Mental Health Counselor

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Juneau Youth Services is currently hiring a Mental Health Counselor in our Residential facilities, working closely with multiple outside agencies.

This position provides individual, family and group therapy services in a program providing services to youth experiencing significant emotional or behavioral difficulties.

The clinician is responsible for developing and directing all treatment planning and treatment service delivery, in collaboration with the treatment team, for each youth on the clinician’s assigned caseload.  A key accountability for this position is to attain a high level of productivity in clinical and treatment services.


Representative Tasks/Responsibilities:


  • Productivity Standard – 60 percent of the weekly work schedule is spent on billable activities with the additional 40 percent available for paperwork, meetings and other non-billable activities.
  • Ensure clinical and treatment services are consistent with clinical standards, best practices and accepted comprehensive behavioral health treatment processes (to include mental health and chemical dependency).
  • Participate in the JYS clinical on-call system when authorized by the Clinical Director.
  • Regularly attend and participate in individual, group and/or peer clinical supervision.
  • Provide and document clinical (individual and group) supervision in a timely manner for program Behavioral Health Associates (BHA) and Case Managers (CM) according to JYS policies and provide in service training as requested.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with youth, families and the treatment team to ensure effective treatment of clients.
  • Apply knowledge from theories on the assessment, treatment and recovery of youth experiencing emotional, behavioral and functional disorders, including co-occurring or substance abuse/chemical dependency disorders and utilize developmental theory, family systems, cultural models, parent training, psychopathology, mental illness in assessments and treatment planning.
  • Appropriately share knowledge with other colleagues and teach behavior and other therapeutic interventions to paraprofessional staff.
  • Model and teach sensitivity to youth and families from diverse cultures, backgrounds and socioeconomic circumstances and utilize cultural differences to enhance the effectiveness of treatment.
  • Demonstrate empathy and utilize active listening and communication skills.
  • Effectively complete all aspects of the comprehensive behavioral health (CBA) assessment and integrate information into development of a treatment plan with measurable, appropriate goals, objectives and interventions.
  • Provide and instruct program staff on risk assessment for dangerous behavior.
  • Utilize and reference JYS policies and procedures, DSM-V, ASAM, and other appropriate clinical references.
  • Complete assessments, required reports and documentation as requested in a timely manner.
  • Regularly attend program staff meetings and notify the Program Coordinator and review meeting minutes when absent.
  • Actively support and contribute to the accomplishment of Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) goals and objectives within an assigned program and agency wide.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.




  • Thorough working knowledge of the etiology and treatment of behavioral health disorders.
  • Thorough working knowledge of child and adolescent development, family systems and cultural differences.
  • Thorough working knowledge of laws and regulations effecting behavioral health treatment of youth.
  • Ability to provide effective supervision for BHA’s and CM’s in a supportive, constructive manner that empowers staff and promotes employee competency.
  • Ability to organize, evaluate and present information effectively, orally and written.
  • Ability to perform diagnostic assessments and develop and implement treatment plans.
  • Ability to perform individual, family and group therapy.
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office software.
  • Ability to efficiently and effectively organize and prioritize work.
  • Ability to contribute positively as a team member and work effectively with other internal and external stakeholders.




  • Master’s degree from an accredited college in psychology, social work, counseling, or closely related field that is eligible for licensure as an LPC or LCSW in the State of Alaska.
  • Must have completed clinical practicum placement(s) in a Master’s degree program or equivalent experience.
  • Current Alaska driver’s license and auto insurance per agency standards.
  • Clearance of state and federal background checks.
  • Completion of required trainings according to established timelines per job class and program assignment.


NOTE:    JYS is a dynamic organization changing as needed to best address its goals.  This job description is representative of duties at a moment in time and is intended as a “living document” updated periodically to reflect changes in job responsibilities and/or emphasis.  It is not intended or implied to be an employment contract but is a communication tool to explain the responsibilities, advertise the job and identify performance measures and potential training needs.