Family Course Counselor

Position Summary

Dane County Family Court Services is recruiting for multiple Family Court Counselors. Family Court Counselors manage individual complex caseloads, involving high-conflict parents referred by the Court for concerns related to custody and/or placement of their child/ren.

Conducts mediation with families when custody or physical placement is disputed, guided by the best interest of the child/ren; prepares mediated agreements for review; sends certification of mediated agreements to the court. Conducts legal custody and physical placement studies as directed by the court. This includes parent, child/ren and collateral source interviews; assesses the child/ren’s and parents’ individual needs; assesses parenting abilities; contacts collateral sources, some of which include school, mental health providers, and social service personnel. Synthesizes information gathered during the study process, and prepares a written recommendation for the court following the statutory guidelines. Testifies as an expert witness assisting the court in its determination on custody and placement. Serves as a presenter in the Department’s bi-monthly statutorily required Parent Education Program. Works and consults with guardians ad litem assigned to the family case.


Education, Training and Experience:
Master’s degree in one (1) of the behavioral sciences (psychology, social work, counseling, marriage and family therapy, etc.) and one (1) year of professional human services and/or mental health work experience working with a diverse population. Within one (1) year of employment, must have twenty-five hours of mediation training (three (3) years of professional dispute resolution experience can be substituted for this training requirement). Also, within one (1) year of employment, must have one (1) of the following State of Wisconsin mental health licenses or certifications: Advance Practice Social Worker (APSW), Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Professional Counselor (LPC) or Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of and experience in the application of mediation to family disputes; knowledge of Wisconsin family law statutes; knowledge of and skill in the application of theories, practices and techniques of family assessment, family therapy, child growth and development, psychological testing, alcohol and other drug abuse, and the cycle of violence; thorough knowledge of community resources and knowledge of accessing those resources is necessary; skill in articulating with clients, attorneys and judges as well as good writing ability; effective oral communication and dispute resolution skills; work as a team member in fast-paced environment utilizing creative problem solving abilities; basic keyboarding skills, including familiarity with basic word processing functions and Windows operating environment; ability to participate in community planning; ability to give expert testimony in family law disputes is necessary.


Organization: Dane County Family Court Services

Job Location: Madison, WI