Senior Direct Care Counselor

Company Name:
Advocates, Inc.
Founded in 1975 by a group of volunteers providing patient rehabilitation services on the grounds of Westborough State Hospital, Advocates is now one of the largest human services organizations in the state. Today, Advocate employs over 1000 staff members and serves 20,000 individuals at over 100 sites across Eastern and Central Massachusetts.
Our commitment to meeting the needs of individuals facing diverse life challenges has given rise to a broad range of community based services, including: Residential Supports, Outpatient Mental Health, Outpatient Addiction, Psychiatric Emergency Services, Home-Based Services for Children and Families, Community Justice, Family Supports, Employment and Vocational Services, and Day Habilitation.
Services are designed to meet the unique needs of elders, families and individuals with mental health challenges, addiction, developmental/intellectual disabilities, autism, brain injury and other life challenges. Advocates is a nationally recognized provider for adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome, Deaf and Hard of Hearing adults with disabilities and individuals with developmental and co-occuring mental health needs. Our culturally sensitive programs and supports serve individuals and families from diverse backgrounds.
At the heart of all Advocates services is a commitment to partnering with the individuals we support and, where appropriate, their family members, so that they can lead full and satisfying lives of their own design. We practice a person-centered approach that respects the unique needs, wishes and abilities of each individual.
Advocates is an EOE/D/F/M/V.
The Senior Direct Care Counselor will implement the mission of the Mental Health Division. He/she will provide all residential services to clients and perform, coordinate and/ or monitor designated programmatic administrative or clinical functions.
1. Develop and document Program Specific Treatment Plans (PSTPs) and reviews, outlining rehabilitative goals and interventions, which reflect program participant preference and meet DMH and Agency standards.
2. Participate in the development of the Individual Service Plan (ISP) and attend other treatment meetings.
3. Document monthly progress notes.
4. Perform interventions with clients that address their identified goals and result in skill development.
5. Provide linkage with other program staff and other service providers.
6. Communicate program participant's progress, mental status, and any changes in daily notes.
7. Provide support and supervision to clients.
8. Participate in or facilitate group work as delegated by Supervisor.
9. Identify and address community integration issues for clients on caseload or as designated.
10. Monitor and document medication administration.
11. Perform, coordinate, and/or monitor a range of programmatic clinical and administrative responsibilities as delegated by Supervisor.
12. Supervise overnight staff as delegated by Supervisor.
13. Provide coordination and leadership to program team during shifts, vacations, or sick leave in the absence of Supervisor.
14. Ensure a clean, safe and home-like living environment for clients.
15. Provide crisis intervention (which may include SOLVE techniques) and access emergency services as needed.
16. Participate in core trainings and maintain certification of required trainings (CPR/First Aid, SOLVE, MAP).
17. Remain alert at all times throughout scheduled workday.
18. Ensure clients are treated with dignity and respect in accordance with Advocates' Human Rights Policy.
1. BA/BS in related field and 2 years experience; or H.S. Diploma/GED and 3 years related experience.
2. Must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
3. High energy level, superior interpersonal skills, and ability to function in a team atmosphere.
4. Must be organized, detail oriented and posses the ability to multitask.
5. Must have basic computer knowledge.
6. Ability to communicate effectively including in writing.
7. Must have sensitivity to the needs of the population.
8. Ability to read English and communicate effectively in the primary language of the program to which he/she is assigned.
9. Must hold a valid driver's license. Must have access to an operational and insured vehicle and be willing to use it to transport clients.
Date: 2014-09-18
Country: US
State: MA
City: Marlborough
Postal Code: 01752

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