SENIOR MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR
COUNTY OF SANTA CRUZ
Under direction, to be responsible for the day-to-day operation of a specialized treatment program on an assigned shift; to train, direct and supervise subordinate mental health counselors providing for the care, welfare, counseling and rehabilitation of clients; to oversee the activities of clients; and to perform other work as required.
Senior Mental Health Counselor is responsible for serving as the day-to-day supervisor over staff and program planning on an assigned day or swing shift in a specialized adolescent treatment program. This class is distinguished from the higher class of Mental Health Client Specialist, which is responsible for the assessing, developing service and coordination plans, and providing complex interventions. It is distinguished from the lower class of Mental Health Counselor II that is not responsible for supervision of other staff, day-to-day operations on a shift, or determination of the types of program activity.
Assign, direct and evaluate the work of subordinate mental health counselors providing for the care, welfare, counseling and rehabilitation of clients in a specialized treatment program; train new personnel, participates in the preparation of written performance evaluations and facilitates their development into fully functioning mental health counselors; consult with superiors and coordinates with staff, teachers, mental health clinicians, probation officers and others regarding the conduct, attitudes and special problems of clients; counsel clients individually and in groups and assist in the development of positive behaviors and social skills; assist in calming potentially violent situations; develop, schedule and coordinate the work and recreation activities of individuals and groups in the program; ensure the performance of specific program policies, procedures and routines; oversee the maintenance of logs and reports, including progress notes, including possible effects of medication on behavior; prepare clinical reports and maintain necessary records; make decisions on interpreting rules and consequences for clients, assist in determining which adolescents might join and remain in special rehabilitation programs; contact and work with outside groups and volunteers in developing and coordinating special programs for juveniles; oversees daily activities and development of life skills; assists patients in taking prescribed medication; leads off-site therapeutic activities; assists with intake; explain the purposes and procedures of the program; participates in four-month treatment plan review meetings; participate in multi-disciplinary clinical meetings with clients and families; maintain good discipline and instruct youth in acceptable behavior; take proper action for non-cooperating clients; remain alert for potential problems and take measures to reduce tensions and avoid possible violence; contact parents, probation officers, police and others as required; observe and facilitate family and significant other visiting; conduct program meetings and in-service training; attend and participates in staff, program and planning meetings; transports groups on therapeutic outing activities; transports individuals to hospitals, clinics and community facilities; may provide back-up for other classifications as required; may supervise volunteers and interns.
Working knowledge of:
Some knowledge of:
Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain these knowledge and abilities would be:
One year of experience performing duties comparable to a Mental Health Counselor II in Santa Cruz County.
License/Certificate Requirement: Possession of a valid California class C driver license. Possession of a valid First Aid and CPR Certificate issues by the American Red Cross.
Special Working Conditions: Exposure to: possibility of bodily injury; infections which may cause chronic disease or death; combative minor detainees; offensive odors; high noise levels; insect bites; dust and pollens.
PREVIOUS CLASS TITLES: None
Bargaining Unit: 41
EEOC Job Category: 04
Occupational Grouping: 69
Worker's Comp Code: 0285