General Description: Niagara County Community College is seeking a Mental Health Counselor to work in our college’s Wellness Center. This position is a full time, 12-month, non-ranked professional position. The duties of this position require the performance of social work, confidential mental health/behavioral health counseling services in helping students with social, emotional and related difficulties associated with their identified concerns or disability. The Counselor serves as the primary mental health crisis management response professional and acts as the lead professional for mental health evaluation of students. Employees in this class are expected to provide referrals for students, as appropriate, to professionals of agencies in or outside of the community to obtain assistance. As a member of the Wellness Center, the Counselor is also responsible for providing campus outreach and programming in the area of personal wellness with emphasis on mental health issues and education. The Licensed Clinician functions under the direction of the Supervisor of the Wellness Center who may define or limit the work to be performed. Does other related work as required. The continuation of this position is contingent upon available funding/budget for the college.
Typical Work Activities:
· Conducts independent mental status, assessment for need for treatment/counseling, risk and lethality assessments, intake and screening of new students, evaluating and providing counseling services;
· Independently triages cases based on clinical need, risk and acuity for initial evaluation and for follow-up by NCCC counseling and/or by off campus mental health providers;
· Provides individual counseling including but not limited to psycho-education and intervention;
· Provides social work services to help students adjust to their social environment;
· Processes, tracks, and follows-up on requests for mental hygiene evaluations, coordinates with other mental health providers and/or agencies;
· Completes work and statistical reports and summaries such as daily service logs, referrals, and monthly/annual reports;
· Coordinates with hospitals and other facilities for mental health emergencies;
· May provide case or care management as defined by state and federal regulations to refer and link individuals with treatment programs and other social service agencies and medical providers;
· Maintains documentation and case records;
· Input confidential information regarding student encounters and related information into the EMR system;
· Plans with the community mental health team and with community mental health and medical agencies to relate the student’s treatment and rehabilitation program to their social situation prior to their discharge from said agencies;
· Maintains information on community and health resources which can be utilized during the students’ care and for subsequent referral if needed;
· Participates in the process of transfer of students to other levels of treatment, as appropriate;
· Does not supervise Support Staff but may assign work for mental health related events and coordinate with outside agencies when necessary;
· Provides student advocacy and crisis intervention;
· Evaluate student needs and develop educational programming and/or outreach related to relevant mental health issues;
· Develop and implement programming for Alcohol and Other Drugs as required by the NYS Board of Education Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act;
· Annual report for the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention program;
· Work collaboratively with college personnel including Security, Vice President of Student Services, Campus Housing, faculty and staff to address student concerns;
· Meets regularly with Supervisor to review caseload and to receive supervision and direction in areas such as, but not limited to, assessment, individual counseling, crisis intervention, student advocacy, case review, and other associated areas;
· May participate in registration activities including advisement and registration sessions;
· Other duties as assigned.
Essential Functions: Ability to relate to a diverse student population. Good knowledge of the principles, methods, procedures and practices of social work, of the functioning community mental health programs and facilities and the scope of services rendered, and of community resources and how to use them effectively with others; ability to perform mental hygiene work effectively; ability to analyze and evaluate reports and make sound decisions; ability to prepare reports; ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing; tact and courtesy; sound professional judgement; integrity; initiative; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
· Possession of a current New York State License as a Master of Social Work (LMSW).
· Minimum of two (2) years providing individual mental health counseling services.
· Demonstrable knowledge of student needs and behaviors in higher education.