Trauma & Recovery Youth Counselor

Job Type

Full Time




2002 N. Florida Avenue
United States


Acts as primary counselor to those children and teens as determined by the assessment process that have a core focus of trauma and or family recovery history. Provides counseling to teens residing onsite including mental health counseling, individual counseling, group counseling and family support counseling. Provides trauma informed care psycho-education to teens in group & individual settings. Assists Health and Wellness Engagement and Education Specialist in reviewing health and wellness goals as well as recovery and/or mental health needs of teens residing in the Uplift U or Hope Hall residential programs. 

Essential Responsibilities: 

  • Administer comprehensive trauma assessments to determine clients’ therapeutic needs within residential program. Maintain and update all teen trauma and recovery materials and forms as needed. Administer trauma and counseling assessments and assist Health and Wellness Engagement and Education Specialist with corresponding health and wellness goals.
  • Develop and support trauma counseling and support corresponding health and wellness goals with clients. Provide individual, family and group trauma and recovery counseling for clients as required. Lead trauma-informed care psycho-education groups.
  • Maintain case notes and histories. Keep confidential records according to the Code of Ethics. Maintain professional boundaries. Track trauma and recovery outcomes pre and post intervention. Provide concurrent documentation of all resident contact meetings in HMIS. Ensure all trauma and recovery documentation is in HMIS.
  • Work with the Client Care team to determine ongoing needs of teen clients. 
  • Coordinate with all Client Care staff to ensure trauma and recovery component will be utilized to best meet the needs of the client. Ensure trauma and recovery management needs of clients are represented on self-sufficiency plan and within programs team.
  • Primary counselor for Tampa residential trauma and recovery teen client services.  
  • Maintain relationships with outside trauma and recovery agencies such as Phoenix House, Metro Wellness, Chrysalis and Baycare to ensure positive working partnerships and treatment options for our adolescent clients and their families. Ensure ongoing trauma informed educational teen groups or other appropriate groups or teen activities are on-site weekly. May be responsible for transportation of clients to support group meetings or other related activities.
  • Through regular participation in the on-call system, respond to emergency situations on a regular and rotating basis and provide emergency back-up services to all Client Care staff.
  • Demonstrate flexibility in work schedule to ensure that client/program needs and goals are being met.
  • Support the holiday tent operations as directed and work some holidays on rotating basis.
  • Meet personal goals and actively contribute to the achievement of the team and organizational targets/goals as stated on the Balanced Scorecard and in the annual plan.
  • Assist with trauma and recovery counseling team requests as needed.
  • Support trauma and recovery interns’ daily tasks and giving guidance and/or support 
  • as needed. 
  • Provide counseling for youth and their families on-site. Administer comprehensive assessments to determine child and family needs. Develop and administer assessments to track outcomes. Develop and implement case plans with families to ensure child’s needs are being met.
  • Participate in staff and group meetings as well as family team conferencing. Organizes and runs multidisciplinary staffing meetings for use in child and family related decision making.  
  • Participates in NCFAS completion and establishing therapeutic goals to increase NCFAS scores when appropriate.
  • Coordinate with all Metropolitan Ministries staff to ensure all services are provided and each service will be utilized to best meet the needs of the child. Incorporate all staff in follow-through of service utilization. Work closely with Partnership School and Promiseland staff and Developmental Specialist and CREATE staff to develop plans for assisting with specific children’s needs. Provide training opportunities for staff working with children
  • Maintain minimum weekly contact to track child’s progress. Ensures that caseload is maximized and assigns intern caseloads as needed.
  • Be knowledgeable of 1st Hug and other grant required services and community resources and agencies. Visit and meet with community service providers to enhance knowledge and collaboration.
  • Co-develop and implement group counseling opportunities for children and their families ensuring any grant required outcomes are met. Participates in and runs children’s Sanctuary groups.
  • Schedule and supervise professional volunteers and interns offering specialized educational, counseling and mental health services to children. Trains interns in appropriate therapeutic interventions for children.
  • Develop, maintain and update all counseling forms as requested by supervisor for work with children.
  • Support the team in other tasks as assigned

Education and Experience:

A licensure in Mental Health Counseling or Social Work with trauma and recovery concentration; or working towards licensure requirements with Registered Intern status. Internal staff must qualify for and begin Registered Intern status within 90 days of this updated requirement. Must be knowledgeable about homeless issues, with experience working with individuals with mental health/substance abuse issues and/or be willing to seek continuing education related to homeless population. Bilingual is a plus

Skill Requirements: 

Must be able to work within a multi-disciplinary team framework; strong interpersonal skills; strong oral and written communications skills; dependability; demonstrates maturity and sensitivity to cultural and individual differences in clients served; ability to handle job related matters in a professional, diplomatic, and confidential manner; willing to work with minimal supervision, yet be able to accept direction; well organized and detail oriented.

Physical Requirements:  

Hearing and speaking ability, which allows for effective oral communication; physical and emotional stamina to effectively handle job related issues and stress. 


Must demonstrate legal authorization to work in the United States. Must be able to communicate effectively in English. Prefer valid FL driver’s license with a good driving record and insured vehicle in order to transport self and clients when necessary. Must pass applicable pre-employment background screening procedures.


Monday & Tuesday from 10-7 pm

Wednesday & Thursday 11-8 pm

Friday from 9-6 pm


Full benefits - Medical, Dental, & 401K

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

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