Washington State DSHS Residential Rehabilitation Counselor 2 Maple Lane School in Centralia, Washington


Residential Rehabilitation Counselor 2

We are looking for enthusiastic, dedicated and reliable direct care staff to provide services for residents in a secure facility for adults. The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is opening a competency restoration program at Maple Lane School in Centralia. While our first search effort identified some great candidates, we still need to fill several Residential Rehabilitation Counselor 2 positions. These positions will work under the direct supervision of the DSHS Residential Services Manager.

The thirty-bed program will be operated as a joint public-private partnership involving both DSHS staff and staff provided by a specialized contractor. Residential Rehabilitation Counselors will be hired in project status at least through June 30, 2018 at which time the program is expected to transition to Western State Hospital in Steilacoom.

Residential Rehabilitation Counselors staff a residential unit and are members of a multi-disciplinary team responsible for implementing a therapeutic and safe environment. This is achieved through effective management of treatment strategies, proactive interventions and monitoring of patient behavior. Each member of the team contributes to the rehabilitation of individuals who have been committed by the courts to the care of DSHS.

As key members of the therapeutic team, Residential Rehabilitation Counselors perform the following work:

  • Actively engage with residents in a therapeutic manner on a daily basis.
  • Encourage and assist residents in working toward treatment goals.
  • Provide direct day-to-day monitoring of the residential population.
  • Monitor and observe resident interactions and unit activities.
  • Generate accurate, detailed and timely documentation of routine matters.
  • Communicate effectively with management, peers, residents and the public.
  • Resolve conflicts in a calm and non-threatening manner.

Viable and competitive applicants should meet the desirable qualifications listed below:

  • High school graduation or GED and experience (preferably two years) caring for psychiatric patients, residents or inmates in behavioral management program, forensic mental health or correctional mental health settings. College-level coursework in one of the social sciences may substitute for the required experience.
  • A current Food Handler's Permit or the ability to obtain one within fourteen days of hire.
  • Ability to pass and perform the physical and knowledge requirements of CPR, first responder level first aid with 90 days of hire.

Candidates who are interested in these positions or have any questions about them are encouraged to contact the Recruiter either by phone or e-mail. The lead Recruiter for this position is Ted Koska who can be reached at (360) 628-1412 or via e-mail at koskatr@dshs.wa.gov.

Special Notes It is to the applicant's advantage to apply for these positions as soon as possible. Assessment will occur on a daily basis. Interviews will be scheduled and offers of hire will be made as qualified candidates are identified and vetted.

If you applied for these positions when they were first advertised about a month ago, it is necessary that you apply again.

Those hired as Residential Rehabilitation Counselors will serve in project status until June 30, 2017. Although there will be no guarantees of continued employment after that time, some positions filled from this announcement may become permanent.

Please attach a resume and letter of interest to your application.

03450 Supplemental Information

Some jobs may require full criminal background check. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver's license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.

Washington State Department of Social & Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact a Recruiter at (360) 902-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

Salary: $33,504.00 - $43,524.00 Annually

Location: Lewis County – Centralia, WA

Job Type: Project (limited duration)

Job Number: 2016-03450

Department: Dept. of Social and Health Services

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov