Counselor - Residential

Baltimore, Maryland, United States Full-time

Therapist (Baltimore Residential)

Reports to: Care Team Coordinator

FLSA Classification: Exempt

Last date reviewed: 9/15/2018

Position Summary:

To provide individual, group and family therapy to children, adolescents, and their families; develop/implement Individual Treatment and Transition/Discharge Plans; maintain current and accurate case documentation; conduct clinical assessments; complete activity and performance reports.


Essential Functions:

  • Provide individual, group, and family therapy, within the scope of professional license, to children, adolescents, and their families.
  • Learn and implement evidence-based practices selected by the organization, which may include attending on- or off-site training, participating in ongoing supervision, consultation, and/or continuing education, committing to delivery of the practice as expected by BCC, following practice guidelines with fidelity, and engaging in fidelity monitoring.
  • Provide effective management of assigned cases which includes but is not limited to: developing, monitoring, and reviewing Individual Treatment Plans, Safety Plans, and Transition/Discharge Plans, and collaborating in transition/discharge planning.
  • Serve on the Interdisciplinary Care Team for each youth served, to include consultation with the providing psychiatrist regarding client needs and interventions, and working collaboratively with Case Managers, Unit Supervisors, and other program staff under the guidance of the Care Team Coordinator.
  • Evaluate the child’s/youth’s/family’s progress towards goal attainment on a designated basis in line with individual treatment and transition/discharge plan goals that are individualized, have strengths and service needs clearly identified, and are developed in behaviorally measurable terms.
  • Complete psychosocial intake assessments and ongoing clinical assessments that include participation by child/youth and parents/guardians.
  • Provide clinical services that are trauma-informed and aligned with BCC’s purpose and values.
  • Coordinate with the Board of Child Care staff members and community resources to address clients’ service needs.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with families, children/youth, colleagues, consultants and community agencies.
  • Create Guidance Plans for the living environment with input from the care team and act as a consult to the care team, family, and school regarding clinical and behavioral presentations and interventions.
  • Use Guidance Plans to create 1-1 supervision forms for direct care staff and monitor staff in the delivery of those services.
  • Complete required documentation and reports within the defined time lines.
  • Ensure assigned case records meet documentation standards.
  • Engage in the peer review process.
  • Record and submit billing data within the defined time lines.
  • Promote child/youth/family understanding of available Board of Child Care and community resources and facilitate referrals as appropriate.
  • Participate in biweekly clinical team meetings, weekly care team meetings, departmental and program-specific interdisciplinary team meetings, as well as ITP and IEP meetings as appropriate.
  • Act as Therapist on Call on a rotating basis, or maintain a schedule that includes a weekend shift to provide family engagement activities.

Non-Essential Functions:

  • Identify supervision and/or professional training needs to supervisor as they arise.




  • Accountability for Others
  • Accurate Listening
  • Alignment with BCC Core Values
  • Balanced Decision Making
  • Commitment to the Job
  • Consistency and Reliability
  • Flexibility
  • Handling Stress
  • Working Collaboratively
  • Self-Motivated
  • Meeting Standards
  • Persistence
  • Personal Accountability
  • Relating to Others
  • Time Management
  • Frequent Interaction with Others
  • Frequent Change
  • Urgency



Supervisory Responsibility:


Work Environment:

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

In the nature of being at a residential and school environment there may be times you experience conditions in which challenging behavior can be exhibited from our youth to include but not limited to, physical agitation, physical violence and/or emotion outburst.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Physically intervene and restrain student, as necessary.  Provide crisis intervention.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:

This is a full-time position. Standard days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and must include two evening shifts (e.g. 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.). Must rotate through as Therapist on Call or have a scheduled weekend shift. Eligible for flex schedule. Non-essential for snow emergencies.


May include some travel by car to community-based meetings, to the local hospital emergency department to support a youth who is awaiting psychiatric evaluation following an emergency petition, and/or transportation of youth to community-based meetings.  Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area, occasional out of state travel, and overnight travel may be expected.

Required Education and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, or a related field from an accredited college or University
  • Current LGSW, LGPC, LCSW-C, LCPC, LGMFT, LCMFT, LGPAT, or LCPAT Maryland State License


Preferred Education and Experience

  • Experience providing therapeutic services to children and families
  • At least one year post-graduate experience
  • Current LCSW-C or LCPC Maryland State License

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Knowledge of normal and abnormal human growth and development
  • Ability to assess family strengths, level of functioning, and service needs
  • Ability to assess children’s and youth’s strengths, levels of functioning, and service needs
  • Ability to effectively develop and implement service treatment plans which include transition/discharge planning
  • Ability to analyze case information and reach a sound decision based on objective information
  • Ability to render a diagnostic impression using the DSM-5
  • Ability to develop/implement effective treatment strategies and interventions
  • Ability to provide individual, group and family verbal therapies using evidence-based protocols
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others in a treatment team
  • Ability to effectively express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing
  • Ability to utilize electronic health record system.
  • TCI (upon hire)
  • CPR/First Aid Certified
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Maintenance of a valid Maryland professional license in good standing
  • CPS clearances
  • TB test negative
  • Physical completed by a health care professional
  • Federal and State Fingerprinting Background Checks
  • Drug screening (Pre-Employment and Random)

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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