NAS Patuxent River, MD - SPA Child Youth Military Family Life Counselor
MHN Government Services - 7012 - Maryland

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JOB SUMMARY:

The Counselor is a licensed mental health professional who exercises discretion and independent judgment to provide appropriate information, coaching, training, and education concerning military-connected children to service members and or child-development center or school staff. Direct non-clinical services to children and adolescents ages 2-18 are also provided by the CYB Counselor.

The Counselor provides face-to-face non-clinical problem solving counseling to families and makes appropriate referrals and warm transfers to military and community resources according to the needs of military-connected children, families and service members.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Reaches out to families with children to conduct non-medical needs assessments and provides supportive, non-medical counseling services to families/parents, such as parenting and child development education (ages 0-18), suggestions for behavioral interventions, non-medical counseling, recommendations for referrals and other services as appropriate, etc.
  • Provides age appropriate activities-based programs to young children and adolescents on topics such as identifying feelings, problem solving, bullying, conflict resolution, self-esteem, coping with deployment and reunification, sibling/parental relationships, anger and time management, separation from parent(s), divorce, health and wellness/self care, etc.
  • Facilitates psycho-educational discussion groups for older children and adolescents.
  • Provides consultations, trainings and educational presentations/workshops for parents, school staff, child-care professionals, and other community groups on topics such as child development, behavior management, burnout and self-care, effects of deployment and reunification on children and youth, recognizing behavioral indicators of stress in children and youth, etc., including the following activities:
    • Provides feedback on outreach efforts and tracks services performed and referrals made.
    • Advises on behavioral and psychotherapeutic training and education programs and materials requested by military personnel and commanders.
    • Completes and submits all required documentation.
  • Evenings and weekends required
  • Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications
REQUIREMENTS:

Education:

Master's Degree in clinically relevant field from accredited university required

Certification/License:
Possess and maintain a full license to practice independently at the Master's or Doctorate level as a Clinical Social Worker, Marriage Family Therapist or Psychologist without restrictions or supervision (i.e. LCSW, LISW, MFT, LPC, etc.) Some assignments may require a full license to practice independently in the state where the assignment is located.

Government Security/Clearance/Citizenship Requirements:

Requires US citizenship and current security clearance

Experience:
  • Minimum two years post-license experience working with families and children required
  • Experience with groups of young children and adolescents in clinical or school setting
  • Experience providing activities based psycho-educational programs to children and adolescents
  • Experience preparing and presenting educational and informational presentations
  • Six months direct experience as CYB MFLC preferred
  • A direct association with the military is preferred but not required
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Working knowledge of military lifestyle and issues impacting families
  • Skilled in working with parents and children through educational outreach and non-medical, problem-solving counseling
  • Ability to develop and deliver group presentations and respond to commander requests for presentations and materials and advise as to compliance with scope of contract and non-medical counseling practice
  • Ability to accurately assess needs and make referrals to appropriate resources
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships using tact and diplomacy in interactions with individuals/families and with program representatives and officials
  • Computer skills sufficient to create, maintain, and send reports
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to pass additional criminal history background checks required for performance in military schools
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and oversight and use independent judgment
  • Travel between work sites may be required
Work Conditions:

The following section describes the general physical requirements for this position. Please note that 'constant' refers to more than 81% of time; 'significant' refers to 40-80%; and 'moderate' refers to 20-40% of the time.
  • Operates personal computers, printers, facsimile, telephones, copy machines and other commonly used office accessories/equipment.
  • Exposed to confidential information and expected to maintain confidentiality at all times; must adhere to HIPAA rules and regulations.
  • May be required to work outside of normally scheduled hours as mandated by the client, project and/or workload (e.g. evenings, weekends, and/or holidays).
  • May be required to maintain established work pace, meet deadlines; may have last minute urgent requests.
  • Physical activity may include: twisting, reaching, kneeling, bending, stooping, squatting, crawling, grasping, grabbing, pushing, pulling, repetitive motion, climbing, etc.
  • Required to have visual acuity to determine the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of the work assigned.
  • Required to have hearing ability to receive detailed information through oral communication.
  • Required to have speaking ability to express or exchange ideas.
  • Constant concentration may be required on various subjects by listening, reading and thinking clearly.
  • Interaction with others may be required. May need to listen, think, and speak in order to interact with others. Business interactions and behavior between coworkers and/or external customers are required. This may require face-to-face or telephone interactions.
  • Thinking at work may include listening, learning, analyzing, evaluating, and the ability to interpret what is seen and/or heard, or to link information from one issue to the next.
  • Significant computer usage including typing and/or eye strain.
  • Significant repetitive arm, wrist, hand and finger motions -- making repetitive movements (e.g. key boarding, filing, data entry).
  • Significant phone usage; headsets may be required.
  • Significant travel may be required between work sites and/or out of area.
  • Moderate lifting may be required. May need to lift, carry and/or move equipment/supplies weighing up to 35 pounds, always using safe lifting techniques.
  • Moderate sedentary work (desk bound or seated).
  • Significant reading is required via computer screen and/or bound printed materials.
  • Moderate walking/standing may be required. Walking and/or transporting supplies and equipment between buildings/parking lots and structures may be required.
OR
Any combination of academic education, professional training or work experience, which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position.

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