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Social Advocacy Clinical Counselor

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Commander, Navy Installations Panama City , FL 32401

Posted 4 months ago



This position is that of a fully credentialed clinical counselor located within the Counseling and Advocacy Program (CAP) at the Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSC).

Provides short term, solution focused psychological counseling for individuals, couples, families, and groups of people in crisis. Assesses individual/family needs; explores basic personality structure in relation to behavior patterns, mechanisms, and symptoms. Receives and assesses referrals made by military and civilian agencies. Coordinates legal, medical and social services including commands, to assist in treatment and referral.
Initiates, develops, and facilitates group treatment programs to address the needs of families, such as marital groups and child and adolescent groups.
Demonstrates effective independent clinical assessment skills by identifying crisis situations, e.g. suicide or homicide risk, danger of physical or sexual abuse to family members, and increased risk of further family violence. Provides crisis intervention and safety planning as required.
Independently manages assigned cases, consulting with the QA Specialist or Supervisory where the case is highly complex or presents with special/unique issues. Complies with reporting protocols involving high risk and high visibility cases.
Maintains case records, treatment plans, and statistics in accordance with Navy policies and regulations and updates Management Information System data collection programs as required.
Responsible for compliance with FFSC quality standards and Counseling Desk Guides.
Drafts letters to commands, Navy Housing, Security, and other Naval Departments as required regarding case management and progress
Performs Family Advocacy Case Management duties, which includes receiving initial reports of suspected child and spouse abuse from military and civilian representatives and taking all steps required under the FAP program.
Provides safety planning, case management, treatment, and education services related to child abuse and spouse abuse.
Serves as designated case manager and primary FAP point of contact (POC) for spouse and child abuse cases ensuring all actions are in compliance with DoD and Navy instructions and civilian reporting requirements.
Provides timely completion of all required assessments and documentation, e.g. Family Advocacy Risk Assessment. Uses information to present initial and follow-up case reviews at the multi-disciplinary (to include medical, legal law enforcement, related community agencies such as child protective services, etc) Case Review Committee (CRC).
Presents complete and concise case presentations t the CRC documenting results and implementing recommendations according to guidelines.
Demonstrates effective independent clinical assessment skills by identifying crisis situations, e.g. suicide or homicide risk, danger of physical or sexual abuse to family members, and increased risk of further family violence. Provides crisis intervention and safety planning as required.
Provides ongoing case management services to assess service and family member needs, confirms follow-through with treatment recommendations, and provides additional resource referrals as warranted by the case status.
Independently manages assigned cases, consulting with the QA Specialist or Supervisor where the case is highly complex or presents with special issues. Compiles with reporting protocols involving high risk offenders of family violence.
Develops and provides group and individual treatment targeting at-risk and substantiated victims and offenders of family violence.
Prepares and maintains program documentation, records and reports.
As directed or required, incumbent facilitates FAP training and education services.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - To Support Mission

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment

Require a current, valid, unrestricted license or certification in a state or clinical licensure in good standing in a state that authorizes independent clinical practice in the fields of Social Work, Psychology or Marriage and Family Therapy.


In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience. All non-government positions identified on your resume must include complete address and to and from dates. Government positions must include pay plan, series, grade, to and from dates and address of the agency/organization.
Specialized experience directly related to the duties described above. Qualifying experience must have been equivalent to the next lower level in the normal line of progression.
Specialized experience must demonstrate the following:
Require two (2) years (includes at least 2000 hours), of full time, post masters supervised clinical experience.
Prefer two (2) years (includes at least 2000 hours), of full-time, post licensure clinical experience in a clinical setting.
Prefer at least two (2) years (includes at least 2000 hours) of post-masters clinical experience in the field of child abuse/neglect and/or domestic abuse counseling or treatment.
Prefer at least two (2) years experience with Military Life dealing with the military community as a service member, family member, employee or contractor that furnished the incumbent with an understanding of the specific demands of military lifestyles, such as frequent separations and high stress working environments that have an extensive impact on individuals and their families.
Ability to present sensitive and at times controversial information to groups of people in a clear and concise manner.
Ability to modify programs to meet the ever changing needs of the active duty military community.
Ability to recognize, identify and assess mental disorders per the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Vol. IV.
Have an understanding of and the ability to apply various counseling approaches such as behavior modification, client-centered, rational-emotive, family systems, brief solution-focused, and reality therapies.
Knowledge of dynamics and diagnostic skills necessary for family violence identification, risk assessment, and safety planning.
Knowledge of family violence treatment principles for victims and offenders.
Knowledge of group dynamics.
Knowledge in the area of family systems particularly as it relates to patterns of abusive behavior and abuse response, substance abuse, human behavior, human sexuality, attention deficit disorder, and juvenile delinquency.
Ability to recognize and define personal and social problems, to independently reach accurate conclusions, and to provide appropriate solutions.
Ability to effectively interview and clinically respond to the needs of clients including assessing suicidal and homicidal and substance abuse.
Ability to communicate orally to interview alleged offenders and victims; to maintain cooperative and professional relationships with law enforcement, Child Protective Services, medical treatment facilities, and senior personnel from commands of offenders and victims.
You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.
As part of the application process, you must complete and submit an occupational questionnaire and your RESUME MUST SUPPORT AND VALIDATE YOUR ANSWERS or you may be removed from consideration.
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating and/or appointment eligibility.


Require a Masters or doctoral degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) or Masters or doctoral degree in Social Work from a school accredited by Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) or Doctoral degree in Psychology from a doctoral program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Additional information

Some positions have special requirements
Position is a sensitive, supervisory position requiring access to IT II system and/or access to PII. An access National Agency Check investigation (ANACI) is required via the SF 86 security form.
Salary is dependent on experience and/or education.
For positions requiring travel more than twice per year, selectee may be required to obtain and maintain in good standing a Government-issued Travel Card for official government travel purposes.
Possess and maintain a valid state driver's license required
Position is a subject to being on call and will require work to be performed outside of normal working hours to include nights, weekends and holidays.
The Department of the Navy (DON) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Applicants are assured of equal consideration regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, genetic information, reprisal, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants with disabilities who believe they may require reasonable accommodations should email their request to to ensure proper consideration is given. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
This activity is a Drug-Free workplace. The use of illegal drugs by NAF employees, whether on or off duty, cannot and will not be tolerated. Federal employees have a right to a safe and secure workplace, and Sailors, their family members, and all other customers have a right to a reliable and productive Federal workforce.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your experience is subject to evaluation and verification against the information in your resume. The numeric rating you receive is a self-assessment only and is based on your responses to the questionnaire. Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. If a determination is made that you rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, or if your resume lacks sufficient information, you will be rated accordingly or may be considered ineligible.
All resumes will be reviewed to determine if they meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this announcement, and will be rated based on the information provided in the resume to determine the level of knowledge, skill, and ability, related to the job requirements. Using the qualifications of the position, a predetermined rating criterion of knowledge, skills, and abilities will be used for each resume. Best qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager. The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews.

Click the following link to preview the applicant questionnaire: .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required


Required Documents

Include name and contact information for at least three (3) professional references in your resume
Proof of education (transcripts/copy of degree/high school diploma), if applicable to position requirements.
Proof of certification, if applicable to position requirements.
If you are a current federal employee, submit your most recent Personnel Action Report (PAR) or SF-50.
If you are a current federal employee, submit your last three evaluations.
APPLICANTS CLAIMING HIRING PREFERENCE: Please ensure your status is indicated in your USAJOBS account and ALL required documents to claim preference are submitted at the time of resume submission.
WHAT ARE PREFERENCES? Preferences are advantages in the candidate selection process. Individuals can claim the following preferences:
1.Reemployment Priority List (RPL): Qualifying separated employees shall have priority placement in the NAF activity from which they were separated as a result of a Business Based Action (BBA), when the position has substantially the same duties as the position from which they were separated and it is not a higher grade or employment category, provided the position is not being filled by an internal candidate.
To claim this preference, you MUST:
Submit a copy of your BBA Separation Notification indicating eligibility for RPL.
2.Military Spouse Preference (MSP): Qualifying spouses eligible for MSP are spouses of an active duty military member of the U.S. Armed Forces, including members of the National Guard or Reserves on active duty. The marriage must have occurred before the military member received official permanent change of station (PCS) orders to the installation listed above. MSP is applicable only when applying for NAF positions at the NF-03 and below and equivalent craft and trade (CT) positions.
To claim this preference, you MUST:
Submit sponsors PCS orders to installation you are applying for; AND
If you are not indicated as a spouse on the PCS orders, you MUST submit proof of marriage prior to PCS.
3.Veterans Preference/Gold Star Veteran's Preference: Qualifying military veterans, and spouses/parents of deceased veterans shall be given employment preference over non-preference applicants if they are equally qualified. Preference applicable for positions open to external candidates.
To claim Veteran's preference, you MUST:
Submit a copy of your DD-214 (member 4 copy); AND
Submit completed SF15 from the Veterans Administration (VA); AND
Submit any other supporting documentation (disability, official statements, proof of service, etc)
To claim Gold Star Veteran's preference, you MUST:
Submit completed SF-15 from the Veterans Administration (VA); AND
Submit a legible copy of DD-1300; AND
Submit any other supporting documentation (official statements, document of service, court decree, etc).
Qualifying applicants with preferences are considered in the order listed above. Then all other qualifying applicants are considered.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

This job originated on . For the full announcement and to apply, visit . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

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Social Advocacy Clinical Counselor

Expired Job

Commander, Navy Installations