Bilingual Mental-Health Counselor and Advocate
Program: Sexual Violence Program
Reports To: SV Program Manager
FLSA Status: Non-exempt (hourly) – Full-time position (35 to 40 hours/week).
Founded in 1983, Freedom House is the domestic and sexual violence agency for Bureau, Henry, Marshall, Putnam and Stark Counties, with a 32-bed shelter and administrative offices in Princeton, IL, and satellite outreach offices in Kewanee, Cambridge, and Atkinson. We are searching for a bilingual (Spanish-English) counselor/advocate to serve our sexual- and domestic-violence clients. This key position is responsible for delivering direct counseling and advocacy to clients who have been witness to or victims of sexual or domestic violence. Victim-centered counseling will be provided with a goal of supporting the individual’s recovery process in a safe counseling environment. The counselor will work with the victim on current issues, normalizing and validating his/her reactions to the trauma and facilitating a return to pre-trauma functioning. The counselor will fully support the agency’s mission, philosophy, and values by exhibiting professionalism, confidentiality, excellence, competence, teamwork, innovation, respect, personalization, commitment to the communities/persons served and accountability/ownership.
Responsibilities of the counselor/advocate include but are not limited to:
- Responsibility for delivering direct counseling services to Spanish-speaking individuals who are victims of sexual violence and/or their significant others. This position requires close coordination and communication with agency co-workers and representatives from referral sources.
- Individual, group, and family counseling in a variety of settings.
- Assess and determine the counseling needs of individuals or families and making appropriate referrals as necessary.
- Coordinate with non-offending parent or guardian for children and teens’ service needs.
- Work individually with a non-offending parent or guardian to foster positive parenting skills.
- Participate in and support child/teen and adult-related programs/services.
- Aid in providing crisis intervention, information, and referral
- Conduct outreach to the Latino communities in our service areas, as needed.
- Research best practices and developing curriculum on providing culturally competent services to Latino victims of sexual abuse/assault.
- Providing support and contributing to an environment in which all individuals are respected regardless of his or her individual differences.
- Developing and promoting a sound referral base and maintaining a positive relationship with referral sources, including educational, medical, and criminal justice communities.
- Outreach, communication, and coordination with outside agencies
- Attending regularly scheduled clinical and program supervision
- Documenting of services provided in client files
- Recording and tracking all required data and submitting reports in a timely manner
- Setting and working on grant-required goals and objectives
- Maintaining ethical boundaries with clients and client confidentiality
- Maintaining agency records and work space in an orderly, professional fashion
- Participating in on-going professional development/continuing education requirements
- Other duties as assigned by supervisor
Preserving Freedom House’s Mission
- Serve as a public representative of the organization to build awareness of and commitment to Freedom House’s mission and work.
- Actively reinforce organizational culture and agreements; maintain good relations with staff members; abide by all agency confidentiality policies.
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in crisis counseling, counseling, therapy, social work, or psychology from an accredited college/university, or a State of Illinois license in counseling, psychology or social work. Counselors preferred to have had an internship/practicum experience working in a supervised setting, or, one (1) year volunteer/professional experience working in a counseling setting. Master’s degree in human services field preferred
- Highly self-motivated and self-directed
- Strong age-appropriate facilitation and educational skills
- Ability to work with diverse groups of people
- Sound judgment, professionalism and a positive attitude
- Ability to work collaboratively with professionals in the community
- Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
- Possession of a valid Illinois Driver’s License and proof of insurance
- Successful completion of forty hours of training as required by the Illinois Criminal Sexual Assault Act, or an approved sixty hour combined ICADV/ICASA training course within first six months of employment
- Must pass a drug screen and Federal/State/DCFS background check
Please download a copy of a Freedom House employment application from our website: www.freedomhouseillinois.org. E-mail the completed application, resume detailing work experience, education, and references, and a cover letter (as Word or PDF) to firstname.lastname@example.org
or via mail to:
SV Program Manager – Confidential
440 Elm Place
Princeton, IL 61356
Incomplete applications and those without a resume or cover letter will not be considered.
Freedom House does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, military status of sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. Freedom House will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unrelated to the ability to perform ones job, unless doing so would result in an undue hardship to the organization. Employment with Freedom House is employment-at-will, meaning it is voluntarily entered into, and may be terminated at any time, without or with cause, by the employee or by Freedom House. Posting this does create a commitment on Freedom House to fill the position.