WISH is currently recruiting for a counselor to join our team to provide direct services to children and families that have experienced violence. The Child and Family Counselor will provide counseling support, assessments, and intervention services to families that are participating in WISH’s Family Services program. This position will work with the Family Services team to assist participants in achieving safety and building skills that enable them to live free of violence.
Essential Job Functions
Oversee the development and implementation of case-plans for Integrated Services participants.
Assess needs and provide crisis intervention and ongoing support and counseling for children and families that are impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault.
Provide appropriate therapies to non-abusing caregivers and their children, either individually or as a family unit
Provide assistance in building client safety and self-sufficiency
Specific Job Duties
Conduct comprehensive initial screening processes to determine eligibility for program services, providing assessment, intake and enrollment where appropriate.
Provide flexible, individualized counseling services to non-abusing parents and, when appropriate, the entire family unit.
Facilitate parenting/caregiver education groups using evidence-based or evidence-informed programs and tools.
Assist with case-management
Facilitate support-education groups to educate clients on various issues including basics of self- esteem, safety, parenting and social/emotional growth to help overcome stress/trauma/current and past crisis
Develop family case plans collaboratively with Family Resource Advocates that prioritize family safety and are responsive to the unique needs of the families.
Collaborate with the WISH counseling team when needed.
Provide guidance to WISH staff on best-practices for providing trauma-informed, culturally responsive care.
Provide diagnoses and assessments as needed to support goals of participants.
Help clients in obtaining personal growth in addressing co-occurring issues related to sexual assault/domestic violence such as:
Anxiety, depression and other mental and emotional problems and disorders
Family and relationship issues
Substance abuse and other addictions
Social and emotional difficulties related to disability and illness
Adopting to life transitions
The death of a loved one
Make referrals to other services as needed.
Develop and facilitate trainings for allied professionals including law enforcement, healthcare, and others on various topics as assigned.
Participate in all required WISH, grantee, and stakeholder meetings as assigned.
Maintain accurate records
Complete monthly, quarterly, and yearly agency and grant reports.
Other Duties as Assigned by the Community Services Director, Executive Director or their designee.
Must have one of the following: Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or related field from an accredited college or university.
Experience providing individual and group counseling for survivors of domestic violence/sexual assault and their children.
Experience completing case plans and participating in case management
Thorough understanding of domestic violence, sexual assault, child sexual assault, and the needs of survivors and be an enthusiastic practitioner of trauma informed care.
Must adhere to high standards of professional integrity and confidentiality.
Ability to remain objective and to perform under stressful conditions.
Understand and communicate with people of different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds
High organized, detail-oriented and able to work in a fast-paced environment
Criminal History Background Check
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About Women in Safe Homes
WISH is a grassroots organization that has been promoting zero tolerance for violent crimes and advocating for victim rights in Ketchikan and the rural communities of Southeast Alaska for over 40 years. We are a private, non-profit agency that provides direct services to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violent crimes.