Requisition Number: LACAS-LFSKC-H-12-2018-01
Job Title: Life Skills Counselor I
City: Philadelphia
State: PA

Minimum Degree Required: A - High School/GED
Minimum Years of Experience: 2
Salary Range: $12.50 an hour

Life Skills Counselor I

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Description/Job Summary

Job Title: Life Skills Counselor                                                                                                 :

Position Function:
The Life Skills Counselor 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.
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.
  1. Responsible for assessment, planning, creating, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of each individual’s daily living in accordance with the Recovery Model.
  2. Responsible for adhering to RHD values, policy and procedures, and La Casa Policies and Procedures Manual.
  3. Responsible for following state and county CRR regulations
  4. Participates in evaluating needs of individuals served, and confers with Case Manager and/or identified Community Supports to plan for continuing additional services.
  5. Works in cooperation with other agencies in the service delivery system to ensure coordinated, continuous and effective services for the rehabilitation of the participants.
  6. Responsible for attending supervision, clinical meetings, monthly staff meetings, and mandatory training
  7. 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
  8. Discuss goal plans with the individual, breaking down the life skills to be learned into simple, measurable, and manageable short terms goals, which can be taught, modeled and practiced.  
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. Responsible for providing crisis intervention as defined in RHD/La Casa Policy and Procedures Manual
  13. Responsible for monitoring participant medication according to La Casa medication policies
  14. Accurate and comprehensive documentation of information regarding all individual interactions, caseload progress, inter or intra-agency contacts or general information pertinent to progress.
  15. Reports serious incidents and/or breaches in policy and procedure to the Program Director
  16. Maintain confidentiality of consumer and staff information.
  17. Operate agency vehicles in accordance with established policy and procedures
  18. Other duties assigned by management
  1. Communication: Has the ability to communicate with young adults in a manner that fosters independence and promotes self-esteem. This includes the use of age-appropriate vocabulary, displaying compassion and respect, being flexible and instilling hope to all individuals.
  2. Assessment: Demonstrates the ability to assess functional level as it relates to life skills, assessing overall behavior and gathering relevant data for the Multidisciplinary Treatment Team. This includes:
    1. The ability to interpret information that can assist the team in reviewing progress and formulating initial and ongoing treatment plans.
    2. The ability to recognize potential and/or emergency situations to implement appropriate interventions.
    3. The ability to present assessment information to the treatment team in a clear, concise and objective manner.
  3. Planning: Demonstrates the ability to do task analysis and breaking down tasks into manageable parts to help clients learn and integrate skills from that knowledge. This includes identifying measurable goals and objectives as it relates to life skills, social skills, and educational/employment skills.
  4. Writing: Demonstrates the ability to document clear objectives and progress made on goals and objectives, and the ability to document the day-to-day activities and link it to the behavioral goals and objectives.
  5. Has knowledge of regulatory and licensing requirements, and quality improvement theory and techniques.
  6. Has the ability to work within a multidisciplinary structure.
  7. Has strong verbal and written communication skills.
  8. Ability to establish a working relationship with a diverse population of individuals.
  9. Maintains a cooperative posture in working with others including the emotional maturity to withstand the stresses of this position
  10. Must maintain an appropriate appearance.
  11. Must be able to sit, stand and walk for periods of time.
  12. Is able to use common office equipment including computer.

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.


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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.