Arlington, Virginia
Jan 19, 2023
Jan 27, 2023
Full Time

The primary duties of the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) Clinical Counselor are to:
  • Deliver comprehensive FAP services to active duty Marines, their family members, and others as authorized by Department of Defense (DoD) policy.
  • Provide non-medical counseling, screening, assessment, evidence-based and informed interventions, service planning, and clinical case management services. Comprehensive non-medical counseling services consists of individual, couple, family and group sessions.
  • Provide services to clients that address emotional problems, behavioral problems, life stressors, domestic abuse, child abuse, and problematic sexual behaviors in children and youth (PSB-CY).
  • Conduct psychosocial assessments with individuals, couples and families and make recommendations for services. Include client in service plan development. Exercise clinical judgment to apply expertise in conducting initial assessments to match the client's needs to the most appropriate resources. Conduct ongoing risk assessment and conduct immediate safety planning. Report any suspected child abuse and/or domestic abuse as required by policy and mandated by law.
  • Facilitate psycho-educational groups, classes, and workshops that focus on both prevention and intervention with child abuse, domestic abuse, and PSB-CY. Topics may include: anger management, relationship skill-building, effective and healthy communication, and understanding and eliminating power and control.
  • Plan, develop, and implement services and initiatives designed to foster positive healthy relationships within the family structure. Develop and maintain professional standards of service, community referral resources, and maintain a close network with the clinical staff and other service providers.
  • Complete and maintain appropriate documentation related to: intake paperwork, screening tools, risk assessments, safety plans, clinical counseling notes, individualized service plans, clinical case management, collateral notes, contact details, and other documentation as required by FAP policy.
  • Participate in the confidential Clinical Case Staff Meeting (CCSM), which provides clinical recommendations for supportive services, non-medical counseling for victims of child abuse, domestic abuse, or PSB-CY, coordinated case management including risk assessment, ongoing monitoring of child abuse and domestic abuse victims' safety, clinical intervention, and appropriate service delivery for alleged abusers who are eligible for services at the military treatment facility.
  • Prepare and participate in the administrative process of the Incident Determination Committee (IDC). Communicate the IDC incident status determination to commanders and others who have a "need to know" status.
  • Provide direct services to include screening, assessment, non-medical counseling, safety planning, and referrals with children exhibiting and those impacted by PSB-CY as well as to the family members. Participate in and provide input to the PSB-CY multi-disciplinary team and attend monthly case review meetings. Maintain case records and track statistical data in accordance with Limits of Confidentiality, Privacy Act, and higher headquarters policy.
  • Establish and maintain command and military community relationships. Collaborate with other military agencies to support and meet client needs. Coordinate with military investigative agencies, military and local civilian law enforcement agencies, and civilian child welfare agencies in response to reports of child abuse incidents.
  • Provide World Class Customer Service with an emphasis on courtesy. Assist customers and communicate positively in a friendly manner. Take action to solve problems quickly. Alert the higher-level supervisor or proper point of contact for help when problems arise.
  • Adhere to safety regulations and standards. Use required safety equipment and observe safe work procedures. Promptly report any observed workplace hazards, and any injury, occupational illness, and/or property damage resulting from workplace mishaps to the immediate supervisor.
  • Adhere to established standards of actively supporting the principles of the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) program and prevention of sexual harassment.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

This position may require a fluctuating work schedule to complete work assignments outside of the typical work week and work hours (to include weekends as necessary).
This is a white-collar position where occasional lifting up to 20 lbs may be required.


Conditions of Employment

  • See Duties and Qualifications



  • A Master's or Doctoral-level degree from a college or university with a program nationally accredited in: social work, marriage and family therapy, counseling, psychology, or other appropriate human service and/or mental health professional degree.
  • Highest licensure by a State or National regulatory board that authorizes independent clinical practice that is current, valid, unrestricted and in good standing in at least one of the following: clinical social work, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed professional counselor, or clinical psychologist that meet the DoD requirements. Must provide a photocopy of licensure with their application.
  • Tier II must have engaged in 2 years, that includes at least 2,000 hours, full-time, post-masters supervised clinical expereince.
  • At least two years' experience working in the field of child and domestic abuse counseling or treatment. Must be able to work effectively with representatives of local, county, state, and federal social services agencies.
  • One year experience in or ability to obtain, within 1 year of employment, training in all of the following: PSB-CY, child and adolescent development, and trauma-informed care.

Additional information

GENERAL INFORMATION: Applicants are assured of equal consideration regardless of race, age, color, religion, national origin, gender, GINA, political affiliation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, marital status, physical handicap which has no bearing on the ability to perform the duties of the position. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

It is Department of Navy (DON) policy to provide a workplace free of discrimination and retaliation. The DON No Fear Act policy link is provided for your review:

As part of the employment process, Human Resources Division may obtain a Criminal Record Check and/or an Investigative Consumer Report. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a National Agency Check and Inquiries (NACI). For all positions requiring access to firearms or ammunition, the Federal Government is prohibited from employing individuals in these positions who have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, or a felony crime of domestic violence adjudged on or after 27 November 2002. Selectees for such positions must submit a completed DD Form 2760, Qualification to Possess Firearms or Ammunition, before a final job offer can be made.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: Per E.O. 14043, selectee(s) must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by 11/22/2021 or date of employment (which ever comes later) except in limited circumstances where an exemption is approved due to a disability or sincerely held religious beliefs.

Direct Deposit of total NET pay is mandatory as a condition of employment for all appointments to positions within MCCS.

Required Documents:

*Education/certification certificate(s), if applicable.

*If prior military, DD214 Member Copy

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 Marines, sailors, and their family members have a right to a reliable and productive Federal workforce.

Involuntarily separated members of the armed forces and eligible family members applying through the Transition Assistance Program must submit a written request/statement (may be obtained from the MCCS Human Resources Office) and present ID card with "TA" stamped in red on front of card.