Clinical Counselor

Little Creek Amphibious Base, Virginia
Jan 21, 2021
Jan 22, 2021
Full Time


This position is located within Fleet and Family Readiness Program, Mid-Atlantic Fleet and Family Support Program (FFSP). This position is that of a fully credentialed Clinical Counselor. The FFSP is the Navys primary agency for the delivery of an array of human services programs intended to enhance the stability and self-sufficiency of individuals and families, resulting in increased operational readiness.
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A. Clinical Counseling:

1. 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.

2. Initiates, develops, and facilitates group treatment programs to address the needs of families, such as marital groups, and child and adolescent groups.

3. 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.

4. Independently manages assigned cases, consulting with the QA Specialist or Counseling and Advocacy Program Supervisor (CAPS) where the case is highly complex or presents with special issues. Complies with reporting protocols involving high risk and high visibility cases.

5. Maintains case records, treatment plans, and statistics in accordance with Navy policies and regulations and updates the Fleet and Family Support Management Information System (FFSMIS) and the Centralized Scheduling and Metrics (CS&M) data collection and scheduling programs as required.

6. Responsible for compliance with FFSC quality standards and Counseling Desk Guides.

7. Drafts letters to commands, Navy Housing, Security, and other Departments as required regarding case management/progress.

B. Case Management:

1. Performs Family Advocacy Program (FAP) Case Management duties, which include receiving initial reports of suspected child and spouse abuse from military and civilian representatives and taking all steps required under the FAP.

2. Provides safety planning, case management, treatment, and education services related to child abuse and spouse abuse.

3. Serves as designated case manager and primary FAP point of contact for spouse and child abuse cases ensuring all actions are in compliance with DoD and Navy directives and civilian reporting requirements.

4. Provides timely completion of all required assessments and documentation, e.g., Family Advocacy Risk Assessment. Uses information for presentation of initial case reviews at the Incident Determination Committee (IDC).

5. Completes concise case presentations to the CAP Supervisor for presentation to the IDC.

6. 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.

7. Develops and provides group and individual treatment targeting at-risk and substantiated victims and offenders of family violence.

C. Community Liaison:

1. Serves as liaison, and maintains a working relationship with necessary and appropriate city, county, state, federal, and non-government agencies as well as military commands to further a comprehensive education/prevention program with regard to clinical counseling/FAP services affecting military personnel.

2. Participates in community liaison meetings to establish or strengthen relationships with other agencies serving the target population. Provides summaries of liaison meetings for supervisor review, and makes recommendations to supervisor for further collaborations that will reduce duplication of service and expand the range of programs for the population serviced.

3. Educates and provides case-specific consultation to military and civilian agencies about counseling services, FAP, risk assessment, clinical issues, treatment, and IDC/Clinical Case Staff Meeting processes.

4. Maintains complete and timely records and workload statistics using forms and automated systems as directed.

5. Participates in the Regional Child Sexual Abuse Response Team, as directed.

6. Identifies and/or develops marketing and other information materials that support the mission of the CAP within the FFSC, e.g., specialized brochures, articles for the base newspaper.

7. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Within the region

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Occasional travel outside the local commuting area (10%) is sometimes required. Incumbent may be required to travel for up to two weeks for the purpose of attending or providing trainings.
  • Must possess and maintain a current state driver's license.
  • Position requires employee to obtain/maintain eligibility for a Secret security clearance. An Access National Agency Check Investigation (ANACI) is required via the SF86 Security Form.
  • Incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history background check with no adverse information or feedback received.
  • Child Care National Agency Check & Inquiry (CNACI) background check is required.


Specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

1. Knowledge of the military lifestyle that furnishes the employee 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.

2. Ability to present sensitive, and at times controversial, information to groups of people in a clear, concise manner.

3. Ability to modify programs to meet the ever changing needs of the active duty military community.

4. Ability to recognize, identify and assess mental disorders per the current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.

5. Understanding of, and ability to apply, various counseling approaches such as behavior modification, client-centered, rational-emotive, family systems, brief solution-focused, and reality therapies.

6. Knowledge of dynamics and diagnostic skills necessary for family violence identification, risk assessment, and safety planning.

7. Knowledge of family violence treatment principles for victims and offenders.

8. Knowledge of group dynamics.

9. Knowledge in the areas 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.

10. Ability to recognize and define personal and social problems, to independently reach accurate conclusions, and to provide appropriate solutions.

11. Ability to effectively interview and clinically respond to the needs of clients, including assessing suicidal and homicidal risks and substance abuse issues.

12. 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; prepare documentation for presentation at the IDC and participate in case discussions regarding assessment; make presentations; and exercise strong facilitation skills for individual and group counseling.

13. Ability to communicate in writing to develop and prepare case management memos, correspondence, and reports; to document psycho-social assessments, treatment plans, and IDC reports; to develop lesson plans for briefing and classroom presentations.

14. Knowledge and ability to use a personal computer and a variety of software programs to develop multi-media presentations and to facilitate work assignments.

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.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating and/or appointment eligibility.


Specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

1. Successful candidates for this position shall meet all qualifications as outlined in the current SECNAVINST 1754.7A:

"The Clinical Practitioner must meet the following requirements:

1) State or U.S. territory or license or certification that provides legal authority to provide clinical services as independent practitioner.

2) When the state or U.S. territory licensing or certification requirements include a written examination, candidates for privileging must have achieved a passing score on that examination.

3) Possess at least a master's degree in one of the following clinical fields:

(a) Marriage and Family Therapy from a program accredited by Commission or Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) or an equivalent degree.

(b) Social Work from an accredited school or an equivalent degree.

(c) Psychology from a doctoral program approved by APA or an equivalent degree.

4) Must have engaged in 2 years, that includes at least 2000 hours, full-time, post-master's supervised clinical experience."

5) Two years of experience working in the field of child abuse and domestic abuse.

Additional information

We utilize E-Verify to confirm selectee's eligibility to work in the United States.

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.

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 nsapplications@ 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.

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.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

USAJobs Resume

Proof of education (transcripts/copy of degree/high school diploma), if applicable to position requirements.

If claiming Veteran's Preference, a legible copy of DD-214 (page 4) as well as any other supporting documentation (disability, proof of service, SF-15, etc). is required.

If claiming Military Spouse Preference, a copy of sponsor's orders is required for NF-03 and below or equivalent.

If claiming Department of Defense (DOD) Non-appropriated Fund (NAF) Business Based Action (BBA) Priority consideration, submit a copy of the notice of separation.

If you are a current federal employee, submit your most recent Personnel Action Report (PAR) or SF-50.

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 schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

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.

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