Child & Family Counselor
commensurate with experience
- Master’s degree in social work, counseling, or related field required. Professional license (LSW/LCSW or LPC/LCPC) preferred. 40-hour domestic violence training is required, upon hire. Provided by organization if needed. Experience working with children, youth, or families is required. Direct service experience with domestic violence survivors is preferred. Computer and software knowledge – PC literacy is required. Must be committed to Between Friends mission and values, practicing intersectional equity in all facets of the work, and ending all forms of abuse in relationships.
- Job Title: Child & Family Counselor
- Supervised by: Counseling Services Manager
- Supervises: N/A
- Classification: Full-Time, Exempt, Salaried
- Start Date: Immediate
- ORGANIZATIONAL SUMMARY
- Between Friends envisions a community without domestic violence where equality, safety, and justice exist for all. Between Friends provides a safe, violence-free, and supportive environment for individuals and families in crisis. Between Friends' counselors empower individuals to make their own decisions and choices, rather than making choices for them. Between Friends helps survivors and children to recognize that their experience is shared and that the problem of domestic violence is social and political. To learn about our programs, go to https://betweenfriendschicago.org/.
- TEAM SUMMARY
- The Counseling & Support Services team believes that every survivor is the expert about their life and that healing happens in relationship with others. That’s why we emphasize creating a supportive, collaborative, and culturally-informed & humble environment where clients can find healing and counselors can thrive.
- We use an empowerment-based, trauma-informed approach that focuses not only on our clients’ challenges, but also on recapturing their strengths and resiliency. Our goal is to help our clients feel safer and more connected to themselves, their children, and their community.
- Our team of Master’s-level counselors bring a diversity of backgrounds and expertise including bilingual/bicultural Spanish, creative arts and somatic therapies, economic counseling, and skills in a variety of trauma-informed modalities. If you’re looking to be a part of a warm and mindful team that values supervision, work-life balance, and growing together, then you’ve found the right place.
- POSITION SUMMARY
- The Child & Family Counselor is responsible for the delivery of trauma-informed counseling and case management services to children, youth, and families who have experienced domestic violence. The Child & Family Counselor provides individual, family, and group counseling both virtually and in-person at our offices.
- Clinical (70%)
- - Provides individual and family counseling services to children, youth, and adults, as determined by client, community, and agency need. Caseload is 10-15 clients per week. - Provides group counseling services to children and youth, facilitating at least one group per week. Group services may be provided off-site. - Provides case management, referrals, and crisis intervention to caseload, based on client need. - Supports the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the child & family counseling programming, in coordination with the Counseling Services Manager. - Maintains the children’s counseling supplies, materials, and counseling space. - Collaborates with the organization’s teen dating violence prevention program to provide counseling services on or off-site, as needed. - Provides individual economic counseling with adults: including assessment and collaboration with clients on an economic stability plan. - Participates in A Night Out program: markets event, enrolls and supports client attendance, attends minimum 1 event a year to provide staff support. - Provides outreach and education to the community, including identifying and developing partnerships with local organizations.
- Administrative (25%)
- - Maintains updated and accurate case documentation and submits necessary information to the Counseling Services Manager for statistical reporting. - Enters data into the InfoNet database. - Participates in weekly individual supervision with Counseling Services Manager. - Participates in weekly Clinical Meeting, coordinated by the Counseling & Support Services Program Managers. Actively participates in case presentations and program-related discussions. - Leads Clinical Meeting once every 1-2 months. - Follows all Counseling and Support Services Program policies and procedures to ensure compliance with agency, funder, and contract standards/requirements.
- General (5%)
- - Staffs the crisis line on an as-needed basis. - Participates in a variety of coalitions and committees to form collaborative responses to domestic violence specifically related to children. - Participates in organization’s meetings & events, as needed. - Provides services as determined by Board of Director’s policies. - Completes other duties as assigned.
Occasionally required in the Metro Chicago area
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