LifeWorks Austin
  • Community-Based Counseling
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • Full Time

LifeWorks is looking for a resilient and motivating full time Community-Based Counselor for our Community-Based Peer Support and Counseling (CBPSC) program. The Community-Based Counselor will provide individual, family, and group counseling services to transition-age youth with trauma histories. Utilizing an evidence-based trauma intervention, the Community-Based Counselor will meet with clients in convenient locations throughout the community. As part of this multi-modal approach, clients also receive peer support services from certified peer support specialists.

CBPSC serves transition-age youth, ages 16-26, who have experienced traumatic life events, frequently exacerbated by involvement in the foster care or criminal justice systems, homelessness, growing up in extreme poverty, or coming from a military family. The objective of the CBPSC program is to remove or reduce barriers to transition-age youth healing from trauma and recovering from mental health or substance use challenges, instill hope, and encourage self-sufficiency in order for them to reach their full potential.

DUTIES

  • Promotes recovery, resiliency, and accountability to help others initiate or achieve long-term recovery to enhance quality of life, health, and wellness.
  • Meets with individual clients or collaterals, as needed, to establish a safe, healthy relationship for learning, problem-solving, and participating in community activities; assists clients in building a network of support; makes referrals and coordinates client services, as appropriate.
  • Facilitates support groups in community sites through the implementation of program curricula, experiential activities, presentations and discussions, field trips and/or skill-based activities.
  • Plans, develops, and provides recovery-related presentations and outreach on a variety of topics, such as substance abuse and disease prevention/intervention, health/mental health promotion, trauma and recovery, community resources, relationship-building, and coping strategies.
  • Advocates for clients within the community as well as internally to ensure that client needs are being recognized, represented, and addressed.
  • Develops and maintains positive working relationships with agency staff and community contacts such as referral sources, recovery community organizations, peer-run programs in non-recovery organizations, and other service providers.
  • Prepares documentation of plans and activities to ensure compliance with contracts and agency requirements. Assesses and documents client progress toward recovery goals.
  • Maintains approved non-clinical supervision and continuing education.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Requires a Masters degree in Social Work, Counseling or a related field;
  • Requires 6+ months direct clinical experience; or
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain a valid Texas driver's license within 30 days.
  • Standard First-Aid and CPR Certification as required by individual program.
  • Preferred Bilingual in Spanish/English.
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