Clinical counselors provide assessment and short-term, solution focused counseling services to eligible individuals, marital or intimate partners, families, and/or groups. They develop appropriate, risk-focused treatment and interventions for victims and perpetrators of child and domestic abuse.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of practice is limited to counseling services for other conditions that may be a focus of clinical attention and adjustment disorders.
Ensure referral for appropriate behavioral health follow-up of any psychological disorders or symptoms requiring longer-term and/or medical/psychiatric intervention. Conduct intake, screening, assessment, and referral of clients as appropriate. Work with the client to establish an individual treatment plan. Provide individual, couples, and group counseling. Provide information about existing Navy programs such as SAIL. Provide immediate intervention and risk assessment IAW best practices in the mental health community and educate and ensure adequate referral and follow-up of any case presenting suicidal or homicidal risk
Develop appropriate, risk-focused treatment and interventions for victims and perpetrators of child and domestic abuse in accordance with Navy Certification standards. Prepare information about alleged incidents of child and domestic abuse for the Family Advocacy Representative's presentation to the IDC for status determination.
Ability to perform accurate assessment of the client's presenting problem and to plan effective treatment for that problem
Provide an initial clinical assessment and ongoing risk assessments using the Columbia Suicide Severity Risk Scale (C-SSRS). Provide ongoing safety planning using the Veterans Affairs Safety Plan.
Prepare and conduct management briefings in order to communicate recommendations on training and exercises. Facilitate and/or provide psychological first aid services to commands and/or groups within the commands. Execute Emergency Family Assistance Center assigned responsibilities as exercised and directed. Provide after-hours coverage for the FFSP in OCONUS locations, when required.
Ability to intervene in crisis situations, using sound professional judgment, ethical practice and common sense. Ability to develop appropriate, risk-focused treatment and interventions for victims and perpetrators of child and domestic abuse
24 hours of request, using accepted practices and procedures, in response to both small- scale (e.g., suicide) and large-scale incidents (e.g., Shipboard accident, man-made emergency). Collaborate with Chaplains and/or medical personnel
Provide outreach and training on Navy programs such as SAIL and family violence prevention to appropriate audiences such as commands, medical professionals, youth activities staff and chaplains
Participate in site/regional quarterly quality assurance procedures to ensure that all clinical services provided are safe and of good quality
Maintain counseling case documentation IAW all applicable policies, laws and instructions
Ensure staff delivering non-medical counseling services are accounting for all services delivered in scheduling module
Required Education and/or Experience Qualifications
Master's degree in social work accredited by the Counsel on Social Work Education, a master's degree in marriage and family therapy accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education, or a doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association.
Current, valid and unrestricted clinical license or certification from a state or U.S. territory authorizing independent clinical practice in the fields of clinical social work, marriage and family therapy or clinical/counseling psychology. A minimum of two years, including at least 2000 hours, of full-time, post-master's supervised clinical experience
Counselors must meet the standards of professional and ethical conduct prescribed by their particular discipline or licensing board and demonstrate current clinical competence through at least periodic, direct service clinical experience during the 2 years preceding hire
A minimum of two years' experience working in the field of child abuse and domestic abuse
Knowledge of the difficulties of adjusting to general life stresses as well as those resulting from the requirements of military life, and experience providing short-term counseling for those issues
Knowledge of standard documentation requirements for clinical services
Knowledge of available military and community referral resources
Ability to work effectively with diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds
Proficiency in oral and written communication skills
Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite software and skilled in the use of office software
Other Skills and Abilities
This position requires access to U.S. Government facilities and systems. U.S. Citizenship, a valid driver's license, transportation, and auto insurance are required.
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
Physical Demands: Works in office areas. Sits