Career Opportunities

Forensic Interviewer

Responsible for interviewing child victims of sexual and serious physical abuse brought to the Fort Bend Children’s Advocacy Center by law enforcement or child protection investigators. These interviews are highly specialized and gather information needed by law enforcement and Children’s Protective Services investigators. Interviews are conducted in a manner that takes into account how children experience the investigative process and their developmental age. Other areas of responsibility include: coordinating team efforts, case tracking documentation; providing back up crisis support and intervention to children interviewed at the Center and their families; overseeing follow-up contacts with families and; providing referrals to families to meet their needs.

Primary Duties:

  • Conduct interviews of child sexual and physical abuse victims
  • Review and critique of forensic interviews
  • Assess children’s cognitive and linguistic abilities as well as non-verbal communications
  • Foster an environment that is sensitive to a child’s cognitive, emotional and psychological development, without leading a child in questioning
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary team review meetings concerning children who have been interviewed
  • Testify as an expert witness in civil and criminal trials regarding the child’s statement
  • Assist Children’s Protective Services, law enforcement and other professionals with information that will benefit the child victim</li
  • Assist in maintaining records of services provided
  • Inform families of case progress and serve as a liaison between families and partner agencies
  • Documentation of all case activities
  • Oversee all civil and criminal case tracking documentation and activity</li
  • Participate in community outreach activities such as speaking engagements, publication of newspaper articles and fund raising events
  • Participate in training to enhance professional skills and development
  • Participate in after hours on-call emergency program

Secondary Duties:

  • Provide crisis intervention services to families
  • Provide appropriate CAC and community referrals to families
  • Ongoing case management and follow up
  • Perform other tasks as requested by the Program Director

Minimum acceptable qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Social Work or related field (psychology, child development, sociology), preferably specializing in children’s issues and with a minimum of two years direct work experience required in children. A Master’s level candidate is preferred.
  • Bilingual preferred
  • minimum of two years direct work experience with victims of sexual and physical abuse
  • valid Texas Driver’s License
  • willingness to submit to a child abuse background check (civil and criminal)
  • willingness to work in a smoke and drug free environment
  • working knowledge of the dynamics of child abuse, the ability to establish rapport with clients and other professionals, an objective attitude, patient demeanor, strong organizational skills, and knowledge of child development
  • assist in fund development
  • ability to work independently
  • strong verbal and written communications skills, ability to communicate effectively over the phone
  • proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • ability to project a positive image in court room testimony
  • willingness to work some evening and weekend hours
  • Bending, stooping, reaching and other movement required in dealing with children. Lifting of office materials (up to 20 lbs)
  • Willingness and ability to travel

 Interested individuals should submit cover letter and resume to Fiona at [email protected].

 

Intake Specialist / Therapist

Intake Specialist/Therapist position in an advocacy center providing trauma based therapeutic services to sexually abused and severely physically abused children and non-offending family members. Is responsible for managing the referral process and completing initial intakes and psychosocial assessments of all referred clients.

Requirements:                                 

  • LMSW, LCSW, LMFT, or LPC, LMFT-A, LPC-I license
  • Experience in working with abused children
  • Experience in providing specialized trauma treatment
  • Experience in providing individual, group, family and play therapy
  • Experience in providing crisis intervention services
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary team setting
  • Good speaking and writing skills
  • Bilingual preferred

Job Duties:

  • Receive all therapy referrals from CAC staff and partner agencies
  • Follow-up with CAC staff and partner agencies regarding therapy referrals
  • Make initial contact with families referred for therapy within 2 weeks of receiving referral
  • Schedule and conduct psychosocial assessments to determine referrals to appropriate mental health services, including but not limited to individual therapy, group therapy, and community mental health providers
  • Document all contact with families
  • Assign clients to program therapists as needed
  • Maintain and track data required for funding sources and program evaluation
  • Attend bi-weekly Case Review Team meetings and provide status updates regarding therapy referrals
  • Assist Clinical Supervisor in the ongoing development of the intake process as needed
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with community mental health providers and agencies
  • Provides individual, group, family and play therapeutic services to child victims and their non-offending family members
  • Provides evidence based treatment such as TF-CBT to clients
  • Provides pre and post assessments to clients to measure changes
  • Develops treatment plans for clients and updates those plans
  • Documents sessions through case notes
  • Provides brief crisis intervention when necessary
  • Participates in multi-disciplinary team case staffings
  • Provides court testimony in civil and criminal cases
  • Provides community education regarding child abuse and CAFB
  • Maintain network of community mental health providers
  • Maintains statistics and data entry as necessary for grant reports
  • Participates in the Children’s Advocacy Center’s on call program
  • Participates in CAFB awareness and fundraising activities
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • May be required to bend and stoop and lift up to 20 lbs. In connection with assigned duties

Interested individuals should submit cover letter and resume to Fiona at [email protected].

 

 

Therapist

Therapist position in an advocacy center providing therapeutic services to sexually abused and severely physically abused children and non-offending caregivers.

Requirements:                                 

  • LMSW, LCSW, LMFT, or LPC, LMFT-A or LPC-I license
  • Experience in working with abused children
  • Experience in providing individual, group, family and play therapy
  • Experience in providing crisis intervention services
  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary team setting
  • Good speaking and writing skills
  • Bilingual preferred

Job Duties:

  • Provides individual, group, family and play therapeutic services to child victims and their families
  • Provides individual, group, family and play therapeutic services to child victims and their non-offending family members
  • Provides evidence based treatment such as TF-CBT to clients
  • Provides pre and post assessments to clients to measure changes
  • Develops treatment plans for clients and updates those plans
  • Documents sessions through case notes
  • Provides brief crisis intervention when necessary
  • Participates in multi-disciplinary team case staffings
  • Provides court testimony in civil and criminal cases
  • Provides community education regarding child abuse and CAFB
  • Maintains statistics and data entry as necessary for grant reports
  • Participates in the Children’s Advocacy Center’s on call program
  • Participates in CAFB awareness and fundraising activities
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • May be required to bend and stoop and lift up to 20 lbs. In connection with assigned duties

Interested individuals should submit cover letter and resume to Fiona at [email protected].

 

 

Request for Proposal – Courtesy CASA

  1. Overview

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is looking to contract with an individual or individuals who will provide visitation for children appointed by the court to CASA programs.  Visitation will supplement a CASA program’s ongoing visitation.  The facilitator will communicate with CASA programs regarding children seen and consult with CASA programs regarding placements.

This contract opportunity will require extensive travel throughout regions of the state, as well as potential travel elsewhere in the state, at a rate of approximately 90% of total contract time.  Hours per week are flexible, will depend on requests from CASA programs and will include some evening work/availability (see section G. for contract details).

  1. Scope
  • Contact: In-person contact with CASA children within their placements as requested by CASA programs
  • Collaboration: contact with parties and collaterals involved in the child’s case, if needed
  • Communication: reports to programs that have requested a visit within mandated timeframes
  • Assessment: assess Residential Treatment Centers (RTC), shelters and other placements under contract with DFPS to provide placement for children in their custody and report on the status of those placements.
  1. Locations

The Courtesy CASA will support CASA programs/locations in the Coastal and Western regions of the state and be managed by Child Advocates of Fort Bend in Rosenberg, TX.

  1. Contract Summary

The Courtesy CASA will work collaboratively with Child Advocates of Fort Bend, other local CASA program staff and advocates, children, youth and families seen for supplemental visits, and caregivers and staff at placements.  The Courtesy CASA will work directly under the administration of Child Advocates of Fort Bend, but respond to visitation requests based on an established priority matrix.  Following a visit, the Courtesy CASA will provide reports back to CASA programs.  The Courtesy CASA will also collect information on placements and submit to Texas CASA.

  1. Deliverables and Duties

Supplemental visits for children and reporting to local CASA programs based on requests:

  • Accept requests from CASA programs for supplemental visitation to children in placements that are not geographically near the court of jurisdiction.
  • Prioritize requests based on an established matrix.
  • Provide prompt response through in-person contact with children.
  • Provide additional contact with parties and collaterals involved in the child’s case, as needed by the requesting CASA program.
  • Facilitate visits between CASA children and their siblings/families, if requested.
  • Within current placement, assess the child’s safety, relationship with caretakers, needs and well-being.
  • Maintain records of visits and provide a standardized report back to the requesting CASA program.
  • Submit documentation of time, travel and hours worked to Child Advocates of Fort Bend.
  • Compile information regarding RTCs, shelters and other placements during visits onsite and submit quarterly reports on placements to Texas CASA.
  1. Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s or higher level degree in Social Work/Human Services or a closely related field.  Experience with CASA and the child protection system.  Demonstrated project management skills required.  Clear and concise writing skills needed for reports and correspondence.  Attention to detail and accuracy essential.  Must maintain confidentiality.  Must be able to pass required background checks.

Additionally, must have:

  • Experience working with children and youth and demonstrated skills at quickly establishing rapport with and good communication skills with children.
  • Experience using Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Experience preparing and maintaining narrative documentation of visits concerning individual children seen.
  • Experience communicating effectively with people over the telephone, in writing and in person.
  • Willingness and ability to work flexible hours.
  • Willingness and ability to travel.

Contractor Development, as needed:

  • Complete Texas CASA’s OCAST training.
  • Complete CASA pre-service training.
  • Attends trainings related to permanency, PMC, trauma informed care and others as requested by the managing CASA program.
  • Develop an understanding of types of placements, levels of care and licensing standards.
  1. Contract Details
  • The contract may begin October 1, 2017 and may last until September 30, 2018, with 2 weeks’ notice required for contract termination during the contract period.
  • The contracts range up to 40 hours a week per contract at $30.00 an hour. Travel and expenses are payable on top of the hourly rate.  Proof of hours, travel including mileage, receipts are to be billed and paid on a monthly basis.  Limits on travel expenses do apply. Rental car expense or mileage is reimbursable (whichever is least expensive).  Mileage may be reimbursed at $0.54 a mile.  Hotel rates are paid at state rate.
  • Completion of contract deliverables and duties within the contract scope are required for contract payment.
  1. How to Submit a Proposal

Please submit the following to Metoyer Martin at Child Advocates of Fort Bend, 5403 Avenue N, Rosenberg, TX 77471.

  1. A technical approach, which describes how you will carry out the tasks outlined above.
  2. A summary of your recent and relevant projects. Resumes accepted.
  3. A sample of your writing skills.
  4. Names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three unrelated individuals whom we can contact as references.

Selection will be completed by Child Advocates of Fort Bend.