Counselor Trainee 1 Intern

Job Title:        
Counselor Trainee 1 Intern

Department:  
Northwest Indian Treatment Center

Reports to:
Treatment Center Director, June O’Brien

FSLA Status:
Non-Exempt

Time Status:   
Full-time (40 hours a week)

TS Range:   
3/4/5 (13.87 an hour)

Opening Date: 
January 25, 2019

Closing Date: 
February 8, 2019

SUMMARY:
Under the supervision of a chemical dependency professional as defined by the Department of Health, implements, maintains and coordinates the case management activities of assigned patients. Delivers treatment services that include individual and group counseling related to chemical dependency patients. Establishes and maintains patient files to WAC and CARF standards and NWITC policies. Participates in quality assurance activities, educational lectures, coordinates case management, completes discharge summary, makes appropriate aftercare plans and communicates with appropriate referring and aftercare organizations. Maintains time lines as indicated by NWITC policies. Coordinate inter-agency and inter-department patient management. Contribute to positive, effective development by cooperating with other staff to implement a consistent treatment plan for each patient across shifts and in the absence of the primary counselor or counselor-trainee.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Provide case management for an assigned caseload of patients per NWITC policies and procedures, RCW, WACs and CARF standards.

Complete intake and assessment on each new patient within ten days of admission. Communicate essential dynamics, background information to other staff members. Communicate current medical needs to the nurse.

Maintain accurate and timely documentation in patient records as per NWITC policies and procedures.

Facilitate patient group therapy sessions.

Arrange and participate in family, significant other conferences as appropriate.

Initiate and implement phone calls, correspondence with patients, referral sources, probation officers, after care providers, attorneys and others as appropriate.

Monitor patient milieu to include behavior, participation, health and safety; interact and intervene with patients therapeutically and consistent with the treatment plan.

Maintain confidentiality regarding patient/client information.

Attend weekly staffing meetings, staff meetings and in services as required or that occur on the assigned shift.

Cooperates with staffing patterns and scheduling needs for meeting patient needs; participate in temporary assignments.

Provide pre-admission and admission assessments.

Monitor and maintain current data for outcomes as assigned.

Interact cooperatively and constructively and with timeliness with referring agencies and aftercare agencies and others with patient involvement.

Transport patients. Pick up supplies and resources as needed.

Participate in the development of the lecture manual.

Inform director or clinical coordinator of any problems potential or actual that effect safety or health of patients or staff.

Maintain orderly office, coffee and supply area.

Participate in quality assurance activities using appropriate forms, collect data, make reports and correct problems. Participates in data collection TARGET system, equivalent or substitute, enter into computer.

Interact positively with peers to build a cooperative team and enhance morale.  Communicate respectfully and professionally modeling effective, responsible style for patients.

Interact with all patients of the milieu as needed.

Participate in the pre-admission process for prospective patients as requested.

Maintain a written record of counseling activities and time spent on each for the purpose of becoming a chemical dependency counselor.

Enroll in and complete courses relevant to counselor certification and approved by NWITC.

Respond to the direction and requests of the intern supervisor regarding assignments, request for information or copies of academic courses.

Study counseling theories and techniques as assigned by the intern supervisor; become able to use techniques as appropriate.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Within three months of employment must be enrolled full time in a college offering the full range of classes to become a Chemical Dependency Professional. Within three months must complete the appropriate, DOH recognized class in HIV/AIDS.  Must not be under current investigation by the Department of Health or found in noncompliance with DOH ethical standards unless successfully participating in a correction program with DOH and the Squaxin Island Tribe is in agreeance.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:  
High School Diploma or GED and one year of relevant experience. Experience working with Native Americans is preferred.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: 
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

REASONING ABILITY:
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
Must have a current, valid Washington State Driver’s License.  The successful applicant must pass a criminal history background check and must not have been convicted of a felony within the past two years.  Must be insurable by the Tribe’s insurance carrier. Must complete TB test, CPR and HIV/Aids training course.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
 The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear and to sit; frequently required to walk; reach with hands and arms and use hands to finger, handle or feel, and occasionally required to stand, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, or taste or smell. While performing the duties of this position, the employee may frequently be required to lift up to ten pounds and occasionally lift up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision; distance vision; peripheral vision and depth perception.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The noise of the work environment for this position is usually moderate.

OTHER:
Knowledge of industry recommended cleaning methods is desirable. The job requires the ability to work independently with limited supervision as well as part of a team.  Regular and consistent attendance is a condition of employment.  The employee must deal courteously with public, patients, and staff. Applicants who have been a patient of the NWITC programs must have completed services for a minimum of six months and should have six months of sustained recovery.

DRUG FREE WORKPLACE:
The successful candidate will be required to have a urinalysis for drug and alcohol screening in accordance with the Tribe’s Drug Free Workplace Policy and falls within the higher level of random testing as defined by the policy.

INDIAN PREFERENCE:
Indian Preference will be exercised in the hiring of this position in accordance with the Tribe’s Personnel Policies.

TO APPLY:  
Application packets including a resume and cover letter are accepted at the Squaxin Island Tribal Center, Human Resources office; 10 SE Squaxin Lane Shelton, WA 98584.