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Children’s Counselor III-Metrocrest Counseling Center in Dallas, TX at The Family Place

Date Posted: 3/12/2018

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Job Description

Position Summary: Responsible for providing individual and group services in a non- residential setting for children who have experienced and/or witnessed domestic violence. Services include assessments and constructive intervention activities that teach and reinforce positive self-image, healthy coping strategies, appropriate expressions of emotions and alternatives to violent behavior.  Flexible hours required for day and evening services as needed. TFCPT and CCPT experience preferred.

•Provides individual counseling services to children and adolescents; sessions may include expressive play therapy, filial therapy, or other therapeutic interventions as determined by the needs of the clients.
•Works with the Children’s Program Coordinator, and develops and maintain group-counseling programs for children and leads and/or coordinates weekly group sessions; groups children according to shared competencies and needs and provides opportunities to express feelings, explore conflicts and interact positively with others.
•Performs assessment services through evaluation of child to determine any developmental/emotional delays or difficulties, particularly resulting from either direct abuse of the child or being a witness to a parent's abuse by the partner.  Make appropriate communications to the parent and other authorized persons.  Make follow-up contacts to determine if any recommendations given were followed.
•Provides individual sessions and parent consults to caretaking parents of children seen, to work through parenting goals and exchanges information about the child’s progress.
•Establishes supportive relationships with all children’s parents in order or provide parental intervention when necessary: specifically, limit setting and consequences, nurturing, communications and socialization.
•Works with the Children’s Program Coordinator, facilitate parenting support groups.
•Provides intakes and individual to a small caseload of adult clients with no children.
•Develops and implements effective use of community resources for children.
•Maintains record-keeping procedure, including file on each child, progress reports, and any other required forms.
•Performs hotline and intake duties as requested using the techniques of crisis intervention.
•Participates in public education events as needed; provides all reports and/or statistical information as required.
•Meets regularly with the Assistant Program Director for case staffing and supervisory sessions.

Other Duties:
•Reports all suspected cases of child abuse as required by law.
•Maintains current professional knowledge of crisis intervention, case management and counseling for domestic violence victims; keeps up to date information for community resources available to clients.
•Performs other job-related duties as assigned. 

Job Requirements

Master’s degree in Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, Child Development or related field. Licensure required – LMSW/LPC-Intern/LMFT-A or LCSW/LPC/LMFT. Experience in child assessments, group work and/or play therapy required.  Experience working with children who have experienced trauma – e.g., witnessed and/or experienced domestic violence, physical abuse, sexual abuse.

Licenses & Certifications:
Valid Driver’s License
Counseling licensure required (see above)

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
•Knowledge and experience working with victims of trauma.
•Knowledge of the long term effects of domestic violence.
•Ability to perform physical tasks such as stooping, reaching, bending, climbing to interact with clients including children;
•Ability to relate with children through understanding, respect and skill communication;
•Ability to evaluate or display insight into individual behavior;
•Ability to  follow all safety and precautionary rules and measures;
•Ability to prioritize and self motivate to accomplish job goals;
•Ability to perform work efficiently and effectively under stressful situations.
•Ability to follow professional code of ethics.
•Ability to work a varied schedule, including evenings.

Mental & Physical Abilities:
•Ability to read, write and communicate in the English language.
•Ability to drive personal vehicle or company vehicle to visit sites or perform other duties for the position.
•Duties are usually performed seated.  Sitting may be relieved by brief or occasional periods of standing or walking.
•Limited amount of physical effort required associated with walking, standing, lifting and carrying light to heavy objects (less than 50 lbs.) infrequently.

Working Conditions:
Work may be performed in an office environment where there are little or no physical discomforts associated with changes in weather or discomforts associated with noise, dust, dirt and the like but not limited to the office environment.


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