Tuesday, December 29, 2015

FSCA Advocacy Update: School Counseling Bill File

Thank you to Senator Nancy Detert & Representative Reggie Fullwood, FSCA's Bill in support of Florida Certified School Counselors is now officially filed! See links below to find out more information about the Bill.


The time to contact your legislators is NOW! Email or call them to share about the importance of this bill and ask for their support. Click on this link and enter your address to find your Florida legislators:

Let your legislators know about the importance of supporting this Bill. Visit this link for talking points about the Bill:

Stay tuned to the FSCA Website, Enewsblasts, and our FSCA blog for more information.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Human Trafficking Symposium: January 21, 2016

Program Coordinator, Youth Service Counselor Position

Program Coordinator, Youth Service Counselor

Salary Range: $34,031.00 - $60,000.00
Hours per Week: 40 (Full-time)
Department: Juvenile Assessment and Prevention Center

Primary Responsibilities:

The core responsibility is to the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) under the guidance of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. The Counselor will offer a cost-effective program necessary to assist civil citation youth and youth in need of early intervention by providing necessary substance abuse counseling in order for them to become a successful member of our community. The Counselor would take referrals from civil citation and the truancy programs, located at the JAC, within the age range of 10-17. Caseload can consist of two juvenile groups (one middle and one high school level) of up to 10-12 youth in each group with the possibility of expanding future groups if the need arises. The Counselor would provide immediate need and connection to services that we do not currently receive through the community. The Counselor will conduct group and individual counseling on an as needs basis.

Essential Functions:

OVERALL GOAL: Current delays with the community service providers, waiting lists and constant turnover of staff makes it hard for youth and families to have a consistent and effective substance abuse treatment plan with consistent counseling. Currently one-third of our arrested youth and civil citation youth are reporting current drug use and 50% of our high risk youth have mental health needs (according to the Department of Juvenile Justice PACT profile-2015). By having early intervention and effective counseling, we can hope to reduce these figures.

Tasks Performed:

Duties will include: Conduct needs/psychosocial assessments. Develop goal/treatment plans (with attainable goal and objectives). Conduct individual and group substance abuse therapy. Develop discharge plan (to include links to services/community service referrals). Assist Juvenile Assessment Center and the Civil Citation Coordinator with monthly intake, withdrawals, and completion of reports.

Desired Education:

At minimum must possess a Bachelors Degree in Social Work, Mental Health and/or Counseling and License eligible.

Other Qualifications:

*Must be self motivated. Must be able to multi-task. Must possess excellent interpersonal (oral and written) communication skills. Must have experience with assessing juvenile needs, identifying and de-escalating minor crisis. Must have knowledge of local, state and some nationwide social services. Must be a team player. Must have basic computer skills. Prior youth counseling experience and/or substance abuse training preferred but not mandatory. Bilingual a plus but not mandatory. This position will be mid-shift 40 hours per week, 5 days a week. Must be 18 years of age or older. Must be a legal citizen/alien resident of the United States. 

Equal opportunity employer with veterans preference. ** Must submit the prescreen questionnaire along with resume by 4:00 pm December 30,2015.** ******Please note that the Human Resources Division will be closing at 12:00 pm on Thursday December 17, 2015******

This posting will close 2015-12-30

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

8th Annual UCF Counseling Conference

The University of Central Florida (UCF) Counselor Education program invites you to attend the 8th Annual UCF Counseling Conference, which will be held February 5-6, 2016in Orlando, Florida. This year's conference theme is "Counseling Across Borders: Meeting Multiple Needs," featuring keynote speaker Dr. Courtland Lee, Past President of the American Counseling Association and of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development.

"Early bird" registration ends on Monday, December 7, so consider registering today to secure the lowest conference rates! Please visit the conference website
 to register.

Questions related to the 8th Annual UCF Counseling Conference may be directed to

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Middle School Counselor position: ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND

(Code MG400)

The Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School seeks qualified candidates to fill the position of Middle School Counselor for the 2016-2017 academic year.  This is an 11-month position with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2016.
The School is seeking an experienced Middle School Counselor to participate in the design and delivery of a comprehensive counseling program for middle school students (grades 6-8); to establish supportive relationships with students; to be a resource for students and parents and provide support in all aspects of school life.
Responsibilities include:
  • Provide individual counseling on a regular basis for students including scheduling needs, social/emotional support, educational/study skills guidance, co-curricular coordination.
  • Serve as a case manager interfacing with parents, teachers, learning specialists, ESOL specialists, outside professionals and administration as needed, regarding strategies to assist students.
  • Complete student observations, interpret behavioral data, develop functional behavior analyses, and behavior intervention plans.
  • Assess students’ functional behavioral capabilities within classroom and/or home environment for the purpose of designing behavioral interventions.
  • Design and interpret functional behavior analysis and multi-faceted behavior interventions.  Use data to make informed decisions regarding student behaviors.
  • Guide school staff to analyze data and monitor social/emotional and behavioral interventions.
  • Help students resolve teacher and classroom concerns and assist students in developing advocacy and problem solving skills.
  • Assist new students and their families as they integrate into the School community.
  • Further develop and implement advisory program and work with educators to integrate social-emotional/values-based and relational arts curricula into all content areas.
  • Work with administration on both registration for students and individual schedules and class balancing.
Candidates must have strong interpersonal, technology and organizational skills, as well as experience in guidance counseling and/or educational programming. Knowledge about Jewish values and traditions a plus, but not required, as well as experience with the Council in Schools approach to relational arts. A master’s degree in counseling or an MSW is required, as well as three to five years of related professional experience in an elementary and/or middle school setting.  
Additionally, qualified applicants will have a demonstrated, strong foundation in applied behavior analysis and experience implementing research based interventions, providing direct service to students, and providing training to teachers in implementing prescribed interventions.  Applicants should be knowledgeable about resources and methods (I.e. applied behavior analysis, intervention and treatment techniques, behavior assessment tools, and methods, community resources, etc.) for the purposes of determining appropriate behavioral approaches for students’ specific needs.
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Job Code MG400.

The Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate all applicants without unlawful consideration of race, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.              

Sunday, December 6, 2015

It's "School Counselor" please ...

Friday, December 4, 2015

Licensed Mental Health Counselor Needed: Bryn Mawr, PA

We have an immediate need for a Licensed Mental Health Counselor responsible for the oversight of behavioral health services for adults diagnosed with psychiatric illness, substance abuse and/or co-occurring disorders. This professional will supervise, coach and mentor assigned personnel. This is a FT position; Contract to Permanent. We offer a highly competitive compensation. Benefits included after permanent status.

Click here for details.

Recovery After a Suicide Attempt

Price: FREE (shipping charges may apply) 
Guides people through the first steps toward recovery and a hopeful future after a suicide attempt. Includes personal stories from survivors who share their experiences as well as strategies, such as re-establishing connections and finding a counselor to work with.
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TIP 51: Substance Abuse Treatment: Addressing the Specific Needs of Women

Assists treatment providers in offering treatment to adult women with substance use disorders. Reviews gender-specific research and best practices, such as common patterns of initiation of substance use among women and specific treatment issues and strategies.