Behavioral Health Skills Counselor – FT or PT

Employment Status

Full-Time or Part-Time


Open until filled


Ames, IA
The Behavioral Health Skills Counselor provides in-home, family-centered services including counseling, skill development, and crisis intervention in order to build or restore client linkages with the community, schools, and family, with the goal of alleviating and/or eliminating identified client problems.  The Counselor will engage in services and activities designed to provide identification of, and intervention to support families and prevent or alleviate the consequences of family dysfunction.  A team approach is emphasized with close coordination with other family/client supports and service providers, including schools.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a human services or related field is required.
  • Two years of full-time experience is a human services field is required.
  • Solid background and understanding of the needs of troubled youth and rural communities; in-home behavioral intervention, solution-focused treatment theory, techniques, and process, especially focusing on children, adolescent and family orientation; knowledge of current DSM; knowledge of principles of child and adolescent development; knowledge of family counseling and dynamics; knowledge of community systems; crisis intervention; laws and legal ramifications of laws dealing with children’s rights; and knowledge of chemical dependency treatment interventions.
  • Experience in skill development and documentation is desired.
  • Ability to convey information effectively through speech and writing skills.
  • Travel and provide services in client homes or other community settings that may not be handicapped accessible.
  • Assess, observe, and document assigned clients’ behaviors and interactions as per agency policies and procedures.
  • Provides individual, family and group counseling, skill development, and crisis intervention services to clients.
  • Maintains the caseload necessary to reach the billable services expectation established for this position.
  • Advocate for and secure specialized services and resources as needed for clients to address identified problem areas.
  • Work as a team member in a collaborative effort with other counselors, informal supports and referral sources.
  • Serves as a model for the family in demonstrating how to deal with difficult interactions and communications with others.
  • Establishes positive relationships and networks within assigned service area.
  • Submits and keeps current a weekly work schedule of client sessions, meetings, and office hours.
  • Works varied hours, including evenings.
  • Meets regularly with Behavioral Health Intervention Service’s program director for supervision.
  • Supports and helps facilitate interagency and community referrals for treatment services.
  • Serves as a resource to other staff within the agency on programs and services available in their service area.


  • Maintains control of self in crises and adverse conditions.
  • Hear and understand others as they communicate emotions of various intensity.
  • Communicate effectively with coworkers, youth, parents, and the general public.
  • Attends meetings and in-service trainings as required.
  • Understand and adhere to all applicable agency policies.
  • Seeks consultation and educational opportunities to improve skills.
  • Maintains confidentiality in all dealings regarding individuals served within the agency.


For more information, please contact Tami Wirth at

All applicants are required to complete an online application.
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