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Intervention Counselor
Sarah's Inn

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Intervention Counselor

Sarah's Inn

Job Summary

Job Type
Job Last Posted
Job posted 7 days ago
Job Role
Domestic Violence Specialist
Employer's Industry
Job Schedule
Evenings, Afternoons, Mornings, Weekdays

Job Description

  Sarah’s Inn is a community-based non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of those affected by domestic violence and to break the cycle of violence for future generations. Our services and initiatives focus on ending relationship violence through domestic violence crisis intervention, community education, and violence prevention programs for youth.   

Job Title: Intervention Counselor (Adult/PAIP)  

Department: Intervention   

Reports To: Counseling Program Supervisor  

FLSA status: Exempt/Full-time    and Associate Director             

Position Summary: Provide counseling, advocacy and direct service to victims of domestic violence and their families including crisis intervention, emotional support, safety planning, general and legal advocacy, referral, domestic violence education and support and education group services. In addition provide psycho-educational training and counseling to perpetrators of domestic violence in order to penetrate the cycle of violence and increase the safety of victims and their children.              

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Other duties may be assigned.   Victim Services: Provide comprehensive and quality services to victims of domestic violence and their families (includes children and teen witnesses).   

  • Provide on-going      counseling and emotional support to victims of domestic violence and their      families through in-person individual sessions and group sessions.
  • Provide crisis      intervention, general and legal advocacy, referral, domestic violence      education, safety planning, and emotional support for victims of domestic      violence and their families over the phone or in-person.
  • Organize and      prioritize daily services and responsibilities to ensure that client needs      are met.
  • Advocate on behalf of      victims of domestic violence and their families within various systems to      include social service, housing, economic, legal, health care and      education.
  • Ensure professional      relationships with clients to create an atmosphere of empathy, safety and      support.
  • Maintain accurate and      current information regarding issues and policies impacting battered women      and their families.
  • Design, plan and      facilitate support and education groups.
  • Update and enhance      knowledge of community resources and materials relevant to the clients we      serve. 
  • Coordinate      responsibilities with team members to ensure client needs are met.
  • Update client files in      a timely and accurate manner.
  • Update client case notes      and service codes in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Maintain knowledge of      internal organizational guidelines and protocols.
  • Work effectively with Intervention interns and      volunteers.
  • Participate in the on-call rotation for crisis      line in order to support crisis line volunteers and clients.

Perpetrator Services: Provide comprehensive and quality services to perpetrators of domestic violence.   

  • Provide psycho-educational training and      counseling to perpetrators of domestic violence.
  • Ensure professional relationships with clients to      create an atmosphere of accountability, responsibility and support.
  • Confront and educate participants on potential      offensive behavior, actions, and language.
  • Assist in co-facilitating psycho-educational      groups.
  • Actively seek to enhance knowledge of community      resources relevant to the clients we serve.
  • Coordinate responsibilities with team members to      ensure client needs are met.
  • Update client files      and services provided in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Ensure fulfillment of      grant objectives and expectations.

· Prioritize relationship and performance of the co-facilitation team. · Work with other team members and co-workers to evaluate and improve upon facilitation skills. · Provide constructive feedback to co-facilitator and other team members to help improve their skills.    Build and enhance community relationships.  · Represent the organization with professionalism at community meetings and events, and demonstrate diplomacy and tact in all interactions with various system representatives and community partners. · Participate and provide leadership on various external committees, task forces, and councils as assigned.  · Collaborate with other community and county agencies on behalf of the clients we serve.  · Develop and maintain partnerships with community programs that are in line with the mission of Sarah’s Inn.    Educate community members and professionals about domestic violence and Sarah’s Inn services.   

  • Provide community education presentations and      professional trainings.
  • Participate in community awareness events.
  • Provide internal training to staff, volunteers,      and interns. 

Supervisory Responsibilities:    There are no staff supervisory responsibilities for this position.  There is the possible supervision of MSW Interns. If incumbent and their supervisor agree supervision duties would include:  

  • Meet regularly with interns to provide direction and coaching on      job performance and skill development.
  • With the Children’s Program Supervisor select and interns      necessary to achieve the organization’s mission and vision.
  • With the Children’s Program Supervisor oversee the supervision and      training of interns.
  • Complete learning agreements and performance evaluations as      requested by interns’ schools/site monitors. 

Schedule and Location PAIP: Groups, intakes, and orientation workshops for clients are on Mondays and Tuesdays from approximately 2pm-9pm at the West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park.  Victim Services: Rest of work week is spent with the Advocacy and Counseling program at Sarah’s Inn in Oak Park.    Qualifications:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Education and/or Experience:     

  • MSW degree required. 
  • One year or more experience providing direct      service advocacy on behalf of victims of domestic violence and their      families preferred. 
  • One year or more experience providing direct      service and counseling to perpetrators of intimate partner violence      preferred. 
  • One year or more experience providing counseling,      advocacy, and/or case management services to families (relevant volunteer      and internship experiences included). 
  • Completion of an Illinois Certified 40-Hour      Domestic Violence Training preferred or required to complete within two      months of employment.
  • Completion of an Illinois Certified 20-Hour      Partner Abuse Intervention Facilitation Training preferred or required      within four months of employment. 

Knowledge and Skills: · Excellent oral and written communication skills. · Excellent organizational skills. · Fluency in Spanish, oral and written, required. · Demonstrated computer experience. · Knowledge of victims’, children and youth issues specifically related to domestic violence. · Skills and capacity to manage potential offensive behavior, actions, and language of participants.  · Demonstrated ability to prioritize and handle a variety of tasks, and meet established deadlines. · Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with a wide variety of people, including but not limited to board members, staff, volunteers, interns, government officials, community partners, organizational donors and media. · Commitment to and experience in working with people from diverse cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic backgrounds. · Ability to work some evening and weekend hours. · Valid driver’s license, access to a reliable car with current insurance.   Success Factors/Job Competencies:   

  • Integrity& Ethics – models SAI Vision,      Mission & Values
  • Customer Focus – demonstrates commitment to customer
  • Collaboration & Teamwork – embraces an inclusive workplace
  • Quality – produces quality work product
  • Innovation/Continuous Improvement – finds new and better ways of      doing things
  • Job Knowledge – demonstrates a clear understanding of and executes      roles and responsibilities
  • Time Management/Productivity – manages time and resources      effectively
  • Problem Solving/Decision Making – demonstrates proper judgment,      problem solving and decision making
  • Independence/Initiative – works with little or no supervision and      seeks out new work
  • Communication – effectively communicates

Physical demands and work environment:  The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Physical demands: While performing duties of job, incumbent is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and distance vision.    Performance Standards:   

  • Annual performance evaluation 
  • Attainment of annual goals established between supervisor and      incumbent

Sarah’s Inn’s Compensation Package Currently Includes: BlueCross BlueShield Health Insurance for Individuals and Families (HMO and PPO Options Available); Disability and Life Insurance Policies; Voluntary Dental and Vision Insurance and Retirement Plan Available; 15 Days of Vacation and 10 Days of Sick Time Off Per Year   EOE/M/F/D/V   How to Apply:  Interested candidates should submit cover letter, resume and salary history to Please denote in the subject line: Applying for the Intervention Counselor position.  

Business Overview

Our Story

Sarah’s Inn, located in Oak Park, Illinois, was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1981, and has been providing domestic violence services to 22 near west suburban communities and the Austin community on the west side of Chicago for over 30 years. The near west suburbs include: Bellwood, Berkeley, Berwyn, Broadview, Brookfield, Cicero, Elmwood Park, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Hillside, LaGrange Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, North Riverside, Oak Park, Riverside, River Forest, River Grove, Schiller Park, Stone Park and Westchester.

The mission of Sarah's Inn is to improve the lives of those affected by domestic violence and to break the cycle of violence for future generations.


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