(1676) Counselor, FACT (Team Forensic Assertive Community Treatment)

Job Description

The Bluebonnet Trails Community Services (BTCS) Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) Team Counselor is responsible for the provision of outstanding person-centered intake and counseling services for adults in BTCS’s ACT and Forensic Services Programs. The person in this position will function as part of the FACT Team and work in collaboration with all Team members on a daily basis. The population served may be experiencing psychotic symptoms, a co-occurring disorder (intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or substance use disorders), and involvement/high risk of involvement in the criminal justice system.

This position reports directly to the Forensic Services Director and requires the development and maintenance of effective, professional working relationships with legal stakeholders and other community service providers with focus on integration of assertive community treatment teams, mental health deputies, and crisis services. This is a Monday through Friday, daytime, exempt position based in Williamson County.

The FACT Team Counselor will work in collaboration with BTCS staff and community partners and responsibilities including intake, assessment of needs, counseling, development of service plans, facilitating service linkages and monitoring for their effectiveness, facilitation and attendance of meetings, provision of crisis intervention/prevention supports and the delivery of advocacy services. The person in this position should have knowledge of evidence-based therapeutic practices including cognitive behavioral, cognitive processing, and dialectical behavioral. An understanding of trauma-informed care, mindfulness, and holistic therapy approaches and ability to work with families and sensitivity to various cultural differences is critical.

The FACT Counselor regularly meets with individuals in their homes, community, criminal justice agencies, and at Bluebonnet Trails’ clinics to provide person-centered, trauma informed counseling services. At least 55% of regular hours worked are required to be face-to-face. Services are targeted at stabilizing behavioral health needs/symptoms, reducing the risk of recidivism, increasing awareness of and participation with community and natural supports, developing self-advocacy, and assisting with participation in independent behavioral health services. A high level of detailed electronic documentation is required and adherence to company and state guidelines is expected.

The person in this position must possess a passion and aptitude for working with individuals who have chronic and severe mental health needs and substance use disorders. Knowledge of ACT and Forensic Programs, trauma-informed therapy practices, psychotherapeutic medications, intensive case management functions, substance use treatment, crisis services, community resources, and evidence-based practices in the mental health and criminal justice systems are required. This position necessitates innovative thinking, patience, resiliency, skills in advocacy, service coordination, mental health assessment and evaluation, collaborative person-centered recovery planning and dual-diagnosis treatment. The person in this position will effectively work independently and on a team, prioritize needs during crisis situations, engage in regular meetings and training opportunities, and perform other duties as assigned. Provides community-based support to clinicians in the clinic and field as needed.

CityRound Rock
CountyWilliamson County
CredentialsMinimum Qualifications: Currently a licensed counselor (LPC, LMFT, LCSW) and eligible to be a licensed practitioner of the healing arts (LPHA) as in accordance with the Texas Administrative Code:

LPHA--Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts Requirements: A licensed physician, registered nurse, licensed physical therapist, licensed occupational therapist, licensed speech language pathologist, licensed professional counselor, licensed clinical social worker, licensed psychologist, licensed dietitian, licensed audiologist, licensed physician assistant, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed intern in speech language pathology, or advanced practice registered nurse who is an employee or a subcontractor of an ECI contractor.

A licensed counselor intern may be considered for this position based on level of experience providing direct-care, forensic behavioral health services.

Must have a valid Texas Driver's License, meet Bluebonnet Trails Community Services driving requirements, and maintain approved driving status throughout employment

Preferred Qualifications: Direct experience with ACT and Forensic Behavioral Health Programs, local mental health authority/behavioral health centers, criminal justice departments, and state/federal programs; intensive case management, and crisis work. Fully licensure as an LPC, LMFT, or LCSW and additional licensure as a Chemical Dependency Counselor. Bilingual (English/Spanish).
Salary Amount$51,500/year
Closing DateOpen until filled
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