients and accountability for staff.
• Follow all standards and patient care protocols, all federal, state, correctional health care standards, and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office policies, regulations, and guidelines.
• Participates in the review of clinical issues and program policies and procedures.
• Participates in continuing education and in-service training to maintain professional capabilities and proficiency.
• Attends mandatory and other training as required.
• Performs all other related duties as assigned.


Required Skills, Knowledge, Abilities and other Characteristics –

• Knowledge of psychological test administration, scoring and interpretation and DSM 5.
• Knowledge of a range of counseling and therapeutic techniques.
• Knowledge of clinical operations and procedures.
• Skill in interviewing and identifying psychological and developmental problems.
• Skill in effective writing.
• Ability to accurately assess patient presentation in order to develop diagnosis and individualized treatment plan.
• Ability to apply behavioral health counseling and techniques.
• Ability to evaluate the progress of therapeutic programs and to make individual modifications.
• Ability to observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress.
• Ability to work effectively with a diverse community.
• Ability to supervise and deliver results by maximizing organizational effectiveness and sustainability.


Standards to Perform Job Functions –

Physical Requirements:

• Sit up to 6 hours per day
• Stand up 4 hours per day
• Walk up 4 hours per day
• Frequently lift up to 10 lbs.
• Occasionally lift up to 20 lbs.
• Frequently bend, reach, or twist


The Walton County Sheriff's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Walton County Sheriff's Office will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. Veterans are encouraged to apply. Pursuant to applicable state and federal law, preference and priority shall be given to certain service members and veterans (including spouses and family members of such service members and veterans), and certain service members may be eligible for waiver of post-secondary educational requirements as provided in Chapter 295, Florida Statutes.



Please direct questions regarding this position to hr@waltonso.org

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