Respite Counselor

Pittsfield, MA

**Weekdays, 1st Shift!**

This position is responsible for facilitating assessments, participating in treatment team meetings, facilitating groups or providing 1:1 site based or mobile outreach support in the Respite Services. This position may require work at sites throughout Berkshire County.

Essential Job Functions

Direct Care

  • Work collaboratively with the respite program director, program manager, nurse, certified peer specialist and respite direct care staff to assist the Person Served with achieve their IAP goals
  • Facilitate initial assessments, assist with IAP formulation, facilitate psycho-educational groups
  • Document group contacts
  • Make treatment recommendations and referrals as appropriate.
  • Assists with discharge planning and goals

Administrative

  • Participate in all relevant respite staff and treatment meetings, scheduled supervision and interagency committees
  • Maintain safety and quality of site and report any incidents or accidents to supervisor
  • Make independent decisions on and off site based on program requirements
  • Ensure compliance with DMH and all agency policies
  • Oversee accuracy of records and maintain record keeping standards

Other Responsibilities

  • Communicate a knowledge of the process of mental illness, addiction and co-occurring disorders with hopefulness and respect
  • Participate in trainings revolving around motivational interviewing, trauma informed care, or other best practices annually
  • Flexibly respond to program scheduling needs and represent the agency in a professional manner in all community contacts and interagency committees

Qualifications

  • A Masters degree in one of the following disciplines or a closely related field is required: psychology, social work, counseling, or related field.
  • Must be eligible for independent licensure
  • Valid driver’s license and use of a personally insured vehicle


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