Counselor of ACT Strive

RESPONSIBILITIES:

·  Responsible for the management of client charts.

·  Conducts comprehensive behavioral health assessments.

·  Provides intensive integrated treatment interventions to consumers according to the ACT philosophy of in-the-field treatment.

·  Develops initial and ongoing treatment plans.

·  Provides program consultation and education to community members.

·  Able to communicate with others in client services system to coordinate care.

·  Case Management duties.

·  Documents consumer progress as per established guidelines.

·  Initiates and facilitates groups where appropriate.

·  Routinely conducts lethality and mental status assessments.

·  Performs toxicology screenings at a determined frequency.

·  Utilizes a harm reduction model in treatment.

·  Consults with the Program Director and psychiatrist regarding response to treatment interventions.

·  Interfaces with the criminal justice system and mental health court as a consumer advocate.

·  Participates in 24-hour, on-call rotation.

·  Schedule and assigned duties are subject to change based on the needs of the program and the clients we serve.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

·  Able to set flexible therapeutic boundaries and parameters.

·  Has working knowledge of community resources.

·  Able to meet the client “where he or she is at,” in the recovery continuum.

·  Able to recognize and manage client crises.

·  Demonstrates creativity in service delivery and planning.

QUALIFICATIONS:

·  Possesses a Master's degree in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Psychology, Rehabilitation Counseling

·  Professional (QHP) certification meeting NYS Office of Mental Health definition for professional staff

·  One-year of professional work experience in a clinical mental health setting.

·  Bilingual (Spanish) ability a plus.

AND

·  A valid NYS drivers' license.

·  Automobile in good working order.

·  Must have Accredited NYS Defensive driving course; or obtain within 15 days of hire.

·  Must maintain Active NYS Defensive Driving class every 3 years, upon expiration.

·  If driving one's own vehicle, must maintain valid inspection and automobile insurance.

·  Must provide proof of insurance upon hire and when requested.