Clinical Counselor

Virginia Beach, Virginia
Jan 23, 2022
Jan 31, 2022
Full Time

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.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. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance.
  • Must pass all applicable records and background check.
  • Must successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of employment.
  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Position is subject to the Health Practitioner Credential Review and Privileging requirements.
  • Child Care National Agency Check and Inquiry (CNACI) background check is required. FFSC personnel are not permitted to provide services to minor children until this condition is met.


Specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

Resumes must include information which demonstrates experience, knowledge, skills, and ability (KSAs) as they relate to this position. Applicants are encouraged to be clear and specific when describing their experience level and KSAs.

A qualified candidate possess 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.


A qualified candidate possess the following:

"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

"As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law.

If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with CNIC, if after November 22. CNIC will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of CNIC a legally required exception from this requirement."

Salary is dependent on experience and/or education.

Some positions have special requirements. Selectee may be required to complete a one (1) year probationary period. Participation in Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer within the first 30 days of employment is required. We utilize E-Verify to confirm selectee's eligibility to work in the United States. Salary is dependent on experience and/or education.

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 60 days of issuance of selection certificate. 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.

Executive Order 12564 requires a Federal workplace free of illegal drugs. According to the Executive Order, all Federal employees are required to remain drug free throughout their employment. Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Command is a Drug-Free Federal Workplace. The use of illegal drugs will not be tolerated, and use of or intoxication by illegal drugs will result in penalties up to and including removal from Federal Service.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .