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Wellness Counselor


Wellness Counselor



Reports to NOTCH Office Manager for administrative issues

Reports to Behavioral Health Program Manager for program/clinical oversight









Patients, family members, coworkers, hospital personnel, and staff from various provider offices.



The Wellness Counselor works as part of the community care team and provides short-term consultation in primary care settings. Activities involve collaborating with primary care providers in screening for mental health and substance abuse, linking patients with necessary services, and providing short-term solution focused care. 



The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

§  Conducts rapid assessments and diagnoses mental health and/or substance disorders

§  Makes treatment recommendations and recommendations regarding appropriate levels of care for mental health and substance abuse treatment

§  Provides psychotherapy and substance abuse treatment

§  Provides brief behavioral medicine clinical interventions and psycho education to patients

§  Provides crisis assessment, intervention, and stabilization

§  May facilitate psychotherapeutic groups which may include the following topics: smoking cessation, chronic pain management, relaxation, substance abuse support, and other behavioral health and behavioral medicine topics

§  Provides medical case management/care coordination services to patients

§  Assists patients to obtain community resources and all benefits to which they may be entitled

§  Assesses for domestic violence issues and assists patient with safety planning, restraining orders, and referrals to appropriate agencies

§  Carries out assigned departmental tasks associated with the implementation of the chronic care model and its disease related collaborative, as delineated by the Behavioral Health Program Mangaer

§  Complies with all paperwork, including progress notes, computer data entry, releases of information, written assessments, and treatment and case management plans

§  Promotes a team based approach to short term behavioral health intervention in the primary care setting.

§  Provides behavioral health consultations to medical providers

§  Documents all notes in NOTCH EMR

§  Adheres to appropriate policies and procedures, including but not limited to safety, fire, disaster plans, and infection control.

§  Performs other duties as assigned



§  Knowledge of current behavioral health medicine approaches

§  Ability to utilize appropriate, proven intervention methods

§  Understanding of mind body and bio psychosocial implications of health

§  Strong written/verbal skills

§  Ability to complete all written paperwork in a timely manner (written assessments, plans, progress notes, etc…)

§  Good organizational and problem solving skills

§  Experience with addictions assessment and treatment

§  Ability to present in a professional manner

§  Knowledge of the principles, standards, and ethics of Social Work and ability to demonstrate such ethics when working with patient populations

§  Knowledge of transference and counter transference

§  Strong diagnosis and assessment skills, psychotherapy, case management, and crisis intervention skills

§  Knowledge of mental health and substance abuse laws and regulations

§  Ability to obtain and maintain credentials and privileges as a NOTCH clinical social worker

§  Intermediate Microsoft Office suite skills required

§  Ability to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize work load

§  Strong communication and interpersonal skills

§  Computer skills

§  Ability to work well with others as part of a team



Master’s degree in Social Work from an accredited institution preferred



Prior Experience: Understanding of primary care & community mental health practice realities; consultation skills, short-term therapy skills.

Two years in addictions or mental health field preferred



Required Certification/Registration: LICSW, MSW, Psychologist (doctor level)

Certification in drug and alcohol counseling preferred



The description of the physical demands and the work environment characteristics here represent those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform and those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is constantly required to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit and type. The employee is occasionally required to lift, carry, push, pull, stoop, kneel, crouch, hold objects, and perform repetitive motions. The employee is rarely required to climb, balance, crawl, reach or grasp. The employee must be able to regularly perform light lifting and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.



Personal computer, multi-line telephone system, facsimile machine, copier, Electronic Medical Record (EMR).



This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position.  Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.

All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.  To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills aptitudes and abilities to perform each duty proficiently.  Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others.  The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills or abilities.

This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.


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Manager’s Name:_______________________________________ Date:_______________



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Employee’s Name:  _______________________________             Date:  ______________



NOTCH is an Equal Opportunity Employer, drug free workplace, and complies with ADA regulations as applicable.