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Behavioral Health Counselor / Team Leader

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Job Description

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is seeking qualified candidates for Behavioral Health Counselor/Team Leader at Southwestern State Hospital in Thomasville, GA 

 This individual acts as a Team Leader working on the Developmental Disabilities unit.  The incumbent will serve as a Mental Health and Mental Retardation Team Leader and as the Qualified Mental Retardation Professional (QMRP).  S/he will chair the Interdisciplinary Team in an ICF/MR setting and is responsible for treatment plan development that includes skill development in the areas of Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and prevocational.  S/he ensures service delivery to individuals according to the treatment plan.   As Team Leader, this individual will have managerial responsibilities for direct care staff.  

Job Responsibilities & Performance Standards: 

  • Performs job responsibilities with minimal supervision
  • Serves as job sxpert or organization resource in assigned areas
  • Act as client advocate in order to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations. 
  • Collect information about clients through interviews, observation, and tests
  • Counsel clients in individual and group sessions to help them overcome dependencies, recover from illness, and adjust to live
  • Develop and implement treatment plans based on clinical experience and knowledge
  • Evaluate client's physical or mental condition based on review of client information
  • Maintain confidentiality of records relating to client's treatment
  • May supervise professional staff and/or support level staff
  • Monitor, evaluate, and record client progress according to measurable goals described in treatment and care plan
  • Prepare and maintain all required treatment records and reports

Position #




8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Rose Haven ICF/MR


Applicants should pay particular attention to the instructions in the "Applying for this job" section listed at the bottom of this posting.  Failure to follow them as directed may prevent or delay consideration for this vacancy.

Job seekers are encouraged to apply without delay.  This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified. 

Due to the high volume of applications/resumes received, DBHDD employees are unable to provide information on the status of your application by phone or email.  All qualified applicants will be considered but, will not necessarily receive an interview.  Only selected applicants will be contacted for follow up.  Applicants who are not selected will not be contacted.  


Bachelors degree in related field AND Four years of related experience;

OR Masters degree AND Two years related experience;

OR One year at the lower level or equivalent position. 


Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters degree from an accredited university in one of the following fields:  
    • Psychology
    • Special Education
    • Social Work
  • Experience in an ICF/MR facility 
  • Two years of supervisory experience
  • Experience writing programs and gathering data
  • Experience working with persons with developmental disabilities in a hospital setting
  • Experience with discharge process of DD individuals into Community Homes
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel


In addition to a competitive salary ($35,569.36 - $48,935.59), we offer a generous benefits package that includes a flexible schedule, training opportunities, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 12 paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance.

This position is a pay grade 15 on the statewide salary plan.

Employment Information

This position is located at Southwestern State Hospital in Thomasville, Georgia.

More than a century ago, Thomasville was celebrated as one of the most fashionable places in the world to visit. During the Victorian era, many wealthy northern socialites and pleasure seekers traveled by rail to enjoy Thomasville as their grand winter resort. Attracted to the genteel life of south Georgia, many made Thomasville their winter home and built "grand winter cottages". Although this era quickly faded in the early 1900s, more than fifty of these grand historic homes still grace Thomasville's streets.

Thomasville, in southwest Georgia and on the Florida border, is home to both the second largest Farmer’s Market in the state and three Fortune 500 companies.

Applying for this job

Applying for this position requires two (2) steps. Please be sure to complete both steps in order to be considered.

  1. Click on the long link below, complete the summary information form and submit.
  2. Email your resume and cover letter to the email address listed below.


Please email your cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word format to: swsh_hr@dbhdd.ga.gov

To ensure proper routing/handling of your credentials, copy/paste or type the following title in the subject line of your email: Behavioral Health Counselor / Team Leader If you are currently employed by DBHDD, please include "Internal Employee" in the subject line as well.

You may be subject to a Drug Screen. You may be required to submit fingerprints to check for the existence of Criminal History Record Information through the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. You do have the right to challenge the contents of any Criminal History that is located, should you choose to do so.

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities provides services to ensure the health and welfare of Georgians. As an employee of DBHDD, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.