Ashbury, San Francisco
In June 1995, Progress Foundation opened Ashbury House, a residential treatment program for mentally disabled and dually diagnosed mothers and their children. This program is the first licensed treatment setting in California that allows families to remain intact while the mother receives critically needed rehabilitation and treatment services. Mothers who would otherwise be forced to place their children in foster care in order to receive services can choose Ashbury House, a comprehensive family-centered treatment program providing mental health and chemical dependency treatment, parenting education, health services, vocational assistance, and supportive aftercare services.
Under the supervision of the Program Director or the Assistant Director, Counselors provide support and assistance to clients of this unique residential treatment program for mothers with mental health issues and their children. The Counselors advocate for and respond to clients' treatment and rehabilitation needs. Specific functions are outlined in the job description.
Generally, Counselor duties include: Promote the philosophy of social rehabilitation as it applies to residential treatment; performance of intake interviews; group, individual, and family counseling; treatment plan development and implementation; coordination of activities; discharge planning; and developing and maintaining contact with clients' therapists and related treatment programs. Maintain computer requirements of the City and County of San Francisco Community Behavioral Health Services. In addition, the counselor is required to maintain clinical records and to perform minor household repair and cleaning tasks. Candidates must be willing to work a flexible schedule, including some weekend and overnight shifts.
Bachelor's degree preferred. Experience may be substituted for the degree requirement, depending on nature and length of experience. Specific experience in residential treatment and/or knowledge of social rehabilitation is preferred. At least one year's experience in a community mental health program is preferred. Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Basic word processing skills. Must demonstrate an acceptable level of maturity, good judgment and emotional stability. Must be able to negotiate several flights of stairs and lift and carry 20lb packages multiple times during each work shift.
Progress Foundation is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. Bilingual/bicultural, people of color, women, individuals with personal experience as consumers of mental health services and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Upon receipt of a job offer and before commencement of employment, must submit to a fingerprint check and health screening exam in order to obtain clearance from the State Dept. of Social Services, Community Care Licensing. Valid California driver's license and insurability under the agency's auto insurance policies are preferred. Employment is contingent upon meeting the above minimum qualifications and verification of previous employment and education.
The Company will consider qualified applicants including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with state and local “Fair Chance” laws.