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AODA Counselor, WHRP Program
Drop-In Center Assistant, Sisters Program  

The Benedict Center is seeking an AODA Counselor to join a caring and committed team of professionals
The primary responsibility for this position is to provide AODA and Mental Health 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 need assessments with client and develop appropriate treatment plan and treatment plan reviews
  • Utilize the DSM-5 in conjunction with an AODA screen and assessment to diagnose and create treatment plans
  • Facilitate evidence based groups including Seeking Safety (trauma), Moving On (CBT), and other treatment and education groups as assigned.
  • Coordinate drug screens from participants and submit results to court
  • Provide individual counseling to participants on a regular basis
  • Maintain 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 staffing with medical director and system partners
  • Complete all documentation for treatment plans, discharge summaries, 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:
Master’s Degree 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 abuse and criminal justice involvement preferred. 
Licenses and Certifications:
Must have Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC) certification in good standing by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services and / or Mental Health (LPC or LCSW) licensure.
  • 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 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 a team-player.
  • Computer literacy and experience with databases and excel worksheets.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation and automobile insurance, preferred as local travel within Milwaukee County is a requirement.
  • Experience conducting telehealth individual and group therapy sessions using Zoom or similar telecommunication platforms.
  • Annual Salary $35,000 - $46,000
  • Full-time, exempt position
  • Paid vacation and personal/sick time
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Fully-paid single health coverage (family coverage available)
  • Dental and vision insurance available
  • Short-term disability, life, accident and other insurances also available
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POSITION: Drop-In Center Assistant, Sisters Program    
POSITION PURPOSE:  Provide day to day support of operations of Drop-In Center space to provide a trauma-informed, welcoming and healing space for women to find hospitality, respite, sustenance, connection to resources and a sense of support and community.
Engagement and connection
  • Greet new and returning program participants to welcome them to the program.
  • Check in participants and assist with securing their belongings in lockers.
  • Conduct intake process with new women when they are ready.
  • Maintain a regular onsite presence at Sisters Program Drop-In Center, including daily site opening and closing responsibilities.
  • Perform necessary activities so that the Drop-In center provides a safe, clean, comfortable, respectful, and inclusive environment for program participants.
  • Implement planned social activities (e.g. birthdays, award celebrations, art activities etc.) with the approval of manager or program director to engage and encourage client participation.
  • Identify and support women in crisis with Sisters staff.
  • Work with Sisters’ staff to link women with urgent and ongoing resources provided by Sisters, the Benedict Center and community partners.
Respite and hospitality
  • Provide weekly inventory updates to program manager.  Perform stocking and disposing of expired food.
  • Meal preparation to include cooking, serving, and cleaning in timely manner.
  • Work with Sisters staff to supervise sleeping area and shower area as needed.
  • Provide daily cleaning and maintenance of the Drop-In center.
  • Sort, organize, and distribute donations to program participants, track distribution of bus tickets.
Volunteer and intern support and supervision; working with community partners
  • Assist Program Supervisor and Program Director in orientation of volunteers and interns, including program participants taking on volunteer roles.
  • Support volunteers and interns performing duties including meal preparation, clean-up, washing of drop-in center laundry and donations organization.
  • Welcome and assist community partners who have a role in the Drop-in Center including housing navigation, HIV/STD testing, evaluation, and other initiatives.
  • Assist working groups meeting at the Drop-In Center with needs for space or technology.
Evaluation and data collection
  • Collect drop-in center daily attendance, participation and additional identified outcomes as directed by  Drop in Center Manager or Program Director, and share updates at meetings.
  • Provide data collection support for program.
Sisters Program support and connection
  • Participate in program staff meetings, in-service trainings, and staff development opportunities.
  • Maintain strong communication with all Sisters staff.
  • Meet with Drop in Center Manager on regular basis for supervision and support.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience working in programs that serve women, preferably women involved with the criminal justice system.
  • Ability to work well with women from diverse social, economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds in respectful environment.
  • Understanding of and commitment to harm reduction practice, trauma-informed care, self-reflection, accountability, and cultural competence.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to participate, with support, in de-escalating and resolving conflict constructively.
  • Ability to work flexible hours to accommodate Drop-In Center early morning, evening and weekend hours.
  • Ability to foster an environment of collaboration with program and agency staff.
  • Computer literacy and experience with databases and Excel worksheets, preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and automobile insurance are required.
  • Physical requirements include the ability to sit, stand, and/or walk for extended periods of time as well as lift to 20 pounds.
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