NATURE OF WORK
This is advanced professional work involving in‑depth individual, group, or family counseling with a high risk population including issues of domestic violence, sexual abuse, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse, alcohol abuse and/or drug abuse.
Work involves application of a variety of advanced diagnostic and assessment techniques including group methodologies and skill training within established policies and procedures.
Employees in this class may also teach parenting skills through classes or group methods. Employees in this class perform with some autonomy and make independent judgments within established policies and procedures. Work is reviewed through conferences, reports and observation of work achievements.
This classification is distinguished from Family Therapist I by the assignment of consumers with more complex conditions and life events as well as by the requirement for Florida licensure within one year of appointment.
ILLUSTRATIVE TASKS May vary slightly based on area of assignment.
Interviews, evaluates, and assesses the needs of high-risk consumers. Develops treatment plans with consumers.
Conducts intensive ongoing individual, group, and/or family counseling sessions with victims of sexual assault and/or abuse and/or child abuse or with individuals with alcohol and/or drug abuse and/or mental health issues and/or their families.
Prepares progress notes, reports, and correspondence on assigned consumers using computer-based office applications. Maintains case records.
Completes psychosocial evaluations, diagnoses psychological disorders, prepares comprehensive clinical summaries, and makes treatment recommendations as required for area of assignment.
Provides direct support to consumers in coordination with legal and social services as appropriate. May coordinate clients' involvement in judicial system as required by the area of assignment to insure that clients have an understanding of the legal process.
May testify in judicial processes as an expert witness and/or provide deposition and court testimony as required for the area of assignment.
Attends staff meetings and scheduled training sessions.
May supervise subordinate staff and interns in the absence of the program supervisor or as assigned by the program supervisor.
May be required to conduct specialized risk assessment services with children and families involved in child abuse allegations.
Performs related work as required.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS May vary slightly based on area of assignment .
Knowledge of psychological concepts of human behavior and development.
Knowledge of a variety of advanced therapeutic methods, their techniques and application.
Knowledge of judicial system process and laws as it relates to specific areas of sexual battery and/or to substance abuse, as needed for the area of assignment.
Knowledge of child abuse and/or neglect and sexual assault as needed for the area of assignment.
Knowledge of public health laws and state regulations (65D-30) applicable to the area of assignment, JCAHO standards, and federal confidentiality laws (42CFR, 45CFR).
Skill in individual counseling, family counseling, and/or group counseling as required for area of assignment.
Skill in play therapy as needed for area of assignment.
Skill in clinical case conceptualization as needed for area of assignment.
Ability to establish rapport with clients under adverse conditions and to conduct confidential interviews with mature judgment.
Ability to secure psychological or psychiatric case information from persons interviewed and from medical or psychiatric sources.
Ability to interpret psychological or psychiatric information properly and make sound recommendations.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
Ability to prepare reports and accurate and comprehensive case histories using computer-based applications.
May be required to demonstrate ability to perform intensive therapy with the high risk children and their families.
Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of BrowardCounty's Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, regardless of race, color, religion, age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, or political affiliation.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in psychology, guidance and counseling, social work, or other field closely related to this assignment; two (2) years experience in professional counseling; or any equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.
Must obtain Florida licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) within one year from time of appointment.
NOTE Depending upon area of assignment, may require one year of experience specifically with abused and/or neglected children and/or may require possession of a valid Florida driver’s license and the ability to drive and to obtain and maintain authorization to drive on County business.
Bargaining Unit: Government Supervisors Association (Professional Unit)
FLSA Status: Exempt
Code of Ethics Certification: No
Work Location: Children = s Services Administration, Family Success Administration, Substance Abuse and Health Care Services
Class Spec. Established: 01/1991