Behavioral Health Counselor,

Harris County
Part Time TX 2223 W Loop S, Houston, TX 77027, United States


Harris County Public Health has earned the 2023 Best Place for Working Parents Business Designation.

About Harris County Public Health:
Harris County Public Health (HCPH) includes a network of more than 700 public health professionals working together to improve health outcomes for the third most populous county in the United States. HCPH provides a multitude of services such as medical and dental services, community programming, and health education for the approximately 2.3 million people in unincorporated Harris County. Through its core values of innovation, engagement, and health equity, HCPH strives to bring meaningful solutions to public health issues while keeping Harris County healthy and vibrant.

Position Overview:
The Behavioral Health Counselor plays a crucial role within the Community Health and Wellness Division, offering direct mental health support to individuals seeking services. Responsibilities include conducting behavioral health assessments, making referrals, and conducting both individual and group counseling sessions. This position collaborates with an interdisciplinary team as part of the Behavioral Health Services program, aimed at enhancing access to comprehensive mental health resources for those facing mental illness and various social determinants of health. The Counselor is dedicated to providing exceptional services tailored to meet the individual needs of clients.

Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Provide trauma-informed therapeutic counseling, mental health resource navigation, assessment, preliminary diagnosis (if credentialed), and treatment planning, both in-person and virtually, to individuals referred for Behavioral Health Services.
  • Serve as a vital member of the behavioral health team within an integrated care model, collaborating closely with clinic providers. Conduct thorough screenings for behavioral and social determinants of health to address clients' physical, emotional, and mental well-being comprehensively.
  • Utilize solution-focused evidence-based counseling styles to engage clients in self-reflection and self-determination during brief counseling interactions, fostering empowerment and resilience.
  • Conduct individual and group counseling sessions as required, diligently monitoring the progress of each client's care plan.
  • Facilitate referrals to community behavioral health resources and ensure timely follow-up for high-risk individuals and families.
  • Evaluate and meticulously document clients' overall program progress, including assessments, progress notes, referrals, and follow-up interactions, utilizing the electronic medical record (EMR) system. Maintain accurate records of weekly scheduled appointments within the EMR system.
  • Cultivate and nurture trusted relationships with program participants, partners, stakeholders, and administrators. Engage in outreach activities to educate community groups and agencies about the services offered by HCPH Behavioral Health Services, promoting accessibility and awareness.

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email


  • Master's degree in Social Work, Psychology, Public Health, Health Education, or related field
  • Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), or Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist (LMFT)
  • Valid TX Driver’s License (upon hire)
  • Two (2) years' experience providing direct mental health services OR one (1) year providing services to high-risk vulnerable populations
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Maintain necessary licensure and certifications required to practice in the State of Texas.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal & written)
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and foster teamwork in a diverse environment
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality when dealing with sensitive information
  • Ability to work well with public and staff members
Core Competencies:Organizational Leadership
  • Understands the organizational mission
  • Understands ethics and public good; is concerned with public trust
  • Demonstrates respect for the opinions and beliefs of others
  • Contributes to an inclusive workplace where equity, diversity, inclusion, and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission
  • Demonstrates a sense of responsibility for the success of the group
  • Collaborates with others to improve quality and address needs
  • Ability to adapt to change
Interpersonal Abilities/Personal Characteristics
  • Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect
  • Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner
  • Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses
  • Uses sound judgment
  • Self-motivated
  • Organizes and maintains work environment to allow for maximum productivity
  • Communicates clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing

NOTE: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge and skills must be documented on your job application. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentation but ONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration. "See Resume" will not be accepted for qualifications.



  •  Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP)