Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Job Title: Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Reports To: Clinical Director

Employment Status: Exempt, Full-Time

Job Overview

The Fred and Clara Eckert Foundation for Children is a private operating foundation whose primary charitable purpose is operating Eckert Youth Homes in Williston, North Dakota. Eckert Youth Homes provides quality treatment services which encourage the spiritual, educational, behavioral, emotional, and physical development of children and their families. Eckert's core values are Faith, Integrity, Excellence, and Caring.

The Licensed Mental Health Counselor is responsible for completing trauma informed integrated mental health assessments, person centered treatment planning, individual and group therapy, and case management to service recipients of Eckert Youth. Services could include but are not limited to adult and adolescent specific treatment services, residential day treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, low intensity treatment consisting of group counseling, family education, individual sessions and aftercare services. Additional services could include information and referral services, ongoing assessment, person-centered treatment planning, and case management.

The Licensed Mental Health Counselor evaluates and assesses psychosocial needs, provides information and referrals to clients/families regarding community resources/services and identifies discharge planning needs.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Formulate diagnosis and person-centered treatment plan for each client.
  • Complete necessary Electronic Health Records procedures for all clients.
  • Provide therapy to individuals with complex diagnosis and multiple problems, using high-level therapy skills and an elevated level of professional decision-making skills.
  • Participate in supervision and consult appropriately regarding client's needs and services.
  • Participate in all phases of the admissions process as needed.
  • Document provision of all services provided, meeting all practice and licensing standards.
  • Receive telephone calls, providing information and referrals to appropriate services.
  • Complete initial intake interview and assessment for each new client. Use this information to document signs, symptoms, physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual implications, and treatment recommendations.
  • Coordinate care with other providers and insurance companies to share observations and recommendations as well as re-evaluate patients to determine progress throughout care.
  • Develop and execute treatment plans. Monitor patient adherence to treatment plan and determine if goals are being met.
  • Provide educational individual or group therapies with adults and adolescents.
  • Provide group therapy and mental health education based on objectives identified in the treatment plan. This may include individual and family therapy as necessary.
  • Model and educate staff on cultural and socioeconomic characteristics faced by clients served.
  • Document timely and accurately the patient assessments, evaluations, and therapy notes.
  • Exercise professional duty to warn in cases of child and vulnerable adult protection.
  • Obtain releases of information and acknowledge CFR 42 laws when sharing recommendations with client, family/guardian, and other care providers for feedback.
  • Develop and nurture mutual relationship and confidence with patients.
  • Evaluate patients’ conditions to determine the level of care and assistance they need.
  • Work with patients to come up with effective and realizable treatment techniques that will yield good results.
  • Enhance clients’ cognitive and behavioral changes that are in line with the overall treatment.
  • Evaluate the efficiency of all treatments administered to patients and identify the most effective ones.
  • Understand the individuality of patients and come up with specific treatments that meet their individual conditions.
  • Direct clients to available community resources which are beneficial to them.
  • Assist in periodically measuring the results of the programs and services against program goals. Assist in implement program adjustments as needed to enhance services.
  • Participate with organization’s leadership and staff in efforts to achieve and maintain COA accreditation.
  • Assist in Direct Care Staff duties if the need arises.
  • On-call responsibilities associated with the position.

Supervisory Responsibility

The Licensed Mental Health Counselor has no supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment

This job is performed in an office setting located in a residential facility. This position routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers and filing cabinets.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. This position regularly requires long hours and frequent weekend work when on call.


This position requires occasional travel.


  • Master’s Degree in Social Work and licensure as a LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) by the ND Board of Social Work Examiners; OR a master’s degree in Counseling and licensure as a LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor) by the ND Board of Counselor Examiners; OR a Doctorate in Psychology and licensure as a Psychologist by the ND Board of Psychologist Examiners.
  • At least two years prior experience working with children, adolescents, and/or adults in professional counseling/case management and/or Addictions Counselor role preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to enable/support positive outcomes and goals for clients and programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully provide mental health and/or substance use treatment that reflect the organization’s mission and values, deliver strong outcomes, and comply with regulatory requirements.
  • Training and understanding of HIPAA Compliance for Health Care Professionals and CFR 42 Confidentiality Laws.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully develop and implement addiction programs that reflect the organization’s mission and values, deliver strong outcomes, and comply with regulatory requirements.
  • Training and understanding in trauma-informed care.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills to manage crisis situations as well as conduct effective day-to-day interactions within program and service settings.
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to a positive and productive team environment.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and be comfortable delivering services via a video conference platform.
  • Ability to pass an employee physical, criminal background check, and a child abuse and neglect background check.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.

Please note: this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.