Children's Home Society of Florida

  • Clinical Counselor

    Job Locations US-FL-Taveres
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Clinical Counseling
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Founded in 1902 to care for orphans, CHS is now among the oldest, largest and most respected private nonprofits serving children and families. Expanding from early roots in adoption and foster care, CHS offers an array of specialized services designed to nurture children and grow families. Last year, CHS delivered hope to more than 139,000 children and adults.




    The Clinical Counselor function is to assess and/or identify client and family needs as well as plan, coordinate, provide and evaluate the necessary services and treatment; assist and counsel individuals and families by using such activities as delineating alternatives, helping to articulate goals and providing needed information and treatment services. Overall, the Clinical Counselor contributes to the CHS high performance culture by exhibiting our values and providing quality results that keep CHS as the premier provider of child, family and behavioral health support services.


    1.  All Programs:


    • Develop and maintain clinical records and program documentation according to contract and CHS standards (assessments, treatment plans, progress notes, termination summaries, etc.).
    • Generate and maintain necessary reports and paperwork in a timely manner (i.e., Quality Assurance and program reports).
    • Participate in treatment and/or multidisciplinary teams, including but not limited to one of the following: TBOS, Outpatient or BHOS (only provided in Residential settings) treatment team meetings, as required by the program.
    • Provide crisis-counseling services to families.
    • Make collateral contacts to assess client progress and functioning.
    • Provide on-call support as required or scheduled.

    2.  Treatment Foster Care Program:

    • Provide weekly family therapy or individual therapy to program youth using the TFCO model. This includes introducing new behavioral, coping and parenting skills or individual social skills and practicing these in sessions using strategic positive reinforcement and coaching interventions.
    • Attend weekly clinical meetings.
    • Attend TFCO clinical training.

    3.  Clinical Services Program:


    • Provide clinical and supportive counseling services; individual, group and family therapy, including but not limited to TBOS, Outpatient or BHOS in a CHS office/facility, client homes and school community as necessary.
    • Deliver evidence-based treatment intervention (i.e., Trauma-Focused Care, Infant Mental Health).
    • Complete billable units and enter applicable data into the Client Information System (CIS) and other data systems in a timely manner as required by the program and/or contract requirements.
    • Facilitate psycho-educational classes and/or groups such as parenting skills, independent living skills, anger management, behavior management, substance abuse, MAPP/Pride training, etc.
    • Provide case management services including information, plan referral and linkages, where appropriate. Coordinate services with other professionals and para-professionals and liaison with outside social service agencies and other organizations.
    • Provide in-depth clinical assessment, diagnosis of clinical conditions, treatment plans and intervention under the supervision of a licensed clinician, including one of the following: TBOS, Outpatient or BHOS services (only provided in Residential settings), when necessary.
    • Oversee the behavioral program or treatment interventions associated with the client’s treatment plan.
    • Participate in peer review process to oversee that services provided comply with contract, Medicaid and licensing requirements, COA, and internal quality assurance standards.
    • Coordinate and supervise therapeutic family visitation, when necessary.
    • Review and monitor billing for clinical services.
    • Train direct care team members regarding components of the individualized treatment plan, when necessary.
    • Meet established program productivity goals while upholding the CHS standard of care.

    4.  Contribute to an engaging, positive work environment.


    • Participate actively in departmental meetings, training and education, as well as the quality management process.
    • Comply with CHS policies, procedures, code of conduct, contracts and other legal obligations.
    • Assist with training other employees and providing back up when necessary.
    • Pick up projects on the fly; perform other duties as assigned from time to time.
    • Demonstrate the CHS Values in the performance of all job duties.

    This list of essential functions is not intended to be exhaustive. Children's Home Society of Florida reserves the right to revise this job description as needed to comply with actual job requirements. 


    Education, Licenses and Certifications:  All degrees must be from an accredited university. 

    • Master’s degree in Human Services or related field
    • For Behavioral Health Services programs:
    • Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling or comparable human services related degree:
      •  A comparable degree must have included graduate level coursework in four of the following: human growth and development; diagnosis and treatment of psychopathology; human sexuality; counseling theories and techniques; group theories and practice; dynamics of marriage and family systems; individual evaluation and assessment; career and lifestyle assessment; research and program evaluation; personality theories; social and cultural foundations; counseling in community settings; and substance use disorders


    • Two years of post-Bachelor degree experience working with at-risk children and families, required
    • For Behavioral Health Services programs:
      • Two years of professional experience in providing services to persons with behavioral health disorders OR professional experience in providing services to persons with behavioral health disorders and the ability to be supervised by a Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts (LPHA), required
    • One year of post Masters' experience preferred
    • Three years of experience dealing with emotionally disturbed children/adolescents, preferred



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