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Transition Age Youth Counselor (1751)

  2019-03-14     Encompass Community Servcies     Santa Cruz County  

About Us:
At Encompass Community
Services we provide our community with a wide range of services related to family & social well-being, early childhood education, behavioral health,housing and more. Every day through these services we work to make health, education and housing more equitable for all people in Santa Cruz County. For more than 40 years our work has touched generations by helping people have access to education, rebuild relationships, restore their health and regain dignity.

Transition Age Youth Programs serve current and former foster and probation placement youth ages 15-24. We provide an array of programs and services including counseling, skills building, a drop-in resource center, and subsidized supportive housing. Our mission is to support and empower youth in making a healthy transition into successful adulthood.

Job Summary:
The Counselor for the Transition Age Youth Program is responsible for establishing a close working relationship with an assigned caseload of foster, probation and after care youth to provide quality comprehensive clinical services. The Counselor will provide case management and mental health services, and act as liaison with outside agencies to assist youth in developing the necessary skills to live independently. Services will be delivered with dignity and respect for each individual client and a commitment to their right of choice.

Duties & Responsibilities:
-Establish a close working relationship with and provide quality clinical services to an assigned caseload of youth aged 15-24.
-Organize on-duty time in such a way that a percentage of the workday is spent providing Medi-Cal billable mental health services including counseling and treatment planning. Maintain clinical charts according to established guidelines.
-Assist youth with aspects of living independently for the first time (maintaining housing, employment, money management, social relationships, education, etc.)
-Facilitate workshops, field trips, and other activities for youth.
-Work closely with other agency and County staff, including Career Works, Children’s Mental Health staff, Child Welfare Services Social Workers, other counties’ ILP’s, Cabrillo College and the Housing -Authority in order to link youth to needed services.
-Facilitate payments of incentives, scholarships, housing assistance and other payments to clients.
-Maintain a valid license and insurance, and transport clients on a daily basis.

-Bilingual Spanish speaking ability strongly encouraged.
-B.A. in related field required. MA preferred. Clinical supervision available.
-At least two years supervised work experience with young adult populations.
-Ability to perform support services that assist clients in everyday living skills.
-Demonstrated ability to organize and complete tasks.
-Must be self-motivated and able to work alone, as well as accept supervision.
-Must have a valid CA driver’s license, vehicle and insurance, and agency insurance clearance.
-Fingerprinting and criminal record clearance required.
-If in recovery, two years clean and sober required.

Excellent benefits include medical and dental insurance for employee and family, with small monthly co-pay, 3 weeks paid vacation, 12½ paid holidays and paid sick time. Our total compensation package includes a comprehensive medical and dental insurance plan, 403(b) retirement plan, paid holiday & sick time, and 17 days of paid vacation (pro-rated for part-time positions).

We are an equal opportunity employer. At Encompass we value the diversity of individuals, ideas, perspectives, insights and values, and what they bring to the workplace.
Applications are welcome from all qualified candidates.

If we find that your qualifications are a good fit with our current needs, you will be contacted with further instructions. Thank you for your interest in Encompass!

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