UPMC Mental Health Counselor II in McKeesport, Pennsylvania

Description

Purpose:The incumbent is primarily responsible for the provision and coordination of counseling and casework services within the MH Residential Programs. The incumbent is further responsible for educating and assisting individuals with daily living, financial, socialization, mobility and survival skills.

**This position will rotate Saturday-Monday 3 p.m. - 11 p.m. and Thursday-Friday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.Responsibilities:

Casework Activities Assists residents with scheduling and attending medical and dental appointments, assuring that appropriate documentation is maintained and filed, determines the need for and service delivery of emergency care, utilizing appropriate and available methods of payment; and education regarding healthcare and illness, including the benefits of education and medication. Assists consumers with applying for appropriate financial assistance, developing a budget, establishing checking/savings accounts, and preparing tax forms, rebates, etc. Educates and assists consumers with daily living skills such as, household chores, laundry and personal hygiene. Hands on assistance is required for residents who require more than verbal reminders. Assesses, educates, and assists consumers with public transportation, which includes accompanying them on the bus when necessary. Casework Activities Provides orientation to the local community with location of pharmacies, grocery stores, recreational facilities, hospitals, doctors, and dentists. Educates consumers on emergency procedures such as fire safety, natural disasters, loss of utilities, violence and abuse Teaches and encourages the development of social skills through role-plays and participation in recreational activities. Communicates with treatment team members and keeps members informed of consumer's progress. Attends treatment team and all other scheduled meetings as deemed appropriate. Attends all monthly staff meetings. Provides internal and external liaison to appropriate service providers in accordance with the consumer's service plan. Completes hourly safety/maintenance checks in all bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas and documents results. Immediately notifies Supervisor of concerns/discrepancies. Counseling Activities Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with all MYCS consumers, striving to exceed their expectations for service, quality and delivery. Meets with assigned consumers at least once weekly to discuss progress; address set backs and assists consumers with identifying their treatment needs. Assists consumers with identifying and achieving personal goals; communicates goal progress to consumer on a weekly basis and provides feedback when needed. Provides education and guidance to assist consumers with making life choices. Uses crisis intervention techniques to effectively de-escalate consumer behavior and avoid potentially dangerous situations. Develop and lead social and educational on-site groups Documentation Activities Writes thorough, informative and complete shift progress notes. Gives a verbal shift report to on-coming staff. Completes all medication documentation, including pill counts, in a timely manner and provides follow-up as needed. Reports concerns/discrepancies immediately to the Supervisor. Conducts resident weight and blood pressure measurements on a weekly basis and documents results. Immediately reports issues to the Supervisor, Medical Coordinator or MH Residential Wellness Nurse. May be requested to work at other sites to ensure that consumer and program needs are met. An orientation binder will be available at each site. Employees are responsible for familiarizing themselves with this information and completing the sign-off sheet. Must be able to stay awake throughout your shift as well as not leave residents unattended until a staff person arrives to relieve you of duty. Must be able to work independently, under stress and change while performing multiple tasKs simultaneously. Can not impose personal beliefs and practice. Must remain calm, cooperative and supportive while on duty, especially in emergency and unsettling circumstances. Must be cooperative and remain flexible in work schedule adjustments to meet the needs of program operations for all 365 days in the year i.e. (holidays, resident illness, appointments, inclement weather) Must provide quality services at all times to residents regardless of medical, psychiatric/ behavioral issues (i.e. CPR, first aid, behavioral programming and goal plans).

Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Social/Human Science. Must possess a valid PA driver's license. MVR must meet the required agency standards, incumbent must be accepted by agency insurance.Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal Act 73 FBI Clearance Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation Driver's LicenseUPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities REQNUMBER: 599266