Helpline Counselor/Care Consultant
Job Title: Helpline Counselor/Care Consultant (Home Office)
Location: Chicago, IL
Work Hours: Full-time (based on a 37.5 hour work week) or Part-time
Reports To: Team Lead
Helpline Counselors/Care Consultants provide advice and counsel to individuals who contact the Association’s Contact Center, in accordance with approved clinical protocols. As trained professionals, Helpline Counselor/Care Consultants work with callers who have care or health related questions by providing advice, problem-solving counsel regarding difficult behaviors, decision-making support, crisis assistance, guidance during transitions and connections to local services.
This position is located in downtown Chicago and will include weekend hours. The training start date will be in late February 2021.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Provide short-term telephone consultation with callers in a professional and compassionate manner.
- Apply empathetic listening skills to assess callers’ needs.
- Access appropriate information and make recommendations for care and follow-up
- Help callers better understand Alzheimer’s disease and behaviors commonly associated with it.
- Link callers to emergency, chapter and/or community resources, as needed.
- Provide accurate and timely documentation and follow-up of call interactions and interventions.
- Work closely with Contact Center staff and chapter care consultation contacts.
- Follow established Association Contact Center/Care Consultation policies, procedures and clinical protocols.
- Uphold the Alzheimer’s Association policy on client confidentiality
- Bring cases with legal, risk management, or ethical implications to the attention of the director in an expedient manner.
- Act as a resource to other staff with issues of legal competency, guardianship, and advance directives.
- Master degree in social work, psychology, or counseling required. Licensure (LSW, LCSW) preferred.
- 3-5 years experience in a healthcare setting, preferably in geriatrics or mental health with expertise in dementia.
- Previous call center experience highly desirable.
- Working knowledge of personal computers.
- Experienced clinical/counseling skills in listening, assessment, empathy, advocacy, negotiation, referral, and closure.
- Professional experience conducting health screenings/evaluations, diagnostic intakes and/or crisis intervention counseling.
- Bilingual skills (Spanish/English) preferred.
Employees working 24 hours/week or more are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, flex accounts, short and long-term disability, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, generous PTO as well as an annual Cultural & Heritage Day of their choosing , Caregiver Leave, Volunteer and School Visitation time off, paid holidays and a gold standard 401(k) retirement plan.
The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and provides consideration for an employment relationship without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, genetic predisposition, national origin, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.