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To provide screening and assessment and out-patient services to inmates housed at the Berks County Jail System.

Berks Counseling Center
Reading, PA

Essential Job Functions
1. Conduct drug and alcohol screening assessment for each individual that comes to BCJS.
2. Identify appropriate level of care for all individuals assessed.
3. Conduct mental health screening assessments on individuals that are referred by the jail for mental health treatment.
4. Effectively complete all required clinical documentation related to outpatient treatment standards in an efficient and up-to-date manor.
5. Work collaboratively with BCC and BCJS staff this includes working with the care coordinator of the Jail Project.
6. Participate in individual and group supervision as required.
7. Attend training and conferences as required.
8. Complete Level of Care Assessment requested by the courts or probation/parole department according to ASAM as requested.
9. Participate in assuring each inmate has an appropriate aftercare, relapse prevention, and discharge plan.
10. Prepare all statistics and reports as required.
11. Respond to clinical crises as appropriate.
12. Conduct individual and group therapy sessions as needed.
13. Develop an understanding of trauma and how it impacts others.
14. Incorporate trauma informed practices into job duties and responsibilities, including interactions and communications with others.
15. Be an active member of BCC’s culture of caring through positive and engaging social interactions.
16. Perform all other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.


As of 11/08/2021, employment consideration will be given only to vaccinated candidates.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in a related social service field with at least one (1) year direct substance abuse counseling experience (or relevant internship) required; Master’s degree preferred. CAC and/or licensure preferred. Bilingual: English/Spanish preferred. Knowledge of or experience with trauma-informed approaches preferred.

To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Knowledge of ethical practices of counselors (or other position).
• Knowledge of Electronic Health Records.
• Knowledge and belief in the principles of recovery and the ability and willingness to implement recovery driven supports.
• Knowledge and understanding of trauma and how it impacts others.
• Skill in active listening and collaborative communication.
• Skill in using Microsoft Office and Microsoft Outlook and ability to learn new software programs that support project efforts.
• Skill in managing competing priorities.
• Skill in problem solving and conflict resolution including identification of the problem or conflict.
• Skill in problem solving and conflict resolution within a team oriented approach to care.
• Skill in oral and written communication.
• Ability to maintain standard direct service hours.
• Ability to work well with diverse, low income, high risk populations and provide culturally competent care.
• Ability to communicate professionally with coworkers, clients and vendors.
• Ability to work independently and establish self-directed goals.
• Ability to follow written and oral instructions.
• Ability to assist the consumer in identifying appropriate treatment plan goals and action steps.
• Ability to engage in honest, transparent and respectful interactions with others.
• Ability to act with integrity and work from a place of empathy and compassion.

Contact Info

To apply for a BCC position, please visit our website: berkscounselingcenter.org/careers.