Residential Shelter Counselor

Position Summary:

The Residential Shelter Counselor is responsible for providing for the mental health needs of the women and children residing at Genesis. This responsibility includes, but is not limited to the following; mental health assessment during intake, one on one therapeutic counseling and support groups. The counselor will also be available to meet any emergency mental health crisis. Staff counselor will oversee the CAPC and direct her as needed. Employee is also responsible to uphold the highest standards of professionalism, accountability and integrity by adhering to and modeling the behaviors of the Good Samaritan of the Ozarks Employee Code of Ethics as well as demonstrated speech and action as defined by the agency mission statement. This is a full time, salary paid position.

Qualifications for Entry:

*A high degree of confidentiality and discretion
*Minimum education level of LCSW or licensure in counseling (MSW may be considered depending on experience)
*Must use a trauma informed approach in treatment of residents
*Understanding of poverty, intimate partner violence and oppression of the underserved
*Ability to communicate both orally and written in a clear and concise manner
*The ability to work with people of various backgrounds
*Possess computer and multimedia skills as well as the use of basic office equipment
*Flexibility to an ever changing environment
*Confidence in dealing with a crisis situation
*Must be detailed in reporting and have a good sense of time management
*A willingness to travel to meetings and conferences
*Display a willingness to learn and develop new skills
*Valid state driver’s license with an excellent driving record

Major Areas of Responsibility:

*Identify the mental health treatment needs of residential women and children residing in Genesis. This will be accomplished by initial assessment during intake and ongoing one on one meeting.
*Provide individual counseling as well as support group sessions at least two (2) times per week, one to be an evening session.
*Meet with the case management team in house as well as other providers who are working with our residential clients
*Provide formal and informal training to the advocacy staff on a biweekly or as needed basis
*Public speaking at events, trainings and educational opportunities
*Perform any additional duties as assigned

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