Counselor II- All Programs
The Counselor II provides mental health counseling, case management, and other services for clients. Under direct supervision of a Program Director, Assistant Program Director, Clinical Specialist or Program Coordinator, the Counselor II can work in many Interim Inc. programs, e.g. supported housing, homeless services, crisis residential and substance use residential and treatment services. Interim Inc. programs are operated on a social rehabilitation, therapeutic community model.
HOURS: Full-time, 40 hrs./wk.; non-exempt (eligible for overtime). Hours vary - some nights and weekends are usually required with some positions on call. (Schedules are provided during interviews.)
1) Education: Required: High school diploma or GED. Preferred: B.A. in related field.
2) Experience: One year of work experience in mental health and/or substance use disorder field. BA in related field may be substituted for experience. Lived experience as a consumer or family member is also valued, along with a combination of education and years of work experience in mental health or related field.
3) Skills/knowledge: Good written and oral English communication skills, word processing and data entry/retrieval skills preferred; ability/willingness to learn computer skills required, ability to work as a member of a team, to accept supervision, to maintain appropriate boundaries while working in close interpersonal relationships. Ability to learn and apply principles of social rehabilitation, Client Centered and trauma informed services. 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.
4) Physical/sensory requirements: Ability to drive an automobile and small passenger van; ability to see well enough, e.g. read medication bottles, data on a computer screen, client records, and to discriminate between different types of medications; ability to hear normal conversations and answer telephone; ability to verbally communicate with clients and staff; ability to access and to visually and auditorily monitor all portions of facility to monitor clients if needed, maintain program safety and assist clients in evacuation of housing/facility/program in case of emergency; hand, finger and body coordination sufficient to assist clients with food preparation and household tasks, to write client records with clear handwriting, and to use computer keyboard, software, and mouse.
Capable of the following extended activities: standing, sitting, climbing stairs. Capable of the intermittent activities, i.e. lifting bags of groceries, bending to clean, assisting in moving client’s belongings.
Essential Job Functions include but are not limited to the following:
(Other program specific job functions provided upon hire or upon request during interview.)
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 by supervisor/s.
REQUIREMENTS: Over 18 (or having driver’s license a minimum of 2 years); valid California driver's license; auto in safe operating condition; auto liability insurance; good driving record. Criminal record clearance. Good general health and ability to pass physical exam as required by licensing. Proof of authorization to work in the United States as required by Immigration and Reform Act of 1986.
Interim, Inc. is the only agency in Monterey County which provides affordable housing, residential treatment, social support, homeless outreach and support, family outreach, and supported education, employment services and Case Coordination for adults who have psychiatric disabilities.
***Applicants must complete an Interim Application for Employment in order to be considered for the position. To learn more about Interim and to apply for this position, please go to our website at http://www.interiminc.org/employment/ .
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.