The Violence Prevention and Intervention Program (VPIP) of NVFS utilizes a highly effective, trauma-informed, culturally relevant service model to provide multi-modal “neighborhood based-school connected” services designed to ensure that at-risk immigrant youth and families are able to thrive in their chosen communities; succeed academically and socially; and that the communities themselves are equipped to prevent future community and family violence. The complex issues facing low income minority families living in high crime, high poverty neighborhoods require a comprehensive prevention, intervention and therapeutic approach that centers on youth in the context of the family and community. A menu of services tailored to the needs of the community, are offered in the targeted neighborhoods of Culmore, Annandale and Herndon to reduce family and community violence.
The VPIP Mental Health Counselor will provide community-based therapeutic services (individual, family, and group) to low-income individuals and families with multicultural and trauma backgrounds as part of a holistic, neighborhood based intervention and prevention team consisting of case managers, therapists, and program management.
Essential Job Duties:
• Provide individual, family and group therapy services for a culturally diverse population of adolescents and their families who have experienced trauma and violence in their homes, communities, and/or countries of origin including gang violence, community violence, sexual assault, and family violence, as well as families struggling with reunification after an immigration separation.
• Collaborate with VPIP Case Manager to ensure holistic service provision.
• Provide workshops and groups in schools and community-based settings.
• Ensure that service delivery is performed in accordance with the NVFS mission, agency policies and procedures, case management model, and project requirements.
• Perform other indirect service activities that may include: program development, community outreach, or Agency committee work.
• Prepare statistical and narrative reports as required.
• Participate in regular individual (administrative and clinical) and group supervisions as directed by Supervisor.
• Assure confidentiality policies and procedures are followed to protect the rights of clients, that reports to authorities occur in the mandated time frames, and that critical incident reviews related to these procedures are completed and filed.
• Maintain client files in accordance with program/licensing requirements and NVFS guidelines.
• Participate effectively and positively in required Program and Agency meetings and trainings.
Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Masters in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Counseling
• 1-2 years of post-graduate clinical experience in trauma focused psychotherapy such as: work with torture survivors; victims of sexual offenses, domestic violence or any other trauma survivors
• Experience providing services to immigrants and recently reunified families and adolescents
• Fluency in Spanish and English required
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
• Successful completion of background checks is required upon hire
• Must be comfortable with undesirable home conditions
• Must be able to travel to client homes to provide services
• May be called upon to work beyond normal working hours
All NVFS employees are expected to demonstrate the organizational values and sensitivity to the diversity of the organization’s client base.
This description is intended to describe the essential job functions and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a person so classified.
Northern Virginia Family Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer and E-Verify participant.
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