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Resident Counselor- House of Mercy - PT .5 (Weekends)

Mercy Medical Center Des Moines
Des Moines

Job Description

Supports the educational and treatment related initiatives of House of Mercys adult programs. Primarily serves as a teacher, coach, mentor, and role model to adult residents and their children. Supports clients through the provision of education and treatment supports in connection with identified clinical initiatives and interventions in the areas of: chemical dependency; daily living skills; parenting; self-sufficiency; behavioral/mental health; and, relationships. Provides behavioral health intervention services to identified children and adults.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Establishes rapport and develops a therapeutic relationship with assigned clients. Consistently maintains and employs a therapeutic perspective/approach when dealing with clients, their children, visitors and staff. Maintains appropriate professional boundaries avoiding dual relationships.

Participates in the admission process for all adult halfway house/residential care program residents utilizing a warm, compassionate and empathic manner to ensure that they feel welcome, appreciated, and understood. Orients new residents to program guidelines and expectations.

Observes resident interactions, appropriately intervenes when behaviors are not consistent with expectations, and teaches/coaches/role models conflict resolution/problem-solving skills as a means for effectively managing differences.

Facilitates Life Skills groups teaching essential skills necessary for independent living. On a daily basis models and mentors residents and their children on basic living tasks.

Provides education and treatment supports in connection with identified clinical initiatives and interventions in the areas of: substance use disorders; daily living skills; parenting; self-sufficiency; behavioral/mental health; and, relationships.

Consults and reviews complex situations with the treatment team as they occur. Utilizes knowledge/skills of intervention approaches/strategies to deal with children who are presenting behavioral challenges.

Provides behavioral health intervention services to identified children and adults consistently documenting interventions in conformance with House of Mercy and Medicaid services expectations.

Assures appropriate and timely administration of medications for clients and children.

Performs Breathalyzer Tests and collects urinalysis specimens for toxicology screens from residents adhering to House of Mercy Chain of Custody guidelines and procedures.

Performs daily reviews of resident living areas to insure safety, cleanliness, and organization of personal items and notifies appropriate program personnel of ongoing issues/trends. Teachers, coaches, and mentors residents in developing skills necessary to meet these expectations.

Transports residents and their children as assigned. Assists child care and parenting staff with transportation and supervision of residents and their children during recreational and educational outings.

Provides accurate information on a clients behavior and progress for use in treatment plan review and other case management meetings. Collaborates with other treatment team members in carrying out treatment plans. Initiates corrective action with residents who are not following treatment plan goals.

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MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITY REQUIRED:

A Bachelors degree in a human services related field from an accredited program, preferred.

CADC Certification, preferred.
Heartsaver AED (Infant, Child and Adult) or Basic Life Support (BLS) certified through the American Heart Association or American Red Cross within four (4) months of hire.

First Aid certification (Infant, Child and Adult) through American Heart Association or American Red Cross within four (4) months of hire.

Valid Drivers/Chauffeurs License required, must meet Mercys Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, must be at least 18 years of age and be eligible to drive per Iowa state law.

Medication Management Certification to be completed within three (3) months of hire.

Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter abuse training specific to population served within thirty (30) days of employment.

Additional Information
Requisition ID: 2019-R0231794
Schedule: Part-time
Market: Mercy Medical Center

Employment Type

Regular

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