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Entry Counselor

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Entry Counselor in Del Norte County

  • WestCare
  • Full time
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  • Del Norte County
  • 08/07/2019
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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
  • Embrace and  embody  the mission, vision,  guiding  principles , clinical vision  and goals  of WestCare Foundation; and
  • Perform other duties as


Essential Qualifications:

  • Experience consisting of one (1) year of providing direct substance abuse counseling services to the offender population is preferred
  • At the time of hire, must be certified as an AOD Counselor with a certification recognized by DHCS;
  • Must be culturally/linguistically sensitive to populations served;
  • 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 its 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.



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