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The Mental Health Professional Counselor is the full performance level of the professional counseling work, at the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor level, providing counseling services to clients with mental disorders by using assessment, evaluation, and intervention, rehabilitation, and treatment regimens.

Functioning as an independently licensed mental health professional, the Mental Health Professional Counselor is responsible for providing mental health services to inmates within a defined population of a correctional facility. The duties include but are not limited to: 
  • Assesses the inmate’s situation to determine the appropriate services using clinical interview techniques, objective assessments, and psychological testing under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. 
  • Intervenes in crisis situations to de-escalate the situation and provide acute care using suicide prevention planning and crisis intervention techniques. 
  • Develop treatment plans and provides treatment to inmates who have significant mental or emotional disorders through the use of individual and/or group counseling. 
  • Develops and implements behavioral management plans for inmates that are disruptive to the operation of the institution. 
  • Refers inmates for other services such as psychiatric care, inpatient mental health services, case management planning, medical evaluations, addictions services, etc. 
  • Documents services rendered to the inmate in the EPHR in accordance with established procedures. 
  • Evaluates inmates for changes in security classifications using psychological tests combined with information gathered in the clinical interview in accordance with applicable regulations. 
  • Reviews charts/EPHR as needed and assigned by department head. 
  • Adheres to accepted ethical and behavioral standards of conduct and participates in continuing professional development. 
  • May collaborate with other professionals in carrying out research in correctional work. 

Administrative/Supervisory & Ancillary Duties

The Mental Health Professional Counselor is responsible for some non-clinical and /or administrative duties related to the performance of the above – described primary duties. These include, but are not limited to:  
  •  Maintains statistics to summarize the daily psychological services completed. 
  •  Participates in interdisciplinary meetings as needed. 
  •  May participate in training students and non-professional staff. 
  •  Serves on special work groups and projects as assigned.