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Child and Family Counselor
Sarah's Inn

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Child and Family 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: Child and Family Counselor  

Department: Intervention   

Reports To: Child and Family Counseling Program Supervisor  

FLSA status: Exempt/Full-Time              

Position Summary: Provide counseling, advocacy and direct service to children and teens including crisis intervention, emotional support, safety planning, general and legal advocacy, referral, domestic violence education and support and education group services. With parents provide trauma informed interventions to help strengthen the child-parent and family bonds.      

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.   

Provide comprehensive and quality services to victims of domestic violence and their families.  Primary focus is providing services to children and families.  

  • 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 (if exempt/full-time).

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 Child and Family      Counseling Program Supervisor select and interns necessary to achieve the      organization’s mission and vision.
  • With the Child and Family      Counseling Program Supervisor oversee the supervision and training of      interns.
  • Complete learning agreements and      performance evaluations as requested by interns’ schools/site monitors. 

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.
  • Minimum one year      experience providing direct service advocacy on behalf of victims of      domestic violence and their families preferred.
  • Minimum of one year experience      providing counseling, advocacy, and/or case management services to      children and teens (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.
  • Training and      experience with Child Parent Psychotherapy preferred. 

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. · 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.   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

EOE/M/F/D/V   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   

How to Apply:  Interested candidates should submit cover letter, resume and desired salary to Please denote in the subject line: Applying for the Child and Family 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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