Counselor – Inside Out and Teen Counseling

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. The Counselor also provides crisis intervention and counseling services to at-risk youth and their families.  Services are provided at the office as well as in schools and/or in the community. The Counselor will provide supervision to interns as assigned.

Per Agency Manual, this position is eligible for an agency cell phone.

COMPENSATION/BENEFITS

  • Salary Range: $50,000
  • 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

Open until filled. ReadyKids is seeking a diverse pool of applicants; all are encouraged to apply. Email cover letter and CV/resume to Ashley Wood at awood@readykidscville.org.  ReadyKids is a drug-free workplace. EOE/ADA/AA.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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.
  • Knowledge of theory and practice in the area of adolescent development and age-appropriate intervention strategies.
  • Competency in strength-based models of intervention with adolescents.
  • Experience in interacting with the criminal justice system.
  • Ability to provide direct service with a minimum of supervision.
  • Ability to organize time effectively and to meet assigned work demands.
  • Strong leadership skills and desire to take initiative.
  • Current and valid driver’s license and maintain at all times a motor vehicle insurance policy that carries at least the minimum limits of liability of $300,000 combined single limit or $100/300/100 split limits ($100,000 per occurrence, $300,000 per accident for bodily injury, $100,000 per accident for property damage).

 

TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES

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

Clinical Services

  • Conduct clinical assessments of child and adolescent victims of child abuse/neglect referred for mental health services. Conduct crisis and non-crisis assessments of at-risk youth and their families.
  • 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. Provide crisis prevention and crisis intervention to youths and their families. Settings may include, but not limited to, in schools, homes, child care centers or other settings based on individual/family needs.
  • Provide counseling to secondary victims as appropriate/needed.
  • Provide treatment to address specific goals in the client’s home and school setting when appropriate and necessary.
  • Conduct therapy groups as 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
  • Evaluate one’s own limitations, behaviors and biases and manage own behavior constructively.
  • Provide on-call coverage of the crisis hotline as scheduled and during business hours.

Hotline Calls

  • Respond promptly and professionally to calls received during assigned on-call hours.
  • Conduct crisis and non-crisis assessments of at-risk youth and their families.
  • Take steps if needed to address any safety concerns of the caller.
  • Make appropriate referrals for long-term and short-term interventions for youth and family as needed.
  • Maintain appropriate paperwork including Hotline documentation and PM System data entry, due within one business day of service.
  • Assess youth and their families for shelter and/or consider alternatives and refer appropriately.
  • Counselor will be paid $25/per night of service Monday-Thursday
  • Night refers to 5pm-9am following day
  • Counselor will be paid $125/per weekend of service Friday at 5pm-Monday at 9 am.
  • Counselor will be paid an additional $20/holiday –when ReadyKids offices are closed ($45/day M-Thursday, $145/weekend), 9 am-5 pm

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.
  • 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.

Supervision

  • Report routinely to supervisor and utilizes supervision to provide quality services.
  • Meet with Program Director 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.

Reporting/Documentation

  • 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.

 

CORE COMPETENCIES

All ReadyKids Employees will…

Relational:

  • 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.

Engaged:

  • 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.

Adaptable:

  • 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.

Driven:

  • 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.

You:

  • 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.

 

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