St. John's Riverside Hospital

  • Counselor, Hope Center

    Job ID
    Facility Name
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Hours Per Week
    Work Shift
    8am to 4pm; Monday-Friday; may include some evenings and weekends
    Posted Salary
    $22.313 per hour to $26.631 per hour, based on experience
  • Overview

    St. John's Riverside Hospital is a leader in providing the highest quality, compassionate health care utilizing the latest, state-of-the-art medical technology. Serving the Westchester community from Yonkers to the river town communities of Hastings-on-Hudson, Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry and Irvington, St. John's Riverside has been and continues to be a unique and comprehensive network of medical professionals dedicated to a tradition of service that spans generations.


    St. John’s has been an integral part of the community since the 1890's and its’ commitment to provide the community with the most advanced medical services available continues to be the hospitals’ vision, mission and value. St. John's Riverside Hospital built itself around an early foundation of nursing and community service. In 1894, the Cochran School of Nursing, the oldest hospital-based school of nursing in the metropolitan area, was founded, thus making the St. John's Nursing Staff more than just the backbone of the hospital, but the heart and soul. St. John’s dedicated nurses give superior attention to those who need it most with a strong emphasis on patient and family-focused nursing care.


    St. John’s Riverside Hospital staff is committed to making life better for all patients. The hospital continues to elevate the services provided with the goal of increasing the quality of life for all who entrust St. John's Riverside Hospital to their care.


    Personalized care together with advanced technology is what it means to be Community Strong


    The Counselor will be responsible for providing client centered, strengths based interventions (Motivational Interviewing)  as a means to provide risk assessments and navigation services to individuals who engage in high risk sexual and/or substance use behaviors and individuals that are HIV+ or Hep C+ and not engaged in care, with the goal of linking them to appropriate medical and support services. The Counselor will be responsible for conducting community level activities, including but not limited to; prevention presentation,  rapid HIV and Hep C community testing, participate in community based events, etc.

    Essential duties

    1. Flexible work schedule, some evenings, weekends or staying late in order to complete HIV testing, risk behavior assessment, program intake and other documentation or tasks with client.
    2. Conduct HIV Rapid testing and Hep C rapid testing in a variety of community settings.
    3. Responsible for the facilitation of prevention focused outreach activities in a variety of community setting.
    4. Independently facilitate a DEBI or other evidence based interventions in a group and/or individual basis.
    5. Provide active and progressive outreach and engagement activities to ensure clients understand the available preventive services and engage in appropriate and on-going medical and support services.  
    6. Conduct Comprehensive Intake Assessments within 30 days of initial agreement to participate in THIHPS navigation services, as required by the program’s standards.
    7. Develop and implement individualized care plans with each client within 30 days of client assignment.  Care Plans must reflect the needs and desires of client as outlined in the Comprehensive Assessment. Care Plans are to be active and fluid documents that must be reviewed and updated on a regular basis.
    8. Ensure that client’s confidential health care and personal information (PHI) is protected at all times. Responsible to ensure that appropriate consent forms are signed and updated as required. Ensure that exchanges of information are only disclosed to those individuals to which the client has consented to. Responsible for the safeguarding of electronic devices and passwords.
    9. Work with clients and providers to ensure access to and understanding of services provided and required follow-up.  Coordinate access to all needed and required services for clients, including but not limited to preventive efforts, medical, substance use, mental health, and social support services.  Work with the client to obtain that financial assistance needed to access PrEP or medical care. 
    10. Work with moving clients toward independence and improved self management skills through the use of Motivational Interviewing, role playing, modeling, and teach back.
    11. Ensure all activities with the client (including preventive efforts and THIHPS care plans) are shared and discussed with appropriate care team members. Ensure that appropriate program specific documentation is completed in a timely manner.
    12. Responsible for documenting all efforts conducted with the client or on their behalf in the appropriate program’s format (AIRS,) accurately and error free.  Track all efforts on the program-specific Client Contact logs. Documentation is to be completed immediately following the intervention. Program specific monthly monitoring data is to be submitted no later then the 1st of the following month.
    13. Independently travel between multiple off site locations including but not limited to client’s home, client escorts to appointments (medical and supportive), events, meetings, etc. Must have access to a personal car for work related travel. Able to drive the program mini van as needed.
    14. Provide effective customer service as well as culturally and linguistically appropriate care to all customers (internal and external), clients, and patients.
    15. Responsible to actively participate in the Department’s Quality Improvement and Quality Assurance efforts as directed by their supervisor, including but not limited to participation on the Department’s Quality Improvement Committee.
    16. Other job duties as requested by supervisor.


    Bachelor’s Degree from accredited college or university required; Social Work or Human Services; A valid driver’s license and access to personal car for work related travel required.; At least one year’s experience working in a health-care, substance use treatment, or community-based setting with at-risk populations.; Ability to engage and motivate at-risk individuals in high impact communities to think about and move toward increased self-maintenance of optimal HIV and HCV prevention skills.; CASAC or Qualified Health Professional preferred





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