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Direct Care Counselor

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Job Description

The Direct Care Counselor provides direct care services to the children in congregate care programs as part of an inter-disciplinary treatment team.

Wheeler Clinic fosters positive change in the lives of individuals and families, as well as in communities. We provide cutting-edge human services that address a diverse range of needs and backgrounds, enhance strengths and provide the supports that encourage recovery from challenges for a satisfying life in the community. 


Wheeler Clinic offers access to a comprehensive array of benefits, including:

For Good Health

  •          Anthem Medical, Prescription, Dental and Vision insurance
  •          Health Savings Account (HSA), with company contribution of up to $1,000 per year
  •          Wellness Programs
  •          Free annual flu shots

For a Secure Future

  •          Company paid Life and AD&D insurance
  •          Company paid long-term disability insurance

For Retirement

  •          403(b) Plan, with clinic contributions for eligible employees

For Career Advancement

  •          Education Reimbursement Program
  •          Training and development opportunities

For Work Life Balance

  •          Generous paid time off, including vacation, sick and personal leave
  •          Employee Assistance Program (EAP)- Free and confidential counseling
  •          Employee discounts at local spa and on Verizon Wireless services

Demonstrates understanding of child and adolescent development and current trends.

Communicates effectively with youth and staff, develops positive relationships, and maintains appropriate boundaries.

Identifies potential risk factors and takes measures to reduce those risks in the milieu through appropriate supervision, reinforcement of positive and safe behaviors, trauma-informed and relationally-based therapeutic interventions, reporting of suspected child abuse/neglect, administering medication according to agency policies and procedures and maintaining required certifications.            

Trains and participates in emergency safety interventions authorized and approved by the agency, when a student presents with an imminent safety concern.

Interacts with and relates to youth in ways that support asset-building through praising youth, focusing on their strengths and helping them to take responsibility for their choices and behaviors.           

Adapts, facilitates, and evaluates age appropriate activities in an effort to assist youth in achieving their goals.

Works as part of a team and shows professionalism.

espects and honors cultural and human diversity.

Establishes positive relationships and maintains effective communication with co-workers, supervisors, and administrators, demonstrating the ability to accept constructive feedback and works to resolve conflicts.

Works effectively and respectfully with families and guardians.

Transports youth to appointments and activities.

Attends weekly staff meetings and demonstrates strong work ethic in terms of general performance as it relates to meeting the needs of youth in the program.

Continues to develop knowledge and understanding about the history, traditions, values, family systems, and artistic expression of groups served as well as uses appropriate methodological approaches, skills, and techniques that reflect an understanding of culture.

Wheeler Clinic is an EO Employer-M/F/Veteran/Disability. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected class.

Affirmative-Action Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Requirements

Associate’s degree with program experience in a related field is required. Experience working with high need children and families of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds is also required.


Full time, Second shift.


Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Health Care, Nonprofit - Social Services
Education 2 Year Degree
Experience Not Specified
Manages Others No
Relocation No
Industry Social Services, Healthcare - Health Services, Not for Profit - Charitable
Required Travel Not Specified
Job ID 2698
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Direct Care Counselor

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