Job Title: Family Counselor
Type of Company: My agency assists the court, families, and individuals.
Previous Experience: I worked with the mentally and physically challenged, then with child protective services, and I now work with individuals who are involved in domestic violence and families who are involved in custody disputes.
Job Tasks: On a typical day I do intake interviews and assessments of situations and safety, and I make recommendations to the court about protective orders in cases that involve allegations of domestic violence. I also refer individuals to service providers and other counselors; negotiate custody, access, property, and financial matters; and mediate and evaluate custody disputes. The evaluations I do include interviewing children, conducting home visits, and gathering information from various collateral contacts. If a case goes to trial, I sometimes have to testify.
I work with attorneys, victim's advocates, clerks, community treatment providers and social workers from the Department of Children and Families. A typical day can also include scheduled interviews, telephone calls and report writing.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: Report writing and filtering people's anger are the worst parts of the job. The best parts of the job are the relationships with co-workers, and those moments when you know you've made a difference in someone's life.
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Additional Thoughts: Nothing much surprises me anymore. If I could change how I approached my career I'd go to college directly after high school and take more time to explore the different opportunities within the same discipline. Internships are a great way to try a job out before you decide to make it a career.
The most important personal qualities for success in my job are life experience, empathy, conflict management skills, and being able to separate from the job at the end of the day.
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