JOB: Human Services Counselor, Department of Social Services – Yankton, SD

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    Stephanie Slade

    Job Description

    The Human Services Counselor develops, implements, and evaluates effective treatment for patients in a human services setting with severe and persistent mental illness and/or behavioral disturbances and works with a multi-disciplinary treatment team to provide treatment in a therapeutic environment that promotes achievement of goals during short-term hospitalization.


    A bachelor’s degree in psychology, counseling, or a related field is preferred.

    Knowledge of:

    • counseling methods;
    • severe and persistent mental illness;
    • principles of basic human behavior across the lifespan;
    • therapeutic communication skills;
    • CPR and first aid;
    • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NCI) techniques;
    • medication administration;
    • patient’s rights;
    • treatment planning, charting, and report writing;
    • co-occurring disorders.

    Ability to:

    • deal effectively with patients from diverse ethnic and sociological backgrounds;
    • listen to and be empathetic with patients;
    • accurately remember and recall oral and written information;
    • maintain safety and security in an in-patient psychiatric setting;
    • counsel patients and their families;
    • provide individual and/or group crisis and de-escalation counseling;
    • lead patients in assigned tasks;
    • effectively diffuse potentially explosive confrontations between patients;
    • plan and organize work;
    • relay information regarding patient’s behaviors and needs;
    • maintain records and prepare reports;
    • schedule, coordinate, and conduct planned treatment programs;
    • interpret and follow established policies, operations memoranda, procedures, and guidelines;
    • communicate effectively with the patients and their families regarding their treatment;
    • utilize preventative techniques in order to maintain a therapeutic environment.

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