Senior Direct Care Counselor
Advocates Inc. 42 reviews - West Newton, MA

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The Senior Direct Care Counselor will implement the mission of the Mental Health Division. He/she will provide all residential services to clients and perform, coordinate and/ or monitor designated programmatic administrative or clinical functions.


  • Develop and document Program Specific Treatment Plans (PSTPs) and reviews, outlining rehabilitative goals and interventions, which reflect program participant preference and meet DMH and Agency standards.
  • Participate in the development of the Individual Service Plan (ISP) and attend other treatment meetings.
  • Document monthly progress notes.
  • Perform interventions with clients that address their identified goals and result in skill development.
  • Provide linkage with other program staff and other service providers.
  • Communicate program participant's progress, mental status, and any changes in daily notes.
  • Provide support and supervision to clients.
  • Participate in or facilitate group work as delegated by Supervisor.
  • Identify and address community integration issues for clients on caseload or as designated.
  • Monitor and document medication administration.
  • Perform, coordinate, and/or monitor a range of programmatic clinical and administrative responsibilities as delegated by Supervisor.
  • Supervise overnight staff as delegated by Supervisor.
  • Provide coordination and leadership to program team during shifts, vacations, or sick leave in the absence of Supervisor.
  • Ensure a clean, safe and home-like living environment for clients.
  • Provide crisis intervention (which may include SOLVE techniques) and access emergency services as needed.
  • Participate in core trainings and maintain certification of required trainings (CPR/First Aid, SOLVE, MAP).
  • Attends and actively participates in supervision and staff meetings.
  • Remain alert at all times throughout scheduled workday.
  • Ensure clients are treated with dignity and respect in accordance with Advocates' Human Rights Policy.
  • Perform all duties in accordance with the agency's policies and procedures.
  • Strictly follow all agency Performance Standards.

  • Qualifications

  • BA/BS in related field and 2 years experience; or H.S. Diploma/GED and 3 years related experience.
  • Must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
  • High energy level, superior interpersonal skills, and ability to function in a team atmosphere.
  • Must be organized, detail oriented and posses the ability to multitask.
  • Must have basic computer knowledge.
  • Ability to communicate effectively including in writing.
  • Must have sensitivity to the needs of the population.
  • Ability to read English and communicate effectively in the primary language of the program to which he/she is assigned.
  • Must hold a valid driver's license. Must have access to an operational and insured vehicle and be willing to use it to transport clients.

  • Benefits

    Advocates offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance, tuition reimbursement, 401(k) plan and a holiday/vacation package.

    Advocates is an EOE committed to employing a diverse workforce.

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