Crisis Counselor
Reading, PA Clinical
Job Type

Berks Counseling Center is a recovery-oriented behavioral health, physical health, and supportive services organization providing a holistic approach to a culturally and economically diverse population for the purpose of achieving a healthy and productive lifestyle.

You will be responsible for providing a broad array of crisis supports for patients of Berks Counseling Center. This would include the provision of services on site and in the community. Close collaboration with community hospitals, rehabs, and our crisis DCO are additional responsibilities of this position. 

You will…

  • Provide screening, assessment, and evaluation of patients experiencing a crisis, either on site, on the phone, or in the community.
  • Determine severity of each crisis call or encounter. 
  • Record crisis phone calls in a Critical Incident Log and complete Critical Incident Report.
  • Refer patients to community-based emergency response systems or other appropriate services.
  • Work collaboratively with SAM, TASC, hospital emergency departments, inpatient treatment facilities, and law enforcement.

To qualify for the position, you will need…

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in a related social service field 
  • At least one (1) year direct counseling experience (or relevant internship).
  • A Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) certification (CRS, CAC, or CADS) or the ability to get it within 1 year of employment.
  • Valid PA Driver’s License and the ability to drive, travel and provide community-oriented services required.
  • Ability to work 40 hours per week within agency hours of operation, which are 8am-8pm Mon-Thurs, 8am-4pm Friday, with Saturday hours, when applicable.

Physical Requirements 

  • SEEING: Must be able to see well enough to read reports and use computer. Must be able to see well enough to drive an agency vehicle.
  • COMMUNICATING: Must be able to communicate to clients, vendors and coworkers. 
  • MOBILITY: Must have mobility to move about the agency. Must have mobility to move about the community.
  • LIFTING/PULLING/PUSHING: Must be able to lift up to 5 pounds
  • OTHER: Must be able to write, type and use technology. Must be able to operate a motor vehicle.

Preferred candidates will …

  • Master’s degree in a related social service field with at least three (3) months direct counseling experience (or relevant internship). 
  • LSW, LCSW, or LPC applicants with counseling experience in drug, alcohol and/or mental health.
  • Be Bilingual: English/Spanish.
  • Have PA Certification Board: Certified Alcohol Counselor.
  • Have Knowledge of or experience with trauma-informed approaches preferred.
  • Know the assessment and treatment of behavioral health disorder. 
  • Know community services available to low-income, high-risk populations.
  • Have experience in documenting clinical needs clearly, concisely, and in a timely manner. 

By joining BCC full time, you can receive the following perks:

  • Salary comparable to experience/education
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits
  • Free Virtual Urgent Care (Telemedicine) and Virtual Mental Health Services for you and your family
  • Additional voluntary insurance options
  • 403(b) with agency match after 12 months of service
  • 15 days of Paid time off
  • 2 floating holidays per calendar year
  • 10 full paid holidays per calendar year
  • Free parking
  • Tuition Reimbursement or Student Loan Assistance 
  • Paid Licenses and Certifications, if they are relevant to BCC and the work you do
  • Free supervision for licensure and certifications

All offers of employment are contingent upon the following

  • Receipt of results of a satisfactory drug and alcohol screening test. 
  • Receipt of the originals of the following background checks: PA State Police Criminal History, PA State Child Abuse, and DPW FBI Criminal History. These clearances must be valid within the 60 months prior to employment. A conviction is not a bar to employment; however, a review will be conducted to make a determination of employment should a conviction be present.
  • Receipt of original documentation and verification of relevant degrees, diplomas, certificates, or licensure.
  • Confirmation that you are not on the OIG Federal Healthcare Program Exclusion from Participation list. Should you appear on this list, Berks Counseling Center is prohibited from employing you.


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Bachelor's Degree: $41,400-43,400. 

Master's level: $45,100-47,300 

Salary Description
$41,400 to $47,300 per year