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Counselor Part-Time


TITLE OF POSITION:  Part-time Counselor

 DEPARTMENT:     Women’s Harm Reduction Program
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:    The primary responsibility for this position is to provide AODA and Mental Health therapy/treatment to program participants including group, individual, and family sessions as needed.  This counselor will be responsible for providing counseling for women referred to our program. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: 
  • Conduct needs assessments with client and develop appropriate treatment plan and treatment plan reviews
  • Utilize the DSM-5 in conjunction with an AODA screen and risk assessment to diagnose and create treatment plans
  • Facilitate evidence based groups including Seeking Safety (trauma), AODA, Moving On (CBT), and other treatment, skill development  and psychoeducation groups as assigned.
  • Insure participants are provided drug screens, and submit results to referral sources as needed
  • Provide individual counseling to participants on a regular basis
  • Maintain a collegial working relationship with Benedict Center treatment team and with staff from other agencies providing ongoing care or supervision of client for coordination of client services
  • Attend clinical supervision meetings
  • Attend staff meetings and staffings with medical director and system partners
  • Complete all documentation for treatment plans, discharge summaries, training, and all other documentation to comply with all state certification regulations
  • Participate in client registration/orientation sessions as needed
  • Complete reports and documentation that are required for Community Corrections, Courts, other agencies and funding sources
  • Attend in-service training and staff development activities
  • Attend other trainings as is deemed necessary to provide services

Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree preferred  in psychology, counseling or social work or other related human services field or commensurate experience. At least 5 years of experience working with women with substance use issues and criminal justice involvement preferred. 
Licenses and Certifications:
Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC) certification in good standing with  the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services preferred or willingness to work towards certification.  LPC or LCSW licensure preferred.

    • Experience working with justice-involved women
    • Commitment to the mission of creating a system of justice that is fair and treats victims, offenders and the community with dignity and respect
    • Training in Trauma-Informed Care principles and Motivational Interviewing practices
    • Proven ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and to advocate on behalf of clients within the criminal justice system and the community
    • Commitment to providing services that are gender-responsive, evidence-based and that reflect the practices of Stages of Change Theory and Harm Reduction
    • Demonstrated ability to advocate on behalf of clients with Probation Agents, Courts, landlords, and other government agencies
    • Ability to communicate and work well with women from diverse economic, racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, and religious backgrounds, and women with disabilities, in an open and respectful environment
    • Commitment to self-reflection, accountability and commitment to providing culturally-effective services
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including experience with group facilitation
    • Sound judgement and ability to deescalate situations with clients
    • Ability to work independently in a self-directed manner and as part of a team
    • Computer literacy and experience with databases and excel spreadsheets
    • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation and automobile insurance, preferred as local travel within Milwaukee County is required
    • Part-time, non-exempt position
    • Paid vacation and personal/sick time prorated based on part-time status
    • Paid  holidays
    • Located at Benedict Center, 1849 N. MLK Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53212
    • Reports to Clinical Program Director of Women’s Harm Reduction Program
    • Opportunity to join a caring and committed team of professionals
Benedict Center is committed to a diversified workforce.
Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
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