Department: Clinical Services
Reports to: Director of Clinical Services
Boys and Girls Country’s mission is to change the lives of children from families in crisis by loving and nurturing them in a Christian home, raising them to become self-sustaining and contributing adults. Boys and Girls Country provides a loving, stable, Christian home for children whose families cannot care for them.
Boys and Girls Country serves up to 88 boys and girls aged 5 to 18 and 20-30 young adults in our College and Career program. Boys and Girls Country is located 35 miles northwest of Houston. Its website address is www.boysandgirlscountry.org.
When children join our family, their needs are great. Often, continued crises within their family of origin causes great stress, and all children that come to us need to work through not only past pain, but the very real anxiety a new home and new people bring. Working closely with the Teaching parents and Program Team, the Counselor leads our efforts to address these issues and is an important part of a holistic approach to the health and well-being of our children. The Counselor will report to the Director of Clinical Services and will be an integral part of the Program Team.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Provision of individual, sibling, and group counseling sessions
- Attendance at Plan of Service meetings to share clinical perspective on the child’s growth in counseling
- Direct communication with the psychiatrist regarding medications, effectiveness, recommendations, etc.
- Direct and consistent communication with the Teaching Parent Team and other professionals to better serve the child
- Availability for crisis situations and to provide immediate guidance and direction to Teaching Parent staff
- Availability to deeply explore issues of concern with Teaching Parents and help them decipher normal adolescent behavior and appropriate behavioral interventions and techniques.
- Availability to educate the BGC community about the therapeutic process and what they should expect from counseling
- Ability to create opportunities for the children and their cottage families to grow by providing group therapy sessions
- Direct participation in the home’s efforts to measure progress through database entries, team meetings, and recommendations
- Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Clinical Services, including but not limited to:
- Communicating with other team members who will be impacted by decisions made
- Actively supporting other team members in their roles
- Assisting other team members in critical situations, when requested
Critical Skill Sets
Significant experience working in a clinical capacity with children and families, specifically children that have experienced trauma and/or separation from family.
- Must be cleared through a criminal background and FBI finger print investigation
- All staff who have contact with students must be tested for tuberculosis before the staff is assigned a responsibility to care for students
- Must attend Boys and Girls Country orientation and pre-service training
- Excellent time management and organizational skills
- Master’s degree from four year college or university
- Clinical licensure such as an LCSW, LPC, LMFT, or similar license
- Minimum of 5-7 years working with children and families in a counseling capacity
- Fully proficient in Microsoft Office Environment
- Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends