Full time – 40 Hours per week
The Counselor is responsible for providing clinical assessment and intensive, specialized mental health treatment to child and adolescent victims of abuse and neglect and exposure to domestic violence. The Counselor will also provide counseling to family members of victims, as needed, to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment of the child/adolescent victim. Mental health treatment will be provided in community-based settings as scheduled. The Counselor will coordinate service delivery with community agencies and conduct outreach to make Counseling services available throughout the ReadyKids catchment area, particularly in the aftermath of community based traumatic incidents.
- Masters Degree in counseling, social work, or related field.
- State licensure or license-eligibility in designated field.
- Minimum of 2 years experience working with children, adolescents and families.
- Knowledge of treatment needs of abused and neglected children.
- Ability to organize time effectively and to meet assigned work demands.
- Strong leadership skills and desire to take initiative.
- Willingness to respond proactively to community needs.
Human Service Knowledge and Abilities
- Keep informed of the developments in the field of clinical practice, mental health, child development, child abuse/neglect, domestic violence, evidenced based treatment for trauma victims and related fields
- Stay informed about current events that may have an impact on the community
- Conduct clinical assessments of child and adolescent victims of child abuse/neglect referred for mental health services.
- Develop treatment plans based on assessment of clinical needs including setting treatment goals and delineation of services to be provided and evaluate progress towards meeting goals.
- Provide individual and/or family counseling to children/adolescent victims based on individual needs. Services will be provided at the ReadyKids office as well as in established community based sites.
- Provide group counseling services as needed.
- Provide consultation and coordination to client’s schools, teachers, and other involved parties as appropriate.
- Provide counseling to secondary victims as appropriate/needed.
- Coordinate services with referral sources and other involved parties as needed.
- Refer clients to in-house and community resources as needed.
- Provide reports to courts, testify in court, and collaborate with criminal justice agencies as these activities relate to providing mental health services for victims and families.
- Engage families in the counseling process and effectively manage a waiting list for children needing services.
- Evaluate one’s own limitations, behaviors and biases and manage own behavior constructively.
Community Collaboration and Outreach
- Establish and/or maintain relationships with local departments of social services, CASA, SARA, SHE, victim services, and other agencies serving child/adolescent victims of abuse/neglect.
- Attend and participate in the Trauma Informed Community Network.
- Participate in planning and implementation of local child abuse prevention activities.
- Provide outreach to local agencies and community groups about Inside Out Counseling services.
- Provide educational presentations to local agencies on child abuse and neglect treatment/prevention.
- Collaborate and work cooperatively with community partners and referral sources
- Establish and maintain relationships within community based settings to allow for the provision of services on site.
- Responsible for screening potential participants.
- Report routinely to supervisor and utilizes supervision to provide quality services.
- Meet with supervisor as required on a weekly basis to discuss clients, outreach, and other pertinent programmatic information.
- Participate in monthly all-agency clinical group.
- Be prepared for and provide input at team and other agency meetings.
- Participate in agency data collection and analysis, specifically Performance Measurement System.
- Enter all data within one week of service delivery.
- Develop and maintain treatment plans, including setting treatment goals and delineation of services to be provided, and provide assessments according to program requirements in a timely manner.
- Respond to emails and phone calls within 48 hours.
- Conduct and coordinate evaluation of the program according to program requirements in order to improve and advance service delivery and outcomes
All ReadyKids Employees will…
- Actively promote vital connections between children, caregivers, staff, and our community partners.
- Resolve issues with the person(s) most directly involved by sharing your thoughts and feelings directly and respectfully, remembering that others have thoughts and feelings, too.
- Recognize each person’s uniqueness and strengths. Treat people in a caring and respectful fashion, mindful of individual, cultural and ethnic differences.
- Be respectful in verbal and written communication to and about participants and colleagues.
- Maintain appropriate professional boundaries with participants, colleagues and donors.
- Protect privacy and confidentiality of participants, colleagues and donors.
- Fully embrace our mission and vision, actively contribute to meeting them, and serve as an ambassador to engage the community in our efforts by providing clear and accurate information regarding the agency’s function and current programs.
- Participate in the decision-making process as opportunities are available to inform agency and program decisions.
- Participate in scheduled agency and other team meetings.
- Recognize that one way does not work for everyone and stay flexible in our approach and thinking. Maintain flexibility in order to change when things change.
- Present solutions along with problems with the goal of getting to yes. Stay open to new ideas and offer suggestions for new ways of doing things.
- Be proactive; give and receive input and seek solutions that balance the needs of the individual, program, agency, and community.
- Maintain the highest integrity in all aspects of agency and program operations and duties.
- Utilize evidence-based and best practice models and strategies to provide the best opportunity for success.
- Set appropriate priorities and make progress toward performance-based goals established for self, program, and agency.
- Be accountable for individual and program results and give and receive feedback to improve individual, program, and agency performance.
- Seek and utilize all available sources of data on an ongoing basis to inform decision-making in completion of all job duties.
- Reflect on individual, program and agency results for continuous learning and quality improvement.
- Participate in professional development and supervision to seek guidance, expand knowledge, and develop use of best practices.
- Maintain passion and commitment to the agency’s work and participants.
- Do your part to ensure the health and well-being of the entire organization.
- Respect and protect agency-owned property and assets and use agency resources for business-appropriate purposes.
- Starting salary: $47,500
- ReadyKids pays 100% health, dental, and life insurance premiums for employee only plans
- Voluntary vision and supplemental insurance
- Generous paid vacation and sick leave; paid holidays
- Employer-matched retirement plan
ReadyKids is committed to a diverse and equitable workplace. We believe diversity of identity, thought, approach, and experience provide the optimal environment for our growth, learning, and success. We aim to create a safe space where everyone belongs and can contribute to the organization in a way that is authentic and genuine to them. Click here to read our vision for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Open until filled. ReadyKids is seeking a diverse pool of applicants; all are encouraged to apply. Email CV/resume to Ashley Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org. ReadyKids is a drug-free workplace. EOE/ADA/AA.