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  • Residential Counselor - Crisis Stabilization Unit*

    Location US-MA-Worcester
    PCN#
    2183
    # Positions
    1
    Experience (Years)
    2
    Category
    Residential Counselors/Rehabilitation Specialists
  • Overview

    Come join a friendly and diverse clinical team that provides quality care! Community Healthlink (CHL) is looking for a full-time (37.5 hrs/wk) Residential Counselor at our Worcester site.

     

    The Worcester Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) serves clients who are admitted due to struggle with a mental health crisis often additionally struggling with substance abuse. Our clients enter the program with an evaluation and client history completed by a qualified clinician prior to admission. The CSU may be used as a diversion to prevent a hospitalization or as a step-down immediately following a psychiatric hospital discharge to assist the client in transitioning back into the community. The unit receives admissions 24 hours/day, 365 days/year depending on bed availability (10 beds) for clients who do not need hospital level of care and meet the unit’s admission criteria. Although a voluntary program, individuals must remain on the unit for the duration of their stay for safety and treatment purposes. Clients meet with a multi-disciplinary team to aid with following their individualized treatment plan and meet their treatment goals as well as a psychiatric workup and medication evaluation.

     

    The Residential Counselors will be expected to supervise and support clients in crisis, using evidence-based therapeutic techniques and a community-based approach to treatment

     

    Benefits:

    Compensation based on education and related work experience, licensure and other qualifications

    Health and Dental insurance (available upon starting)

    Generous paid sick, personal, holiday, and vacation time

    CEU benefits

    Life and Disability insurance

    401k with agency contribution

    Flexible Spending Accounts available

    Wellness activity discounts

    Work related travel reimbursement

    Responsibilities

    Major Job Competencies:

    • Performs duties using recovery orientated principles.  
    • Maintain and comply with regulations for DMH, HUD, BSAS and DPH MAP Certification.
    • Effective communication with consumers, peers, other professionals.
    • Ability to write behaviorally stated treatment plans.  
    • Ability to observe, document, teach and respond to mental and physical health as well as other needs of consumers such as community living skills. 
    • Demonstrates person centered strength based communication and relationship with consumers.            
    • Demonstrate effective communication with staff, peers and other professional

    Specific Duties:

    • Primary Counselor: Serve as residential counselor for specified number of residents as requested by supervisor.
    • Treatment Planning: Develop, implement and document treatment needs assessments, treatment plan, and progress reviews as part of continuous quality improvement activities.
    • Community Living: Work with residents to assist with activities of daily living and foster a sense of safety in the community which includes personal hygiene and self-care skills, money management and budgeting, symptom management, relapse prevention, use of public transportation and transporting, problem solving and conflict resolution, and other interventions as necessary.
    • Nutrition: Ensure healthful menu planning, food shopping, and meal preparation through coordination and assistance.
    • Medications: Monitor residents’ medication, refills, documentation of medications and changes, assist with attending appointments, and safe storage.
    • Groups: Lead two or more skill development or recreational group (s) per week as assigned.
    • Continuity of Care: Attend teams and case conferences, and collaborate with other providers for designated residents. Provide outreach as designated to community-based residents.
    • Routine Paperwork: Prepare daily log entries, incident reports and other required paperwork to ensure the program meets the standards.
    • Facility Upkeep: Work with residents to maintain the residence on a daily basis including chores, bedroom upkeep, yard and other light housekeeping duties.
    • Perform other related job duties 
    • May include transporting residents in personal car or program vehicle, physical assistance, close supervision, and other such duties.
    • Maintain Competencies: Human Rights, dual diagnosis, infection control, CPR, First Aid, MAP, agency and divisional policy and procedures as well as other required

    Qualifications

    • Grade 5: Residential Counselor I: HSD/GED/HiSet required; Associates degree preferred and two years experience.
    • Grade 6: Residential Counselor II: Bachelor's degree in social work or related mental health field or occupational therapist with Associates degree. Will consider Bachelor's degree in non-related field with human services experience
    • Current valid US-issued driver's license and ability to provide registered, inspected and insured automobile for work related purposes including transporting clients in your own vehicle
    • Must be able to pass required trainings including Medication Administration Program (MAP), CPR and First Aid
    • Must be able to pass a CORI background check

     

    Community Healthlink is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, age, ancestry, disability, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual preference, political affiliation or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Hiring, transferring and promotion practices are performed without regard to the above listed items.
    If applicable, Community Healthlink shall also abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified protected veterans and qualified individuals on the basis of disability. These regulations require affirmative action by Community Healthlink to employ and advance in employment qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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