Benefis Health Systems Counselor III (Out-patient Behavioral Health) in Great Falls, Montana

Job Description

Responsible for counseling patients and/or families with mental and/or substance use disorders. Is a part of a multidisciplinary team of healthcare workers. Performs individual and group counseling. Participates in performance improvement and continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Ability to perform patient assessments to determine presence of addiction or mental disorder

Ability to develop and implement a plan of treatment, continuing care and discharge plans for the patient and/or family.

Ability to perform unit specific competencies to include the performance of counseling and provision of clinical services (see skills checklist)

Able to evaluate patient progress and revise treatment plan as needed.

Provides patient and family education about addiction and mental disorder

Knowledgeable of community resources available for patients and families.

Assists with case management responsibilities for assigned patients.

Demonstrates the ability to perform crisis intervention.

Communicates appropriately and clearly with supervisor, manager, co-workers, other departments and physicians.

Develops, implements, and coordinates educational classes and therapy programs.

Presents educational programs to the community, schools and other groups.

Maintains patient records; complies statistical reports.

Documentation meets standards and policies.

Treats patients and families with professionalism, respect and dignity. Identifies and addresses psychosocial, cultural, ethnic and religoous/spiritual needs of patients and their families. Functions as a liaison between administratioin, patients, physicians and other healthcare providers.

Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.

Maintains a good working relationship within the department and with other departments.

Functions as a mentor for student interns.

Demonstrates the ability to be flexible and organized; functions well during stressful and/or emergency situations.

Demonstrates the ability to deal with pressure to meet deadlines, to be accurate, and to handle constantly changing situations.

Demonstrates the ability to deal with a variety of people, deal with stressful situations, and handle conflict.

Stays current with new techniques, advances through seminars, conferences, continuing education classes, professional societies and journals, etc.


Master's Degree in Social work or counseling related field.

Licensure as a social worker, licensed professional counselor, family therapist or equivalent.

Certified or eligible for state certification as a Licensed Addiction Counselor. Licensure to be attained within 24 months of hire

About Us

Community Information: Great Falls has a city population of 60,000, with a draw of over 275,000 people in north central Montana. We experience mild winters and enjoy blue skies over 300 days per year. Great Falls is a wonderful and safe place to raise a family, with nationally ranked public schools and an average commute of under 12 minutes, making the quality of life in Great Falls unsurpassed in the Rocky Mountain West. Additionally, the Missouri River, a blue-ribbon fly-fishing destination, runs through the middle of town. Outdoor activities include camping, hiking, horseback riding, water and snow skiing, rock and ice climbing, boating, whitewater kayaking, off-road motorsports, upland bird and waterfowl hunting, and big-game hunting.

Benefis Health System: This is your opportunity to be part of an exceptional health system in a state that is well known for its beautiful four seasons and outdoor lifestyle. While enjoying the last best place, you’ll have the added benefit of having access to Benefis Health System, one of the state’s most modern and progressive healthcare facilities with 500+ beds and over 270 employed medical staff members representing more than 40 specialties. Our state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technologies make Benefis an exceptional working environment and one of the “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare” five years in a row.

Date Posted: Posted 9 day(s) ago

Job Family: PROF

Location: Great Falls, Montana