Career Opportunities

Bilingual Clinical Family Advocate

Provides crisis counseling and intervention to bilingual and Spanish speaking children interviewed at the Center and their non-offending family members; conducts assessments of children and families’ needs to ensure appropriate treatment of post-traumatic symptoms; works collaboratively with caregivers and their social systems to process the development of a case; provides ongoing emotional support to restore and enhance psychosocial functioning;  ensures understanding of investigative process and the dynamics of sexual abuse; maintains case tracking documentation. 

Job Skills:

  • Able to engage children and families of all ages, ethnicities, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds to restore and enhance psychosocial functioning of individuals and families adversely affected by child abuse/trauma
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply social work theory, methods and techniques; knowledge of post-traumatic symptoms, stages of child development, and crisis intervention techniques required
  • Ability to provide supportive counseling
  • Must be able to work professionally and collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Strong oral and written communication skills essential

Duties:

  • Contact families prior to appointments to answer questions and process concerns
  • Implement early intervention and psychosocial support model to address the needs of victims of child sexual abuse and their non-offending caregivers
  • Conduct biopsychosocial assessments of clients
  • Assess therapeutic needs of all affected family members
  • Perform assessments and provides treatment through supportive counseling, crisis intervention, psycho-education, and resource coordination to appropriately address post-traumatic symptoms
  • Assess children’s developmental level to include verbal ability, cognitive and emotional functioning
  • Record diagnostic impressions of counseling clients utilizing DSM-V criteria
  • Provide short and long term counseling support services for children and adults
  • Provide crisis intervention services for children and adults at the point of the forensic interview
  • Provide emergency clinical assessments to assess mental status of children and families who are in emotional distress and expressing thoughts of self-harm or expressing suicidal and/or homicidal ideation, or are currently experiencing psychotic symptoms
  • Develop and carry out individualized treatment plans for counseling clients
  • Maintain a client log and progress notes for therapy clients
  • Attend clinical supervision with Program Director to review client treatment goals and objectives
  • Identify community resources geared toward Spanish speaking clients
  • Assist in developing and facilitating adequate psychoeducation programs for Spanish speaking communities
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary team review meetings and consultations with partner agencies concerning CAC clients to ensure client’s needs are being addressed
  • Work collaboratively and effectively with Law Enforcement, the District Attorney’s Office, Child Protective Services, and Forensic Interviewers in the investigation of child abuse and/or children who have been exposed to violent crimes.
  • Documentation of all case activities
  • Participate in community outreach activities such as speaking engagements and fundraising events
  • Participate in training to enhance professional skills and development
  • Perform other tasks requested by supervisors

Minimum acceptable qualifications include:

  • Masters of Social Work or related field (psychology, child development, counseling), preferably specializing in children’s issues and with a minimum of two years direct experience working with sexually and physically abused children.
  • Bilingual required
  • willingness to submit to a child abuse background check (civil and criminal)
  • valid Texas Driver’s License
  • willingness to work in a smoke and drug free environment
  • 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)

Interested individuals should send a cover letter and resume to Fiona at fremko@cafb.org.

 

 

Clinical Family Advocate

Provides crisis counseling and intervention to children interviewed at the Center and their non-offending family members; conducts assessments of children and families’ needs to ensure appropriate treatment of post-traumatic symptoms; works collaboratively with caregivers and their social systems to process the development of a case; provides ongoing emotional support to restore and enhance psychosocial functioning;  ensures understanding of investigative process and the dynamics of sexual abuse; maintains case tracking documentation.

Job Skills:

  • Able to engage children and families of all ages, ethnicities, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds to restore and enhance psychosocial functioning of individuals and families adversely affected by child abuse/trauma
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply social work theory, methods and techniques; knowledge of post-traumatic symptoms, stages of child development, and crisis intervention techniques required
  • Ability to provide supportive counseling
  • Must be able to work professionally and collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Strong oral and written communication skills essential

Duties:

  • Contact families prior to appointments to answer questions and process concerns
  • Implement early intervention and psychosocial support model to address the needs of victims of child sexual abuse and their non-offending caregivers
  • Conduct biopsychosocial assessments of clients
  • Assess therapeutic needs of all affected family members
  • Perform assessments and provides treatment through supportive counseling, crisis intervention, psycho-education, and resource coordination to appropriately address post-traumatic symptoms
  • Assess children’s developmental level to include verbal ability, cognitive and emotional functioning
  • Record diagnostic impressions of counseling clients utilizing DSM-V criteria
  • Provide short and long term counseling support services for children and adults
  • Provide crisis intervention services for children and adults at the point of the forensic interview
  • Provide emergency clinical assessments to assess mental status of children and families who are in emotional distress and expressing thoughts of self-harm or expressing suicidal and/or homicidal ideation, or are currently experiencing psychotic symptoms
  • Develop and carry out individualized treatment plans for counseling clients
  • Maintain a client log and progress notes for therapy clients
  • Attend clinical supervision with Program Director to review client treatment goals and objectives
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary team review meetings and consultations with partner agencies concerning CAC clients to ensure client’s needs are being addressed
  • Work collaboratively and effectively with Law Enforcement, the District Attorney’s Office, Child Protective Services, and Forensic Interviewers in the investigation of child abuse and/or children who have been exposed to violent crimes.
  • Documentation of all case activities
  • Participate in community outreach activities such as speaking engagements and fundraising events
  • Participate in training to enhance professional skills and development
  • Perform other tasks requested by supervisors

Minimum acceptable qualifications include:

  • Masters of Social Work or related field (psychology, child development, counseling), preferably specializing in children’s issues and with a minimum of two years direct experience working with sexually and physically abused children.
  • willingness to submit to a child abuse background check (civil and criminal)
  • valid Texas Driver’s License
  • willingness to work in a smoke and drug free environment
  • 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)

Interested individuals should send a cover letter and resume to Fiona at fremko@cafb.org.

 

Therapist

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

Supervision Received:   Manager of Therapy Services

Requirements:                                  

  • LMSW, LCSW, LMFT, or LPC, LMFT-A or LPC-I license
  • Experience in working with abused children
  • Experience and training in trauma work with 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 send a cover letter and resume to Fiona at fremko@cafb.org.