Clinical Counselor


Job Description

Here at gpac we?re working with a wonderful organization that is looking for a clinical counselor. The clinical counselor will report to the clinic manager and/or program director. A list of responsibilities and qualifications are as follow:


Under the supervision of an Assistant Director or the Program Director, the Counselor provides support and assistance to clients at one of the Progress programs, all of which are housed in multi-level facilities. Generally, the Counselor has primary responsibility for advocating for and responding to the treatment and rehabilitation needs of the program clients. Specifically, Counselors perform the following functions:

  • Direct provision of psychiatric services; assessment and evaluation of client?s mental health needs and conditions
  • Formulating and entering diagnoses for client?s mental health conditions into the clinical record
  • Establish and maintain effective relations with clients, client families and support people, and with the general community; and maintaining a comfortable, safe, non-institutional ambiance in the program.
  • Provide direct psychiatric assessment of all newly admitted clients, the on-going monitoring and care of all clients being treated in the Urgent Care Center, and the proper referral of clients upon discharge from the Urgent Care Center
  • Assist as needed with behavioral health services
  • Respond to psychiatric and/or medical emergency situations throughout the facility in a professional, thorough, and timely manner, and do crisis intervention work with clients.
  • Develop treatment plans with maximum client participation, and support clients' efforts to implement them.
  • Initiate and participate in discharge planning, so that clients can transition smoothly to the next level of care or the community.
  • Lead or co-lead day or evening group sessions, including house meetings or other activities, adhering to the schedule of fixed events, unless circumstances dictate otherwise.
  • Monitor and record client medications, complying with program procedures.
  • Participate in meal planning and preparation at designated intervals and encourage clients to become involved in these activities. Counselors are to join program clients for all meals.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings, supervision sessions, and case consultation meetings, as scheduled.
  • Consult with the Program Director and the Clinical Manager, as necessary, on such issues as case review, medications, group dynamics, etc.
  • Promote the social rehabilitation philosophy among program staff and clients.
  • Must be able to work overnight, awake and alert shifts.
  • Comply with all applicable federal, state and local governmental laws and regulations, as well as all agency policies and procedures, including the code of ethics.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Program Director.


    • Have a master?s degree in Social Work or Psychology and registered intern with the BBSE (License eligible)
    • Must be able to communicate effectively with medical and mental health staff, and other service providers both orally and in writing.
    • Must have the willingness and ability to engage psychologically distressed clients and maintain a respectful and responsive attitude while providing therapeutically sound services actively, enthusiastically and effectively. This includes being respectfully responsive to persons of differing ethnic, cultural, gender, socioeconomic, and sexual-orientation backgrounds.
    • Must demonstrate ongoing clearance with the California State Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division, allowing direct contact with program clients.
    • The employee must be able to quickly navigate several flights of stairs several times a day. The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds multiple times during each work shift. In addition, the employee must be able to assist individuals in exiting the facility in the case of an emergency
    • Must maintain training certification and demonstrated capacity to perform basic First Aid and CPR.
    • Basic word processing skills; maintain computer requirements of the City and County of San Francisco Community Behavioral Health Services.

If you are interested in applying, please email your resume to [Click Here to Email Your Resum].

All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, age, color, sex (including pregnancy), religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, military status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable laws or regulations.

GPAC (Growing People and Companies) is an award-winning search firm specializing in placing quality professionals within multiple industries across the United States since 1990. We are extremely competitive, client-focused and realize that our value is in our ability to deliver the right solutions at the right time.

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