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Sanford Health Associate Behavioral Health Counselor - Primewest in Bemidji, Minnesota

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Sanford Health is one of the largest and fastest-growing not-for-profit health systems in the United States. We're proud to offer many development and advancement opportunities to our nearly 50,000 members of the Sanford Family who are dedicated to the work of health and healing across our broad footprint.

Facility: Primewest
Location: Bemidji, MN
Address: 3124 Hannah Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601, USA
Shift: 10 Hours - Day Shifts
Job Schedule: Full time
Weekly Hours: 40.00
Salary Range: $21.50 - $34.50

Department Details

If you are looking to start your career in behavioral health, Residential programs will provide you with the knowledge, skill, and tools that build the foundation for all behavioral health care. This position offers experience in direct patient care with training and supervision to help you develop your behavioral health intervention skill set. For those with experience in behavioral health, the position will provide opportunities to expand knowledge and use creativity in applying interventions for a diverse range of mental health disorders. The hours for this position will be evening and overnight focused and offer flexibility to students pursuing degrees in behavioral health and related fields.

Join the Behavioral Health Prime West Crisis Residential Team and become a part of a forward thinking team that is creative and innovative when assisting people who are experiencing a mental health crisis. Your work would be greatly impacting not only the community you live in, but you would also be helping develop the future of behavioral health workers and the continuum of care for adults. If you've had dreams of how the community and world could experience behavioral health differently and love to think outside the box to meet people where they are at--this is the position for you!

You will join a work environment that embraces diversity, creative problem solving, and collaboration. This team will focus on a whole person care approach and sees the benefit of working in integration with other programs. There is fast paced but rewarding work to be done here.

Some of the backgrounds we are looking for to become part of the team would be those with experience working in the school setting, coaching adults or kids, group home setting, law enforcement, special education, juvenile justice, probation, shelters, experience with Native American cultural healing traditions.

Job Summary

The Associate Behavioral Health Counselor requires a broad, yet solid, understanding of human behavior and theories of counseling. May work with a wide range of patient populations and presenting issues, requiring a foundation in a variety of treatment modalities. This role is a team-based role where responsibility for patient well-being is diffused among the treatment team and the overall responsibility lies with a clinical supervisor or admitting provider. The Associate Behavioral Health Counselor assesses patient needs, develops treatment plans, and implements treatment interventions specific to patient needs. Continually assesses patients' progress and revises treatment plans and interventions accordingly. Documents treatment sessions. Provides patient progress updates to interdisciplinary team, as needed. May educate patient support members about patient issues and interventions. May refer for additional clinical services or to specialists, as needed. Must stay current on emerging issues in the profession.

The Associate Behavioral Health Counselor may work in a variety of settings, with duties varying by setting. In a clinic setting (other than primary care), the Associate Behavioral Health Counselor conducts scheduled face-to-face counseling sessions designed to assess and improve patients' emotional, mental, and behavioral health. In a hospital setting, the Associate Behavioral Health Counselor may have a broad scope of duties, depending upon assignment. Hospital assignments include psychiatric inpatient treatment and/or specific hospital units. Psychiatric inpatient treatment duties include development, implementation, and evaluation of treatment plan, individual and family counseling, and consultation with all Mental Health Professionals. Hospital unit duties include crisis intervention, assessment, and referral. In a community setting, the Associate Behavioral Health Counselor coordinates and provides treatment for patients with severe and persistent mental illness. This may include community-based interventions aimed at improving daily living skills, social skills, and self-regulation skills. The community-based Associate Behavioral Health Counselor consults with a multi-disciplinary team to ensure treatment compliance. In a residential setting, the Associate Behavioral Health Counselor coordinates and provides treatment for patients requiring a higher level of care than outpatient therapy; however, do not meet the criteria for psychiatric inpatient treatment. Treatment occurs at the residential treatment facility and includes a broad range of duties: assessment and screening, individual and group counseling, development, implementation, and evaluation of treatment programs, and consultation and coordination with a multi-disciplinary team.


Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in behavioral sciences or related field preferred, and completion of a practicum or internship.

In Minnesota, must follow Minnesota State statute defining Mental Health Practitioner.

At least 4,000 hours of supervised experience in the delivery of services to persons with: mental illness, substance use disorders or emotional disturbances, traumatic brain injury or developmental disabilities,


Has at least 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours in behavioral sciences or related fields and at least 2,000 hours of supervised work experience in the delivery of services to persons with: mental illness, substance use disorders or emotional disturbances, traumatic brain injury or developmental disabilities.


Sanford Health offers an attractive benefits package for qualifying full-time and part-time employees. Depending on eligibility, a variety of benefits include health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan, work/life balance benefits, and a generous time off package to maintain a healthy home-work balance. For more information about Total Rewards, visit .

Sanford is an EEO/AA Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request an accommodation for help with your online application, please call 1-877-673-0854 or send an email to .

Sanford Health has a Drug Free Workplace Policy. An accepted offer will require a drug screen and pre-employment background screening as a condition of employment.

Req Number: R-0191898
Job Function: Behavioral Health and Dependency
Featured: No