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Job Description – Counselor I

Job Description – Counselor I

Counselor I


  • Valid Child Development Teaching Permit; or completion of 12 semester units of Early Childhood Education, Adolescent Development or Foster and Kinship Care Education; or valid Vocational Training certificate, credential or documentation demonstrating a trade journeyperson who instructs children in vocational skills; or one year’s experience as staff or volunteer in a group home or STRTC; or have relevant experience as determined by the California Department of Social Services to meet any of the above requirements.
  • Valid California driver’s license.
  • Good driving record; Department of Motor Vehicles printout required.
  • Meet all state licensing and insurance requirements.
  • Successful completion of LIC 503 Health Screening Report, including a pre-employment drug and alcohol test.
  • Prior to assuming duties, individual shall complete a minimum of one hour of training as specified in Section 87065.1(a) in addition to training required in Sections 87065.1(c) and (d).


  • Develop appropriate relationships with children.
  • Learn and apply techniques of child care and treatment.
  • Work effectively with staff and administration.
  • Communicate effectively with outside agencies.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to lift 25 pounds.
  • Ability to successfully complete post testing course work in emergency intervention and demonstrate “hands on” competency in emergency intervention techniques (per CCL regulation 84802(g), Title 22).

Parenting Functions:

  • Supervision of children and ensuring their safety.
  • Set limits/consequences appropriate for children who may display:  assaultive, self-destructive, explosive, sexual acting out, impulsive, property destruction, running away behaviors.
  • Maintain rules, schedules and routines for children.
  • Provide a positive role model.
  • Promote children’s social development.
  • Perform various foodservice and housekeeping functions, including cooking, cleaning and laundry.
  • Transportation of clients in company vehicles.
  • Completion of incident reports when necessary.

Co-Therapy Functions:

  • Participate in crisis intervention, as necessary.
  • Implement the behavioral system utilized in the home.
  • Facilitate children’s school programs, as appropriate.
  • Participate in recreational activities with children.
  • Protect the rights and dignity of each child.

Agency Functions:

  • Participate in staffing, meetings and training as appropriate.
  • Perform appropriate record keeping such as staff logs, medication charts, allowance records, menus.
  • Perform appropriate vehicle maintenance as necessary.
  • Participate in the maintenance of house property and reporting repair needs to the proper person.
  • Under supervision, assisting in all phases of care and nurturing.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Creative Alternatives is an “at will” employer and as an employee you retain the right to terminate your employment at any time and the agency has the right to terminate your employment at any time with or without cause.  See Employee Handbook for detailed explanation.  I understand this is a general description of this job.  I also understand there are other duties not fully covered above and that I may be asked to perform other reasonable, lawful duties.