Counselor II - Part Time (20 Hours) - SEES
The ideal candidate will be responsible in increasing and improving educational opportunities including access and retention to educational institutions for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. The Counselor II helps consumers with class enrollment, coordinating services with the educational institution, and provides ongoing consumer support in the community.
WHO WE ARE
Looking to make a difference? Our mission at Interim is to provide services and affordable housing to supporting members of our community with mental illness by building productive and satisfying lives in a world in which people with mental illness are able to live, work, learn and participate fully in the community. Join our team and instill hope in the community.
WHAT WE OFFER
An exceptional benefit package including; Medical/Dental/Vision/403(b) retirement plan and Life Insurance. Offers competitive vacation and sick time.
Competitive Compensation; Nonexempt; 20 hours/week; Eligible for overtime.
Required: High School Diploma + 2 years’ experience in mental health or drug and alcohol field or personal experience as a consumer or family member. Good written and oral English communication skills, strong clinical skills, word processing and data entry/retrieval skills. Ability to work as a member of a team, to accept supervision, to maintain appropriate boundaries while working in close inter-personal relationships, learn and apply principles of social rehabilitation; organized, responsible, flexible, empathic and able to relate effectively with clients, other staff, professionals and members of the community. Knowledge of community resources desirable.
Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree in a related field.
Valid California driver's license; auto in safe operating condition; auto liability insurance; good driving record; criminal record clearance; proof of authorization to work in the United States as required by Immigration and Reform Act of 1986. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the supervision of the Program Coordinator, Counselor II will assist with the following duties:
- Conduct intake assessments with clients interested in attending an educational institution.
- Enroll a minimum of twenty (20) consumers each semester in academic classes during the school year at Monterey Peninsula College, Hartnell College, CSU Monterey Bay, Adult School or ROP, etc.
- Provide counseling and support to individuals with psychiatric disabilities individually and in groups.
- Assist consumers with pre-enrollment, enrollment and completing fee waivers, financial aid applications and provide assistance with obtaining classroom accommodations. Link clients to Supportive Service, Disabled Students Programs & Services, EOPS and tutoring services on campus.
- Provide supported educational services to consumers without educational plans.
- Establish and maintain linkage with other mental health agencies.
- Provide client-centered counseling focusing on the here-and-now. Listen, respond empathically and engage in problem solving.
- Develop and monitor client-centered treatment plans.
- Maintain legible, accurate and timely documentation of treatment plans, including documentation required for Medi-Cal standards; maintain accurate and secure summary information based on documentation in computer files and databases.
- Provide monthly educational support groups to develop skills and provide education support for consumers attending educational institutions.
- Facilitate group meetings and individual counseling sessions that enhance communication skills for clients.
- Oversee client files and update documentation on daily/weekly basis as required, including school records.
- Participate in weekly staff meetings, be willing/able to address issues that relate to co-worker communication, collaborate/deliberate on client review and agency business.
- Meet and record productivity standards of the program.
- Other duties as assigned by the Program Coordinator.
Ability to: operate a motor vehicle; climb stairs; possess good communication skills; meet the requirements of the classification and have mobility, vision, hearing and dexterity levels appropriate to the duties to be performed. Capable of the following extended activities: standing, sitting, climbing stairs.
Capable of the following intermittent activities: lifting 25 pounds or more and bending in the performance of infrequently performed office duties.