LA Community Counselor

Lusaka, Zambia, Full Time Salary: 00

Family Legacy Missions Zambia exists to glorify God by empowering vulnerable children in Zambia to live out their God given potential.
Job Title: LA Community Counselor
Reports to: Head Counselor/Program Manager of Health Program
Location/ Department: Hill Wellness Center (HWC)
Number of Direct Reports: 0
Job Summary:
The job of the LA Community Counselor is to assess the psychological, emotional, developmental, and social wellbeing of children and staff across the ministry’s Legacy Academy schools and provide clinical therapeutic interventions to address their specific psychosocial needs. It is the responsibility of the LA Community Counselor to conduct psychosocial assessments, receive referrals, triage and prioritize clients’ needs, provide a variety of counseling interventions, perform administrative duties, and facilitate other therapeutic activities as directed. The LA Community Counselor will ensure that all departmental, HWC, Legacy Academy, Family Legacy, and governmental policies and procedures are followed correctly to ensure that the department works in accordance with the law.
Specific Tasks:
Psychosocial Care Services:
Provide daily clinical counseling therapy to all children, caregivers and staff members across the ministry’s Legacy Academy schools
Receive counseling referrals from other departments and communicate client’ needs and treatment plans effectively to other members of staff
Utilizing referrals, triage and prioritize clients’ needs to effectively manage client caseload
Conduct informal and formal assessments of clients’ psychological, emotional, developmental, and social needs
Create individualized treatment plans to meet clients’ personal needs
Provides timely and appropriate assessment, treatment planning, therapeutic interventions, and follow-up to all clients
Use a variety of evidence-based counseling techniques & interventions to conduct individual and group therapy sessions (play-based interventions, therapeutic art activities, sand tray therapy, CBT, trauma-focused interventions, coping skills development, anger management techniques, etc.)
Routinely monitor clients’ progress and adjust their treatment plans as needed
Conduct HIV disclosure processes with children who are HIV+ and their caregivers
Facilitate regular therapeutic support groups across the Legacy Academy schools (HIV, sickle cell, sexual abuse, grief, trauma, etc.)
Conduct family-centered counseling sessions with children and their caregivers on a variety of issues as needed
Provide Legacy Academy school staff members with clinical counseling interventions and therapeutic debriefing sessions as needed
Conduct death and/or sick family member disclosures with children and accompany them to funerals and hospital visits
Acts as a resource for other departments and staff across the ministry in understanding the significance of developmental, psychological, emotional, and social factors related to children’s trauma, growth and development, coping, and wellbeing
Participates in trainings for staff across the ministry on a variety of topics related to psychosocial care including, but not limited to, trauma and coping, children’s development, psychosocial needs, treatment strategies, etc.
Promotes the continuous development of children to optimize their responses to traumatic experiences, to minimize psychological stress, and to increase understanding of and coping with trauma and illness.
Assess, determine, and make referrals to other departments when special services or care are needed for clients, such as medical evaluation, social services, community services, or specialized psychological/psychiatric testing.
Facilitate additional therapeutic activities and programming in Legacy Academy schools as directed
Ensure high quality care for clients by reviewing and researching concerns or complaints and recommending corrective action as needed
Implement trauma-informed programming across Family Legacy’s programs
Clearly and respectfully communicate with children, caregivers, staff across the ministry’s Legacy Academy schools
Practice clear communication with coworkers, direct supervisor, other departments, management, and relevant stakeholders
Closely collaborate with other departments across Family Legacy to communicate about children’s psychosocial needs, goals, and treatment plans
Participate in multidisciplinary team treatment conferences when needed to review and plan for specific client cases
Record Keeping and Administrative Duties
Complete appropriate mental health documentation, including but not limited to patient care plans, performance outcomes, progress reports, and daily activity tracking as required by HPCZ, the Zambian Counselling Council, the HWC, and Family Legacy
Perform daily scheduling tasks to manage and maintain an independent caseload of clients
Document and submit daily counseling statistics to direct supervisor in a timely manner
Attend and participate in daily counseling department meetings
Attend and participate in weekly departmental professional development activities (including trainings, case presentations, etc.)
Perform record-keeping duties by maintaining clients’ counseling records in confidential files
Compile comprehensive counseling reports for the ministry as directed
Follow all departmental, HWC, and government policies and procedures as instructed
Comply with rules and regulations of the Zambian Counselling Council. Maintain working knowledge of the legal issues pertaining to the counseling program so they are in-line with relevant government agencies and rights of all stakeholders.
The Employee shall also be expected to undertake any additional responsibilities as delegated by his or her supervisor.
Interested candidates should email their CVs and scanned academic certificates to, clearly labeling the position applied for in the subject line and finalize the process by following this link.
Closing date is 6th February 2021.

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