St. John's Riverside Hospital

Counselor, HIV Services

Job ID
Behavioral Health
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Hours Per Week
Work Shift
8am-4pm, Monday-Friday and periodic evenings and weekends
Posted Salary
$22.313 per hour to $26.631 per hour, based on experience


St. John's Riverside Hospital is a leader in providing the highest quality, compassionate health care utilizing the latest, state-of-the-art medical technology. Serving the Westchester community from Yonkers to the river town communities of Hastings-on-Hudson, Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry and Irvington, St. John's Riverside has been and continues to be a unique and comprehensive network of medical professionals dedicated to a tradition of service that spans generations.


St. John’s has been an integral part of the community since the 1890's and its’ commitment to provide the community with the most advanced medical services available continues to be the hospitals’ vision, mission and value. St. John's Riverside Hospital built itself around an early foundation of nursing and community service. In 1894, the Cochran School of Nursing, the oldest hospital-based school of nursing in the metropolitan area, was founded, thus making the St. John's Nursing Staff more than just the backbone of the hospital, but the heart and soul. St. John’s dedicated nurses give superior attention to those who need it most with a strong emphasis on patient and family-focused nursing care.   


St. John’s Riverside Hospital staff is committed to making life better for all patients. The hospital continues to elevate the services provided with the goal of increasing the quality of  life for all who entrust St. John's Riverside Hospital to their care.


Personalized care together with advanced technology is what it means to be Community Strong


The Counselor will be responsible for providing client centered and strengths based interventions using the Personalized Cognitive Counseling (PCC) (evidence based interventions) based model and other models, as directed by the program supervisor. The goal is to ensure prevention efforts, outreach, engagement, assessment, care planning development & implementation, care coordination and monitoring of assigned clients as outlined in (PCC) model. The Counselor will provide risk assessments and preventive services to persons who engage in high risk behaviors and promote optimal health outcomes by using PrEP. Flexible work schedule, some evenings, weekends or staying late in order to complete HIV testing, risk behavior assessment, program intake and other documentation or tasks with client.  Provide active and progressive outreach and engagement activities to ensure clients’ understand the available preventive services and engage in appropriate and on-going (PCC) interventions. Obtain program specific consents. Develop and implement individualized care plans with each client within 30 days of client assignment.  Care Plans must reflect the needs and desires of client as outlined in the  Comprehensive Assessment. Care Plans are to be active and fluid documents that must be reviewed and updated on a regular basis. All prevention/ interventions derive from the Care Plan. Ensure that client’s confidential health care and personal information is protected at all times. Responsible to ensure that appropriate consent forms are signed and updated as required. Ensure that exchanges of information are only disclosed to those individuals to which the client has consented to. Responsible for the safeguarding of electronic devices and passwords. Work with clients and providers to ensure access to and understanding of services provided and required follow-up.  Coordinate access to all needed and required services for clients, including but not limited to preventive efforts, medical, substance use, mental health, and social support services.  For clients with no available care management who need assistance to obtain financial support for PrEP, work with the client to obtain that financial assistance. Work with the client moving them toward independence and improved self management skills through the use of prevention methods including PCC, BAPS,, Motivational Interviewing, role playing, modeling, and teach back.  Recruit PCC peers to help enroll other clients to engage in preventive care. Ensure all activities with the client (including preventive efforts and Brief Action Plan (BAPS) care plans) are shared and discussed with appropriate care team members. Ensure that appropriate program specific documentation is completed in a timely manner. Responsible for documenting all prevention efforts conducted with the client or on their behalf in the appropriate program’s format (AIRS,) accurately and error free.  Track all prevention efforts on the program-specific Client Contact logs. Documentation is to be completed immediately following the prevention/intervention. Program specific monthly monitoring data is to be submitted no later then the 1st of the following month.  Independently travel between multiple off site locations. Travel as required to community based meetings, provider sites, assist the client in meeting individual care plan goals.  Provide effective customer service as well as culturally and linguistically appropriate care to all customers (internal and external), clients, and patients.  Responsible to actively participate in the Department’s Quality Improvement and Quality Assurance efforts as directed by their supervisor, including but not limited to participation on the Department’s Quality Improvement Committee. Complete all Behavior risk assessments, program  intakes.  Other job duties as requested by supervisor.


Bachelor’s Degree from accredited college or university required; MSW, MPH, MHA or other relevant Master’s level degree preferred.  CASAC or Qualified Health Professional preferred.  Bilingual (English/Spanish) required. Valid driver’s license.   Access to personal car for work related travel required. At least one year’s experience working in a health-care, substance use treatment, or community-based setting with at-risk populations. Ability to learn to document progress notes using a variety of the hospital’s data systems including AIRS and Meditech.  Possess effective interpersonal skills and is able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Ability to engage and motivate at-risk individuals in high impact communities to think about and move toward increased self-maintenance of optimal HIV and HCV prevention skills. Demonstrates confidence in actions and exercises good judgment. Ability to work as part of a high-performing, multi-disciplinary team in a respectful manner that encourages successful and creative problem-solving. Possesses the ability to plan, organize, develop and implement goals, objectives, policies and procedures necessary for quality care. Embrace and adapts to change.  Demonstrates ability to recognize problems, approach them in an objective manner, reach appropriate solutions, implement them and evaluate for effectiveness.


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