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Bilingual Counselor (1 FTE)

Job Description
Organization: 
Gateway Domestic Violence Services
Organization Type: 
501(c)(3)
Job Location: 
Denver Metro
Type of Job: 
Full-time
Job Category: 
Programs/Services
Job Description: 

General Statement of Duties: Provides therapeutic services with a family focus to victims of domestic violence to include crisis intervention, intake services, individual and group counseling, advocacy, referrals, and follow up. Responsible for ongoing individual caseload and group(s) facilitation.

Supervision Received: Works under the supervision of the Director of the Nonresidential Program. Engages in one-on-one and group supervision regularly.

Supervision Exercised: Direct supervision of volunteers and interns as needed.  Also may help to train new employees, relief staff, interns, or volunteers.

 Duties and Responsibilities: These may not include all duties and responsibilities for Counselor.  Others may be added or substituted at discretion of supervisor as service delivery needs arise.

Areas of Responsibility

Clinical

  • Provides crisis intervention when appropriate, screening and assessment services to victims of domestic violence, completes intake with adults coming in for nonresidential services.
  • Carry an individual caseload via teletherapy and at the nonresidential office, facilitate support groups, with a primary focus on Spanish speaking clients at nonresidential office and/or via teletherapy.
  •  Provides advoccy and follow up services as needed; may act as liaison between local agencies and clients; completes child abuse reports when necessary in a timely manner according to required protocol.
  • Counselor is responsible for case planning, setting goals with client, assessing need for further services, termination, follow-up, and back-up planning.
  • Maintains complete client files, including standard forms and progress notes; records all client contact; prepares statistical data on a monthly, quarterly, yearend/regular basis.  Maintains confidentiality within the team within the limits as perceived by law. 
  • Resolves issues or problems among clients utilizing conflict resolution and skills.
  • Assists in overseeing best practices for safety and security for clients are followed

 

Community Work

  • Develops awareness of community resources available for referral purposes.
  • May accompany clients to other community agencies to provide advocacy as needed.
  • Expected to do speaking engagements as needed.
  • Community outreach to organizations primarily serving the Spanish-speaking population as needed
Requirements/Qualifications
  • Operational knowledge of counseling and crisis intervention methods.
  • Basic knowledge of domestic violence and its effects on the family.
  • Ability to exercise the basic skills of a counselor; i.e., good listening skills, supportive confrontation, etc.
  • Ability to develop a relationship with clients; ability to be sensitive to client needs.
  • Ability to utilize basic case-planning skills, including goal setting and termination planning.
  • Understanding of team concept and ability to work well within a team.
  • Ability to maintain some of the working relationships with fellow workers, police, and other agency personnel.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize aspects of work and to follow through on all work assigned.
  • Ability to readily acquire skills through on-the-job training and/or other educational opportunities.
  • Ability to act and react in stressful or threatening situations with effective and appropriate crisis intervention skills.
  • Ability to assess information and make responsible decisions.
  • Ability to communicate clearly in both oral and written form.
  • Trauma-informed trained
  • Sensitivity to cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of population served.
  • Knowledge of local housing resources
Compensation/Benefits

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling, Social Work, Human Services or related field, Master’s Degree preferred. Must speak Spanish fluently and understand Hispanic, Latino, Latinx culture.

Credentials: An LPC-C, LPC, LMFT, LCSW, or established Unlicensed Psychotherapist credential is required to practice psychotherapy at Gateway at this time. MUST be already registered with DORA as unlicensed psychotherapist (formerly registered psychotherapist)

Experience: 1-2 years’ experience in a human service area with experience in counseling and crisis intervention including a working knowledge of the dynamics of domestic violence. A combination of education and experience may be considered.

 

Compensation:  $32,000/year + benefits + $500 hiring bonus.

 

How To Apply

Work Environment: Work is generally confined to a standard nonresidential facility environment, as well as the Court Advocacy (CAP) office environment, although at present all Gateway Nonresidential staff will work from home until at least January of 2021. The nature of the work may subject the employee to potentially threatening situations from time to time. 

Gateway Domestic Violence Service’s Policy of Nondiscrimination- It is the policy of Gateway Domestic Violence Services to provide services, hire employees, and recruit volunteers without regard to race, color, age, religious beliefs, national origin, actual or perceived sex including gender identity, gender expression, immigration status, creed, ethnicity, disability, actual or perceived sexual orientation, level of education, spoken language, financial status, military status, or any other consideration prohibited by law.

 

Gateway Domestic Violence Service’s Policy of Nondiscrimination:  It is the policy of Gateway Domestic Violence Services to provide services, hire employees, and recruit volunteers without regard to race, color, age, religious beliefs, national origin, actual or perceived sex including gender identity, gender expression, immigration status, creed, ethnicity, disability, actual or perceived sexual orientation, level of education, spoken language, financial status, military status, or any other consideration prohibited by law.

 

About Gateway:  Gateway Domestic Violence Services was founded in 1979 to prevent and eliminate intimate partner violence via counseling, residential care, and empowering people for social change. It now offers evidence-based programs beyond shelter, serving all genders. Gateway uses a trauma-informed, low-barrier Housing First approach. Services include a 24-hour crisis line; a 30-day emergency shelter with 24 beds for domestic violence (DV) victims, their children and pets; an extended stay, 90-day program with 15 beds; housing and employment navigation; counseling for children, adults and groups; a 12-month aftercare/mobile advocacy program for clients who move into permanent housing; and a court advocacy program in partnership with police, prosecutors, courts, probation and service providers.

 

Interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter, résumé, and three professional references to: jobs@gatewayshelter.org 

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