Los Angeles, CA
Full-time


Job Summary

Amity Foundation, an internationally acclaimed Teaching and Therapeutic Community in Los Angeles, California is seeking compassionate and enthusiastic individuals with a desire to teach and learn at our community located in Los Angeles. This ground breaking opportunity will help the Los Angeles community but will also enhance your training and experience in the field. Amity is a safe place where people can change in an environment that fosters trust; where new values can be formed; responsibility developed and lasting relationships built. Amity is dedicated to the inclusion and habilitation of people marginalized by addiction, homelessness, trauma, criminality, incarceration, poverty, racism, sexism and violence. Amity is committed to research, development implementation and dissemination of information regarding community building.

Remembrance, Resolution, Reconciliation, Restoration, Renewal

ALL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE SUBMITTED DURING APPLICATION PROCESS

POSITION SUMMARY

  • Coordinates with Counseling Supervisor for issues that are not resolved at the Counselor level.
  • Coordinates with the Counseling Supervisor and CDCR staff in matters pertaining to medical, disciplinary and program progress and any problems/issues involving with any program or parolee/participant services/treatment plan.
  • Make decisions regarding caseload matters.
  • Conduct and participate in case conferences for each participant assigned to the caseload.
  • Provide services to caseload of parolee/participants as described in the contract.
  • Participate in the screening of parolee/participants as required; conduct initial interviews of participants assigned to caseload.
  • Prepare an initial needs assessment for each parolee/participant, considering the participant’s physical, mental, emotional and social services needs; skill and literacy level; and substance abuse status and needs.
  • Formulates, reviews, updates, approves and signs detailed treatment plans, records and evaluates treatment, progress and changes in appearance, behavior and demeanor of the program participants on his/her caseload at the monthly case conference.
  • Participates significantly with program participants in determining short and long-range treatment goals and treatment plans.
  • Leads and participates in group, individual counseling, and other therapeutic processes, as detailed in the nine essential concepts of a therapeutic community developed by George De Leon, “Therapeutic Communities of Addictions, A Theoretical Framework”; determines type, purpose, and focus of sessions; establishes goals, and clarifies participation rules; identifies outcomes and determines criteria and method for termination or graduation from groups.
  • Reviews treatment plans with the Counseling Supervisor.
  • Prepares evaluations/transition plans five days prior to the participant’s completion of the residential and/or aftercare phase of the program.
  • Compiles and evaluates assessments, comprehensive social, legal and personal histories of program participants. Summarizes participant’s background, treatment plan, and recovery process, prepares reports as assigned.
  • Serve as a member of the casework team.
  • Maintains accurate and timely, confidential participants records.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Ability to prepare accurate, concise, informative records, reports, and plans that are consistent with Amity standards and comply with applicable clinical and administrative rules.Document treatment outcomes using acceptable methods and tools.
  • Ability to maintain sensitivity and objectivity under pressures generated by association with substance abuse treatment participants.
  • Ability to demonstrate proper attitudes and techniques towards program participants; ability to work well with multi-disciplinary treatment team.
  • Ability to provide genuine warmth, empathy and honest sensitivity to program participants to facilitate positive change.
  • Bilingual, fluent Spanish/English oral and written skills highly desirable.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROBLEMS AS DEMONSTRATED BY

  • Understanding of causes, symptoms, and effects of substance abuse; appreciation for the behavior, psychological, physical and social effects of drugs and drug abuse. Understanding of human emotions.
  • Recognition of the importance of individual differences by gaining knowledge about personalities, cultures, lifestyles, and other factors that influence behavior, must demonstrate ability to apply this knowledge to treatment practices.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS EDUCATIONAL/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • Certification as a substance abuse counselor or therapeutic community coordinator consistent with the competencies as developed by an Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification (AOD) by an agency approved and recognized by DHCS.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a behavior health field and one (1) year experience as a counselor in a substance abuse or behavioral health treatment facility involving a criminal justice population, OR
  • High School diploma or equivalent (GED), and three (3) years of counseling experience in substance abuse or behavioral health treatment facility involving a criminal justice population.
  • Must be able to pass clearance with CDCR standards.

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