Domestic Violence Counselor Job at Community Crisis Services, Hyattsville, MD

  • Community Crisis Services
  • Hyattsville, MD

Job Description

Job Description

Job Description

Salary: $24.00 per hour

We are seeking a compassionate and experienced Counselor/Therapist to join our team at our domestic violence shelter. The ideal candidate will provide trauma-informed counseling and support services to survivors of domestic violence, helping them navigate their healing journey and regain control of their lives. This role requires a deep understanding of the complexities of domestic violence and a commitment to creating a safe, supportive environment for our clients.

Reports to: Chief Clinical Officer and Safe Passages Director

Employment Status: Part-time, Non-exempt



  • Provide individual and group counseling sessions to survivors of domestic violence
  • Works in conjunction with the Lead Case Manager to ensure that guests of the shelter receive necessary services
  • Provide support to organizational staff as needed with clients in all CCSI programs
  • Complete required supervision and leadership training
  • Review all initial and discharge charts to ensure mental health opportunities are appropriately handled
  • Facilitate groups and ensure all appropriate documentation is completed
  • Assure monthly reports are completed within the deadline of the 5th of each month
  • Participate in staff meetings, present cases to clinical staff and create individualized counseling plans
  • Communicate with and provide follow-up to referring agencies (Courts, Parole, Probation, DSS, etc.)
  • Stay current with best practices and emerging trends in trauma-informed care and domestic violence intervention
  • Maintain accurate and confidential client records in accordance with legal and ethical standards
  • Establish & maintain a cooperative, professional relationship with participants, staff, other organizations & the community
  • Acknowledges receipt of the Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector and maintains policies, procedures and standards required for agency accreditations


  • Completes clerical work as needed including timesheets, mileage logs, etc in a timely fashion
  • Prepare & maintain statistical reports on services rendered
  • Attend in-services and meetings assigned by supervisors as scheduled
  • Performs other duties as requested from time to time that are not specifically listed but are consistent with the position and skills of the incumbent and necessary for the efficient and effective operation of CCSI

Initiative, Reliability and Consistency

  • Completes projects and assigned tasks on time
  • Establishes appropriate priorities for task completion
  • Is punctual and prepared for meetings, returns calls/emails in a timely manner
  • Seeks out new learning and shares useful information with board members/staff



Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

Physical Requirements:

  • Position requires sitting for long periods 
  • Use of hands to handle, control or feel objects, tools or controls
  • Long periods of looking at a computer screen
  • Repeat the same movements

Education and Experience Qualifications Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in social science and/or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience providing counseling or therapy, preferably in a domestic violence or trauma-focused setting
  • Completes Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Assessing Suicide in Kids (ASK) and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training within 6 months of employment
  • Must listen and communicate well, be non-judgmental, have self-initiative and work well as a team member.
  • Bilingual skills (preferred but not required)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Ability to work with diverse staff and client population
  • Ability to multitask and stay calm in a stressful environment
  • Reliable transportation


  • 401 (k)
  • Dental and Medical Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Holiday Premium Pay
  • Paid Time Off
  • Referral Program

Equal Employment Opportunity

Community Crisis Services provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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