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Transitions Vocational Specialist/Mental Health Counselor 

About the Organization KMHS is Kitsap's nonprofit, designated community mental health provider for adults with acute and/or chronic serious mental illnesses, and children with serious emotional disturbances and their families. During 2016, KMHS provided services to more than 6,800 children and adults.

On WA's beautiful Kitsap Peninsula, offers easy access to both the pristine wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula and the big-city lights and culture of Seattle. We offer competitive salary, benefits & a positive work environment.

Inpatient, residential, and outpatient treatment services offer evidence-based treatment, using trauma informed care to help people reach their recovery goals. We offer whole person care through mental health and substance use treatment and care management, close care coordination with on-campus and community-based primary care providers, and with partner PCHS, now offer dental care to KMHS clients and the community. Many community partners assure people receive behavioral health care in the right place, in the right way, at the right time. Together we are weaving a web that connects emergency room and hospitals, substance abuse treatment, and primary care providers; creates partnerships for early intervention at home and school, supports multiple law enforcement, jail, and justice endeavors, and works to ensure housing, food, and other social supports together with social service agencies and community collaborations.

The Kitsap Mental Health Services community fosters a culture of hope and empowerment through a safe, welcoming environment, compassionate relationships, and a commitment to respecting life experiences.

KMHS is a tobacco/smoke-free and scent-free facility  
Category Social Services  
Open Date 1/30/2018  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift Days  
Location Kitsap Mental Health Services (Main Campus)  

Serves as an advocate for young adults who are in transition due to their mental health diagnosis. Promotes positive behaviors and personal growth by encouraging social network, lifestyle, work and other options that enable recovery. Develops relationships with area employers that can lead to the placement of clients in community-based work settings and provides on-site job coaching.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides individual and small group counseling to clients in recovery. Engages in activities that start with acceptance of their situation, identification of behaviors that may be barriers to recovery progress and promotes the value of meaningful daily activity, particularly in community-based work settings.
  • Engages and educates clients who are in transition to educate them about their condition and symptoms, and the key components to positive change.
  • Provides assistance to clients so they can navigate the systems necessary to stay focused on change - understanding behavioral and physical healthcare needs, and to stay on track with health goals.
  • Provides advice on participating in activities that will increase positive social networks and support, including employment, affiliations, and other recovery options. Provides support for their participation by working with them one-on-one or in small groups.
  • Ensures continuity of care by conveying information to/from clients' care coordination team and applying interventions that support positive behaviors.
  • Designs and facilitates interventions and provides education to address issues such as managing medication, staying healthy and active, coping with symptoms, and maintaining activities of daily living. Enlists family members to be involved.
  • Assists and demonstrates to consumers, processes for identifying, accessing, and using community resources, including education and employment options, while modeling/exhibiting positive behavior in community settings.
  • Maintains positive relationships with other community organizations in order to maximize job, recreational, and health-related opportunities for clients. A particular emphasis is placed on developing business contacts that can lead to community-based employment opportunities. This also includes working closely with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to further enhance job opportunities.
  • Monitors and evaluates consumer stability and facilitates access to appropriate KMHS and external services for consumers when their stability is threatened or suspected to be at risk. Provides crisis intervention and brief solution-focused counseling as needed.
  • Completes and submits required paperwork and progress notes in an accurate and timely manner according to agency policies and procedures, WAC, and funding source requirements.
  • Coordinates with supervisor and team members for coverage and continuity of care to assigned consumers when unavailable, and provides coverage for other team members.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of current trends in community mental health, including health care reform. Stay current on knowledge related to diagnoses, medications and their side effects, symptoms, and treatment issues relating to diagnoses and behaviors.
  • Performs other duties as required to accomplish the objectives of the position.
  • Meet or exceed productivity standards
Position Requirements

Knowledge and Skills
The position requires working knowledge of the principles and practices of working with chronic mental health and substance abuse clients. Requires working knowledge of current theories and treatment approaches for substance abuse with co-occurring disorder clients. Requires working knowledge of mental, developmental, and physical disabilities. Requires working knowledge of the principles of applied behavior analysis and specific counseling methodologies. Requires working knowledge of social and life skills training methods. Requires knowledge of documentation and privacy requirements for health care programs. Requires knowledge of and skill at using personal computers, audiovisual, and other equipment to support learning, record information, and send communications. Requires well-developed human relation skills to work productively and cooperatively with integrated care teams, therapists, peer-clients, and family members in formal and informal settings, conduct in-service training for paraprofessionals, to exercise extreme levels of patience when conveying information to clients having difficulty with cognitive, verbal, and written communications. Requires well-developed human relations skills to perform counseling, be firm yet demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of clients, and work in a cooperative and collaborative manner as a member of the Community Integration Services Team. Requires in-depth understanding of the role of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation in helping clients find meaningful and rewarding work.

Requires the ability to consult with mental health practitioners and therapists with implementation of counseling/case management to produce positive behaviors. Requires the ability to identify the needs of individual clients and to develop interventions to meet those needs. Requires the ability to work with clients who have severe developmental delays and behavior problems. Requires the ability to apply motivational interviewing techniques with clients having substance abuse issues to encourage engagement in appropriate treatment. Requires the ability to apply principles of positive reinforcement, goal setting, and applied behavior analysis. Requires the ability to identify at risk behavior, or the potential to repeat. Requires the ability to manage clients who act out verbally and physically. Requires the ability to interact with providers in order to carry out assigned duties. Requires the ability to perform general clerical tasks. Requires the ability to work with and demonstrate sensitivity to a diverse population of clients. Requires the ability to relate positively to clients in a coaching-learning-therapeutic environment in a way that builds confidence, accountability, and recognizes and works on barriers. May require competency in a second language or basic competency in sign language. May require varying work schedules.

Physical Abilities
Requires the ability to perform indoors in an office, classroom, outdoor, or home environment engaged in work of a moderately active nature. Requires near visual acuity to read and write printed materials and computer screens. Requires hearing and speech ability for ordinary and telephonic conversation, to converse with individuals and small groups. Requires the ability to move about office, classroom/home environs, and school grounds, to tutor, assist with presentations, and reach work materials. Requires sufficient manual and finger dexterity to demonstrate teaching aids, to point out important words/figures to students, and to operate personal computers. Requires the ability to lift, carry, push, and move supplies, fixtures, wheelchairs, etc., of light-to-medium weight (under 50 pounds) on a regular basis, and heavy weight (under 75 pounds) without labor saving equipment on an intermittent basis.

Education and Experience
The position requires a Bachelor’s degree in social services or related field and prior experience (which can be concurrent) working with chronically mentally ill in a community mental health environment. An Associate’s degree and four years of experience may be substituted.

Licenses and Certificates

Requires valid WA State Driver’s License and reliable, insured transportation. Possess and maintain valid driver's license with an acceptable motor vehicle report.

Salary DOE  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, creed, marital status, age, Vietnam era or disabled veteran status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability.

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