Counselor II- All Programs
The ideal candidate will provide mental health counseling, case management, and other services for clients. Such as, assisting clients with self-administration and management of medications; facilitate family meetings and assist with practicing mental illness/substance use relapse prevention skills. In addition, provide flexibility with working in many of Interim Inc. programs, e.g. supported housing, homeless services, crisis residential and substance use residential and treatment services.
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.
HOW TO APPLY
To learn more about Interim and to apply for this position, please go to our website at http://www.interiminc.org/employment/.
Competitive Compensation; Eligible for overtime; nonexempt; Full Time; 40 hours/week
High School Diploma required, Bachelors in a related field preferred. One year of work experience in mental health and/or substance use disorder field. BA in related field may be substituted for experience. Ability to be organized, responsible, flexible, empathic and able to relate effectively with clients, other staff, professionals and members of the community. Knowledge of community resources desirable. Good written and oral English communication skills, word processing and data entry/retrieval skills preferred.
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 Director, the Counselor II will assist with the following duties:
1. Conduct assessments, intake, and discharge processes for clients.
2. Assess for suicidality, violence and substance use. Identify, assess and respond to crisis situations. Set clear limits, ensuring clients and staff are safe.
3. Provide client centered and culturally appropriate counseling and psychoeducational skills building on an individual and/or group basis. Listen, respond empathically, and engage in problem solving.
4. Identify mental illness and substance use symptoms and assist clients with developing symptom management skills.
5. Teach and assist clients with practicing mental illness/substance use relapse prevention and independent living skills.
6. Assist clients with self-administration and management of medications and monitor/document medications and procedures, as prescribed by physician and regulatory agencies.
7. Develop, write, review and update client centered treatment plans in collaboration with clients and Quality Assurance staff.
8. Oversee client charts; maintain legible, accurate and timely documentation of treatment plans, progress notes, financial records and other data necessary for client care and reporting goals/outcomes, including documentation required for Medi-Cal and other regulatory standards.
9. Utilize Avatar medical records system, other computer software, and databases.
10. Establish and maintain linkage with other agencies and services, i.e. psychiatrists, primary care physicians, Case Coordinators, homeless and housing providers, and social security and other benefits.
11. Facilitate family meetings and/or house meetings, and social events, as appropriate.
12. Participate in staff meetings: Communicate and collaborate with other staff related to clients’ needs and program, agency and other business.
13. Assist clients in establishing recreational, educational, or employment, cooking/food, housecleaning, yard maintenance activities, and moving belongings, as needed.
14. Plan and participate in program and agency events, outings and other activities.
15. Demonstrate flexibility, e.g. working various shifts (including possible overnight hours) as assigned.
16. Other duties as assigned.
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, bending and climbing stairs.
Capable of the following extended activities: standing, sitting, bending, and climbing stairs; lift 25 pounds or more; capable of the intermittent activities, i.e. lifting bags of groceries, bending to clean, assisting in moving client’s belongings.
This job description is intended to have an accurate reflection of the qualifications and job duties; current management reserves the right to revise the job at any given time when circumstances change. This job description replaces all previous description for this position.
Interim, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.
Interim, Inc. is guided by the precept that in no aspect of its programs, services or employment shall discrimination or harassment be permitted because of sex, race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, age, creed, religion, physical or mental disability, genetic characteristics, marital status, medical condition, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, citizenship status, veteran status, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or other characteristics protected by state, federal or local law. To comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable laws ensuring equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, reasonable accommodations are made for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability, unless hardship, direct threat to health or safety, or other job-related consideration exists. Individuals who feel that they have been unlawfully discriminated against because of membership in one of the protected classes should contact the following: Director of Human Resources, Interim, Inc., PO Box 3222, Monterey, CA 93942. (831) 649-4522.