Psychosocial Counselor- Possible 


Psychosocial Counselor- Possible 

Psychosocial Counselor, Medical – Dolakha, State 3

Possible is seeking a passionate and enthusiastic psychosocial counselor to support collaborative care at the hospital and community.

Applications are being accepted on an immediate, rolling basis.

The organization: Possible

Possible is a nonprofit healthcare company that delivers high-quality, low-cost healthcare to the world’s poor. We are pioneering a new approach, called durable healthcare that brings together the best of private, public, and philanthropic models. Since 2008, Possible has treated over 500,000 patients in rural Nepal through government hospitals, clinics, community health workers, and a referral network.

Learn more about our culture and work in this feature from First Round Capital entitled “This Culture Deck Powers the World’s Toughest Work.”

The opportunity: Are you the right fit?

We are scaling up our collaborative care model with the goal of improving mental health service delivery to our patients. You are an enthusiastic professional with a passion for improving and working in the field of mental health. You will be a key person in facilitating our counseling service and will be coordinating and ensuring the service being provided are evidence-based and follow best practices.

You have experience working in both clinical and counseling setting. You are meticulous by nature, goal-oriented and passionate about improving mental health service delivery in clinical settings and community.  You are a fast learner, quick to follow directions and can work in a diverse team setting, involving clinicians, researchers, and community workers. Additionally, you can operate in a fast-growing environment with limited resources.

Above all, your orientation toward work should match well with our operating values, captured by our For-Impact Culture Code.

Lastly, you are a believer, not an employee. And you are looking for an opportunity to use your time and energy to transform an early stage organization and deliver real impact.


  1.  Ability to provide psychosocial counseling as outlined above: We are looking for someone who has past experience and is passionate about providing counseling.
  2. Problem solving and entrepreneurship: We need a team member who is innovative and resourceful and will contribute to improving our care delivery model and systems. The team member should be able to work both independently as well as in a team setting.
  3. Ability to work with a diverse team: The Psychosocial Counselor in charge will be working in collaboration with the Medical team and Community Health team. We are looking for a team member who is capable of working with a diverse group of people from both clinical and non-clinical backgrounds.
  4. A strong motivation and ability to live and work in remote Nepal: This position is fully based in Dolakha.
  5. High level of fluency in written and spoken Nepali: You must be fluent in Nepali; the candidate with good proficiency in English language will be preferred.

 Preferred qualifications:

  1.  Formal training in counseling.
  2. Three years of experience in counseling

Management Structure:

  • Reports To: Medical Director
  •  Direct Reports: None
  •  Dotted Line Reports: None

 Big 3 Responsibilities:

  1. Provide direct psychological care as a Mental Health Counselor
  2. Coordinate care of patients by conveying up-to-date information and recommendations for the patient, the primary care provider, and the psychiatrist
  3. Lead and participate in organization-wide quality improvement initiatives

Areas of Responsibility (AoRs):

1. Provide direct psychological care as a Mental Health Counselor

  • Perform psychosocial counseling as indicated for patients with mental illness or distress at Charikot Hospital
  • Provide psychosocial counseling as part of inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care as appropriate. This will include individual and group cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, problem-solving therapy, relaxation therapy and motivational enhancement therapy.
  • Rigorously document all services provided.
  • Participate in public health and clinical programs designed by Possible.
  • Provide case management for patients who have particular challenges meeting basic needs and accessing appropriate healthcare due to, and not limited to, severe mental illness, significant social stressors, and severe physical co-morbidities.

2. Coordinate care of patients by conveying up-to-date information and recommendations for the patient, the primary care provider, and the psychiatrist.

  • Demonstrate complete understanding of the roles, responsibilities, and workflows of the collaborative care model
  • Enter assessment information about patients into the health record and discuss care with the psychiatrists.
  • Accurately document recommendations from the psychiatrist and convey them to the primary care clinicians.
  • Perform teaching with other providers about mental illness, distress, and the role of counseling.

3. Lead and participate in organization-wide quality improvement initiatives

  • Lead and participate in mortality and morbidity conferences
  • Lead and participate in organization-wide quality improvement initiatives
  • Participate in online MH module training for providers, and implementation research activities involving these modules, working with the Impact team;
  • Provide training and clinical supervision for community health workers in community-based psychosocial services.

This job description may be amended at any time by the employee and the direct supervisor.


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