Crisis Respite Program Counselor - Night Shift job Seattle Washington
Crisis Respite Program Counselor - Night Shift job Seattle Washington
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Crisis Respite Program Counselor - Night Shift Job

Employer Name: DESC SpiderID: 8488102
Location: Seattle, Washington Date Posted: 3/15/2019
Wage: 16.32 - 18.02 Hourly Wage Category: Social Services
Job Code: 108539579

Job Description:

Location: Main Shelter, WA

Days Off : Sunday, Monday
Pay Range : $16.32 - $18.02 per hour plus $0.75 per hour for the night shift pay differential
Shift: Night
Insurance Benefits: Dental, Life, Long-term Disability, Medical
Other Benefits: Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), ORCA card subsidy, Paid Time Off (34 days per year), Retirement Plan

Member of a multi-disciplinary team responsible for providing ongoing assessment, crisis stabilization, engagement, monitoring and supporting short term case management services to homeless and mentally ill adults.


  • Monitor and maintain safety and cleanliness of CRP dormitories, lounge and team office.

  • In concert with CRP Treatment plans, consult with other staff and outside agencies as needed regarding client issues and needs.

  • Promote personal and environmental cleanliness among clients.

  • Answer telephones and record messages for clients and staff.

  • Monitor clients and be alert for signs of anxiety, depression, and crises.

  • Intervene in client crises; chart/log these interventions and other significant interactions in CRP and shelter logs as appropriate.

  • Answer questions about program procedures, goals, rules, and limits.

  • Provide supportive counseling to those clients in need of it.

  • Consult with clinicians regarding program and client issues.

  • Support service plans of CRP clients.

  • Enforce program and shelter rules in respectful and assertive fashion, and maintain order, while preserving dignity of all concerned.

  • Conduct bed checks while general shelter is conducting mat checks.

  • Facilitate healthy milieu and positive interaction in the client lounge and dorm.

  • Review client charts for missing documents, and bring to the attention of clinicians.

  • Assemble blank charts, as instructed, to meet on-going program needs.

  • Maintain cooperative and respectful working relationships with other DESC staff and staff of other agencies.

  • Work in compliance with state regulations, King County and DESC policies and procedures.

  • Work with and support community volunteers who volunteer during shift.

  • Actively participate in staff meetings and in-service trainings as required by supervisor.

  • Monitor and ensure the return of all blankets and other DESC property issued to clients.

  • Bring program and client concerns to the attention of the CRP Supervisor.

  • Document services provided during shift.

  • Comply with medication monitoring procedures.

  • Assist with registration and data entry as needed.

  • Settle dorm for the night at scheduled times by turning off lights, closing lounge, etc.

  • Maintain an atmosphere conducive to a good night's rest.

  • Report in at beginning and end of work shift, and during breaks, to Shelter Shift Supervisor.

  • In the absence of CRP Supervisor, accept direction from Shelter Shift Supervisor.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • At least one-year experience in human services, preferably working with homeless adults, the economically disadvantaged, mentally ill, or chemically dependent.

  • Basic understanding of homelessness and various characteristics of homeless adult population.

  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with staff from various backgrounds.

  • Ability to work effectively with clients displaying a wide range of unpleasant and/or bizarre behaviors.

  • Subscription to philosophy of cooperation and continuity across programs and of consideration and respect for clients.


  • BA degree in social work or other social or behavioral science, preferred.

  • Experience with the issues of mental illness and chemical dependency preferred.

  • Bilingual Spanish/English preferred.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to sit, stand, walk and go up and down stairs. The employee will be required to bend, stoop, kneel, and reach as well as lifting and/or carrying items weighing up to 40 pounds. The ability to operate computer hardware systems is also required. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Considerable stress may occur.


DESC is committed to diversity in the workplace, and promotes equal employment opportunities for all staff members and applicants. The Agency will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability in any employment practice, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


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