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Counselor Assistant/Behavioral Health Tech - Fee for Service

Counselor Assistant/Behavioral Health Tech - Fee for Service

location243 N Galen Hall Rd, Wernersville, PA 19565, USA
PublishedPublished: 5/24/2024
Full Time

**Starting rate $17.50 per hour **

  • This position is on an as needed basis

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the admission, transfer, and discharge process for the patient.
    • Meet with families upon admission to facilitate orientation and conduct facility tours.
    • Administer luggage checks, transfer luggage weighing up to 50 lbs., manage patient belongings and orient patients to new community.
    • When possible, administer luggage checks before patient’s family leaves and send home any contraband.
  • Organize patient movement.
    • Transport and accompany patients to off-campus activities including but not limited to 12-step meetings, medical appointments, and recreational activities.
    • Ensure patient attendance at all scheduled activities.
    • Accompany patient to meals, activities, and outside appointments.
    • Assist with guest speakers and in-house 12 step meetings.
    • Monitor and direct patients during emergency evacuations.
  • With close supervision of a clinical and/or administrative staff member, assist the clinical team, Admissions Department, and the Detox Unit with behavioral issues within the unit including monitoring and assessing patient behaviors (eating disorders, psychiatric disorders, aggressive and self-injurious behaviors).
    • Assist with runaway/Against Medical Advice/Against Staff Advice protocol.
    • Maintain communications/contact with clinical staff regarding patient issues.
    • Document patient behavior in electronic medical chart.
    • De-escalate patients.
    • Perform daily room checks and period room searches.
    • Observe patients on a one-to-one basis, as needed.
  • Follow protocol for patients returning from off-site passes, including but not limited to: Observe urine Drug screenings, breathalyzers, complete on-person search and luggage search.
  • Present educational lectures with clinically approved material.
  • Follow Medical Unit sleep protocols for patients.
  • Responsible for the presentation of the facility.
    • Monitor patients to ensure the facility maintains a neat and safe environment.
    • Work with patients to ensure patient areas are kept clean and presentable.
  • This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not restrict or prescribe other tasks that may be assigned. 

Physical Requirements:

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 lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to walk and actively participate in activities throughout campus.
  • Must be able to sit for prolonged periods of time as needed.
  • Must be able to drive a 15-passenger van, car, or car to and from various activities.
  • Must be able to work overtime/extended hours, holidays and during periods of inclement weather as needed.   


  • High school diploma or equivalent is preferred.
  • Requires proficient computer skills.
  • 21 years of age or older is required.
  • Must meet Caron's driving standards policy include a current, valid, unrestricted driver’s license along with 5 years of driving history.
  • Requires a basic understanding of chemical dependency and 12-step philosophy.
  • Experience working with respective population is preferred.
  • If in recovery, 2 years of continuous sobriety is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills AND Abilities:

  • Must be able to demonstrate knowledge of the principles and programs of the various 12-step fellowships.
  • Must possess the skills to adequately supervise respective population and be able to observe, report, and document behaviors on the unit.
  • Must be able to operate as a role model in decorum, speech, and behaviors consistent with recovery principles.
  • Must possess the skills necessary to present clinically approved educational lectures.
  • Must possess cultural sensitivity and act appropriately within all cultures.
  • Must be computer literate and able to work with most Microsoft applications along with other network components.
  • Must be able to keep all clinical work within the guidelines of the Pennsylvania certification board ethical standards.