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
Knowledge and SkillsThe 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.
AbilitiesRequires 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 AbilitiesRequires 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 ExperienceThe 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.
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