Behavioral Health Counselor Roles and Responsibilities

2064 Words Apr 20th, 2011 9 Pages
Useful Traits Of Primary Care Behavioral Health Counselors
Behavioral health counselors must be able to function in the face-paced primary care environment. To be effective, they should: * be flexible enough to deal with noise, frequent interruptions, and constant changes in scheduling; * be able to offer brief, targeted interventions usually lasting less than 30 minutes; * be comfortable with short-term counseling, often lasting less than eight visits; * function well in a team-approach accept the fact that they are not in charge of the clients’ care; * be behaviorally, rather than personality, focused; * be able to perform consultations and give
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sists the primary care provider in recognizing, treating and managing mental health and psychosocial issues and acts as a contributing member to the primary care team; * conducts client intakes, focusing on diagnostic and functional evaluations, then makes recommendations to the primary care provider concerning the * clients’ treatment goals and plan; * provides consultation and training to the primary care providers to enhance their skill and effectiveness in treating mental health problems; * provides brief, focused intervention for clients who are in need of mental health services; * gives primary care providers timely feedback the client’s about care, treatment recommendations and progress via documentation in the client’s record and verbal feedback; * advises the primary care provider about which clients are better served at the primary care setting and which should be referred to specialty mental health facilities or elsewhere; * initiates follow-up to ascertain how clients are doing and to determine if any changes in treatment approaches are indicated; * develops, where indicated, relapse prevention plans and helps clients maintain stable functioning; * assists in the detection of “at risk” clients and in the development of plans to prevent worsening of their condition; * monitors and coordinates the delivery of health services for clients as related to behavioral health care, including linking with other treatment
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