Our Behavioral Health Technicians are a mainstay of patient support on our campus. They are the compassionate hearts and helping hands that guide patients through their journey at Caron, ensuring their safety and comfort as they learn how to manage their disease and build new patterns and behaviors for a fulfilling life in recovery.
Behavioral Health Technicians play a vital role on Caron Pennsylvania’s world-class clinical team. Serving in a position that provides a wide variety of opportunities to gain professional experience in the addiction treatment and behavioral healthcare field, these critical team members support all aspects of care and often participate in some of the most pivotal moments in a patient’s life.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
- Overall coordination of a patient’s care while in residential services, including the integration of family sessions, school expectations, communication with referral sources, assessment of patient progress and communication to the clinical team regarding special treatment needs and procedures.
- Completion of initial patient assessments such as psychosocial assessment, gathering patient goals and completing family assessments.
- Utilize multi-disciplinary treatment team to determine appropriate level of care and identify behavioral health needs can be treated in Caron’s continuum and those that require external placement.
- Facilitate group therapy and individual counseling.
- Work with Family Therapist to assess family dynamics, recommend the family education program and ongoing family therapy. Develop comprehensive continuing care plan that includes input from the clinical referents, internal referents, multi-disciplinary treatment teams, family and patient.
- Work within the ethical constraints of the certified addiction counselor and other professional or organizational ethical standards as they apply to the position.
- Document treatment plans, progress notes, treatment plan updates, case consultations, telephone calls and discharge summaries in the patient records in accordance to Caron policies and procedures.
- Complete necessary utilization review information.
- This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.
The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Must be able to work extended hours and travel as needed.
- Must be able to deliver presentations that may be both multiple times and for lengthy time periods.
- Must be able to lift up to 20 lbs.
- Must be able to move throughout a hilly and multi-facility campus.
- Must be able to climb stairs.
- This is a safety sensitive position.
- Master’s Degree in Human Services preferred, Bachelor’s Degree required. Licensure preferred
- Specialty training preferred (MI, DBT, Art Therapy, MBSR, CPT, CBT)
- Experience in lifespan developmental issues for their respective populations
- Extensive experience in facilitating group therapy
- If recovering two years of uninterrupted sobriety preferred
- Must comply with ACT 33 of Pennsylvania law
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Must possess a basic understanding of addiction and addiction interaction disorders.
- Must possess the willingness and capacity for growth, both personally and professionally.
- Must have the ability to be objective, empathetic while addressing the individual needs of the respective patients, referrals and family members.
- Must be computer literate and able to work with most Microsoft applications along with network components.
- Must have fluid communication skills and the ability to document insights and observations in a clinical record.
- Must possess a high degree of professionalism and be able to keep confidential information and treat sensitive clinical information ethically.
- Must be able to keep all clinical work within the guidelines of the Pennsylvania Certification Board ethical standards throughout his/her work.
- Must be thoroughly familiar and be able to demonstrate knowledge of the principles and programs of the various 12 step fellowships.
- Must possess effective written and verbal communication skills.