Job Summary: The Mental Health Counselor is responsible for day-to-day care and counseling of at-risk teens with special needs in a residential treatment program. The Mental Health Counselor provides high quality care and ensures the safety of residents, staff, and site in accordance with policy, helping to implement the treatment/behavior plans for each resident in collaboration with an experienced multidisciplinary team. The Mental Health Counselor also dispenses medications when needed, helps residents to tend to their health and wellness, and may help residents to manage their schedule or attend outside appointments or activities. Participants have complex needs, and the Mental Health Counselor builds relationships with them and their families in a supportive environment that utilizes a strengths-based, culturally competent, trauma-informed approach and values compassion, respect, diversity, and accountability.
Additionally, Fred Finch provides opportunities for professional development through both elective and mandatory on-site continuing education trainings, individual supervision, and clinical discussions in group settings. Fred Finch also encourages participation in agency committees that allow clinicians to contribute to critical areas of focus within the organization such as cultural responsiveness in serving diverse populations, quality improvement to ensure best practices in service delivery, and integrating trauma informed care practices within the agency. SWING SHIFT SCHEDULE: Wednesday 1-5pm Thursday through -Sunday 2-11pm
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Position Requirements 1. BA in social science discipline or 4 years work experience strongly preferred; high school diploma/GED required. Experience with target population (youth, young adults, intellectually disabled youth, etc.) and/or in a milieu setting strongly preferred. 2. Clean driving record; current CA driver’s license required, or ability to obtain within 10 days after hired. 3. At least 1 year experience with program target population (Example: intellectually disabled, homeless, teens or young adults, SED); Preferred 4. At least one year experience with program modality (example: school-based, residential, mobile/community-based, assertive community treatment, wraparound, etc.) Preferred
CHECK OUT WHAT OUR BENEFITS INCLUDE! Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance (PPO or HMO options) Employer matching 401(k) retirement plan Employer paid life insurance Employee Assistance Program Flexible Spending Account (both medical and dependent care) 8 Paid holidays 21 days of Paid Time Off
Req Number SOC-16-00119
Location FFYC - Oakland
About the Organization
For over a century, Fred Finch Youth Center has brought hope and healing to vulnerable youth and their families. Our clients are children, teens, and young adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities or emotional disorders that may be transitioning from foster care or homelessness, recovering from abuse, or underserved by traditional service providers. We provide over 3,000 youth each year with residential care, special education, vocational training, transitional housing, homeless youth programs, school-based counseling, and in-home support on residential campuses in Oakland and San Diego and in homes, schools, and communities in over several counties throughout California. Join us in making a difference in the lives of others.
Fred Finch Youth Center seeks to provide innovative, effective services supporting children, youth, young adults, and families to heal from trauma and lead healthier, productive lives.