WCS Basic Attenders provide therapeutic companionship to clients on scheduled shifts—generally 3 hours in length. These take place at the client’s home or out in the community. They may consist of joint attention to household needs (tidying up, preparing a meal), errands, or social or recreational activities. BA’s also do occasional Overnight shifts with clients who need additional grounding and support. Basic Attenders are hired for either full or part-time work.
WCS prefers Basic Attenders who have or are working toward a Masters degree in counseling psychology or social work. Other relevant education and experience will be considered. Because driving clients—for practical and social purposes—is a common and important on-shift activity, Basic Attenders must have a current Driver’s License and a reliable motor vehicle.
Windhorse Community Services provides home-based support services for individuals with psychological and/or life challenges. A Windhorse Housemate lives in a rented or owned apartment/house as a therapeutic roommate with a matched Windhorse client. As part of a therapeutic team, the Housemate works to create and maintain a sane, warm, and uplifted home environment for the benefit of those in the household. The Housemate participates in weekly household activities, is present overnight, and participates in a weekly team meeting, individual supervision, and a monthly Housemate supervision group. The Housemate provides an active presence in the house 20 hours weekly, and is asked to limit an outside job or schooling to not more than 20 hours weekly. We ask for a minimum of a 6-month commitment, and provide the Housemate with a two-week stipend and rent reimbursement (pro-rated), should there be no warning of the client’s termination of services.
This position requires a mature, responsible person. Experience in sharing living situations is preferred. Good householding skills are necessary, including home décor, cleaning, meal planning and preparation, expense management and recordkeeping. No smoking, no drugs or alcohol, and no pets (unless by special arrangement.) Must agree to outside employment or schooling limited to 20 hours weekly. Other requirements include: Currently working toward a BA/BS degree in psychology or related field with at least one year related experience and/or training required. Applicable life/work experience will be considered in lieu of education. Additional education classes that relate to the work involved highly desired. An interest in the arts, writing, contemplative disciplines or life-long learning is beneficial.
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