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Behavioral Health Counselor/Social Work - Psychiatric Unit

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Job ID: 38705
Location: Longview, WA
Work Type: Full Time
Shift: Variable
Shift Length: 12 Hours
FTE: 0.90
Benefit Eligibility: Full-time benefits

Job Description


PeaceHealth is seeking a Behavioral Health Counselor/Social Work - Psychiatric Unit for a Full Time, 0.90 FTE, Variable position.  Hourly compensation is from $31.18 to $46.77 depending on experience.

Hiring Bonus and Relocation Assistance may be available!

Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 including 2 doses of a 2-dose series or 1 dose of a 1-dose series plus 14 days beyond the final dose prior to start date.

Job Summary

Responsible for identifying and interacting with mentally ill and psychosocially complex patients and families who are likely to benefit from mental health treatment or social work services and who meet high risk criteria. Responsible for coordination of discharge planning services for these patients in collaboration with RN Care Management and other members of the care team. May function as either BH Counselor or Social Work role depending on training, certification and setting.

Details of the position

  1. Provides mental health-focused care in a liaison role to non-psychiatric hospital care units, including the Emergency Department, through patient counseling, patient & family education and case management.
  2. Provides social work/case management services to mental health clients in psychiatric inpatient or day hospital settings.
  3. Works in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team to provide assessment, education, coping strategies and treatment planning to mental health consumers in a psychiatric day hospital, inpatient psychiatric or inpatient medical hospital setting.
  4. Identifies, plans and arranges for appropriate services necessary for psychiatric inpatient or psychiatric day hospital patients by applying a knowledge of services available in the community, state, and federal health regulations and admission, discharge and appropriate level of care. Coordinate effective planning and arranging for needed services upon discharge.
  5. Performs other duties as assigned.

What you bring

  • Master’s degree in social work (MSW).
  • In lieu of an MSW, the following qualifications and experience may be accepted:
  • Master’s degree in counseling or related field with a minimum of two years’ work experience in a medical or healthcare setting, social service agency, or community organization focusing on health and/or welfare issues.
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field with a minimum of four years’ work experience in a medical or healthcare setting, social service agency, or community organization focusing on health and/or welfare issues.
  • Must have WA State credential in order to practice, either Washington State Agency Affiliated Counselor Registration (CAAR) – applied for and received within 90 days of hire OR one of the other applicable Social Work, Therapist or Counselor licenses at the time of hire.

For a full description of the position, or for questions, please contact Moussa Sangare at [email protected]

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For full consideration of your skills and abilities, please attach a current resume with your application.  EEO Affirmative Action Employer/Vets/Disabled in accordance with applicable local, state or federal laws.  

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