Career Opportunities

Bilingual Clinical Family Advocate

Position is in a Children’s Advocacy Center providing therapeutic services and interventions to children alleged to have been sexually abused, seriously physically abused, or who have witnessed a violent crime.  Provides single session therapy and crisis therapy to non-offending caregivers.  Provides crisis therapy to children interviewed at the Center as needed.  Conducts trauma screenings with child victims and children in crisis to implement necessary therapeutic interventions.  Conducts trauma screenings with caregivers and child victims to make appropriate therapy and counseling referrals. Assesses the needs of children and families to ensure they have appropriate resources to heal from their abuse experience. 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 through psychoeducation.  Maintains case tracking documentation.  May also provide ongoing/long term therapy to child victims and their families.

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 by conducting trauma screens
  • Assess and provides treatment through supportive counseling, crisis intervention, psychoeducation, and resource coordination to appropriately address post-traumatic symptoms
  • Assess children’s developmental level to include verbal ability, cognitive and emotional functioning
  • 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 therapy clients
  • Maintain a client log and progress notes for therapy clients
  • 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 and with a minimum of one year direct experience working with sexually and physically abused children.
  • LMSW, LPC-A or LMFTA
  • 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 Remko at FRemko@cafb.org.

 

Clinical Family Advocate

Position is in a Children’s Advocacy Center providing therapeutic services and interventions to children alleged to have been sexually abused, seriously physically abused, or who have witnessed a violent crime.  Provides single session therapy and crisis therapy to non-offending caregivers.  Provides crisis therapy to children interviewed at the Center as needed.  Conducts trauma screenings with child victims and children in crisis to implement necessary therapeutic interventions.  Conducts trauma screenings with caregivers and child victims to make appropriate therapy and counseling referrals. Assesses the needs of children and families to ensure they have appropriate resources to heal from their abuse experience. 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 through psychoeducation.  Maintains case tracking documentation.  May also provide ongoing/long term therapy to child victims and their families.

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
  • Assesses therapeutic needs of all affected family members by conducting trauma screens
  • Assesses and provides treatment through supportive counseling, crisis intervention, psychoeducation, and resource coordination to appropriately address post-traumatic symptoms
  • Assess children’s developmental level to include verbal ability, cognitive and emotional functioning
  • 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 therapy clients
  • Maintain a client log and progress notes for therapy clients
  • 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 and with a minimum of one year direct experience working with sexually and physically abused children.
  • LMSW, LPC-A or LMFTA
  • Bilingual preferred
  • 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 Remko at FRemko@cafb.org.

 

 

Multi-Disciplinary Team Coordinator (MDT Coordinator)

Works closely with law enforcement, Children’s Protective Services and the District Attorney’s office to facilitate the multi-disciplinary coordination of the team and to ensure that all children in need of Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) services are referred for those services. Builds and strengthens relationships within the team to enhance the collaboration among agencies.

Duties:

  • Review Department of Family and Protective Services statewide intake reports
  • Assess cases to determine if they meet criteria of CAC Working Protocols
  • Facilitate collaborative investigation and CAC services by reaching out to CPS, law enforcement and other agencies as needed
  • Coordinate team building and training for team members
  • Responsible for new team orientations
  • Maintain detailed statistics of intakes reviewed and scheduled for forensic interviews or other CAC services
  • Generate statistical reports regarding services coordinated and provided
  • Work closely with Forensic Interviewers and Clinical Family Advocates to streamline scheduling of interviews
  • Maintain cross-cultural awareness in the performance of all responsibilities
  • Participate in the CAC on-call program
  • Perform all other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in a social science, criminal justice or related field. Or 3 years experience in social service delivery of criminal justice, CPS, or victim services. Professional demeanor and very strong interpersonal skills.

Job Skills:

  • Ability to work with diverse disciplines on a daily basis
  • Ability to develop professional relationship and facilitate relationship building among others
  • Ability to work in high stress situations
  • Ability to work within complex criminal justice systems
  • Ability to problem solve

Other Requirements

  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends as needed
  • Participates in the CAC on call program
  • Current Texas Driver’s License
  • Submit to a child abuse and criminal background check
  • Willingness and ability to travel
  • Ability to lift 20 lbs

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

 

 

Collaborative Family Engagement Coach

The Collaborative Family Engagement Coach provides coaching and consultation to Fort Bend County’s CASA and CPS programs with the overall goal of being able to increase capacity and implement CFE in Fort Bend County. CFE is integrated within all of CASA’s specialized programming including Infant and Toddler, NEST, and WINGS. CASA volunteer advocates are trained to utilize tools that assist in family finding and helping families recognize available support systems to them. Knowing that every child in the child welfare system has experienced trauma to some degree, CFE strives to decrease long-lasting issues and help these children move on with their lives in a family environment. Working together to strengthen families helps provide accountability, safety, placement, permanency, and healing. CFE also recognizes children heal through relationships, and that every child has a family who can be found through perseverance. This position reports to the CASA Program Director.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Program Administration

  • Oversee the Collaborative Family Engagement Program to engage families and children involved in Children’s Protective Services’ cases
  • Facilitate trainings for volunteers based on information vital in helping engage families in the foster care system
  • Provide assistance and consultation to CASA volunteers, CASA staff, and CPS staff as needed on issues surrounding family engagement
  • Coordinate with CASA Program, Director, CASA Supervisors and Family Group Decision Making (DFPS) staff to schedule family meetings

Casework Responsibilities

  • Provides consultation, feedback, guidance, evaluation, motivation, training, monitoring and preparation to CASA volunteers, CASA staff, and CPS personnel on the use of CFE tools and meetings
  • Attends all case staffings for CFE cases
  • Contacts families and all parties to coordinate family meetings
  • Co-facilitates family meetings with DFPS Family Group Decision Making staff
  • Documents and disseminates all notes for family meetings
  • Keeps necessary and appropriate records for all CFE cases
  • Consults with appropriate DFPS staff regarding client needs and volunteer assignments
  • Assist in gathering and reporting data to Texas CASA and University of Texas as requested

Strategic and Operational Plan

  • Assist in the development of a Collaborative Family Engagement long-range plans and annual operational plans

Community Outreach Responsibilities

  • Maintain effective relationships through personal contact and written communication with other providers and resources for youth in foster care, professional and social service organizations, Texas CASA, the Department of Family and Protective Services, and University of Texas
  • Engage in public speaking regarding the Collaborative Family Engagement project when appropriate

Qualifications 

Bachelor’s degree in social service-related field or two years of related experience. Ability to communicate with and empower volunteers, CASA staff, CPS personnel, and other CFE team members to be effective in their roles.  Knowledge and understanding of issues and dynamics within families in crises relating to child abuse and neglect.  Experience working with such families given preference. Ability to work within a team atmosphere.

Other Requirements
Submit to a child abuse and criminal background check
Complete 30+ hour pre-service training
Must maintain 12 hours of continuing education annually
Valid driver’s license
Must comply with all city, state, and federal laws

Interested individuals should send a cover letter and resume to Metoyer Martin at MEllis@cafb.org

 

 

 

Children’s Advocacy Center Clinical Director

Clinical Director position in a Children’s Advocacy Center is responsible for the overall program direction and management of  the day to day operations of the therapy department. Also provides therapeutic services to sexually abused, physically abused children, witnesses to violent crimes and non-offending family members.

Personnel supervised:  Therapists, Contract Therapists, Therapy Interns, Psychiatric Fellows

Requirements:

  • LCSW, LMFT, or LPC license
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in working with abused children
  • Experience in managing a therapy program or in private practice
  • 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
  • Good organizational skills
  • Good management skills

Job Duties:

  • Sets the clinical expectations for the program ensuring that therapies are evidence-based and designed for victims of trauma
  • Supervises staff, including determining workloads and schedules, evaluating staff performance, providing training and making hiring, promotion and disciplinary recommendations
  • Assures that clinicians are trained
  • Develops and supervises a clinical internship program that offers meaningful professional development for students and future clinicians
  • Collaborates with the Program Director to ensure cohesion and teamwork
  • Responsible for the proper functioning of the department to ensure the quality and efficiency of services to clients
  • Collaborates with the Program Director to provide leadership, vision and future planning for the CAC
  • Collaborates with the Program Director to manage the therapy department budget
  • Oversees the policies and paperwork and policies of the department to ensure adherence to current best practices and guidelines
  • Ensures timely completion and quality of therapists’ treatment plans
  • Provides training and orientation to new employees in department
  • Leads the therapy team meetings including agenda and minutes
  • Collaborates with the Manager of Family Advocacy to maintain community resources
  • Collaborates with the Manager of Family Advocacy regarding CAC therapy referrals and waitlist
  • Provides clinical consultation/supervision to therapists
  • Manages interns when appropriate
  • Manages the community speaking requests for the therapy department
  • Manages the archiving process of closed files
  • Manages subpoena requests for files for the department
  • Ensures the department has the appropriate tools necessary to serve clients
  • Is responsible for the gathering of statistical reports
  • Is responsible for ensuring client surveys are distributed and analyzed
  • Maintains a small caseload of clients
  • Participates in multi-disciplinary team case staffings
  • Participates in the CAC after hours/on-call program
  • Provides expert 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 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 Luisa Bowers at HRRM@cafb.org.

 

 

 

Manager of Therapy Services

Therapy Manager in an advocacy center providing therapeutic services to sexually abused, physically abused children, witnesses to violent crimes and non-offending family members. Manages the day to day operations of the program including administrative responsibilities and clinical consultation.

Requirements:                                  

  • LCSW, LMFT, or LPC license
  • Minimum 3 years of 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
  • Good organizational skills
  • Good management skills

Job Duties:

  • Provides administrative supervision to the therapists
  • Analyzes the functioning of the department to ensure the quality and efficiency of services to clients
  • Collaborates with the Program Director to provide leadership, visions and future planning to the therapy program
  • Collaborates with the Program Director to manage the therapy department budget
  • Oversees the policies and paperwork and policies of the department to ensure adherence to current best practices and guidelines
  • Manages clinical hours of therapists
  • Ensures timely completion and quality of therapists’ treatment plans
  • Provides training and orientation to new employees in department
  • Leads the therapy team meetings including agenda and minutes
  • Provides clinical consultation to therapists
  • Manages interns when appropriate
  • Manages the community speaking requests for the therapy department
  • Manages the archiving process of closed files
  • Manages subpoena requests for files for the department
  • Ensures the department has the appropriate tools necessary to serve clients
  • Is responsible for the gathering of statistical reports
  • Is responsible for ensuring client surveys are distributed and analyzed
  • Provides individual, group, family and play therapeutic services to child victims and their families
  • Provides pre and post tests to clients to measure change
  • 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 CAFB awareness and fundraising activities
  • Participates on Agency Teams
  • 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 Remko 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.

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 Remko at FRemko@cafb.org.

 

 

Youth Transporter

The Youth Transporter will report to the Program Innovation Manager. The Youth Transporter has the primary responsibility of ensuring the safety and welfare of children and staff during transporting to and from the youths’ residences and field trip locations. It is also the role of the transporter to ensure the van is clean; determine and follow safe and efficient routes, ensure all passengers are in appropriate restraints; and maintain transportation records required by the program.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Essential Functions:

  • Ensures safety and wellbeing of youth/children and adults being transported to and from the program
  • Ensures van always has sufficient fuel
  • Ensures drinking water and nutrition are available on the van daily
  • In Consultation with the Program Innovation Manager, develops and follows efficient and safe written routes
  • Operates van in such a way that road and safety regulations are always followed; reports any traffic violations to Program Innovation Manager immediately
  • With assistance of CASA staff, ensures that all child/youth are always in age-appropriate safety restraints
  • With assistance of CASA staff, ensures that all passengers follow loading and unloading procedures
  • Follows procedures to ensure no child/youth is left alone on van without adult supervision
  • Reports any children/youth that were not transported to program to Program Innovation Manager
  • Maintains cleanliness of van
  • Routinely inventories emergency and first aid supplies and equipment, reports needs to Program Innovation Manager
  • With Program Innovation Manager, identifies person authorized to receive children. Delivers children to only authorized persons.
  • In event of an accident, ensures medical emergency procedures are followed; completes written accident report

Training:

  • Attends and participates in pre-service and in-service trainings

Qualifications:

Must be at least 25 years old. Possess a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance. Must comply with background checks, including fingerprints and DPFS check as required by the agency.  Experience in transportation field. Ability to present a positive image of the organization in the community. Visual and auditory acuity within professionally determined normal ranges, with correction if needed. Must have effective organizational, problem solving, and time management skills. Ability to comprehend and follow traffic signs. Ability to perform responsibilities under pressure and in cases of accidents or other emergencies. Successful experience working as an effective team member.

Other Requirements:

  • Submit to a child abuse and criminal background check
  • Complete 30+ hour pre-service training
  • Bending, stooping, reaching and other5 movement required
  • Ability to lift 40+ pounds
  • Valid driver’s license
  • 25 years of age or older
  • Must comply with all city, state and federal laws
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Interested individuals should send a cover letter and resume to Krystal Vann at KHughes@cafb.org.

CAFB adheres to a strict Zero Tolerance for Child Abuse Policy in our practices and operations.