Supervised By: Senior Counselor & Residential Program Director
Hours: 40 hours a week
Basic Purpose: To assist residents in: developing healthy basic living skills; pursuing educational and employment interests; and integrating into the community.
- Knowledge of substance use and co-occurring disorders – characteristics and treatment
- Ability to teach groups & individuals basic life skills such as budgeting, nutrition, hygiene, food preparation and to provide guidance for educational/vocational pursuits.
- Basic computer skills in word processing, e-mail, and Internet use
- A valid drivers license and access to transportation
General Description: Wellspring utilizes the Sanctuary Model, which is a trauma-informed client treatment organizational change model. The Sanctuary Model organizes both our treatment and the way we run our organization. Sanctuary is an inclusive model because it is a way of guiding leaders, staff, clients, and families to share the same language. Direct care staff help clients in their recovery from substance use and co-occurring disorders through role modeling, and empathetic trauma-informed support using Sanctuary framework.
KEY RESULT AREAS:
- Assists residents to develop basic living skills and those necessary to successfully integrate into the community
- Has a therapeutic approach of being empathetic, respectful, and motivational, while encouraging residents to take responsibility for their lives
- Demonstrates high professional/ethical standards and works well with others as part of the treatment team. Acts as a positive role model, providing residents with guidance and support
- Through individual and group lessons, assist residents with developing healthy basic living skills in: sanitation & hygiene; nutrition; food planning, purchase, storage, & preparation.
- Assist residents to increase independence and integrate into the community through skill development in areas such as budgeting, arranging own appointments and transportation, and housing search.
- Assist residents in learning how to understand and complete applications for housing, food assistance, medical care and other services, including how to obtain appropriate documentation for said services.
- Provide and coordinate vocational education thru orientation to various educational and vocational resources in the community; establish working linkages between the agencies providing services to our residents; facilitate referrals and assist in applications.
- Orient clients to web based employment searches thru Career Center or Library, assist clients in completing on line employment applications; establish e-mail account through search engines, i.e., Google, Yahoo, etc.
- Ensure that house committee establishes appropriate chore assignments and that all chores are completed in accordance with program standards.
- Teach and supervise residents in doing basic maintenance such as painting and minor repairs.
- Develop monthly menus with the residents that meet the approval of a registered dietitian, including special dietary needs, and supervise residents in assisting with purchasing food and or other supplies.
- Transport clients in the agency van to appointments or activities.
- Maintain accurate and up-to-date records.
- Interact with residents in an empathetic, respectful, and motivational manner in providing support, assisting with problem solving, encouraging residents to take responsibility for their lives, & serving as a positive role model.
- Collaborate with the treatment team to meet resident’s needs in order to integrate into the community.
- Provide limited follow-up support/referrals for clients who transition into the community.
- Maintain resident confidentiality and high ethical standards.
- Prepare for and participate in individual and group supervision, case review, and staff meetings.
- Report to work promptly at assigned hours and submit accurate time sheets to the program directors.
- Perform other duties as delegated by the Senior Counselor, Residential Director, Clinical Director, or Executive Director.
- Attendance and Dependability: Reports to work promptly at assigned hours and is seldom absent from work; submits accurate time sheets to the supervisor. Demonstrates reliability in fulfilling job responsibilities in both routine and complex job situations, meets deadlines for paperwork, is punctual, and maintains a dependable attendance record. Employee can be depended upon to not only complete work in a timely, accurate, and thorough manner but is also conscientious, about assignments. Employee can also be depended upon to adapt to changing work demands, be receptive to new ideas and procedures, and work effectively under pressure or in crisis situations.
- Communication and Contact: The employee communicates effectively both verbally and in writing with clients, colleagues, and other individuals inside and outside of the company while maintaining confidentiality of all client related information. Employee is to maintain a professional demeanor and use professional language while being empathetic, respectful, motivational, and encouraging when communicating with clients, coworkers, and other agencies.
- Relationships with Others: While working with residents the employee conveys a welcoming, empathic, hopeful attitude towards people with co-occurring conditions and supports a philosophy of dual recovery. Engages and welcomes people in ways that convey respect for diversity in a culturally appropriate way. Has a therapeutic approach of being empathetic, respectful, and motivational, while encouraging clients to take responsibility for their lives. While working with coworkers and outside agencies the employee demonstrates high professional/ethical standards, including the observation of confidentiality, professional boundaries, and scope of practice, and works well with others as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team.
- Professional development: Understands job responsibilities and adheres to policies and procedures; expands knowledge and skills necessary for job; demonstrates self-awareness of and ability to work through attitudes that negatively affect performance, including personal reactivity. Employee will prioritize time and tasks efficiently; distinguish between major and minor issues; develop logical and creative solutions to problems; and make effective decisions within the scope of their duties. Employee will also productively utilize supervision; keep supervisor informed; adequately prepare for supervision.
- Participates in the Sanctuary Model and incorporates Sanctuary values, principles, and tools in building a trauma informed treatment program.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee.