Mental Health Counselor
DAYSPRING PROGRAMS, INC. JOB DESCRIPTION MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR FUNCTION: The Mental Health Counselor for Dayspring Programs, Inc. is responsible for working with the families of the transitional housing/long-term residential treatment program, Dayspring Village to improve and enhance their personal mental health status as well as their awareness and practice of preventive mental health care. In addition, s/he is responsible for working with the program director on issues of program planning and evaluation. RESPONSIBLITIES: 1. Work individually with families living at Dayspring Village to address their personal mental health needs (including but not limited to: assessment of mental health needs and access to mental health services, by means of home and office visits). 2. Create and display mental health promotion campaigns at Dayspring Village. 3. Prepare and present group classes for Dayspring participants and training for staff on relevant mental health related topics (ie - stress management, depression, coping strategies, medication, etc.). 4. Maintain files and submit billing information on a regular basis. 5. Assist the transitional housing program director with program development and evaluation, as needed. 6. Attend and participate in all staff meetings. RELATIONSHIP: Supervised by the Program Director of Dayspring Transitional Housing. Performs duties for Transitional families. QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have a minimum degree of Bachelor of Science in Social Work and have a current and valid LCSW-C or LCPC licensure to be considered. Candidates must also have previous experience or specific training in mental health. 1-3 years of experience and/or graduate preparation in either social work or mental health field is preferred. REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends. PERSONAL QUALITIES AND SKILLS REQUIRED: 1. Ability to understand, respect and appreciate people of diverse ethnic, racial, religious and economic backgrounds, both as individuals, and in groups. 2. Ability and willingness to work within authorized policy, structure, and job description; ability to be supervised, and to work in a team relationship. 3. Ability to plan and organize effectively; to work under pressure; to plan work to avoid rushes and slack times. 4. Ability to adapt as the nature of the job evolves; to support decisions in which s/he may not have shared; to show good judgment and a mature attitude; to show enthusiasm and stamina. 5. Ability to communicate and to work cooperatively with staff, members, volunteers and the public, keeping channels of communication open, and using consultation, coordination and clearance appropriately. 6. Ability to organize and transmit information clearly, both in writing and through personal contact, including the ability to train others in using Dayspring Programs, Inc. procedures and forms. 7. Ability to work in sensitive situations and to maintain confidentiality. 8. Ability and willingness to participate in available job-related study and training which may involve occasional overnight travel away from home.