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Requisition Number 99-0028
Post Date 3/14/2019
Title Assistant Counselor (Residential / On-Call)
Full Time/Part Time On-Call
Division Clinical
Pay Frequency Semi-Monthly
City Pacoima
State CA


Assistant Counselor (Residential/On-Call)

Make a Difference in People's Lives While Expanding Your Knowledge and Skills

Diverse Role    ●    Excellent Training    ●    Career Options    ●    Great Culture

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services has been a leading provider of community mental health and substance use services since 1942. With a history stretching back to the Great Depression, Didi Hirsch has established a strong reputation in the communities we serve. We help more than 90,000 children and adults each year from 11 locations and 100 schools throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. We are committed to excellence, diversity and opportunity. We are dedicated and enthusiastic individuals who make a difference in the lives of the clients we serve. We offer a competitive salary along with a full benefits package. 


Top three reasons to bring your career to Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services:

  • This is a diverse role, allowing you to expand your skills.
  • This is a great opportunity to start building a rewarding career with a leader in community mental health services.
  • You will find a strong family-like culture here; people enjoy working together to help some of the most vulnerable members of our communities improve the quality of their lives.

Your key duties will include:

  • Assists with client related residential services; responding to emergencies, maintaining safety and security of clients in the facility.
  • Facilitates client activity groups for adults residing and/or being treated in Via Avanta programs.
  • Assesses and monitors client daily activity schedule and, prepares then submits client participation reports to the Program Director and counseling staff.
  • Provides and participates in crisis intervention, as well as facilitates conflict resolution among the program participants as needed.
  • Participates in providing 24-hour coverage; which includes working evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Maintains accurate and complete documentation of client self-administered medication, and ensures compliance with Agency policies and procedures and County/other public agency regulations.
  • Conducts phone referrals, performs intake screenings, as well as prepares and files client charts for the adult residential program.
  • Assists with scheduling client transportation to appointments with other community support services.
  • Conducts routine walk-through of program facility; notes problems and prepares a physical plant and client safety status report.
  • Develops and maintains counseling skills through seminars, workshops, or other forms of training related to substance abuse prevention.
  • Attends and participates in program and Agency staff meetings, and all other duties as assigned.




In the Resiential Department at the Pacoima site (a 24 hour a day / 7 day a week facility), an assistant counselor assists the professional counseling staff to provide comprehensive counseling and crisis intervention for clients in a residential facility for women and childre

Hours / Shifts Needed

Candidates needed for the following shifts (including weekends and holidays):

  • 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • 11:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.  

You must be able to successfully pass our pre-employment screening, including a background check and live scan fingerprinting.  For bilingual positions, you will need to pass a language assessment. You will also need to meet the following requirements for this role:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent.
  • The ability/flexibility to work varied hours including evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Associates Degree in Human Services or related field; a minimum of 1 year experience preferred.
  • Preferred AOD registered
  • Knowledge of HIPAA policies and their documentation guidelines, licensing, and other state and federal regulations relating to residential psychiatric programs.
  • Knowledge of residential mental health programming, psychiatric crisis intervention, documentation, group counseling, multicultural and socio-economic issues.
  • Basic advocacy skills.
  • Skilled in presenting ideas, information, and viewpoints clearly, both verbally and in writing.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office products, and all other clinical databases.
  • Ability to use analysis, experience, and good judgement to make decisions.
  • A willingness to adapt to changing needs by acquiring new skills and knowledge.
  • First Aid, CPR certification required for all Residential counselors. Non-certified individuals hired into the position must be willing to complete certification course within 30 days of employment.
  • Current California driver's license and a driving record acceptable to the Agency's insurance carrier.                     


Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services is an equal opportunity employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.


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Didi Hirsch is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, religious belief (including dress or grooming practices), color, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions (including breast feeding), age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identification and expression, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics, family care, marital status, status as a veteran or qualified disabled veteran, or any other classification protected by law.

Didi Hirsch is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all applicants for employment. We are an EEO/AA Employer.