The Counselor will directly interact with the clients by applying specialized clinical knowledge and advanced clinical skills to assess and treat emotional trauma associated with domestic violence and sexual assault. Senior advocates will provide individual counseling and psychotherapy as well as supportive case management to comprehensively address client needs geared to help the clients move forward. Working closely within the Client Services team, the Senior Advocate will provide counseling, assist clients access resources such as mental health, job training, employment, legal advocacy, housing, childcare, health care, translation and interpretation services, court accompaniment and public assistance.
Answer helpline calls, complete intake, and assess needs for appropriate intervention and referrals.
Use specialized clinical knowledge and advanced clinical skills to assess, diagnose, and treat mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders, conditions, and serious emotional disturbances in adult survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Apply theory, knowledge, methods, ethics, and the professional use of self to restore and enhance social and psychosocial functioning of clients through regular counseling sessions.
Assess lethality and provide crisis management counseling both on the helpline and in ongoing counseling sessions.
Provide supportive legal, criminal justice, and housing advocacy as needed. Examples include court testimony, filing applications and affidavits for legal purposes, assisting in protective orders, law enforcement accompaniment, and assisting in locating housing
Assist in organizing and conducting support groups and workshops
Track client metrics and maintain client records
Assist in organizational events such as fundraisers, seminars, and outreach events
Maintain and update advocate resource guide
Participate in appropriate outreach and policy advocacy forums on behalf of South Asian survivors of family violence
Participate in administrative duties and other projects as needed
Licensure in Social Work or Counseling required (Interns will be considered)
Bachelor’s degree and relevant work experience required
Commitment to Daya’s mission and values
Excellent writing, research and communication skills
Proficiency in computer applications and utilization of online resources to meet client and organizational needs
Well-organized, ability to multi-task, highly motivated, creative, detail-oriented
Ability to work flexible hours including some evenings and weekends
Proficiency in at least one major South Asian language preferred
Experience working in a non-profit environment preferred
Internal Number: 258
Daya supports the South Asian community of Houston in breaking the cycle of domestic violence and sexual assault. Daya empowers survivors through counseling and advocacy and works towards prevention by promoting community awareness and by advocating at the policy level. Daya's approach fosters individual freedom and respect leading to healthy families.