Mental Health Counselor - Evenings
Newport News Behavioral Health Center - Newport News, VA

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Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) is one of the nation's
largest and most respected health care management companies,
operating through its subsidiaries acute care hospitals, behavioral
health facilities and ambulatory centers nationwide. Founded in 1978,
UHS subsidiaries now have more than 65,000 employees. The UHS
business strategy is to build or purchase health care properties in
rapidly growing markets and create a strong franchise based on
exceptional service and effective cost control. Our success comes
from a responsive management style and a service philosophy based on
integrity, competence and compassion

Newport News
Behavioral Health Center is a residential program, for males and
females ages 11-21, consist of a cognitive behavioral treatment model
that encourages youth to safely explore thoughts and feelings related
to the development of positive and desirable behavior within their
homes and communities. Our programs have been designed to provide
each individual resident quality mental health treatment in a safe
therapeutic environment.

It is the mission of Newport
News Behavioral Health Center to promote recovery from the effects of
abuse, addiction and other behavioral issues through specialized
treatment interventions provided by a community of caring

Newport News Behavioral Health Center has
an excellent career opportunity for an experienced Mental Health
Counselor to join our team of dedicated professionals.

The candidate selected will be responsible for the following:
  • Exercises appropriate interventions under the
direction of the physician, program director, unit manager and/or
  • Reviews the resident’s chart to learn their
history and the Initial Treatment Plan. Refers any questions to the
unit manager and/or nurse on duty.
  • Performs proper
Handle with Care techniques, demonstrating knowledge of resident and
staff safety.
  • Generates Environmental Rounds form, each
shift. Maintains a clean and safe environment by adhering to safety
and security regulations, properly using and storing supplies, and
reporting potential hazards to Director of Support Services.
  • Processes with assigned residents. Assesses the
resident’s readiness to have precautions lifted or levels
  • Exhibits good verbal de-escalation skills.
  • Facilitates community meetings and facilitates specialty
  • Assists in the admissions, transfers and
discharge of residents.
  • Escorts residents to scheduled
appointments both in and out of the facility setting as needed,
following Newport News Behavioral Health Center policies and
  • Accepts responsibility for safe conditions
at all times when transporting residents following facility
transportation policies.
  • Maintains attendance record
that does not compromise delivery of resident care

Contributes to the effective implementation of individual treatment
plans of residents through "line of sight" supervision,
positive interaction and role modeling, appropriate scoring of
observed behaviors, and appropriate consequences or limit setting
based on behaviors and program definition.
  • Maintains
safety and security of the facility through close observation and
monitoring of the residents, maintaining optimal physical proximity,
remaining alert at all times, and using analytical forethought to
anticipate potentially volatile or unsafe situations and proactively
  • Promotes development of residents' daily
living skills through appropriate assignment, instruction, and
supervision of tasks.
  • Stimulates residents' interest and
cooperation in various individual and group activities and programs
through positive interaction, instruction, supervision, feedback and
  • Completes accurate and timely
documentation on resident's behavior as outlined by policy, reports
observations to relevant staff and makes recommendations based on
observations. Assists in preparation of other behavioral reports and
daily activities log as required.
  • Develops counseling
skill methods and techniques under the supervision of program
treatment professionals and uses those skills to conduct periodic
individual or group sessions as necessary. Provides one-to-one
contact with residents focusing on social development and any
problems they might be experiencing and at time of resident distress.

  • Assesses and ensures the needs of the residents are
being met in relation to clothing, linens, and personal hygiene
supplies. Supervises personal hygiene tasks.
  • Escorts
residents to mealtime, outdoor/indoor recreation, and education
activities and participates in their supervision and instruction as
needed. Transports residents to and from medical appointments or
other activities as directed.
  • Provides appropriate
crisis intervention as necessary by anticipating and responding
quickly to escalating behaviors, utilizing de-escalation techniques
to diffuse the situation, correctly prioritizing safety concerns,
following proper restraint technique guidelines, and displaying
neutral emotions.


  • Bachelors Degree in psychology or a related field, or 3-6
years demonstrated experience working with adolescents.

Prefer previous experience working in a residential or psychiatric
setting with children and adolescents.
  • Requires ability
to work in a fast-paced environment.

UHS is not accepting
unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment
opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted
by search firms to any employee at UHS via-email, the Internet or in
any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in
place for this position will be deemed the sole property of UHS. No
fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by UHS as a
result of the referral or through other means.

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