Full Job Description
Child and Youth Behavioral Military and Family Life Counselor
- Must hold an unrestricted counseling or social work license in the state where job is located
Strategic Resources, Inc. (SRI), a company with 30 years of excellence serving the Federal Government; and, over 15 years supporting Military Family Readiness and Resiliency for the Department of Defense, is honored to announce our recent contract award in support of the Military and Family Life Counseling (MFLC) Program. SRI is an international, ISO 9001:2015 Certified and CMMI Maturity Level 3 Rated full service provider and we welcome you to become a part of our network.
SRI is actively seeking energetic, compassionate, licensed counselors and social workers to provide non-medical counseling services to military service members and their families. Non-medical counseling is supportive in nature and addresses: conditions of living; life skills; improving relationships at home and at work; stress management; adjustment issues, such as those related to returning from deployment; marital problems; parenting, and fear, grief and loss. Counseling modalities consist of individual, family, couples and groups. The Child and Youth Behavioral (CYB)-MFLC provides in person, confidential, non-medical counseling services that benefit military children. The demands of military life may be most difficult for children, who may have to start over in new schools, have little or no control over where they go, and generally lack the coping skills of adults. CYB-MFLCs understand the issues military children face and can provide support to meet their individual needs. CYB-MFLCs are usually based out of or near a military installation, working out of a school, Child Development Center (CDC), camp, or Youth and Teen Center. Locations are projected to include installations in almost all states (including the District of Columbia), U.S. territories and commonwealths, as well as many international locations.
Types of Assignments:
CYB-MFLCs can be hired in different capacities to meet the demand for counseling services in support of military installations. 1) A rotational assignment includes serving as a full-time counselor working 40 hours a week performing the traditional walk-around counseling/coaching services rotating to another role at the conclusion of the employment term, generally one year (or a school year). 2) An on-demand assignment includes being hired for a specified period – one hour up to three days to remain on a list of available and qualified licensed counselors and social workers available to work when called. 3) A surge assignment meets the immediate needs of a military installation in response to a crisis, special event, or temporary increase in counseling requirements. The duration is for a specified period - up to 90 days. 4) A camp assignment is to provide counselor coverage during recreational camp programs and last for a few days up to three months for long term camps (e.g. summer camp).
Upon completion of the online application, you will be prompted with a MFLC Candidate Poll. Please complete the “Type of Assignment Desired“ field to identify the various assignments you are interested in supporting.
Tasks & Responsibilities:
Provides face-to-face, non-medical counseling to military service members and their families and makes appropriate referrals to military and community resources according to the needs of military service members and their families.
Consults with military command and installation service providers as requested.
Consults with teachers, CDC providers, parents, and children regarding disruptive class behaviors.
Provides support to teachers, families, and students regarding deployment and reintegration.
Interacts with children and parents from the larger military community and Child and Youth Services (CYS), during special events, parent groups, and center activities (such as weekend basketball or soccer at the youth center).
Partners with and augments activities of Service Family Centers, Guard and Reserve programs (including Inter-Service Family Assistance Committees), unit family support staff officers, and other programs and services to build coalitions and connect Federal, state, and local resources and non-profit organizations to support Active Duty, Guard and Reserve families.
Provides approved training and education programs.
Tracks services performed and referrals made using appropriate reporting system.
Provides MFLC response to critical incidents, surge and on demand events, and special requests as directed by the POC and approved by the OSD program manager.
Manages duty to warn and mandatory reporting situations according to DOD protocol.
Communicates with supervisors to share information regarding trends and issues at their assigned installation.
Participates in regular in-service/training, Quality Improvement committees, or other contract activities as assigned.
Minimum Required Skills, Education, Experience & Abilities:
Must be a U.S. Citizen and must speak fluent English.
Must hold a Master’s degree from an accredited graduate program in a mental health related field such as social work, psychology, marriage/family therapy, or counseling.
Must hold and maintain a valid unrestricted counseling license or certification from a state, the District of Columbia, a U.S. territory or commonwealth that grants authority to provide counseling services as an independent practitioner in their respective fields. Candidate must be licensed in the state that the position is located. Typical licenses include LPC, LCSW, LMFT, LCPC, LMHC. Clinicians under supervision may not apply.
Experience and qualifications working with children in the identified age of the participants in the assigned youth programs, such as Child Development Centers (CDCs), schools or camps.
CYB-MFLCs supporting an outdoor adventure camp must have the experience in and ability to participate in strenuous activities including hiking, camping, kayaking, and backpacking.
Candidate must demonstrate counseling competence preceding their employment with the MFLC program.
An understanding of the military lifestyle and working with military family members
Working knowledge of military, state, federal, and local laws and resources.
Ability to work with Family programs and/or advocacy services, military or civilian social service agencies.
Ability to work with military and civilian medical, social service, law enforcement, and legal personnel on behalf of service members and their families.
Ability to develop trusting helping relationships and work effectively with individuals and families from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Ability to intervene in crises using sound professional judgment, ethical practice, and common sense.
Ability to work independently to develop, implement, and evaluate safety and intervention plans to meet individual and family needs.
Proficient in Microsoft Office software applications including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook.
Background/Security Clearance Requirements:
Individuals in this position will be subject to government-sponsored background checks and are subject to a government security investigation. Counselors must meet and maintain eligibility requirements for military installation access. All CYB-MFLCs shall undergo a background check in accordance with the latest version of DOD No. 1402.05, Criminal History Background Checks on Individual in Child Care Services.