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Counselor-Supervised Visitation Services 


Job Title : Counselor

Reports To : Program Manager

Department : Supervised Visitation Services (SVS)



I. Summary of Position - Provides supervised visitation for parents and their children who have been placed in foster care to decrease the amount of time children spend in out of home placement and move families toward permanent placement process, either with their biological family or in an adoptive home. Assures departmental goals and/or objectives are accomplished within prescribed time frames by performing the job responsibilities personally. Jobs are always changing to some degree and the existence of the approved job description is not intended to limit normal change and growth.


Agency reserves the right to change Employee’s department and/or assignments based on needs and funding.



II. Performance Responsibilities - The following listing applies to every employee of CarePlus New Jersey:

  • Works toward accomplishing and adheres to department/Agency goals, ethical standards and the laws and regulations which govern the overall mental and healthcare industries
  • Maintains confidentiality and immediately reports to management breaches in confidentiality
  • Practices job requirements on an accurate, timely and regular basis
  • Observes and maintains appropriate professional boundaries with clients, co-workers and supervisors
  • Attends all scheduled meetings as assigned
  • Meets relevant continuing educational/training requirements
  • Completes all required documentation/paperwork accurately and within established time-frames
  • Accurately and on a timely basis completes tasks required by the Agency’s time collection system
  • Fulfills all CPNJ mandatory requirements, as required by CPNJ
  • Knowledgeable of, and practices the organization’s health and safety policies and procedures, including but not limited to fire safety and emergency preparedness, infection control procedures and incident reporting



III. Essential Duties and Responsibilities - Includes the following and other duties may be assigned:

  • Communicates information, including the identification and communication of problems / issues with appropriate team and management staff, in a timely manner and positively engages in effective problem-solving, as assessed through supervisory observation
  • Evaluates and assesses ongoing implementation of services relating to families’ goals and needs
  • Accountable for guiding families through the reunification process, including participating in ongoing meeting with the biological parents as well as with the foster parent/caregiver and child(ren), attending monthly Reunification Case Planning Team Meetings
  • Provides weekly supervised visitation sessions, offers parent support and psycho-education, identifies goals and developing service plans
  • Conducts ongoing risk assessments, refers and coordinates services, monitors compliance of the service plan and participation in services
  • Documents progress and recommends additional services and ultimate reunification
  • Establishes a trusting relationship with families through initiating and maintaining regular contact
  • Responsible for engaging caregivers, supporting them through the process, promoting advocacy skills, and proving linkage referrals, as needed
  • Maintains positive relationships will all collateral service providers and community partners, included but not limited to; Division of Child Protection and Permanency case workers, substance abuse counselors, therapists, foster parents, and extended family members
  • Communicates, orally and in writing, with DCPP and collateral providers
  • Responsible for making initial telephone contact to biological parents and foster parents within 24 hours of receipt of referral
  • Clearly explains Visitation Program requirements and processes for biological parents and caregivers
  • Builds positive rapport with family members and provide support as needed via telephone contact and scheduled meetings and visitation
  • Conducts risk assessments at intake and ongoing to determine children’s risk of abuse/neglect
  • Creates flexible visitation schedule with families that are most convenient for parents and children
  • Follows appropriate admission procedures
  • Coordinates each session including, but not limited to: accepting daily confirmations, calling each foster parent, arranging transportation and informing biological/ foster families and DCPP workers of significant events or changes
  • Provides a safe and welcoming environment for each visitation session
  • Schedules and attends Case Planning, Team Meetings as well as additional meetings with biological parents, foster parents, extended family, and collateral providers, as needed
  • Plans for appropriate therapeutic activities that support the parent/child relationship and offers parents opportunities to learn and practice new skills
  • Supervises interaction between families and/or siblings
  • Appropriately addresses parenting, grief and separation issues
  • Facilitates and participates in educational/supportive group discussions with clients and/or family members focused on issues related to parenting, communication, foster care placement, transition and reunification
  • Documents assessments, service plans, progress reports and discharge summaries in the record, with all entries authenticated and time/dated
  • communicates and documents discharge/aftercare/ transfer plans for clients completing the program
  • Explores potential community resources to meet families’ needs and facilitate linkage when appropriate based on the service plan
  • Provides roundtrip transportation for client’s utilizing agency vehicles.
  • When applicable, utilizes personal vehicle to attend off sites trainings/meetings


IV. Competencies - To perform the job successful, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:




Conflict Resolution


Cultural Sensitivity

Customer Service


Ethical Conduct



Job Knowledge



Problem Solving



Safety and Security

Team Work


V. Age Specific Competencies - For Infant/Child/Adolescent Population:

  • Demonstrates a working knowledge of infant/child/adolescent stages of growth and development
  • Ability to assess history, assessment, family information, in the context of infant/child/adolescent development in formulating diagnoses and individual family support plans (IFSP)
  • Ability to engage family members in decision-making related to child/adolescent treatment planning
  • Ability to engage family members in education and treatment according to treatment plans





IX. Physical Demands - The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus
  • The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and smell





Print Name Employee’s Signature Date



[ ] Employee’s Copy [ ] HR’s Copy


Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift -not applicable-  
Location Fairlawn Mental Health Center  
About the Organization CarePlus New Jersey is a northern New Jersey provider of recovery-focused mental health, substance abuse, and family services that address the unique needs of individuals with a holistic approach to recovery and overall wellness.

Operating out of over 23 sites - including three outpatient centers located in Paramus, Fair Lawn, and Montclair, ten residential facilities, offices at three local hospitals, and seven community offices - our services are convenient to clients located throughout Northern New Jersey. We also provide educational programs on mental health-related topics to area schools and community groups.

For more information, visit  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by Federal and State laws.  
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