Counselor in Philadelphia, PA at Public Health Management Corporation

Date Posted: 10/30/2020

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Job Description

The Counselor reports to the BIPS Program Director.


  • Works as a team with the Therapist/Counselor in providing systemic treatment to adolescents and their families both on-site and in their homes using various professional integrative and collaborative modalities.
  • Assist with intake and assessment information using the Bridge bio-psycho-social assessment form and a recovery-oriented, culturally competent assessment approach.
  • Conduct behavioral health screenings on new clients or as issues emerge
  • Provide weekly family-focused counseling/case coordination to approximately 16 adolescents and their families, depending on each family’s individual needs.
  • Participate in Service Plan meetings to develop discharge criteria  and working in collaboration with the BIPS case manager. 
  • Develop strong relationships with community-based organizations and resources throughout the city to help client and her family establish linkages to appropriate community resources.
  • Ensure that discharge planning is included in treatment planning and is the focus of case management from the time of admission.
  • Conduct psychoeducational, Life Skills, and other didactic groups for BIPS clients and family members.
  • Collaborate with representatives from other systems involved in the youth and family’s treatment process, particularly behavioral health providers.
  • Participate in all required case consultation meetings, staff meetings and trainings.
  • Help develop ASAP plans with the case manager, family, youth and school personnel.
  • Adhere to all written documentation protocols as required by DHS
  • Provide referrals for support services when warranted.
  • Enhance, update and remain current with educational advances within the discipline and field by attending at least 25 hours of in-service or educational experience.
  • Attend staff meetings
  • Attend weekly supervision and provide agenda for these supervisory meetings.
  • Alert Program Director and Service Team of any concerns regarding clients that might jeopardize the safety of the program, client or other clients.
  • Other duties assigned by Program Director.


  • Competence in individual, group and family therapy with an emphasis on empowerment
  • Ability to use therapeutic skills essential to assisting at-risk youth.
  • Knowledge, understanding and experience working with at-risk youth, substance abuse, trauma and/or mental illness
  • Strong knowledge of community resources relevant to this population.
  • Knowledge and experience and ability to  provide family partnership/parent training
  • Ability to utilize supervision to improve collaboration with treatment team and provision of family treatment
  • Sensitivity to racial, cultural, economic, and willingness to adopt interventions that work for different groups.
  • Understanding of a strengths-based, recovery-oriented approach and a willingness to adopt this approach.
  • Knowledge of high-risk youth, family systems, mental health disorders and substance abuse.


  • At least 2 years related experience.

Education Requirement:

  • Master’s Degree in social work, psychology, family therapy or related field required.
  •  Valid driver’s license and vehicle required.


  • Commensurate with education and experience.