The REAP (Referral Education and Assistance & Prevention) Counselor delivers short-term, confidential counseling and educational services at no cost to older adults who are sixty years old and older who are not active clients of CLM. These services are typically provided in the home or in the community. The REAP program is designed to assist older adults with a broad range of concerns that impact an older adult’s wellbeing: life changes/losses, stress, housing and safety concerns, mental health concerns, and problems related to medication misuse, illicit substance or alcohol. These services are also available to family members and professionals who are concerned about an older adult. In addition, the REAP program provides educational sessions on topics that are of interest to older adults. Educational sessions are typically offered at senior housing sites or locations frequented by older adults such as senior centers.
This is a fee for service, per diem position working approximately 2- 20 hours per week initially. Fee for service rate equals $25/hour which includes time spent on the phone with clients along with travel time to their home.
Major Functional Areas and Description of Duties
- Ability to assess and respond to issues related to substance misuse as it presents in older adults; this includes misuse of prescription medication.
- Provide workshops on a variety of topics pertinent to older adults and those who work with older adults.
- Attend and promote the REAP program at Elder Wrap meetings, senior housing site events, and Senior Expos.
Education and Experience
- A Bachelor’s degree or higher in psychology/social work with the elder population. A lesser degree or equivalent with a minimum of one to two years of direct experience working with elders.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience
- Understanding of human behavior, mental illness, psychiatric rehabilitation, treatment, recovery, family systems and the social, rehabilitation and health care systems.
- Ability to be self-directed, motivated and independent problem solver;
- Ability to communicate effectively and compassionately with clients and their families;
- Ability to communicate effectively and work cohesively with other professionals across disciplines, inside and outside of the agency;
- Experience in all aspect of caring for older adults is essential.
- Demonstrate excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing.
- Ability to exercise sound judgment in routine, urgent, and emergent clinical situations;
- Ability to acquire and effectively practice new skills as needed according to evolving agency needs/services.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions
The majority of the work takes place in the community. Manual dexterity is needed to use computers and standard office equipment. The ability to sit for extended periods of time is required. Reliable transportation is required as well as a clean driving record, as home visits to clients are expected.
Directions for Applying for this Position
Interested candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to email@example.com
Center for Life Management is an equal opportunity employer.