The County of San Mateo's Human Services Agency is seeking qualified Human Services Care Counselors (HSCC) – Elysian Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) for the Children and Family Services branch.
In the Elysian STRTP assignment, counselors provide trauma-informed supervision, support, and direction to children removed from their home due to abuse and/or neglect who were assessed as needing higher-level care in a residential treatment program. The job operates on a 24/7 schedule. This position may be required to work nights, weekends, and holidays.
There is one HSCC II – Elysian STRTP assignment vacancy to be filled immediately, and this list may also be used to fill the HSCC I (Relief) – Elysian STRTP assignment vacancies.
Ideal candidates will have:
• Previous direct experience at a group home, short-term residential therapeutic program, or substance abuse treatment program for at least one year or a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences Degree in Psychology, Sociology, Counseling, Child Development or related field with at least 100 hours of on-the-job experience with youth.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills. Experience preparing reports of children’s behavior and weekly summaries used by the Children’s Services Social Workers for court-related reports.
• Experience supervising and directing individual and groups of children with high-level needs.
• Direct services experience with youth who have high-level mental/behavioral health needs, preferably in an STRTP setting.
• Experience establishing behavior modification programs with children.
• Experience dealing effectively with diverse youth, parents, and private/public agencies and establishing rapport with children and their families in working towards achieving identified goals and solutions.
• Knowledge of parenting skills, family engagement techniques, trauma informed practices, crisis prevention, and management of potentially assaultive behaviors.
• Knowledge of strength-based approaches and application of Integrated Core Practice Model behaviors in working with families.
Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is:
• Human Services Care Counselor I: Eighteen units in any of the following areas: Psychology, Sociology, Counseling, Child Development, or related fields and eighteen months experience working with children or families or related work experience with families in their own homes.
• Human Services Care Counselor II: Eighteen months of experience providing advice, assistance, supervision, and direction to dependent and neglected adolescent age children or providing services, monitoring, supervision and assessment of children and their families whose cases are assigned to Children's Services Social Workers.