Job Summary: The counselor ensures client safety and welfare, provides didactic education, supervises client activities, conducts assessments, individual counseling, manages crisis, facilitates groups, transports clients, documents client progress and ensures excellence and integrity of the program.
- Comply with rules, policies and procedures of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and relevant regulatory agencies.
- Conduct intake, assessment, orientation, treatment planning, intervention, counseling and teach didactic education components in accordance with DSHS regulations.
- Provide chemical dependency treatment to clients, document all client contacts and progress in client’s file and, weekly on the HMIS client track in a timely manner. Maintain and secure files.
- Work with other staff and agencies to ensure treatment continuum for clients and refer clients to appropriate agencies when specialized care is needed to better assist them in their recovery.
- Supervise clients in the self-administration of medication. Comply with DSHS procedures for handling, storing, maintaining, destroying and documenting medication.
- Facilitate in-house substance abuse meetings and support groups. Conduct alcohol and drug screening and forward test results to appropriate staff.
- Transport clients in Star of Hope vehicles to off-site activities as needed and supervise them.
- Complete and submit reports on time. Interact regularly with the New Hope Program Manager and provide information updates to ensure accurate reporting to regulatory agencies.
- Obtain and maintain all required licenses and certifications.
- Close out and exit, residents who graduate from the New Hope Program or leave the program, in the HMIS Client Track in a timely manner.
- Handle a case load of ten (10) clients.
Other Job Responsibilities:
- Other duties as assigned.
Education: BA/BS in Counseling or psychology required. MA in Behavioral Science from a regionally accredited institution preferred. Must be a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor or hold a state license in counseling/psychology.
Skills & Experience: Two (2) plus years’ experience as a chemical dependency counselor in an intensive residential program. CPR / First Aid and Crisis Intervention certification. Ability to administer drug testing. Good computer skills. (Valid Texas Driver’s License with acceptable driving record and current liability insurance required).
Good reading, writing, time management and ability to multitask. Good judgment in dealing with confidential client information and setting priorities. Capable of handling multiple tasks, coordinating detailed work and issues that need immediate attention. Ability to communicate and work cooperatively with employees, managers, directors, clients, volunteers and outside organizations that interact with Star of Hope.
Be able to work respectfully, professionally and in a Christ-like manner with everyone, able to maintain required client/staff boundaries and possess a willingness to serve the Lord in a ministry that deals with homeless men, women and children.