Crisis Preadmission Therapist

Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare   Roanoke, VA   Full-time     Mental Health
Posted on April 25, 2022
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$3000 Sign-on Bonus Available!

Do you have a Master's degree in Counseling or Social Work? Are you interested in providing pre-screening assessments and crisis counseling?

Therapists in our Emergency Services program provide crisis intervention, crisis counseling, assessment, and psychiatric hospital pre-admission screening for individuals located within the BRBH catchment area. Most assessments are conducted with local hospitals and jails either through telehealth or in-person. Information such as psychiatric history, medication compliance, capacity to take care of basic needs, possible substance abuse and risk of harm is gathered for each screening. Clients needing inpatient hospital admission can include adults, adolescents or children. Therapists will assess needs and resources for mental health issues and substance use disorders by interacting with police, magistrates, doctors and family members to assess the best possible outcomes and treatments for clients.

The ideal candidate will be a self-starter, work well within a team setting, and is open to dealing with individuals when they are in crisis. To be successful in this role you must have good communication and time management skills and be detailed oriented.

The schedule for the position alternates every 3 weeks - 2pm-10pm and 4pm-12am Monday-Friday & Friday-Tuesday. We offer competitive pay and 11% shift differential - plus $3000 sign on bonus!

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Education: Master's degree in a human services field that fulfills the criteria for eligibility for professional licensure as a professional counselor or clinical social worker in the Commonwealth of Virginia. DBHDS Prescreening Certification preferred. LPC or LCSW preferred.
2. Experience: Experience working with adults with mental health, substance use disorders, or co-occurring disorders and developmental disabilities.
3. Knowledge: Must demonstrate on the application through education, training and/or experience considerable knowledge and skills in the therapeutic principles of human behavior, SMI, crisis intervention, client assessment and evaluation, diagnosis, treatment planning, record documentation, individual psychotherapy, coordination of services, and community resources.
4. Safe Driving Record: Candidates must have a valid Virginia driver's license with a safe driving record (no more than two moving violations in the last three years AND no criminal violations in the last five years).

5. Background Check: Candidates who are offered a position are required to undergo a background check and drug screen.

Why work at BRBH?

  • Free licensure supervision towards LPC or LCSW - no work time requirement!
  • Sign On Bonus: New Hires & Rehires are eligible for a $3000 sign on bonus - $750 is paid at start, $750 paid at three months of employment, $750 paid at six months of employment, and $750 paid at nine months of employment.  Current employees are not eligible for the Sign On Bonus.
  • Working with clients: In this job each day you assess and guide individuals in obtaining services that fit their needs.
  • Great co-workers: Our staff work hard and support each other in a team atmosphere.
  • Work/Life Balance: We have a great Paid Time Off policy - 29 days annually, which starts accruing on your first day!
  • We offer great benefits, including VRS (Virginia Retirement System)! Click here for more information:
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Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare (BRBH) is one of forty Community Services Boards established under the Code of Virginia to provide comprehensive services for individuals who have mental health disorders, developmental disability, or substance use disorders.  BRBH provides multiple programs and services throughout the Roanoke Valley with over 400 employees working to provide quality care to our clients. We are proud to have served our community for over 50 years. BRBH maintains a drug-free workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. This position is located in Roanoke, VA.

Categories: Human Services/ Social Work/ Sociology/ Psychology/ Non-Profit/ Healthcare/ Social Services/ Management/ Supervisor/ Counseling/ LPC/ LCSW / License-eligible/ Resident in Counseling/ Supervisee in Social Work/ Pre-Screen/ Prescreen

BRBH follows CMS (Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services) guidelines, which require, if hired, proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or an approved medical or religious exemption.