Youth Victim Counselor

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Minimum: $36,000
Maximum: $40,000

Published

10/05/2018

Address

2000 Hamilton Street, Ste. 204
Philadelphia
PA
19130
United States

Description

Job Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree is with 3-5 years of commensurate experience in education, sociology, psychology, social work, education or human services.
  • Must have experience working with children and youth. Requires very strong interest in providing direct services to disadvantaged children and youth and with diverse population groups.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to work well independently and as part of a team. Strong administrative and organizational skills
  • Requires current child abuse, criminal record check, and FBI clearances.


Job Description:

The Youth Victim Outreach (YVO) counselor works with school administrators and counselors to identify and provide services to students who have experienced direct or indirect victimization. This includes co-victims of homicide (family members and friends of murder victims), victims of violent crime, and witnesses to domestic or community violence. The counselor works with school-aged victims in informal counseling groups and individually, and works in coordination with the assigned AVP therapist to ensure that victimized students receive competent trauma-informed clinical services to help them process their trauma. The counselor’s time is spent in direct identification of victims and provision of services to them. In working with young victims, the counselor also includes training in anti-violence techniques and strategies. The counselor also provides training to children and youth at non-school sites and to adults at school and community sites. The counselor may also represent AVP at local and regional conferences and seminars.


The counselor reports to the program director. Orientation and training are received on the job and through other training resources such as the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.


Administrative/Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Initiates and maintains communication with school staff at participating schools regarding scheduling and impact of intervention and prevention activities.
  • Recruits, trains, and supervises staff and interns assigned to the Program, including monitoring work schedules, observing staff and interns during classroom sessions, and maximizing staff effectiveness.
  • Ensures proper reporting of Program activities, including maintenance of accurate school schedules, pre- and post-tests, and quarterly reports, and entry of intake and counseling services data for victims in AVP’s client tracking database.
  • When age-appropriate, distributes the ESQ survey to student victims completing therapy sessions.
  • Prepares daily progress report for each school visited every week, recording such information as what lesson was presented, classes seen/not seen, and any problems that should be monitored.
  • Completes other required paperwork such as, but no limited to, monthly reports, mid-year and year-end reports for each school, child abuse and criminal background clearances, timesheets, etc.
  • Oversees the successful completion of teacher evaluations, “What I Learned from YVO” student essays, pre- and post- tests, and other related materials.


Direct Service Responsibilities:

  • Works with school staff to identify students who have experienced direct or indirect victimization.
  • Meets individually and in small groups with children who are direct or indirect victims of violence and need help in processing these experiences. Notifies school staff of any problems that arise from these sessions and makes necessary referrals to AVP child therapists or other mental health/human service/victim service professionals.
  • Works with trained staff from AVP and other victim services organizations to provide crisis response debriefings when a significant number of students or staff are affected by a violent incident.
  • Provides direct instruction in conflict resolution/violence prevention to students in classrooms at participating schools, afterschool sites, recreational centers, and other community sites.
  • Provides technical support to school staff on how to identify student victims and to reinforce YVO philosophy whenever possible. Provides additional materials to school staff on request or when deemed necessary.
  • Works as time permits with children and youth at recess and in afterschool programs, organizing activities and mediating any conflicts arising from them.
  • Assists school staff in the development and implementation of school-based mediation programs.
  • Participates in the planning and direct delivery of workshops to provide training to school staff, parents and other groups in topics relating to the Program, such as effect of exposure to violence on children and conflict resolution techniques.



The Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Benefits

Health and Dental Insurance; Paid 2 Weeks Vacation; Paid Personal Time Off; All City of Philadelphia Holidays.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

avpjobs@avpphila.org

No Phone Calls. Please email resume and cover letter to avpjobs@avpphila.org


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