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Washington State DSHS BHA Youth Adolescent Counselor 2 in Lakewood, Washington

Description DSHS BHA Youth Adolescent Counselor 2/Psychiatric Child Care Counselor 2 Are you enthusiastic about inspiring a culture of safety and help patients achieve emotional wellness by making a positive impact in the lives of children and youth with psychological and safety needs? Consider this exciting opportunity and apply today! The Department of Social and Health Services, within the Child Study & Treatment Center (CSTC), has an opportunity in Lakewood, WA for a Youth Adolescent Counselor 2. This job will be filling multiple positions throughout each of the cottages including the new San Juan Cottage. San Juan is a new cottage that will have 18 beds for forensic (8 beds) and CLIP patients (10 beds). Patients will range from 15-17. In this role, as a counselor, you are a licensed mental health professional who exercises discretion and independent judgment to provide appropriate information, coaching, training, and educating children and adolescents and programming for severely emotionally, behaviorally, and psychologically disturbed children and adolescents in a psychiatric hospital setting serving the mental health and forensic admissions. You will work effectively with children and adolescent patients, their families, other healthcare workers, and community contacts. And also you'll be in charge of scheduling shifts and swapping, dropping, and covering the staff team. Some of what you'll do: * Provide mentorship and situational counseling to adolescent and pre-adolescent children. * Assign and monitor the work of Psychiatric Child Care Counselor's * Train and monitor staff performance and provides feedback to the supervisor * Monitor staff attendance, ensure logs, charting, incident reports, and forms are completed correctly * Facilitate the development of social skills, problem-solving, and decision-making skills, as well as assist the child with activities of daily living * Implement age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate interventions based upon the current treatment plan * Maintain a safe, comfortable, and therapeutic milieu in which patients will receive treatment and implement the cottage program and individualized behavioral plans * Encourage, supervise and participate with patients in a group or individual recreation, social, and therapeutic activities What we are looking for:* * Knowledge of normal and abnormal growth and development, dynamics of interpersonal relationships, mental health concepts, and community resources * Ability to understand and utilize behavioral approaches such as Positive Behavioral Support, Life-Space Crisis Intervention, and Developmental and Dialectical Therapy * Teach the clients to develop skills to change their behavior, cope with life's challenges, and make good decisions * Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing Who should apply? Professionals with one of the following: * A bachelor's degree with an emphasis in Social Sciences, Education, Recreation, Psychology or related field, and one year of Social Service experience * Two years' work experience as a Psychiatric Child Care Counselor 1 Please Note: An Agency Affiliated Counselor license through the Department of Health is needed within sixty days of hire. Questions about this opportunity? Please contact Ebony Ware at and reference job #03872. Supplemental Information Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history may be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the job. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver's license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle. Washington State Department of Social and Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any area of employment, its programs or services on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protect­ed veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384. E-Verify® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. *Salary: $3,792.00 - $4,974.00 Monthly Location: Pierce County – Lakewood, WA Job Type: Full Time - Permanent Department: Dept. of Social and Health Services Job Number: 2021-03872 Closing: 5/31/2021 11:59 PM Pacific Agency: State of Washington Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504 Phone: View Posting for Agency Contact Website: