Children’s Counselor

South Bend, Indiana
Apr 27, 2021
May 27, 2021
Focus Areas
Youth Development
Position Type
Full Time

Children’s Counselor

Full Time – Exempt


General Description

Provides trauma-informed care, case management and advocacy services for children of program clients; provides support groups and educational services; organizes and implements residential and nonresidential children's activities and events

Reporting Relationship

The Children's Counselor reports to the Director of Crisis and Children’s Services


The Children's Counselor has no supervisory responsibilities.

Responsibilities and Essential Functions

  • Provides counseling and case management to assigned children individually or in groups, exercising a considerable degree of professional judgment; in consultation with other staff, participates in development of children service plans; prepares and maintains current records on assigned cases according to program policies and procedures, including intake, treatment plans, progress notes, and other appropriate documentation.
  • Ensures that children receiving services at the YWCA are screened for exposure to abuse and receive education regarding five core education topics as length of stay allows.
  • Maintains familiarity with local school corporation; resolving issues relating to educational progress, behavioral issues, etc.
  • Identifies agency resources for children’s needs; maintains liaison with community agencies; maintains current information on agency resources and intake procedures; supports children during referral intake of community agencies.
  • Facilitates support groups for children exposed to trauma
  • Works closely with the Department of Child Services
  • Serves as a sounding board with children and their problems; suggests alternatives and works with children to obtain problem resolution and increased coping skills
  • Participates in in-service training and regular staff meetings, including case management; attends seminars/training on work-related topics, as suggested.
  • Under supervisor's direction, provides consultation and education services to community agencies, groups and individuals, as appropriate.
  • Assists with facilitating weekly parenting class.
  • Participates in community task forces related to children’s trauma informed care
  • Works with outside volunteer groups providing activities or social opportunities for children.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

Master’s Degree in Counseling or Social Work; one to three years experience in related field preferred. Licensure required.  Trained in Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavior Therapy TF-CBT or Eye Movement Desensitivity Reprocessing EMDR.

Knowledge and Ability

Demonstrated ability to work with children of all ages and backgrounds; ability to prepare accurate and informative client records, communicate well and function as part of a team; make decisions based on the policies and procedures developed by the YWCA.