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Behavioral Health Skills Counselor

Job Details

Family Life Center - Ames, IA
Part Time
$17.28 - $25.92 Hourly
Behavioral Health/Therapy


The role

The Behavioral Health Skills Counselor is expected to provide 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.

A day in the life of a Behavioral Health Skills Counselor can look like

  • Traveling and providing services in client homes or other community settings.
  • Assessing and documenting assigned clients’ behaviors and interactions.
  • Providing individual, family and group counseling, skill development, and crisis intervention services to clients.
  • Working as a team member in a collaborative effort with other counselors, informal supports and referral sources.
  • Working varied hours, including evenings.

What we offer

  • A fun team environment
  • Mission-driven work
  • Wellness program offerings
  • Discounts on pet insurance
  • Flexible shift and hours
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Development of employment skills that you can take with you anywhere: teamwork, problem-solving, adaptability, communication, leadership, creativity

We are YSS

Since we first opened our doors in 1976, YSS has remained committed to positively impacting the lives of children, youth, and families, giving what many have never experiencedopportunity and hope for a brighter future. Thanks to our donors, volunteers, staff, and leadership, we continue to help youth stand strong. Every day.


What you’ll need

  • A 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.
  • This position should have a 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 use critical thinking skills to problems solve.
  • Ability to convey information effectively through speech and writing skills.
  • Ability to coordinate and collaborate effectively with others.
  • Ability to manage resources effectively.
  • Ability to manage one’s own time and the time of others.