Walton County Sheriff's Office - Behavioral Health Counselor

Job Overview

Department Walton County Sheriff's Office
Job TitleBehavioral Health Counselor
Salary$57,500 Minimum (Based on Experience)
Deadline Dec 31, 2024 11:59 PM Eastern
Location Defuniak Springs , FL
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Walton County Sheriff's Office, FL Police Jobs

General Statement of Job

This position is under the direction of the Health Service Manager. This position provides assessment, diagnostics, treatment planning, discharge planning, individual and/or group therapy to patients at the Walton County Jail as part of an established behavioral health care program.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, or related field.
  • One (1) year work experience in the counseling or mental health field.
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Essential Job Functions

This list of functions, duties, responsibilities, skills, and physical abilities is not intended to be all-inclusive, and the employer reserves the right to assign additional functions and responsibilities as deemed necessary:

  • Regular and prompt job attendance.
  • 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.
  • Collect data about patients through interview, case history, psychological tests, and or/observation techniques. Evaluate data to identify causes of problems and determine proper therapeutic approaches or referral to other specialists.
  • Provide individual and/or group counseling, therapy, and/or psychotherapy to patients as appropriate to the position.
  • Provide therapeutic crisis intervention and emergency services as required.
  • Responsible for complete and accurate documentation of care provided in the patient’s health record.
  • Maintains data entry within the scope of behavioral health services provided.
  • Consults with other practitioners and related staff as appropriate in the performance of therapeutic duties and/or casework.
  • Facilitates and participates in patient educational health procedures.
  • Participates in continuing education and in-service training to maintain professional capabilities and proficiency.
  • Conducts re-entry planning with patients to ensure continuity of care and linkages with necessary programming.
  • Make treatment and social service referrals to appropriate agencies that support client goals.
  • Attends mandatory and other training as required.
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • 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.

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

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 work@waltonso.org

Jobs close at 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the deadline date specified, or when the position capacity has been met, or unless otherwise specified in the announcement. If the deadline date is not specified in the announcement, the agency has sole discretion on setting the deadline and jobs may close without notice. It is the applicant's responsibility to thoroughly read and understand the deadline requirements and capacity limits as outlined by the agency.

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