Colorado State SOCIAL WORK/COUNSELOR III– Licensed Behavioral and Mental Health Counselor in Pueblo, Colorado

SOCIAL WORK/COUNSELOR III– Licensed Behavioral and Mental Health Counselor

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SOCIAL WORK/COUNSELOR III– Licensed Behavioral and Mental Health Counselor

Salary

$4,466.00 - $6,538.00 Monthly

Location

Pueblo, CO

Job Type

Full Time

Department

Colorado Department of Human Services

Job Number

IJD 03199 07/26/2018

Closing

8/20/2018 11:59 PM Mountain

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Department Information

Pueblo Regional Center –Pueblo West

The Pueblo Regional Center (PRC) is one of three state-operated Regional Centers providing quality, specialized services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities by promoting growth, participation, contributions, and capabilities. The PRC manages eleven group homes throughout the Pueblo West community, licensed to serve 88 individuals. PRC provides 24/7 care and treatment in home-like settings, while offering habilitative services and supports in the areas of residential, day programming; therapies with a trauma informed focus, as well as health and nutrition.

  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the state system

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans

  • Medical and Dental Health Plans

  • Paid Life Insurance

  • Short and Long-Term Disability coverage

  • Vacation and Sick Leave

  • 10 Paid Holidays per year

  • State of Colorado's Work-Life Employee discount Program offers a variety of discounts on services and products to State employees

Description of Job

This position ensures that individuals receive the services and supports needed for short-term stabilization, particularly around behavioral and therapeutic counseling. Many individuals are admitted to PRC with challenging, complicated behaviors that private providers in the community have not been able to adequately address. PRC is specialized in providing robust behavioral and mental health services so that individuals can achieve stabilization and transition back to a private provider in the community. This position meets a therapeutic need through behavioral counseling that may not be available to the individual in the community. This position is able to establish therapeutic groups specific for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as nurture community mental health connections and supports.

Job Duties

  • Provides on-going assessments and recommendations regarding the individual's treatment plan to ensure behavioral and mental health needs are met. This occurs annually or as needed.

  • Conducts individual, group, and family therapy as determined necessary by this position in order to help individual meet therapeutic goals.

  • Provides crisis intervention when an individual is expressing significant safety concerns in the form of counseling, trauma informed care, de-escalation, creating safety plans, and assessing if off-sight emergency services are needed.

  • Establishes a therapeutic relationship in order to provide necessary treatment to the individual.

  • Provides on-going assessments and recommendations regarding the individual's treatment plan to ensure behavioral and mental health needs are met. This occurs annually or as needed.

  • This position works collaboratively with the PRC Leadership to ensure programming is implemented, especially when business needs change.

  • This position completes other duties as assigned by the Program Services Director.

  • In conjunction with other staff, provides Manager Emergency on Call (EOC) services for 24 hours/day for one week.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:

Current, valid licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) from the Colorado State Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners or current, valid licensure as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) from the Colorado State Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners

AND one year of practice experience as a counselor or social worker.

Substitution: Current, valid licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) from the Colorado State Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners will substitute for the Clinical Social Worker license (LCSW).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experienced in conducting therapy with the Intellectually/Developmentally Disabled (DD) population.

Conditions of Employment:

  • A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process as this position is deemed to have direct contact with vulnerable persons. Felony convictions, conviction of crimes of moral turpitude, or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges or convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the CDHS Background Unit with an official disposition of any charges. Additionally, you will be required take a drug screen.

  • Current, valid and unrestricted Colorado driver's license.

  • Participating in on-call status rotation.

  • Travel is required between homes, accompanying individuals as needed and to attend training as needed.

  • Must be a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Appeal Rights:

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb.

A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Any person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To receive the accommodation, the person making the request must present medical documentation that describes the impairment which justifies the accommodation. Because it requires several days for CDHS to evaluate the request and prepare for the accommodation, it is essential for the person who believes he/she may need an accommodation to locate or obtain the documentation that he/she intends to submit well in advance of the assessment date. Failure to provide the medical documentation three days in advance of a comparative analysis could make it impossible for CDHS to prepare for and provide the requested accommodation. To request a reasonable accommodation for this assessment, please contact Bridget Clawson Braaten at 303-866-4373 or bridget.clawson@state.co.us or the contact listed on this announcement three days before the assessment date.

Supplemental Information

Applicants are encouraged to attach a cover letter and resume to their application.

The selection process will consist primarily of a review of applications against the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position. Applications will be reviewed in comparison to all others in the applicant pool in order to identify a top group of up to 6 candidates who may be invited for a final interview. Depending on the size of the applicant pool, additional selection processes may be utilized to identify a top group of candidates. Applicants will be notified of their status via email.

Note: Transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements are required to apply and participate in the selection process.

Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on your application and may not be eligible for employment at CDHS.