The Mental Health Counselor at DAWN provides therapeutic services in American Sign Language to Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind individuals and families who have experienced domestic violence or sexual assault. The focus is on providing long-term healing from the effects of violence and abuse. This position requires extensive knowledge of Deaf-based Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (can be trained on these issues when contracted by DAWN). The Mental Health Counselor will be contracted on an as-needed basis for survivors and will be on call as an advocate during emergencies including some evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Duties include:

1)Provide therapy for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind individuals and their families who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual assault. The location of the sessions will be established with consideration to the client’s location and transportation.

2)Provide therapeutic services with emphasis on the effective coordination of resources with other programs in order to provide comprehensive services, which maintain the respect and dignity of the agency’s clients. Provide trauma-based counseling, parent-child interaction therapy, support groups, and other treatment models as appropriate.

3)Maintain accurate and current records on all clients as required by the agency and its funding sources.

4)Maintain cordial professional relationships with allied professionals. Provide consultation/education to agencies and organizations that serve survivors of domestic and sexual violence or express interest in receiving information regarding this population, as approved by the Executive Director.

5)Enhance professional expertise by seeking out and attending approved seminars and workshops that focus on providing therapy to domestic and sexual assault survivors.

6)Maintain professional credentials and/or licensure requirements of the counselor’s specific field of human service provision if this status has been reached.

7)Maintain strict adherence to the professional code of ethics that govern the therapist’s academic discipline of field of human service delivery.

8)Complete in a timely fashion all necessary weekly and monthly records that pertain to services provided, time and attendance, travel and workshop reimbursement, continuing education, which is received or provided, and other records deemed appropriate by the agency.


- Ability to work independently as well as part of a team

- Excellent American Sign Language and written communication skills

- Commitment to nonviolent family values and ending domestic and sexual violence

- Ability to work well with diverse populations

- Computer proficient in Microsoft Office, Email, and Internet.


  • Master’s Degree in counseling, psychology, social work, or related fields
  • Professional Counselor license preferred (LPC)
  • Have knowledge in domestic violence and sexual assault
  • Have knowledge about Deaf culture

How to apply:

Submit a resume and cover letter detailing reason for interest in this opportunity, relevant previous experience, and two references to:

Shazia Siddiqi, Executive Director

Deaf Abused Women’s Network

5321 First Place NE

Washington, DC 20011