Date: November 2018

Job Title: Children’s Domestic Violence Counselor

Practice Job Classification: Full Time

Position Reports To: Program Manager

My Sisters’ Place is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization  that has been providing support to victims of domestic violence and human trafficking throughout Westchester County, NY since 1978. MSP has evolved from a small, grassroots organization into a holistic agency touching the lives of more than 10,000 individuals each year. We provide a continuum of free services including: a 24-hour hotline, emergency residential shelter, adult counseling, legal services, children’s services, and an extensive community education and training outreach program.

When children are exposed to the trauma of family violence in the home, it can often have a significant impact on their schoolwork, their social interactions, their behavior, and their self-esteem.  At MSP, we admire each child’s resiliency and strengths.  We value and acknowledge each child’s thoughts and feelings, and through individual and group counseling, a trusting relationship can form that engages children and promotes personal expression through discussion, art activities and play.   Our program provides brief individual and group counseling services.  Staff members also work closely with the child’s non-abusing caregiver and other relevant service providers involved with the family in order to provide information on how children can be impacted, and to create well rounded, consistent support and advocacy to successfully meet each child’s individual needs.

The Children’s Domestic Violence Counselor is based in Yonkers and offers a safe space for children ages 4-17 to express and explore their feelings through supportive counseling services.  The Children’s Counselors will provide support in both Individual and group counseling sessions.  Children’s social and behavioral skills are reinforced through various creative projects and play.

Duties:

  • Conduct short-term therapeutic counseling sessions and activities with children and adolescents both individually and in groups that foster emotional and physical safety and learning
  • Engage parents and caregivers, demonstrate healthy parenting techniques
  • Provide caregivers with information and referrals to outside services for children, including counseling, early intervention programs, and daycare services
  • Maintain program statistics in compliance with funding requirements and objectives
  • Identify agencies and community coalitions providing services to children and families; represent the agency at community meetings
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in social work or related field
  • Two years of prior experience working with children and adolescents preferred
  • Experience in field of domestic violence and knowledge of trauma strongly preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work independently or collaboratively
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment, stay organized, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines
  • Bi-lingual English/Spanish strongly preferred

MSP GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Support our philosophy and guiding principles
  • Participate in agency-wide and community events, initiatives and committees to help strengthen our organizational goals
  • Work collaboratively across departments
  • Participate in on-going education and training opportunities
  • Ability to collaborate with people and synthesize diverse sets of institutional perspectives
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor in all situations and be able to withhold confidential information

Application Instructions:

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.  Send resume and cover letter by e-mail to: Lisa Fragola, Program Manager at: LFragola@mspny.org

 

MSP values you, your growth and your contributions. MSP believes that an effective, broad-based movement for social transformation must be rooted in anti-racist principles as we work towards a more just and equitable society.

My Sisters’ Place policy prohibits discrimination due to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and national origin in employment and delivery of services.