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JOB: Lead Counselor (Mental health/AOD) (oakland downtown)

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  • Craig Wenzl
    Lead Counselor (Mental health/AOD) (oakland downtown)Date: 2012-04-01, 5:34PM PDT Reply to: 73rfr-2935051182@job.craigslist.org (
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 3, 2012

      Lead Counselor (Mental health/AOD) (oakland downtown)

      Date: 2012-04-01, 5:34PM PDT
      Reply to: 73rfr-2935051182@... [Errors when replying to ads?]

      Agency Summary:
      Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) is a 40-year-old agency providing homeless individuals and homeless families with children access to emergency, transitional and permanent housing, outreach and drop-in services, recovery and mental health services.

      Lead Counselor (Mental Health/AOD) Summary:
      The lead counselor will function as a direct residential support provider to homeless adults with mental health & substance abuse histories living at Casa Maria, a clean and sober residence for clients of Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services. This position is responsible overseeing and managing a wellness and empowerment based milieu where residents live, maintain their sobriety and address their symptom stabilization and life skill resource and support needs. The counselor engages program participants to follow program structures and interactions that support a positive, cooperative environment as well as performing tasks and interventions that ensure the maximum comfort and safety for residents during his/her shift.

      The requirements for the position include, but are not limited to the following: You must have previous experience working with mental health and/or substance abuse clients in a residential setting. A Substance Abuse Counseling Certification from a State of California Accredited Institution is strongly preferred with a minimum of a masters degree in a related field; demonstrated experience providing substance abuse treatment services; experience with substance abuse treatment models and an understanding of treatment modalities; knowledge of community resources and services in Alameda County; you must possess a valid driver's license and have a clean driving record. You must be able to pass criminal justice clearance. You must have experience working in residential with at risk populations and have developed engagement skills.

      Duties and Responsibilities Include:
      1. Responsible to the Program Manager
      2. Facilitate and maintain effective relationships with participants while providing ongoing support to clients in accordance with identified needs and service plans.
      3. Model, demonstrate accountability for and monitor program partnership agreement expectations.
      4. Complete Daily documentation (neat, accurate & up-to-date) of issues related to house activities, group dynamics, individual client needs and behaviors and program needs.
      5. Correctly complete and review program admissions and intake forms with new participants.
      6. Ensure orientation for new residents to program, peer community and facility.
      7. Follow all program and agency procedures including:
      a. Monitoring medications and recording medications.
      b. Following all internal team communication and coordination procedures.
      c. Responding to emergencies and crisis situations.
      d. Reporting incidents, complaints and or grievances.
      e. All fiscal and payroll procedures.
      f. On-call reporting responsibilities.
      8. Assess and address milieu issues pro-actively and mediate conflicts when they arise.
      9. With the program team, identify individual and group interventions needed to support participant functional skills building and wellness support and develop, conduct and document activities as assigned.
      10. Support the development of community leadership by engaging clients in community building, personal and community empowerment and socialization activities.
      11. Uphold and maintain standards professional conduct and BOSS Social Rehabilitation Values and Principles in all interactions with participants, community partners-providers and other BOSS staff.
      12. Demonstrate team values by demonstrating openness to feedback, constructive criticism willingness to try on differing ideas and perspectives.
      13. Complete tasks assigned shift including, but not limited to: house laundry, meal presentation, supply inventory, chore monitoring, security checks, sign-in sheet, deliveries, donations, program statistics, medication logs, dorm checks, answer phone, check voice mail, report and log maintenance needs, organize and maintain work and storage areas, collect program fees/savings and issue receipts, Maintain inventory of applicable file documents and office supplies, oversight of facility maintenance, perform weekly inventory of program and supplies and maintenance materials, provide data collection and analysis and, provision of oversight of facility security.
      14. Provide weekly counselor check-in with each assigned participant and as needed counseling support to general resident population.

      Essential Qualifications:
      1. A Substance Abuse Counseling Certification from a State of California Accredited Institution is strongly preferred with a minimum of an masters degree in a related field (social work, psychology, counseling); you must have at least two years paid experience working in a residential setting with MH/AOD clients and have developed engagement skills; other paid experience in a mental heath setting and experience in providing Med-Cal billable services is strongly preferred. BOSS can offer clinical supervision towards licensure for MFTi's and CSWi's.
      2. Experience with substance abuse treatment models and an understanding of treatment modalities; some familiarity with DSM-IV-R.
      3. Knowledge of relevant community resources and services in Alameda County.
      4. Ability to relate sensitively to individuals with a wide range of problem areas, including homelessness, mental disabilities and substance abuse issues; ability to provide hands on assistance and emotional support in a non-judgmental, respectful manner.
      5. Good receptive and expressive communication skills, both verbal and written.
      6. Ability to maintain calm and handle emergency/crisis situations.
      7. Demonstrated ability to function as an accountable team member and accept feedback and constructive criticism as learning opportunities.
      8. Willingness to follow agency and program procedures and supervisory instructions.
      9. Knowledge, understanding of and willingness to adhere to professional boundaries.
      10. Possess a valid driver's license and have a clean driving record.
      11. Able to pass criminal justice clearance.
      12. Have experience working in residential with at risk populations and have developed engagement skills.
      13. Functional ability to use web, email & Microsoft Office applications.
      14. Ability to work assigned shift that may include days, evenings, overnight and weekend shifts
      15. Commitment to the mission and core values of BOSS.
      16. Current certification in first aid and CPR or obtain certification within first 180 days of employment.

      • Compensation: $15.635-$20.873 per hour DOE, 20 hours per week
      • This is a part-time job.
      • This is at a non-profit organization.
      • Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
      • Please, no phone calls about this job!
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        Craig Wenzl
        Associate Director of Drug & Alcohol Studies
        Health Education Department
        City College of San Francisco
        50 Phelan Avenue, Mailbox MU353 (Office MU301B)
        San Francisco, CA 94112
        Office:  415.452.5159
        Email:  cwenzl@...
        Website:  http://www.ccsf.edu/das
        24-Hour Program Information Line:  415.452.5924
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