TREATMENT COUNSELOR (Multiple Full-Time/Part-Time Shifts Available)
Full-time (40-hours/week) position under the
general direction of the Unit Program Coordinator Responsible for working as
part of the treatment team to: Assist in the implementation of individual
treatment plans for children/youth focusing on vital areas such as therapeutic
interaction, crisis intervention, education, and activities. Provide supervision,
counseling, and direct care for children/youth living in the group home
setting, serving as a surrogate parent, to teach values, life skills, and
problem-solving skills. Ensuring safety and security of children/youth while
also maintaining a therapeutic environment. Effectively partnering with
families so that they feel empowered as a vital member of a team. Collaborating
with co-located DCFS staff to complete intake process and orientations for
children being admitted to Transitional Shelter Care Program. (applicable to Transitional Shelter Care
Position responsibilities include, but are not limited
direct service to children by:
- Direct supervision and assistance, by
following the structure of the clients' daily routine; i.e., meal and snack
preparation, sleep, recreation, health, hygiene, safety, and discipline.
- Assists children in the acquisition of
independent living skills, such as management of money, care of clothing,
successful completion of skills enhancement in doing cottage chores, jobs and
- Cares for children when ill, being aware and
attentive to individual health needs (including reporting on side effects)
- Applies appropriate first aid.
- Assists in medical and psychiatric
appointments as directed.
- Assists in maintenance of the home,
furnishings, equipment, and grounds, including periodic cleaning, refurbishing,
minor repair and monthly maintenance inventory; purchases household supplies.
- Dispenses and records all prescribed
medications; notes and reports on side effects in the absence of Health
Services or Unit Program Coordinator; will adhere to medication storage
protocols if medication dispensing or intakes occur outside of Health Services
hours. (applicable to Group Home and Transitional Shelter Care only)
- Under the direct supervision of the Intake
and Transitional Shelter Care Program Supervisor and in collaboration with DCFS
co-located staff, staff will conduct intakes and orientations to newly admitted
children on a 24 hour 7 day a week basis. (applicable to Transitional Shelter
with clients treatment team, service plans and utilizes treatment techniques
and interventions to assist clients, families and significant others in
the behavior of residents through the use of approved behavioral management
techniques/interventions; ensures compliances with agency policies.
and participates in special occasion celebrations: admissions, birthdays,
holidays, discharge, recreational activities, and community activities.
implements, lead, teach and facilitate the constructive use of leisure time
through therapeutic activities.
positive group experience through the development and application of principles
and practices of group dynamics
and maintains professional skills by participating in supervision and staff
in staff meetings, conferences, consultations, supervision and evaluation as
communicates with other staff including providing written and verbal
observations of children; maintains accurate records and reports on a daily
confidentiality regarding children, families, and the operations of the Agency.
maintains and submits all documentation and reports promptly, maintains
confidentiality in all matters of Agency personnel, operations, and clients.
Agency philosophies, policies, and practices.
good judgment in the performance of duties and responsibilities.
a professional relationship with clients at all times.
Position requirements include, but are not limited to:
School Diploma with 2 years' experience working with Severely Emotional
Distributed (SED) clients or in mental health field. BA plus 2 years' experience working with SED
clients or in mental health field preferred.
- Ability to plan, organize and maintain family-type
living environment; parenting capacities for nurturing and guidance of
children; cooperate with other members of the treatment team; ability to form
helping relationships with children through empathy, understanding, acceptance,
a non-judgmental attitude, and appropriate limit-setting to promote security;
understanding group process and ability to initiate appropriate change, ability
to participate with children in carrying out residential responsibilities,
ability to teach, advocate, support and facilitate development of independent
living skills in adolescents.
decision making and resourceful problem-solving ability, self-starter,
self-aware, willingness to work productively with other adults, potential to
benefit from training and supervision, ability to learn and be open to adopting
agency's philosophy, methods, and procedures.
communication skills both oral and written
skills are sufficient to meet demands of the job including Microsoft office and
Electronic Reporting System software for program notes. Skills in maintaining
detailed, accurate, and complete records.
to be flexible and work in a changing environment, work varied hours including
evenings, nights, and weekends, and effectively as part of a team.
California drivers license and a driving record acceptable to the agency's'
to the different cultures represented among the clients, families, and staff.
understanding of age-appropriate behavior for children/adolescents.
of emergency procedures of the agency
to model positive behaviors and agency values, strong leadership and problem-solving
Location: Altadena, CA
Acres is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace. Therefore, the Agency does not discriminate, and does
not permit its employees to discriminate against other employees or applicants
because of race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices),
creed, color, sex/gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or
related legally protected medical conditions), sex stereotype, gender
identity/gender expression/transgender (including whether or not you are transitioning
or have transitioned) and sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry,
physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition, genetic
information/characteristics, marital status/registered domestic partner status,
age (40 and over), sexual orientation, military or veteran status, any other
basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or