Residential Senior Counselor

Residential Senior Counselor

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Core duties and responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

  • Assists with scheduling and completing assessment and intake processes arriving at treatment recommendations and level of care decisions that are appropriate to client’s level of functioning and medical necessity.
  • Completes psychosocial assessments.
  • Develops initial and comprehensive individualized treatment plans based on client’s needs, using client’s words, and that have measurable objectives, within established timelines, based on assessment, psychosocial, client’s assessed stage of change, and in consultation with client and treatment team as appropriate.
  • Provides individual counseling based on treatment plan and client centered needs.
  • Conducts group counseling.
  • Conducts evidence based practices to the individual needs of the clients (EBPs include, but are not limited to, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Matrix Model, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).
  • Completes required documentation in an accurate, timely and an intelligible manner.
  • Consults with other legal and treatment agencies and individuals as needed.
  • Attends staff meetings and team conferences.
  • Attends to client needs in a thorough and timely manner.
  • Speaks of and to clients with dignity and respect.
  • Is attuned to the presence of trauma indicators and project safety and trust in the professional relationship.
  • Conducts discharge planning with the client.
  • Provides crisis intervention services as needed.
  • Recognizes, responds to, high risk factors including suicidal and homicidal ideation.
  • Recognizes, responds to, and defuses volatile or dangerous situations as allowable; when in doubt always call for assistance and/or 911.
  • Acts as liaison with networking/referring agencies, e.g.; Courts, Parole, Probation, ACCESS, etc.
  • Is aware of client’s compliance with medication, vocational and medical appointments and addresses all non-compliant issues.
  • Encourages family involvement when appropriate.
  • Accesses records only where the “need to know” exists.
  • Follows established Federal, State and Elmcor guidelines on confidentiality.
  • Maintains current knowledge base on counseling issues regarding substance abuse and other psychosocial disorders.
  • Seeks supervision and consultation as needed.



  • Supervises counseling and support staff.
  • Makes caseload assignments.
  • Assists in ensuring record keeping is accurate and timely.
  • Assists in developing and evaluating departmental work scope goals attainment.
  • Co-leads and/or leads departmental meetings.
  • Assists coordinator in supervising, training and addressing staff issues.
  • Reviews, approves and makes recommendations to clinical documentation.
  • Ensures collection of client fees.
  • Ensures daily finger imaging.
  • Responsible for oversight of STARS reporting.
  • Assists in and/or develops weekend work schedules.
  • Monitors program census and assists in development and implementation of recruitment strategies.
  • Represents coordinator in his/her absence.
  • Participates in case conferences and managerial meetings.
  • Interviews perspective candidates.
  • Assists in determining staff evaluations.
  • Addresses staff/client complaints and assists in resolving them.
  • Assists with physical plant oversight.
  • In conjunction with the leadership team, assists in maintaining confidentiality, ethics and professional conduct throughout the agency.
  • Maintains a climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates a staff of top-quality people.
  • Participates in fundraising activities.
  • Assists with organizing and implementing agency wide events.
  • May be required to work evenings and weekends.



  • BS/BA Degree from an accredited college with a major in counseling, psychology, social work or a human services related discipline and 1 years’ experience working with applicable populations who have substance abuse disorders or;
  • CASAC and 1-2 years’ supervisory experience working with applicable populations who have substance abuse /co-occurring disorders or;
  • CASAC-T with 3 years’ experience working with applicable populations who have substance abuse/co-occurring disorders.
  • Must have computer skills.



  • $45,777


  • Participation in 401K, Health Insurance, Paid Holidays, Annual and Sick Leave
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