|Title:||Community Support Services Counselor - FT|
|Program Name:||Middlesex Supportive Housing|
|Location:||Perth Amboy, NJ|
Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Vets/Disabled
Volunteers of America is a national, faith-based human services organization that helps some of the most vulnerable men, women and children in our communities lead safe, healthy, independent and productive lives. Founded in New York City in 1896, Volunteers of America is one of the nation's oldest, largest and most respected human services organizations, serving 2 million people in 400 communities in 46 states every year.
Volunteers of America - Greater New York is the largest affiliate of the national organization, with more than 90 programs and 1,300 staff in the metropolitan New York area, Westchester and Nassau counties, and Northern New Jersey.
Skilled and dedicated staff, and generous corporate and individual community partners, help tens of thousands of people in need every year. Whether the needs are short-term, like case management and temporary shelter, or long-term help like permanent supportive housing, we have the commitment, experience and relationships necessary to provide high quality, comprehensive services to a wide range of people in need in the New York metropolitan area.
The Community Support Services Counselor is responsible to provide behavioral health rehabilitation services and supports that is necessary to assist the service recipient in achieving recovery goals in various life goals such as social, employment, educational, and/or housing domains. Services are provided that improve skills, self-esteem and a sense of belonging to the larger community. The Community Support Counselor maintains a wellness and recovery oriented environment by using person-first language, and person centered rehabilitation planning and evidenced based practices to service recipients who meet the eligibility criteria to receive CSS.
The position requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in one of the helping professions, such as social work, human services, counseling, psychiatric rehabilitation, psychology or criminal justice. Or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a field other than a helping profession and two years of professional experience in a community behavioral health care setting. Certification as a psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner (CPRP) may be substituted for one year of experience. This position shall also have a valid state driver’s license with a safe driving record that meets agency procedures.
- Contributing to the development, implementation, monitoring, and updating of the individualized rehabilitation plan.
- Performing therapeutic rehabilitative skill development.
- Offering services appropriate to meet the service recipient needs.
- Performing crisis intervention.
- Coordinating and managing services.
- Provide supportive counseling services to service recipient.
- Communicate observations and information about the service recipient to the Program Manager, RN and clinical team.
- Organize and support socialization activities through use of IMR or other evidence based practices when indicated on the individual rehabilitation plan..
- Skill teaching to assist service recipient in developing the skills in various areas that promotes the achieving and maintaining of valued life roles in the social, employment, physical health, educational, and/or housing domains and also allows the service recipient to achieve community integration and to remain in an independent living setting of his/her choice. .
- Participate in individual service coordination activities, including vocational and educational services.
- Document all observations, information and services provided to the service recipient within the required timeframes.
- Perform all other duties as assigned.
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