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Seeking Flex Emergency Counselors to grow our Intake team!

Garfield Park • Chicago, IL

Posted 15 days ago

Job Snapshot

Healthcare - Health Services

Job Description

Are you looking for a rewarding career working with children? 

Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment?

If so, an Emergency Services Counselor role at Garfield Park Behavioral Hospital may be the perfect fit for you!  We are seeking compassionate healthcare professionals to build our flex/per-diem pool within the Emergency Services Department.

A Career with Garfield Park Behavioral Hospital Offers…

  • A rewarding career improving the lives of youth
  • Resources of a large health system (UHS, Inc.)
  • An engaged leadership team
  • A commitment to patient safety
  • Career advancement and mobility
  • Competitive compensation & benefits packages
  • And much more!

About Us….

Garfield Park Behavioral Hospital is dedicated to providing behavioral health and psychiatric support to children and teens ages 3 to 17. Quality behavioral health is our passion. Improving the lives is our reward. We are working to improve lives and transform the delivery of healthcare.

Job Summary:

The Emergency Services Counselor responds to clinical inquiry calls from families or referring professionals and completes crisis assessments. Crisis assessments include the ability to assess current risk factors (suicidal, homicidal, psychosis, self-injurious, substance abuse…), family dynamics, health screen, treatment history, medications, etc.). Provides appropriate clinical triage. Oversees the admission process including appropriateness of the admission, completion of all required admission paperwork, pre-certifications and coordination of care with the Physician. Assures compliance with all applicable mental health laws, codes, rules and regulations. Maintains all data/records regarding the intake and admission process and follows all policies/procedures related to release of information and confidentiality.  Must have physical stamina and high energy level to maintain continuity of quality services to emotionally disturbed children and their families. This is the equivalent of an Emergency Room environment; it is fast paced and requires the ability to multitask and handle highly stressful situations. 

Job Requirements


Education: Master’s Degree Required in Social Work, Counseling or Psychology.

Experience: Two years of psychiatric experience preferred.

Licensure/Certification: Licensure or eligibility for licensure (LPC, LSW, LCPC, LCSW) preferred.

Shift: The typical shifts for this position are as follows: Friday & Saturday 11pm-7:30am; Saturday 3pm-11:30pm.

Knowledge: Thorough understanding of the DSM-V criteria, psychotropic medications, and assessment skills with the ability to develop quick and strong clinical rapport.   Understands basic growth and development needs, specific to the age and population served. Working knowledge of Illinois Confidentiality Act, Illinois Mental Health Code, EMTALA and ILPA process.  Must posses a detailed understanding of psychiatric criteria for various levels of care and insurance/benefit verifications.  Have the ability to provide de-escalation techniques and crisis stabilization. Must be able to utilize CBT, Trauma Informed Care and Crisis Intervention effectively. Must be able to work cooperatively with other hospital staff and community agencies. Good organization skills, attentive to detail, thorough, as well as excellent oral and written clinical communication skills.

Language: Bilingual in both Spanish and English preferred

Job ID: 81941
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