Organization: Mental Health Center of DenverTitle: Residential Counselor I/II
Categories: Nonprofit Jobs
Region: Denver Metro Area
Org Type: 501(c)(3)
Position Summary: The qualified candidate will facilitate and work with consumers on a variety of activities of daily living (ADLs) needed for consumers to become more self-sufficient and move toward recovery. Additionally, he or she will facilitate group therapy, manage intakes/discharges, monitor medications, create a safe environment for the consumers, help coordinate treatment, and advocate for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. The qualified candidate will be responsible for direct service care to consumers as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Provide individual psychotherapy with consumers to provide support and insight.
- Facilitate group therapy sessions within the house.
- Coordinate clinical care with case management services and other services both inside and outside of MHCD.
- Assess consumers throughout the workday, and provide appropriate interventions.
- Encourage, support, and train consumers in activities of daily living (ADLs) – teaching consumers about hygiene, help make appointments, show how to do household duties/chores, such as cooking, cleaning.
- As part of a multi-disciplinary system, help facilitate the treatment and continuity of clinical care.
- Complete intake and discharge tasks for consumers being place in the house as new residents or moving out of the house.
- Maintain household safety in regard to a variety of household chores and activities, such as cooking, cleaning, and laundry.
- Document all significant consumer interactions toward recovery and continuity of care.
- Complete necessary clinical documentation, such as the daily log, consumer record, and medication records.
- Respond to consumer and building emergencies, and facilitate appropriate interventions.
- In emergency situations, contact other residential staff, your supervisor, or other clinicians when needed.
- Advocate for acceptance and integration of individuals with mental illness within the neighborhood and community in which they live.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Minimum of High School Diploma or equivalent, Bachelor’s Degree in social work, psychology, human services, or related field.
- QMAP (Qualified Medication Administration Person), CPR, First Aid, Physical and TB required. (must be completed prior to hire, and maintained during employment)
- Two years of mental health experience or in related field preferred.
- Attention to detail in regard to clinical information.
- Must have a clear understanding of personal boundaries and be confident and self-assured in a variety of situations.
- Have the ability to de-escalate tense situations, and remain calm.
- Possess a high level of energy, with a positive and creative attitude.
- No managerial supervision duties.
MACHINES AND EQUIPMENT TO BE USED:
- Computer, telephone, facsimile, and other machines found in a residential facility.
TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
- Requires sitting, standing, bending, lifting.
- Must be able to perform a variety of household tasks, climb stairs, move throughout the house, and quickly respond to emergencies.
- May require lifting 50 pounds.
- Must meet qualifications under Chapter 7 of the Residential Care Facilities – Mentally Ill requirements.
- Shift work and/or weekend work is required.
- Certain programs may require a Class “S” driver’s license.
This is a posting on Colorado Nonprofit Association’s Career Center.