Counselor
Correctional Healthcare Companies - California

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Essential Job Duties :
Conducts educational classes with assigned clients using commonly accepted techniques of the counseling profession, documenting attendance, non-attendance and inappropriate behavior for follow-up with the court & prosecutor's office.

2. Conducts group therapy sessions with assigned clients using commonly accepted techniques of the counseling profession

3. Conducts screenings for offenders as needed making accurate assessments and referrals to appropriate classes demonstrating a thorough knowledge of alcoholism, substance abuse, DSM IV and sentencing alternative programs.

4. Conducts individual, family, and marital counseling of court referrals using commonly accepted techniques of counseling profession documenting progress as well as inappropriate behavior for follow-up with court & prosecutor's office.

5. Assures timely and adequate records and treatment plans on all clients served following CHC policies and procedures and State Licensing requirements.

6. Completes diagnosis, treatment plans, and ongoing psychotherapy using commonly accepted techniques of the counseling profession and DSM IV. Client Treatment Plans and progress notes are individualized 100% of the time.

7. Performs any related duties as required by the Clinical Director or Manager, i.e., going to court, making program presentations, substituting for other therapists when necessary, and working on program related manuals.

8. Completes individualized charting for each group participant, submittal of rosters and individual progress notes, and all monies within 48 hours of group. Therapist is responsible for client funds received at classes until turned-in at a CHC Office to appropriate CHC staff member according to established procedures.

9. When conducting screening assessments:
Ensure that client has appropriate intake paperwork for the offense being assessed.

Work in cooperation with CHC administrative staff to efficiently screen all clients who appear.

Conduct screening within the 50-minute time window established by CHC Policy.

Prepare assessment conclusions and write treatment plan in ten-minute time window after screening.

Complete all screening/assessment paperwork and ensure that all required documents are signed.

Cooperate with CHC administrative staff to ensure client is placed in appropriate program/class.

Cooperate with CHC policy that all clients who appear for screening are screened each business day.

Pro-actively cooperate with Clinical Lead to ensure that assessments are accurate and appropriate.

Pro-actively cooperate with Clinical Lead during monitors and critiques of screening activities.

Make all reasonable efforts to steer clients toward treatment at CHC sites when legally appropriate.

Consult with Clinical Lead prior to referring screening client out to another BH or MH facility.

10. When conducting group assignments:
Pro-actively ensure that group roster is in-hand for the group you will be conducing prior to start.

Create and maintain group notebook according to standards established by CHC Policy and Procedure.

Be familiar with and conduct groups strictly in conformance with CHC Policy and Procedure.

Use only CHC established curriculum in the conduct of CHC group activities.

Under no circumstances allow control of group dynamic to be ceded to group participants.

Ensure that all groups fully understand established CHC group rules and allow no deviation from same.

Strictly observe the 10-minute maximum check-in rule prior to starting.

Strictly observe the 10-minute maximum ‘break’ time for two-hour groups.

Strictly observe established CHC payment policy for group participation. Pay-for-stay; no pre-pays.

Strictly observe CHC ethical standards relating to therapist-client professional/personal relationships.

Prepare client progress notes with INDIVIDUALIZED notations within 48-hours of group.

Be responsible for and secure client funds received for group participation until turned-in to office.

Strictly observe CHC Policy and Procedure for turning-in group money/rosters/p-notes/ receipts, and closures to a CHC office within 48 hours after group assignment..

Be open to discussing potential group re-assignments with Clinical Lead in a spirit of cooperation.

Be available to substitute for an open group assignment if asked by Clinical Lead, in a spirit of teamwork.

Be primarily responsible for working with your peers to find substitutes for your group if required.

Pro-actively staff unusual group dynamics with Clinical Lead to assure best possible outcomes.

Cooperate with Clinical Lead during and after routine group monitoring for quality assurance.

11. Conduct screenings and/or groups inside a prison.

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Minimum Educational/Experience Requirements:
Masters Degree preferred in the Behavioral Health field, Criminal Justice, counseling, social work or equivalent experience. . Must have clinical or counseling license or certification, who are certified addictions professionals