Specialty Services Counselor
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The Specialty Services Counselor will provide therapeutic services to residents of the residential substance abuse treatment program and assist the Director in implementing and maintaining appropriate clinical care in all aspects of the treatment program. The Counselor is responsible for ensuring that clients’ therapeutic needs and program objectives are being met. Services will include but not be limited to assessment, individual therapy, group therapy, case management, resource and referral, and crisis intervention. 

Expectations of every YWCA Staff Member: 

  • Uphold and promote the YWCA Mission. 
  • Maintain compliance with state standards.
  • Adhere to established policies and procedures.
  • Contribute to fund development efforts for support of all programs and the overall Association. 
  • Provide support to other departments and staff as needed in the provision of service to clients. 
  • All employees must be familiar and compliant with the policies & procedures of the organization, and follow the guidelines of the Employee Handbook.

Essential Duties:

  • Experience in implementing a clinical understanding of crisis management and trauma informed services and assisting individuals to implement their self-identified goals toward healing and resource building.
  • Responsible for providing targeted therapeutic and advocacy services through clinical counseling services including assessment and treatment (individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, support groups, and psycho-educational groups) advocacy, and coordinator of care with designated client population.
  • Assist in the development of mutually agreed upon individual and/or family treatment discharge services plans, and provide other therapeutic services as appropriate.
  • Perform effective social work and psychotherapy of a complex nature with individual clients and with groups; develop and maintain cooperative, constructive relationships with clients, their families/support system and members of other professional disciplines, social agencies, and the Department of Child Services (DCS).
  • Ensure clients are receiving appropriate clinical care and ensure a comprehensive treatment plan is maintained.
  • Facilitation of weekly group sessions for clients and their families/support system as deemed appropriate. 
  • Prepare clear, concise and comprehensive case work records, and make sound recommendations on the basis of such information; organize and manage a caseload; retain personal objectivity while empathetically dealing with concerns of others; deliver crisis intervention services.
  • Complete all required documentation, including progress notes, assessment data, discharge summary planning and aftercare planning in accordance with state regulations
  • Participate in weekly staffing meetings
  • Participate in supervision sessions with clinical director
  • Participate in monthly staff and in-service meetings 
  • Assist with program development as it relates to client care
  • Coordinate with case managers and residential assistants to ensure appropriate continuity of services
  • Promote a trauma-informed perspective to client care 
  • Maintain professional relationships with referral and community resources 
  • Position may require Speciality Services Counselor to participate in an on-call rotation
  • Other duties as assigned 



  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, Human Services or related field required.
  • Candidate must hold Indiana state counseling licensure or be working toward Indiana state licensure (i.e. LMHC, LCAC, LMFT) and must gain said licensure within two years of hire
  • CPR and First Aid certification must be obtained within a short period after hire.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience with trauma-informed service, Cognitive Behavioral Therapies including DBT, and Motivational Therapies.
  • Strong counseling/crisis intervention skills, including group facilitation skills
  • Strong customer service skills with ability to communicate in a professional manner with a wide range of people. Unequivocal commitment to pluralism.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion when handling potentially confidential or sensitive manners.
  • Strong time management skills; ability to take initiative to solve problems and work with minimum supervision.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google including Gmail, Word and Excel.
  • 1-3 years of experience with general office equipment (copiers, printers)
  • Accurate, organized, and detail-oriented, with ability to work under pressure and shift priorities in response to changing needs.
  • Ability to keep accurate records and files
  • Must comply with the organization's policy of automobile insurance: must have a valid driver’s license and personal automobile insurance coverage. 
  • Must be willing to work some evening hours and have flexibility in personal schedule to accommodate the varying schedules of residents.

Physical/Mental Essential Requirements:

  • Walking, standing, bending, stooping, reaching, moderate lifting and carrying (up to thirty (30) pounds).  
  • Full range of body motion including manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination. 
  • Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range.  
  • Need to stand for long periods of time.  
  • Ability to focus on detail and accuracy of work product.  
  • Occasional high stress may be experienced in dealing with clients, staff and volunteers.

The statements within this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this position.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel in this position.