Counselor I
PACE Center for Girls - Palm Beach, FL

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position summary :
Provides daily case management, familial and crisis counseling and leads psycho-educational groups by performing the following duties:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
· Counsels girls whose behavior, school progress, or mental or physical condition indicates need for assistance.
· Consults with parents, teachers, and other agency personnel to determine causes of problems and effect solutions.
· Attends field trips and other extracurricular activities as required.
· Provides social and skill building educational materials; teaches individual and community responsibility.
· Provides support and direction for girls participating in the program.
· Works in partnership with girls and their families to find a common approach to problem solving, crisis counseling and intervention.
· Provides counseling and peer mediation in crisis situations.
· Facilitates psycho-educational groups.
· Ensures the integration of the Six Developmental Domains and Gender Responsive programming in daily practices.
· Prepares for and participates in care review meetings.
· Prepares for and participates in monthly parent/guardian meetings.
· Sources outside services and ensures the services are responsive to the individual assessment of the girls.
· Ensures girls are transported and cared for in a safe environment (including escorting to bus stop), if needed and is based on the individual Center needs.
· Uses ETO to document in an accurate and timely manner in accordance with PACE policies and regulatory agency standards.
· Develops the Individual Treatment Plans (ITP)
· Transports girls as needed to complete job requirement.
· Participates in the intake interview to assess the needs of each girl and family, collaborates with in-take team (center specific).
· Coordinates care management and referral services for students and families during program enrollment.

Education and/or Experience and Technical Skills:
Bachelor’s Degree from four-year college or university. Major in Social Work, Psychology, Mental Health, Counseling or a related field required.
· Minimum two years prior experience, preferred working with at-risk youth
· Knowledge of case management practices required.
· Excellent individual, group and family counseling and crisis management skills required.
· Proficiency in computer skills, database management and/or office software is required.
· Current Florida driver’s license required.
· Knowledge of laws relating to children and families preferred.

Other Requirements:
· Must adhere to Agency Values and Principles.
· Upholds the ethical standards of the Agency.
· Follows policies and procedures of the Agency.
· Must work evenings and weekends as required to fulfill workload requirements.
· Must be able to travel by automobile, plane, train, etc.; occasional overnight travel may be required.

Physical Demands: The physical demands of this job include manual dexterity; must be able to reach with hands and arms, talk, hear, see and smell. Frequent standing and walking is required. The employee is occasionally required to sit. Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Work Environment : The work environment characteristics can be stressful, is fast-paced and requires alertness and flexibility. The noise level is generally quiet; however, noise can accelerate to moderate and high levels.

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