Floor Counselor – Akeela House Residential Program – Anchorage, AK – Full-Time – Non-Exempt

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Position Summary:

Provides overall direction for client activities on a day-to-day basis. Emphasis is placed on the training and supervision of clients in the effective and cooperative performance of their daily responsibilities and providing milieu counseling. Serves as a bridge between clients and counselors, to ensure behavior in the milieu is aligning with goals/objectives in the clients’ individual treatment plans.

Principle Duties And Responsibilities Include But Are Not Limited To:

  • Supervising and training client monitors including conducting performance reviews of those reporting directly to this position and conducting staff meetings.
  • Assist and support in processing client behavior.
  • Assist in medication calls and box runs.
  • Assist in managing safety and health functions within the facility.
  • Assist in urinalysis testing.
  • Progress note interaction with clients.
  • Monitors client performance in the occupational therapy aspect of their treatment.
  • Oversees the functioning and training of the maintenance, kitchen, senior, procurement, creative energy, orientation, and transitional housing departments. Specific attention is to be given regarding the appropriate use of their authority.
  • Schedules and supervises of client monitors and relief staff, minimizing overtime resource usage.
  • Attends treatment team staffing, privileges determination and provide information on client behavior and progress.
  • Participates in milieu education and training activities.
  • Completes other duties as assigned in a timely and professional manner.

Essential Functions-Any Equivalent Combination Of Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education & Experience:

  • Ability to provide on-going monthly trainings for department heads and senior clients.
  • Ability to assist the Treatment Program Manager by monitoring the client operation of the various facility functions that are a part of the on going work therapy.
  • Assist in the orientation of newly admitted clients to the program.
  • Ability to identify and assess a client’s specific addictive behavior pattern, and how it applies to a client’s behavior in the milieu.
  • Ability to function and effectively communicate in a interdisciplinary team approach.
  • Ability to function under stress.
  • Ability to assist and support hostile clients, sexual offenders, and resistant clients towards progress on their treatment plan goals and objectives.
  • Ability to function independently without continual supervision.
  • Ability to regularly attend position.
  • Ability to read, write and speak English.

Essential Skills And Experience:

  • Meets at least one of the following requirements for degree/certification:
    • Advanced degree (masters-level or doctoral-level) in psychology, social work, counseling, child guidance, nursing or similar field; or
    • BA/BS in psychology, social work, counseling, child guidance, nursing or similar field and substance abuse treatment training and/or experience; or
    • Certification as a Chemical Dependency Counselor (CDC) I or Behavioral Health Counselor (BHC) I or higher by Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification (ACBHC), or  certification by another certifying body, such as a state certifying affiliate of the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) or other similar recognized organization;  experience judged as meeting certification requirements may be accepted provided the applicant be certified within six months of hire.  For Case Managers, will accept Behavioral Health Technician (BHT) or Counselor Technician (CT) or similar certification.
  • Prefer three (3) years of experience in addictions, social services, mental health or related field.
  • Ability to function under stress.
  • Ability to identify and assess the degree of chemical dependency clients’ present.
  • Ability to handle the position without continual supervision.
  • Ability to function and communicate effectively in an interdisciplinary team approach to chemical dependency.
  • Ability to deal with hostile or distraught clients of all age levels and with their family members.
  • Ability to read, write and speak English.

Physical Demands And Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by and employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical Demands: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is frequently required to sit, to reach with hands and arms to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; to occasionally stand and climb stairs, walk; to seldom bend, push, pull, and kneel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or carry up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work Environment:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Positions Supervised:

  • Client Monitors