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WEST CENTRAL COMMUNITY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
JOB TITLE: COUNSELOR
EXEMPTION STATUS: EXEMPT
CIVIL SERVICE CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
LOCATION: 18200 STATE ROUTE 4 MARYSVILLE, OHIO 43040
WORK SCHEDULE: 40 HOURS/WEEK (includes weekend day) DATE: 2013R
SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
JOB FUNCTION: Under the direct supervision of the Lead Counselor, assists in the implementation of clinical services including, but not limited to, chemical dependency, cognitive behavioral interventions, mental health and family counseling. Responsible for day-to-day programming, an individual caseload, and the implementation of specialized group work; ensuring continuous quality improvement of clinical services. The Counselor is expected to participate in activities which foster a safe and secure environment that is conducive to the goals and mission of the West Central Community Correctional Facility.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Assists the Lead Counselor in an on-going analysis and development of clinical goals & objectives;
- Participates in supervisor, team/section, and all-staff meetings as scheduled;
- Assures that facility policies & procedures are established and maintained in accordance with all applicable governing boards and federal, state & local authority;
- Serves as a liaison to other counseling staff/line staff
- Collects, prepares, and submits timely monthly, quarterly, annual reports as directed.
2. MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISION OF STAFF
- Takes disciplinary action, as appropriate, to assure the program’s integrity.
3. PROGRAM OPERATIONS
- Reviews documentation on residents during screening process and those assigned to clinical team;
- Manages all aspects of individual caseload and case/program records accordingly;
- Plans, develops, coordinates treatment services specific to an area of expertise (i.e. chemical dependency, family services, mental health services, cognitive behavioral therapy);
- Provides an ongoing assessment of resident strengths and needs;
- Assists residents in the development of their treatment plans, ensuring that all residents move through phases of treatment in a deliberate, therapeutic manner;
- Prepares treatment updates/progress reports for referring and supervising authorities;
- Reviews resident reports and/or requests;
- Monitors treatment records according to policy and accreditation standards;
- Ensures all assigned staff maintains strict confidentiality with respect to information obtained and processed in the operation of the facility;
- Coordinates and implements resident visits with their families/significant others;
- Documents release of information prior to making contacts.
4. FACILITY OPERATIONS
- Creates and maintains a working environment for effective communication among staff;
- Monitors residents and ensures that all operational policies and procedures are followed;
- Supplements facility coverage as needed for operational safety and security;
- Coordinates visitation, transportation, and other program scheduling with the operations staff;
- Transports residents, as necessary;
- Utilizes audio-visual and computer equipment appropriately, on an as needed basis.
5. COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL FUNCTION
- Each employee understands his/her role in using cognitive behavioral interventions and develops the necessary competencies to successfully function in the program;
- Facilitates multiple cognitive behavior treatment groups and advanced practice groups.
6. PROGRAM EVALUATION
- Maintains accurate monthly statistics and progress reports as needed;
- Participates in continuous quality improvement activities relevant to clinical services.
MINIMUM EDUCATION, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
- Working knowledge of present and evolving clinical assessment & treatment services, including chemical dependency, cognitive behavioral interventions, mental health, family systems, and criminality;
- Working knowledge of 12-Step recovery programs;
- Ability to develop, implement and evaluate clinical services;
- Interpersonal communication skills required to engage and sustain working relationships with residents, residents’ families, staff, community resources and the general public;
- Knowledge of, and ability to implement, problem-solving principles and counseling techniques appropriate to a correctional environment;
- Ability to read and prepare reports, mastery of written communication;
- Valid State of Ohio Driver’s License required;
- Associate degree in related field or equivalent work experience; Bachelor’s Degree is Social Science preferred;
- Licensure from the State of Ohio Counselor and Social Work Board (LSW/LPC) or licensed from the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (CDCA, LCDC II, LCDC III, LICDC), or willing to obtain license by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board within 90 days of employment;
- Ability to facilitate groups;
- Skill in the use of personal computers and related office software;
- Potential exists for exposure to disease/illness;
- This is a minimum-security facility; therefore all outside access doors are locked at all times.
All the above duties and responsibilities are essential job functions subject to reasonable accommodation. All job requirements listed indicate the minimum level of knowledge, skills, and/or ability deemed necessary to perform the job proficiently. This job description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. Employees may be required to perform any other job related tasks as required by their supervisor, subject to reasonable accommodation.