Requisition Number: LACAS-LFSKC-H-09-2019-01
Job Title: Life Skills Counselor I
City: Philadelphia
State: PA

Minimum Degree Required: A - High School/GED
Minimum Years of Experience: 1
Salary Range: $13.25/hr

Life Skills Counselor I

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Description/Job Summary

Life Skills Counselor
 
Position Function:

The Life Skills Counselor at RHD's La Casa is a trained paraprofessional who is able to facilitate groups, model and evaluate skills and support individualized learning for young males ages 18-25 years old in a transitional residential setting.  He or she is also responsible for implementing goal plans developed by the respective individual.  This includes assisting the individual in developing life skills, social skills and other non-clinical areas of support to promote independence and positive transition into adulthood.  Through the experiential learning process, the young adults can internalize the knowledge and gain the ability to apply the skills appropriately.
 
Qualifications:

The ideal candidate must have at least 2 years’ experience working with emerging young  adults experiencing mental health challenges, must possess a High school diploma/GED (some college experience-Associates Degree preferred), valid driver’s license, and pass a state police criminal background check. Computer knowledge (Microsoft Word) and the ability to navigate through the Internet is also a must.
 
Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for assessment, planning, creating, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of each individual’s daily living in accordance with the Recovery Model.
  • Responsible for adhering to RHD values, policy and procedures, and La Casa Policies and Procedures Manual.
  • Responsible for following state and county CRR regulations
  • Participates in evaluating needs of individuals served, and confers with Case Manager
  • and/or identified Community Supports to plan for continuing additional services.
  • Works in cooperation with other agencies in the service delivery system to ensure coordinated, continuous and effective services for the rehabilitation of the participants.
  • Responsible for attending supervision, clinical meetings, monthly staff meetings, and mandatory training
  • Responsible for the development of  RSP Goals with participants at admission, 30 days, and at least every 60 days thereafter, and supporting participants with them daily
  • Discuss goal plans with the individual, breaking down the life skills to be learned into simple, measureable, and manageable short terms goals, which can be taught, modeled and practiced.  
  • Become aware of the young adult’s strengths, and differing skills and abilities to determine the best approach and learning style that can help increase skill development.
  • Assist the young adult in completing job applications and resumes, applying for benefits, seeking employment and education opportunities, health care and medication management as needed, improving interpersonal relations, budgeting, banking, and accessing transportation.
  • Model appropriate social skills to help the young adult develop positive relationships, deal with interpersonal conflict and successfully participate in social, recreational and cultural activities
  • Responsible for providing crisis intervention as defined in RHD/La Casa Policy and Procedures Manual
  • Responsible for monitoring participant medication according to La Casa medication policies
  • Accurate and comprehensive documentation of information regarding all individual interactions, caseload progress, inter or intra-agency contacts or general information pertinent to progress.
  • Reports serious incidents and/or breaches in policy and procedure to the Program Director
  • Maintain confidentiality of consumer and staff information.
  • Operate agency vehicles in accordance with established policy and procedures
  • Other duties assigned by management
     
    Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.
     
     

Responsibilities/Duties

  • Responsible for assessment, planning, creating, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of each individual’s daily living in accordance with the Recovery Model.
  • Responsible for adhering to RHD values, policy and procedures, and La Casa Policies and Procedures Manual.
  • Responsible for following state and county CRR regulations
  • Participates in evaluating needs of individuals served, and confers with Case Manager
  • and/or identified Community Supports to plan for continuing additional services.
  • Works in cooperation with other agencies in the service delivery system to ensure coordinated, continuous and effective services for the rehabilitation of the participants.
  • Responsible for attending supervision, clinical meetings, monthly staff meetings, and mandatory training
  • Responsible for the development of  RSP Goals with participants at admission, 30 days, and at least every 60 days thereafter, and supporting participants with them daily
  • Discuss goal plans with the individual, breaking down the life skills to be learned into simple, measureable, and manageable short terms goals, which can be taught, modeled and practiced.  
  • Become aware of the young adult’s strengths, and differing skills and abilities to determine the best approach and learning style that can help increase skill development.
  • Assist the young adult in completing job applications and resumes, applying for benefits, seeking employment and education opportunities, health care and medication management as needed, improving interpersonal relations, budgeting, banking, and accessing transportation.
  • Model appropriate social skills to help the young adult develop positive relationships, deal with interpersonal conflict and successfully participate in social, recreational and cultural activities
  • Responsible for providing crisis intervention as defined in RHD/La Casa Policy and Procedures Manual
  • Responsible for monitoring participant medication according to La Casa medication policies
  • Accurate and comprehensive documentation of information regarding all individual interactions, caseload progress, inter or intra-agency contacts or general information pertinent to progress.
  • Reports serious incidents and/or breaches in policy and procedure to the Program Director
  • Maintain confidentiality of consumer and staff information.
  • Operate agency vehicles in accordance with established policy and procedures
  • Other duties assigned by management
     

Preferred Skills

Required Experience

The ideal candidate must have at least 2 years’ experience working with emerging young  adults experiencing mental health challenges.

Preferred Experience

Required Education

The ideal candidate must possess a High school diploma/GED (some college experience-Associates Degree preferred).

Required Qualifications

The ideal candidate must have at least 2 years’ experience working with emerging young  adults experiencing mental health challenges, must possess a High school diploma/GED (some college experience-Associates Degree preferred), valid driver’s license, and pass a state police criminal background check. Computer knowledge (Microsoft Word) and the ability to navigate through the Internet is also a must.
 
 

Preferred Qualifications

Program Summary

La Casa is a 10-bed residential program that provides services to young adult males (18-24) with histories of homelessness, mental health, and/or addiction needs that are aging out of systems of care such as youth shelter, foster care, or juvenile justice centers.  We establish relationships of trust and empathy as we accompany individuals on their journey to self-worth, empowerment, and integration into the community. The implementation of our integrated services is designed to meet individuals where they are.

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Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.