WestCare Entry Counselor in San Luis Obispo, California

Job Description:

Position Summary: Person in this position will be responsible for the delivery of face-to-face program activities and services to inmate’s participating in the program. Essential Job Functions include those listed below.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Deliver treatment services to the participants;

  • Conduct group and individual meetings;

  • Evaluate the progress of the participants assigned to their groups;

  • Work directly with the participants to develop and implement a treatment service plan;

  • Coordinate with the Transition/Continuing Care Counselor to develop a Community Services Plan and transitional documents, as directed by CDCR, for continued community program activities;

  • Work with the participant to create a support network for the participants' s pending return to the community;

  • Shall work collaboratively with the CDCR and institutional staff;

  • Coordinate with and support CCIII to address safety, security, and if necessary removal of Mentor Candidates from the program, and

  • Work collaboratively with all Offender Mentor Certification Program participants, including Program staff, OMCP contract and sub-contract staff, institution, CDCR and other CDCR Staff.

  • Embrace and embody the mission, vision, guiding principles , clinical vision and goals of WestCare Foundation; and

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Experience consisting of one (1) year of providing direct substance abuse counseling services to the criminal justice population required ;

  • At the time of hire, must be certified as an AOD Counselor with a certification recognized by DHCS;

  • Knowledge of offender populations , criminal subcultures, and cultural differences, substance abuse assessment tools, therapeutic community concepts;

  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain CDCR clearance;

  • Must have valid driver’s license and ability to obtain and maintain WestCare’s vehicle insurance; and

  • CPR Certification, First Aid Certification and an Annual Tuberculosis test.

Education and Experience:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college with a degree in Addiction Counseling, Criminal Justice, Social Work, Psychology or a related field is preferred;

  • A High School diploma or equivalent is required;

Working Conditions:

  • Work is primarily performed in an in-prison treatment setting.

Physical Demands:

  • The normal work routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues, BUT exposure or potential exposure may be required as a condition of employment. Appropriate personal protective equipment will be readily available to every employee engaged in Category II tasks;

  • Occasional lifting of more than 10 pounds; and

  • Sitting, standing, walking, reaching are performed in the normal course of the position.

Requisition Number: 3602

City: San Luis Obispo

State: California

Job Title: Entry Counselor

Area of Interest: Clinical/Counseling