Covenant Health

Job Title
Peninsula, a Division of Parkwest Medical Center
Department Name
Adolescent - IOP



Behavioral Health Counselor

Full Time, 80 Hours Per Pay Period, Day Shift


Peninsula Overview:

Peninsula, a division of Parkwest Medical Center, has set a new standard for effective, innovative and caring mental health services in East Tennessee. With a combined total of more than 75 years of experience, Peninsula has helped thousands of people recover from disorders and dependencies, and lead healthy, positive and productive lives.

Offering both inpatient and outpatient services for children, adolescents and adults, Peninsula is a leader in the changing healthcare environment. The hospital is located in Blount County, with outpatient centers in Knox, Blount, Loudon and Sevier Counties. Additionally, Peninsula offers care specifically designed for seniors with co-existing psychiatric and medical conditions at the Senior Behavioral Center located at Parkwest Medical Center. Peninsula is truly committed to improving the health of the people and communities it serves. 


Position Summary:

Provides professional behavioral counseling services to designated patient population, and provides counseling and discharge planning as well as other behavioral counseling services to patients and families. The general practice of behavioral counseling in a hospital or outpatient setting includes interviewing, assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, case management, mediation, supportive counseling, information and referral, problem solving, client education, and advocacy. This position has documented advance practice skills via certification and experience.


Recruiter: Brittany Partello |||| 865-374-5363


  • Assists patients/family/significant other with physical, emotional, and social concerns that arise during the episode of care.
  • Provides treatment/discharge planning services to patients.
  • Completes required documentation including, treatment plans, safety plans, and progress notes.
  • Completes initial assessment and continued documentation to obtain pertinent background/social/ financial data. Documents social determinants of health as indicated in medical record.
  • Connects patients/family/significant other with community resources to aid in their treatment and recovery. Coordinates care with community providers as needed.
  • Acts as facility liaison with adult and children protective services as indicated.
  • Cooperates with facility staff and physicians and keeps them informed of progress with patients via verbal communication and chart documentation in medical record.
  • Exhibits the skills of empathy, communication, organization, critical thinking, active listening, and patience.
  • Provides oversite in a situation where a licensed individual is required.
  • Provides expert training and supervision in the field to others, as requested.
  • Follows policies, procedures, and safety standards. Completes required education assignments annually. Works toward achieving goals and objectives, and participates in quality improvement initiatives as requested.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Education:           

Master’s degree from accredited graduate social work or counseling program.


Minimum Experience:         

Five (5) years of experience in a behavioral health related field.


Licensure Requirement:      

Must be licensed as LCSW, LPC, or LMFT.


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