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Assistant Counselor

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services Pacoima, CA
  • Expired: December 06, 2019. Applications are no longer accepted.

Scope of Position
In the Residential Department at the Pacoima site (a 24 hour a day / 7 day a week facility), an assistant counselor assists the professional counseling staff to provide comprehensive counseling and crisis intervention for clients in a residential facility for women and children.
Hours / Shifts Needed
Candidates needed for the following shifts (including weekends and holidays) Monday-Friday 2:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
***Essential Functions***

  • Assists with client related residential services; responding to emergencies, maintaining safety and security of clients in the facility.
  • Facilitates client activity groups for adults residing and/or being treated in Via Avanta programs.
  • Assesses and monitors client daily activity schedule and, prepares then submits client participation reports to the Program Director and counseling staff.
  • Provides and participates in crisis intervention, as well as facilitates conflict resolution among the program participants as needed.
  • Participates in providing 24-hour coverage; which includes working evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Maintains accurate and complete documentation of client self-administered medication, and ensures compliance with Agency policies and procedures and County/other public agency regulations.
  • Conducts phone referrals, performs intake screenings, as well as prepares and files client charts for the adult residential program.
  • Assists with scheduling client transportation to appointments with other community support services.
  • Conducts routine walk-through of program facility; notes problems and prepares a physical plant and client safety status report.
  • Develops and maintains counseling skills through seminars, workshops, or other forms of training related to substance abuse prevention.
  • Attends and participates in program and Agency staff meetings, and all other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications
  • A high school diploma or equivalent.
  • The ability/flexibility to work varied hours including evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Associates Degree in Human Services or related field; a minimum of 1 year experience preferred.
  • Preferred AOD registered
  • Knowledge of HIPAA policies and their documentation guidelines, licensing, and other state and federal regulations relating to residential psychiatric programs.
  • Knowledge of residential mental health programming, psychiatric crisis intervention, documentation, group counseling, multicultural and socio-economic issues.
  • Basic advocacy skills.
  • Skilled in presenting ideas, information, and viewpoints clearly, both verbally and in writing.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office products, and all other clinical databases.
  • Ability to use analysis, experience, and good judgement to make decisions.
  • A willingness to adapt to changing needs by acquiing new skills and knowledge.
  • First Aid, CPR certification required for all Residential counselors. Non-certified individuals hired into the position must be willing to complete certification course within 30 days of employment.
  • Current California driver's license and a driving record acceptable to the Agency's insurance carrier.
Candidates must be able to successfully pass our pre-employment screenings, including a background check and Live Scan fingerprinting.
Requisition Number: 19-10226
Post Date: 12/4/2019
Title: Assistant Counselor
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Division: Clinical
Pay Frequency: Semi-Monthly
City: Pacoima
State: CA

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services


Pacoima, CA
91331 USA