Support Counselor (Youth Autism Services)
The Support Counselor is responsible for implementing the assigned participant(s) plan of care, working with the participant and their family to improve socialization, self-help and communication skills. The Support Counselor will work with assigned participant(s) in the community and the participant’s home.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Communicate with participants, families, professional staff and community members in a person-center manner.
• Develop a positive working relationship with assigned participant(s) and families.
• Treat the participant’s goals as their own, working with the participant, family and professional staff to achieve goals.
• To actively participant in both staff and interdisciplinary team meetings
• Work cooperatively with other Youth Autism Services staff to support participants
• Facilitate building participant’s self-esteem through positive interactions
• Plan and initiate age-appropriate community activities activities
• Communicate participant and programmatic needs with the Program Manager
• Be knowledgeable and communicate effectively the individualized needs of assigned participant(s) within the program
• Document participant(s) progress utilizing the ETO database system
• Follow all agency and program specific policies and procedures
• Additional responsibilities as assigned by the Program Manager, Youth Autism Services
• Demonstrate the 5 Core Values of The League (Accountability, Participant Focus, Quality, Independence and Mutual Respect
• Operationalize the mission of The League for People with Disabilities.
• Minimum age of 18.
• Access to a reliable automobile and a valid driver’s license with no more than 2 points.
• Behavioral Principles and Strategies Certification, Abuse Neglect and Exploitation training within the first 60 days (annual thereafter), AED, First Aid and CPR recommended.
Educational and/or Experience:
• At least 100 hours of volunteer or employment experience working with children with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disabilities as a service provider or family member; 1 year preferred.
• High School diploma or GED required, BS in therapeutic recreation or related field preferred.