Youth Counselor- Supporting Families!
As a Youth Counselor, you will provide culturally sensitive, strength-based, and family-centered services and planning for youth who are referred for Wraparound through social services, probation, or post-adoption services. While collaborating with county and community partners, you will provide the youth and family with crisis intervention, mental health counseling, and skill-building support that is aligned with Wraparound principles and rooted in Seneca’s mission and values related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a Youth Counselor, you will work with a team comprised of Facilitators, Permanency Specialists and Family Partners. All services are provided almost exclusively in the community, including the families’ homes, foster homes, schools, and congregate care settings.
“I’ve had the privilege to work directly with youth and families from my community whose resilience and inner strength motivates me to go above and beyond. I get to hang out with kids, hear their stories, and work to break the chain trauma with a strength-based approach. The functions of my job can be difficult at times; however, our core value of unconditional care truly shines through every level of this work, making those challenges minor in the grand scheme of things.”
- Seneca Employee
As a nonprofit mental agency, Seneca Family of Agencies is committed to providing traditionally marginalized communities a network of outstanding mental health, community-based, and educational services. We are committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourage people of color to apply. Our programs are deeply engaged in conversations and trainings on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in order to bring equity and justice to the youth and families we serve.
- Assist youth and families in achieving identified treatment goals and participate in the coordination of care among treatment team members.
- Support in the development of an individualized treatment plan based on the youth and family’s strengths and needs while providing ongoing safety planning.
- Provide crisis intervention while participating in a rotational back up on-call system for crisis support.
- Coordinate transportation for the youth to help them access services and resources as needed.
- Participate in supervisions and attend all staff meetings.
- Complete agency and county documentation, such as mental health notes and incident reports, in a way that upholds the integrity and dignity of our youth and families and their lived experiences and submit them in a timely manner.
- Bachelor’s degree required
- TB test clearance, fingerprinting clearance, and any other state/federal licensing or certification requirements
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
- Own vehicle, have a valid California Driver's License and insurance
- An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias in addition to their impact on the youth and families we serve
- A willingness to self-reflect about how the intersection of one’s own identity, power and privilege, and communication style influences their interactions with youth and families
- Time management skills and ability to manage multiple responsibilities
- Experience directly supporting racially and ethnically diverse youth who may identify as a part of, but not limited to, the LGBTQ and/or transgender communities (a plus!)
- Full-time, Tuesday-Saturday or Sunday-Thursday schedule
- Flexibility required with the ability to work some evening hours as needed
- Some on-call responsibilities
- Starting at $23.75 per hour
- additional compensation upon passing language proficiency exam
- Annual performance evaluations provide the potential for a generous salary increase each year
- Comprehensive employee benefits package, including medical, dental, vision and chiropractic coverage, as well as partially paid premiums for dependents
- Employer-paid Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)
- 4 weeks of flexible paid time off and 11 paid holidays
- We provide a 403b retirement plan
- Scholarship opportunities, ongoing training, and professional development opportunities
Please apply on our external website by clicking here!
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