As part of YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s domestic violence team, the Children and Family Counselor contributes to the creation of a warm and welcoming space for program participants through the delivery of trauma-informed counseling and specialized services to children and families. This position assists the Children and Family Services Coordinator with implementation of program strategies and provides staffing and client support across programs as needed.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Counseling and Case Management (65%)
Completes Documentation (15%)
Community Outreach & Training (10%)
ADDITIONAL DUTIES (10%)
An individual in this position must be able to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
The above list reflects the general details necessary to describe the principle and essential functions of the position and shall not be construed as the only duties that may be assigned for the position.
To successfully carry out the responsibilities of this position, the employee will need to demonstrate the following competencies:
Mission Commitment – Demonstrates a commitment to eliminating racism and empowering women.
Knowledge of Trauma – Identify/describe key signs, symptoms, impact and manifestations of trauma in adults and children and how trauma impacts child development and the child/parent bond and attachment process.
Systems of Oppression and Trauma – Understands how systems create conditions that cause trauma to individuals and collective groups of individuals and believes this is important to informing counseling strategies.
Relationship Building – Can proactively cultivate positive, productive relationships with diverse individuals
Trauma-Informed Practice – Develops collaborative relationships with clients which include demonstrating care, respect, cultural competence, developmental sensitivity, employing?strengths-based?approaches, maximizing safety for all and opportunities for client choice and control.
Trauma-Informed Communication – Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills with the ability to utilize trauma-informed communication, which is reflective, engaging, honest, trustworthy, and culturally competent.
Collaboration – Knows their own strengths and weaknesses and can effectively leverage these in working well with others
Adaptability – Comfortably adjusts to unexpected changes in plans or situations
Training – Comfortably develops and delivers culturally relevant trainings to diverse audiences
Embodies Trauma-Informed Values and?Attitudes?–?Believes that providing trauma-informed care is an appropriate role for anyone involved in providing services to survivors of domestic violence.
Social – Motivated by opportunities to be of service to others and contribute to the progress and well-being of society.
Theoretical – Motivated by work that requires specialized knowledge, continuing education, and intellectual growth.
Education: Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, or Counseling.
Experience and/or Training: Experience counseling children, youth, adults, and families on issues related to domestic/intimate partner/family violence.
Experience and/or Training: Three to five years counseling children, youth, adults, and families on issues related to domestic/intimate partner/family violence.
Language: Fluent in Spanish
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS
Intermittent (less than 15%), Occasional (15-45%), Frequent (50-75%), and Continuous (over 75%).
The mental and physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.