Family Counselor (probation Counselor Ii)

Fairfax, Virginia
$59,685.39 - $99,475.38 Annually
Oct 01, 2022
Oct 15, 2022
Full Time
Job Announcement

Provides outpatient counseling services to court involved individuals, couples and families who are either actively on probation, involved in the court's diversion program, referred through Domestic Relations, Community Corrections or are court mandated to participate in services. Provides trauma-informed, holistic, and culturally relevant services to those receiving counseling by using varying evidence-based treatment modalities, to include cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, family systems theory, DBT-informed therapy, expressive therapy, Motivational Interviewing counseling skills and trauma-Informed treatment.

The case planning should incorporate the use of screening, assessments, and information with collateral contacts. This may include, but is not limited to the Columbia Suicide Screener, Structured Trauma Experiences and Symptoms Screener (STRESS), ACE screen, Substance Abuse Subtle Inventory Screening (SASSI), and Family Assessment Measure III (FAM-III). This counselor will maintain a culturally diverse caseload of up to 12-14 families that are typically seen on a weekly to bi-weekly basis until their counseling goals have been met, the time period of mandated involvement has expired, or the family no longer wishes to participate in services. The overall goal of family counseling is to aid family members who are experiencing problematic and non-compliant adolescent behaviors, truancy issues, grief, and loss, disrupted family relationships, co-parenting difficulties in custody/visitation/support matters, family conflict, domestic violence, trauma/secondary trauma, managing feelings of anxiety, depression and more.

Responds to children/youth and families in crisis, providing crisis stabilization, conducting risk/safety assessments as necessary, developing safety plans, and supporting linkages to crisis services and Emergency Services when needed. This position may operate in a satellite office of Fairfax County.

Will be responsible for a variety of other tasks, to include: transporting clients, conducting assessments using evidenced based tools and developing treatment goals with families; collaborate with and serve as a consultant to court service unit staff and other service providers; develops and implements psycho-educational group work; serve as a member on agency committees; author summary reports regarding client progress; participates in case consultation and supervision; and maintains electronic records through state BADGE system.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Schedule: This is a Job Share position, which is a single full-time position that is split between two incumbents who each may work 20 hours per week. Employees in job share positions are eligible for all benefits available to full-time merit employees. Schedule includes some flexibility and may require weekend and/or evening hours.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)

Counseling and Treatment Services
Conducts intake interviews and supervises offenders/defendants through office and home visits to verify compliance with court-orders;
Formulates treatment or rehabilitation plans for and presents written or oral recommendations for adjustment of behavior;
Interviews juvenile or adult offenders, their families and related persons to determine the nature of the adjustment difficulty;
Refers offenders/defendants to other agencies or facilities as needed and maintains liaison with service providers to coordinate evaluations;
Testifies in court and provides required written reports on adjustment and compliance to courts;
Documents and maintains prescribed records of casework services and periodically compiles related statistics:
Aids clients in obtaining employment;
Arranges for the court appearance of the client and family;
Informs clients of available community resources;
Arranges appointments for medical examinations and psychological testing;
Cooperates with representatives from State and local social service and law enforcement agencies in cases of mutual interest;
Composes and dictates case records, petitions and correspondence;

Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP) Case Management Services
Maintains a caseload of court referred and volunteer clients;
Monitors clients progress and make referral as needed;
Writes and prepares reports to the courts, clients and treatment providers;
Testifies in court on non-compliant cases, make appropriate recommendations when requested by the judge;

Victims Services
Provides assistance by administering and providing services designed to enhance coordination among agencies operating within the criminal justice system;

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)

  • Knowledge of casework supervision practices and procedures;
  • Knowledge of the principles of psychology and sociology;
  • Knowledge of current social and economic conditions;
  • Ability to use technology to enter and retrieve information;
  • Ability to interpret laws, rules, and regulations related to probation work and victim services;
  • Ability to interview and counsel clients;
  • Ability to prepare complete case records and reports;
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with a variety of individuals.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: (Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”)
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in social/behavioral sciences, criminal justice, or education plus two years of professional experience in probation work, social work, criminal justice, juvenile justice, education, or counseling. A master's degree in the disciplines above may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

Valid driver's license at the time of application

  • Master's degree in counseling, social work or psychology, or other licensed eligible field.
  • Licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).
  • At least two years of professional experience counseling families and adolescents. Experience of at least 2 years of case management, treatment planning and using evidenced-based practices such as Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Expressive Arts Therapy and trauma-informed interventions.
  • Proficiency as an intermediate level user in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, Teams, and PowerPoint.

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, child protective services registry check, sanctions screening and driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Job is generally sedentary in nature, however visual acuity is required to read data on computer monitor, incumbent must be able to operate keyboard driven equipment. Must be able to communicate with others, both orally and in writing. May be required to lift up to 15 pounds. Must be able to operate a motor vehicle and travel between various offices, residential placements, court, clients' homes, etc. in order to meet with clients and for trainings. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include a practical exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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