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Job: Residential Counselor

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Title Residential Counselor
Categories Northern California
Position Type TEMP
Salary $20 – $23/ hour
Location Oakland, CA
Job Information

This is a temporary position for 3 months.  We are in need of Day shift coverage, 8AM – 4:30PM and Swing shift coverage, 3PM – 11PM.  The Residential Treatment Program, the Dual Diagnosis Residential Counselor is responsible for providing intensive group and individual counseling to adults diagnosed with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders within a beautiful, historic, Victorian, 15-bed residential treatment setting serving both men and women, ages 18 and older.


  • Must be able to pass community care licensing criteria for employees of residential care facilities, and pass the Federal Background check, including fingerprint check.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to work both independently and as an active and self-initiating member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team.
  • Must have strong communication and organizational skills with a keen attention to detail.
  • Must demonstrate excellent writing skills and be able to meet required standards of documentation.
  • Must demonstrate basic computer skills.
  • Must have a valid, current driver’s license with an insurable record and be willing to drive the agency van for outings when needed.
  • Must demonstrate a high-level of professionalism with the capacity to set boundaries kindly and consistently with a diverse population of residents in a milieu setting.
  • Must be able to effectively prioritize competing demands and meet weekly deadlines on an ongoing basis.
  • Must demonstrate enthusiasm, flexibility and be able to work amicably with multiple team members.
  • Must be able to assist in the evacuation of people from the house in the event of an emergency.

Candidates MUST qualify as a Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist (MHRS) by having fulfilled at least ONE of the following:

  • AA degree with six years’ experience working in mental health or substance use disorder treatment, or related social services.
  • BA degree with four years’ experience working in mental health, substance use disorder treatment, or related social services.
  • Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or related field and two years’ experience working in mental health or substance use disorder treatment, or related social services.

Essential Functions/Skills:

  • As a member of the clinical team, provide treatment to up to 15 adults with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders within a milieu setting providing ongoing assessment and intervention.
  • Planning and facilitating a wide range of integrated treatment groups within a social rehabilitation treatment program, providing weekly individual counseling, and participating in weekly clinical team meetings and individual supervision.
  • Crisis intervention and crisis management as needed.
  • Facilitates residents’ development of recovery and adult daily living skills including personal hygiene, cooking, and cleaning through modeling, coaching, teaching and working alongside them.
  • Collaboratively formulating treatment plans with residents, writing weekly progress notes, daily log assessments, discharge summaries, and maintaining resident charts in compliance with regulatory standards.
  • Assists residents in monitoring their own medications as prescribed by their physicians per agency policies and procedures.
  • Consulting with other treatment/service providers (i.e. case managers, psychiatrists, physicians, etc.) to support collaborative, multidisciplinary care, service brokerage, and advocacy and discharge planning.
  • Responsible for monitoring compliance with state licensing requirements and specific on-site program operations as assigned.
  • Assist in the management, maintenance, up-keep, and repair of the house.
  • The nature of this position requires that meal periods be taken “on duty”.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Program Director.
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