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Mental Health Counselor- Casa Pacific

  2020-02-20     Encompass Community Services     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.

Casa Pacific is a 12-bed residential program for individuals with mental illness and co-occurring substance use issues. The program is part of an innovative project which centers on work and meaningful daily activities as the core of the treatment approach, and collaborates closely with Community Connection’s Mariposa Center.

Job Summary:

We currently have a full-time counselor opening at our Casa Pacific site, located in Watsonville. Reporting to the Program Manager, under close supervision, the role of the counselor is to provide support and assistance to clients in planning and attaining their goals. Special focus will be on the client’s needs related to the housing, physical health, issues of chemical dependency and mental health, stabilization of income, and reentry back into the community. Services will be delivered with dignity and respect for each individual resident.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Establish a close working relationship with residents in the program.
  • Perform clinical duties, which will include individual counseling and facilitating house meetings and groups. Assist clients in crisis situations.
  • Supervise daily activities of clients, including performing support services that assist clients in everyday living skills. This may include supervision of clients' chores, monitoring mealtime activities, conducting social and recreational activities, etc.
  • Complete intake, assessment, and evaluation paperwork with clients.
  • Monitor and track client’s use of medications; conduct client urine tests.
  • Transport clients to appointments as necessary.
  • Communicate with case managers and other service providers about client status.
  • Maintain facility cleanliness in accord with residential licensing standards, as well as complete household duties such as shopping for supplies and laundry.
  • Maintain clinical charts and complete required paperwork in a timely manner as required by the County, State, and component guidelines.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Social Work or related field
  • Two year demonstrated supervised work experience in related program
  • Experience in providing services to populations experiencing mental health issues, co-occurring disorders, or comparable population
  • Flexibility to work varied shifts, including primarily evenings and one weekend shift
  • Ability to work in an intense environment dealing with varied personalities and cultures
  • Ability to role model daily living skills in a positive manner
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and complete tasks
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Valid California driver's license and clearance for agency vehicle insurance coverage
  • Fingerprinting for licensing, criminal record clearance and necessary physical exams are required
  • Demonstrated ability to constructively deal with a high degree of physical and emotional stress
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English highly desirable
  • Ability to be a team player, maintain effective working relationships and communicate in a respectful and professional manner when dealing with fellow employees, outside agencies and residents
  • Ability to maintain and clean, safe and supportive environment

Wage & Benefits:

Our total compensation package includes a comprehensive medical and dental insurance plan for full time employees, 403(b) retirement plan, paid holiday, sick time, and 17 days of paid vacation, pro-rated for positions less than 40 hours a week.

Encompass Community Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. We are committed to excellence through diversity and strive to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all clients and employees.

Our programs recognize the value of racial, ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity and strive toward a culture of trauma-informed practice, with the overarching goal of ensuring that all services promote healing, and integrate the values and standards of providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

If you require assistance applying on-line, we have computer terminals available at our 380 Encinal Street Suite 200 office in Santa Cruz, Tel: 831-469-1700, and at our 225 Westridge Drive location in Watsonville, Tel: 831-724-3885. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment.

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