Classroom Counselor Opportunity|
Job Location: San Leandro,CA
Requisition Number: 730
Job Title: Classroom Counselor
Area of Interest: Outpatient Mental Health
City: San Leandro
State / Province: California
Position Type: Full-time - Regular
Education and License/Certification
Master's degree in a Mental Health Field.
Registered MFT or LCSW Internship in California;
California Pupil Personnel Services Credential
Valid California Driver's License.
2 (two) years experience working with children or adolescents (preferred) in a special education or mental health setting serving individuals with severe emotional and behavioral challenges
Other Qualifications Required:
· Ability to relate to children who face severe emotional challenges, as well as their families
· Ability to drive to and from client’s homes in personal vehicle
· Ability to perform clear and concise documentation
· Knowledge of Community Resources, especially related to the Mental Health field, is highly desirable to make appropriate linkages
· Willingness to participate and contribute to agency quality improvement activities.
· Experience participating in behavioral assessment, and the development of individualized positive behavioral support plans.
· Ability to interact and communicate in a professional and therapeutic manner with adolescents who face serious emotional, behavioral, and educational challenges.
· Ability to communicate verbally, and in writing, in a professional manner with other staff, families, community members, and professional partners from diverse cultures, disciplines and backgrounds.
· Demonstrated understanding of psychiatric illness and its treatment.
· Demonstrated leadership and organization skills.
· Demonstrated ability to assess the mental status, behavior, and needs of clients referred to the program.
· Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of community services and county agencies preferred.
· Ability to physically perform containment, escort, and restraint procedures with assaultive adolescents.
· Ability to physically assist in lifting and carrying assaultive adolescents weighing up to 200 lbs.
· Ability to visually and auditorally assess adolescent's behavior and needs.
Safety Precautions Required
· Demonstrated use of any required crisis response techniques.
· Demonstrated use of Universal Precautions.
· Demonstrated safe driving record with DMV and attendance at vehicle orientation.
POTENTIAL JOB HAZARDS
· Assaultive adolescents
· Blood and Body Fluid Contact (Category I)
· Operation of company vehicle.
The Educational Counselor fosters student success by:
· Providing all students in the Enriched NPS Classroom with Educational Counseling.
· Serving as the primary mental health representative of assigned students on teams with other clinical & educational staff.
· Maintaining a therapeutic educational environment, including monitoring instructional plans and both individual and school-wide behavioral support plans.
· Facilitating the development of individualized behavioral support plans.
· Completing all assigned documentation, data collection, and information management, as assigned.
· Monitoring and fostering the health and well being of all students.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Interviews referred clients to assess and evaluate their appropriateness and need for services.
2. Works with referred adolescents, their families, representatives of referring agencies, and other relevant parties (in-house and external) to promote rehabilitation and amelioration of problems which interfere with educational and vocational success.
3. Acts as liaison, and maintains on-going relationships, with various external agencies (such as Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Mental Health, Probation Department, Dependency Court, and police) to facilitate students’ progress toward transition to a more mainstream setting.
4. Assists in preparing youth for lasting and successful housing, vocational, educational, and treatment experiences. Services include a "whatever it takes" approach and include counseling, shadowing, training, modeling and other interventions deemed necessary.
5. Takes responsibility for communicating with other clinical and educational staff regarding the emotional needs, and life circumstances, of each assigned student.
6. Availability by phone to assist in crisis intervention and provide support and assistance in problem resolution.
7. Facilitates the development of individualized behavioral support plans for each student, according to school guidelines.
8. Ensures staff adherence to behavioral support plans.
9. Tracks and reports on student behavior in conjunction with I.E.P.’s and behavioral support plans, and facilitates the revision of plans as needed.
10. Implements school-wide, and individually focused, behavioral support plans, interventions, and reinforcement systems.
11. Lead, co-lead or participate in educational support process groups as assigned.
12. Participates in crisis intervention as needed.
13. This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive and employees will also perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by the Teacher, Vice Principal, Principal or his/her designee.
In 1988, we began with three intensive, facility-based programs — Star View Adolescent Center, Oasis Rehabilitation Center, and Starlight Rehabilitation Center. We developed each program in partnership with Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Santa Clara Counties to serve children, adolescents, and adults with serious emotional disorders in their respective communities.
In the early 1990's, we began offering an array of in-home and school-based services to support clients in transitioning from our facilities back into their communities. We now serve thousands of clients in community-based programs provided in homes, on school campuses and in partnership with other local agencies — including full service partnerships and other support services that are funded by the Mental Health Services Act.
Today we offer a full continuum of community- and facility-based programs, as well as special education in public and nonpublic schools. We deliver a complete array of therapeutic services — including outpatient, Day Treatment Intensive, and acute and subacute inpatient treatment — all of which are grounded in clinically sound, best practices. We provide our services through contracts with county mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice departments, as well as with public school districts.
We employ more than 1,000 behavioral health workers including psychiatrists, psychologists and medical doctors, social workers, nurses, rehab therapists, counselors, teachers, aides, and a range of paraprofessional staff.
We help several thousand children and families each year.
We offer over 30 specialized public mental health programs and a wide array of community-based support services in the following counties:
Los Angeles County
San Bernardino County
Santa Clara County
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