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Direct Care Counselor

Company: Wheeler Clinic
Location: Bristol
Posted on: May 15, 2024

Job Description:

Direct Care Counselor

Bristol, CT 06010, USA Req #1450

Friday, April 26, 2024

Wheeler's vision is that all people will have the opportunity to grow, change and live healthier, productive lives. Our mission is to provide equitable access to innovative care that improves health, recovery and growth at all stages of life.

POSITION SUMMARY

Want to be part of a team that is helping create a hopeful tomorrow for some of Connecticut's most vulnerable youth? Wheeler's Congregate Care programs offer services to youth with serious behavioral health concerns and are now living in community-based, home-like environments. We are looking for direct care counselors to function as members of our multi-disciplinary team. If you have high energy, work from a strengths-based perspective, have strong child and family experience and want to join a team that has a proven track record of creating positive outcomes for youth, then we want to hear from you!

The Direct Care Counselor (DCC) position pay is $18/hr, with opportunity for advancement to Senior DCC.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS

Associate's Degree with some related experience preferred or High School Diploma and two years experience in a related field. Exceptional communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills required. Valid Drivers License is required. Safely operates vehicle in the community, based on program needs

LOCATION

Bristol, CT

SCHEDULE

Full Time: Tues 2-10:30; Thurs 2-10:30; Fri 2-10:30; Sat 8am-10:30pm (Sun, M, W off)

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

At Wheeler, we're committed to not only supporting your career growth but also ensuring your well-being and security. Here's how we invest in you:

Nurture Your Health:

Comprehensive medical and prescription insurance through Centivo

Comprehensive dental and vision insurance through Cigna

Access to wellness programs to support your physical and mental health

Secure Your Future:

Enjoy peace of mind with company-paid life and AD&D insurance

403(b) Plan, with contributions from the company

Fuel Your Career Growth:

Pursue your educational goals with our Education Reimbursement Program

Access training and development opportunities

Maintain Work-Life Harmony:

Recharge with generous paid time off

Access free and confidential counseling through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Demonstrates understanding of child and adolescent development and current trends.

Communicates effectively with youth and staff, develops positive relationships, and maintains appropriate boundaries.

Identifies potential risk factors and takes measures to reduce those risks in the milieu through appropriate supervision, reinforcement of positive and safe behaviors, trauma-informed and relationally-based therapeutic interventions, reporting of suspected child abuse/neglect, administering medication according to agency policies and procedures and maintaining required certifications.

May serve as lead counselor on assigned shifts and ensure that all duties of shift are completed by shift staff or reported to leadership in a timely manner.

May be assigned responsibilities necessary to ensure and document ongoing safe, effective, compliant functioning of program on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

May take lead in training new staff on shift duties and associated responsibilities.

Trains and participates in emergency safety interventions authorized and approved by the agency, when a youth presents with an imminent safety concern.

Interacts with and relates to youth in ways that support asset-building through praising youth, focusing on their strengths and helping them to take responsibility for their choices and behaviors.

Adapts, facilitates, and evaluates age appropriate activities in an effort to assist youth in achieving their goals.

Works as part of a team and shows professionalism.

Respects and honors cultural and human diversity.

Establishes positive relationships and maintains effective communication with co-workers, supervisors, and administrators, demonstrating the ability to accept constructive feedback and works to resolve conflicts.

Works effectively and respectfully with families and guardians.

Transports youth to appointments and activities.

Attends staff meetings and demonstrates strong work ethic in terms of general performance as it relates to meeting the needs of youth in the program.

Prepares nutritious and culturally diverse meals for children in the program and ensures that their daily care and developmental needs are met.

Engages youth in developmentally appropriate life skill development activities.

Maintains the home environment to ensure that it is safe and clean.

Administers medication to youth according to agency policy and procedures.

Continues to develop knowledge and understanding about the history, traditions, values, family systems, and artistic expression of groups served as well as uses appropriate methodological approaches, skills, and techniques that reflect an understanding of culture.

Wheeler Clinic is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Other details

Pay Type Hourly

Hiring Rate $18.00

Required Education High School

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Bristol, CT 06010, USA

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