Long-Term Services Trauma Counselor

Job Description


JOB TITLE: Long-Term Trauma Counselor

STATUS: Non Exempt

REPORTS TO: LTS Supervisor and Chief Executive Officer

General Description:

Provides long-term counseling, advocacy and educational services to children and families served by the Long Term Services Department.

Duties and Responsibilities as Trauma Counselor:

1. Provides trauma/supportive counseling and advocacy services to clients, siblings and non-offending caregivers (NOCs) based on best practice standards.

2. Completes written documentation (e.g., assessments, progress notes, etc.) in a timely manner.

3. Maintains knowledge of available community resources and links family with services as needed.

4. Facilitates referrals for community services.

5. Provides court preparation as requested.

6. Assists in the development and implementation of new and innovative programs to meet the needs of child abuse victims and their families.

7. Assists with professional training, public education, and presentations.

8. Completes client and program records in accordance with agency, professional, and funder standards.

9. Participates in multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings, peer review, and clinical supervision.

10. Serves on assigned committees related to child abuse.

11. Attends trainings and/or conferences for the purpose of professional development.

12. Adheres to agency policies and procedures.

13. Performs all other duties as requested or assigned by the Program Supervisor and/or Chief Executive Officer that reflect the mission and goals of the agency.

Knowledge and Skills:

1. Master’s Degree in social work, counseling, or psychology, with a minimum of three years of clinical experience prefered.

2. Minimum Ohio LPC or LSW required. LISW (S) or LPCC (S) preferred.

3. NPI #, CAQH # and Medicaid # is required.

4. Fully credentialed with insurance providers preferred. (Medicaid, Medicare, Private)

5. Experience working with children and families with child abuse issues.

6. Strong written and oral communication skills.

7. Ability to work with multi-disciplinary professionals.

8. Valid driver’s license, availability of an automobile, and proof of liability insurance.

Core Competencies:

 Understands the protocol for Multidisciplinary Response to Child Abuse.

 Has an in-depth understanding of the impact of child abuse and family violence on child victims and non-offending caregivers (NOCs).

 Has a working understanding of client engagement, client-family assessment, and treatment planning techniques.

 Knowledgeable about issues related to child abuse and domestic violence, and the impact on children. This includes types of abuse, shaken baby syndrome, mandated reporting, risk and protective factors, signs and symptoms of abuse, offender typologies and methods, community resources, child abuse system, and safety strategies.

 Aware of individual, cultural, familial, and societal factors related to disclosing child abuse. Understands issues related to cultural diversity and is able to engage and effectively work with diverse individuals.

 Knowledgeable about best practice interventions for treatment of child abuse, family violence, and trauma and has completed online coursework or training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

 Understands the intersections of family violence and other family, health and social problems, including: o Mental health disorders o Substance abuse o Poverty, Homelessness and Unemployment o Crime o Physical health

 Understands the nature of crisis and crisis response strategies.

 Has knowledge of the Social Work/Counselor Code of Ethics and responds to clients in an ethical manner.

 Knowledgeable about community resources. Knows how to work collaboratively with various social disciplines and can make appropriate referrals and linkages to community-based resources.

 Knowledgeable about the court system, including laws pertaining to sexual, steps in the court process and victims’ rights in the court system.

 Able to testify effectively in court proceedings when needed.

 Able to maintain productive work relationships with multidisciplinary team (MDT) members and other professionals within the community.

 Understands the components of effective documentation.

 Able to accurately input data into the EHR database in accordance with agency timelines.

 Understanding of vicarious traumatization and self-care skills to avoid burnout.

 Effective oral and written communication skills.

 Effective public speaking skills.

 Is able to break down complex information into understandable and usable material for diverse age ranges and audiences.

 Professional work skills including dependability, time-management, and organizational skills.

 Able to utilize Microsoft Office programs to carry out program duties.

Job Types: Part-time to Full- Time, Contractual

COVID-19 considerations:
To keep our staff safe we are allowing counseling sessions via video conferencing and for in person appointments mask are required.