Career Opportunities

Advocacy Specialist (CASA)

The Advocacy Specialist is responsible for supervising and evaluating advocates appointed to serve children in foster care.  The goal is to provide advocates with supervision and monitoring to ensure children’s best interest are being met while involved in the legal system. In addition, this position assists with advocate recruitment, screening, and training of advocates as well as program development, tracking and evaluation.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Advocates and Casework

  • Supervise and monitor up to 30 advocates and up to 45 cases. Provide consultation, problem solving, troubleshooting, feedback, guidance, evaluation, motivation, training, monitoring and preparation for court appearances.  Demonstrate knowledge of each case’s history and pertinent advocacy issues.
  • Monitor CASA’s involvement in these cases and case activity, while assuring that Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s policy and practice standards and sound case management practices are followed.
  • Attend court hearings as necessary
  • Attend emergency hearings as necessary
  • Consult with appropriate DFPS staff regarding client needs and advocate assignments
  • Act as primary liaison with advocates. Release and reassign advocates whose advocacy is inappropriate or detrimental.
  • Provide assistance and consultation to advocates as needed and when requested. Contact volunteers a minimum of once per month
  • Notify advocates well in advance of hearing dates
  • Review court reports prior the hearing date
  • Assess and record advocate performance
  • Maintain compliance with Texas CASA and National CASA standards
  • Maintain orderly CASA case file

Volunteer Training

  • Assist with the design and implementation of volunteer pre-service and in-service trainings
  • Participate in quarterly training sessions
  • Provide training to other CASA Programs as needed

Collaboration and Outreach

  • Participate in public awareness and community outreach
  • Coordinate assigned activities with key stakeholders in the community

Financial and Records

  • Assist in preparing outcome reports for grants
  • Collect and tabulate program effectiveness measures

Program Activities

  • Attend all available conferences and workshops for the development of programs for advocates
  • Participate in program implementation, evaluation and planning
  • Attend monthly staff meetings
  • Serve on appropriate community committees and task forces
  • Participate in planning for all CASA programs

Strategic and Operational Plan

  • Assist in the development of a CASA long-range plan and annual operational plans

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree in social services or related field with at least 3 years’ experience working with services for children and adolescents.  Strong project management skills and ability to work independently with a wide variety of people of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.  Highly organized and detail oriented.  Use computers and program related softwar5e proficiently, ability to develop and design a program for advocates and children/youth and evaluate the effectiveness of the program.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

Pass a child abuse and criminal background check
Complete 30+ hour pre-service training
Must maintain 12 hours of continuing education annually
Bending, stooping, reaching and other movement required
Ability to lift 20 pounds
Valid driver’s license
Must comply with all city, state and federal laws
Perform other duties as assigned

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

 

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.

 

Bilingual Therapist

We are seeking a clinician to provide bilingual therapy in our Children’s Advocacy Center to sexually abused and physically abused children and to children who have witnessed violence.  Therapy is also provided to non-offending caregivers.  The position interfaces with the other therapists in the department as well as Clinical Family Advocates and other staff in the CAC.  We are looking for someone who is committed to making a difference in the lives of children who have experienced trauma.

Reports to: Director of Clinical 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 and group therapy
  • Experience in providing crisis intervention services
  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary team setting with clinical staff, advocacy staff, and partners
  • Fluent in English and Spanish – both speaking and writing
  • Strong speaking and writing skills
  • Works well as part of a team
  • Interested in making a difference in the life of a child

Job Duties:

  • Provides individual, group and family therapeutic services to child victims and their non-offending family members
  • Provides trauma-focused treatment such as TF-CBT, play therapy, EMDR or other therapeutic modalities 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
  • Available to Provide 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 Luisa Bowers at lbowers@cafb.org.

 

 

Director of Clinical Services

The Children’s Advocacy Center Therapy Department is growing and expanding to meet the increased need for therapeutic and mental health services for children who have been abused.  It plays a critical part in the healing of children who have experienced trauma.  The Director of Clinical Services is responsible for the overall management of the Therapy Department within the Children’s Advocacy Center and reports directly to the CEO of Child Advocates of Fort Bend. Responsible for administrative supervision of the therapists and operations of the therapy department.  The Therapy Department provides therapeutic services to sexually abused, physically abused children, children who have witnessed violent crimes and non-offending family members. Supervises therapists, contract therapists and second-year therapy interns.  Primary contact for psychiatric resident fellows from UT Health Sciences Center who provide services on site weekly.  We are looking for a talented clinician and experienced manager of people who will take our Therapy Department to the next level.

Reports to: CEO, Ruthanne Mefford

Responsibilities:

  • Sets the clinical expectations for the program ensuring that therapies are evidence-based and designed for survivors of trauma.
  • Supervises therapy staff, determines caseloads, sets schedules, evaluates staff performance, provides/facilitates training, and makes hiring, promotion, and coaching recommendations.
  • Ensures that clinicians are in compliance with CAC and NAC standards.
  • Supervises a clinical internship program that offers meaningful professional development for students and future clinicians.
  • Responsible for the proper functioning of the therapy department to ensure the quality and efficiency of services to clients.
  • Manages the therapy department budget.
  • Oversees the policies and paperwork of the therapy department to ensure adherence to current best practices and guidelines.
  • Ensures timely completion and quality of therapists’ treatment plans.
  • Provides and/or facilitates the training and orientation to new employees in department.
  • Leads the therapy team meetings including facilitating agenda and minutes.
  • Collaborates with the Manager of Family Advocacy to assure that referral process is efficient, timely and responsive to clients’ needs and that therapy waitlist is efficiently managed.
  • Is available for clinical consultation/supervision to therapists, as appropriate.
  • Manages second-year masters level interns.
  • Manages the archiving process of closed files.
  • Manages department’s subpoena requests for files.
  • Ensures the department has the appropriate tools necessary to serve clients.
  • Responsible for gathering therapy statistics. Interfaces with CAC Data Specialist to ensure that statistics are captured and documented.
  • Responsible for ensuring client surveys are distributed and analyzed.
  • Maintains a small caseload of clients (3-5 clients/week).
  • Participates in multi-disciplinary team case staffing.
  • 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.
  • Collaborates and co-leads with the CAC Program Director to ensure cohesion, teamwork and seamless operation of the CAC.

Other:

  • Manages the community speaking requests for the therapy department based on caseload and availability.
  • Participates in CAFB awareness and fundraising activities including the annual Gala and Christmas Home Tour and others as requested.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • May be required to bend, stoop, and lift up to 20lbs in connection with assigned duties.

Qualifications:

Management

  • Experience managing professionals and clinicians, particularly therapists. Demonstrated strength in hiring, onboarding, conducting quarterly check-ins and annual evaluations of staff.
  • Experience building a program or practice and managing staff.
  • Experience managing a department budget,
  • Works well in a collaborative/multi-disciplinary team setting.
  • Demonstrates strong communication, speaking and writing skills.
  • Demonstrates strong organizational skills and can multi-task in a complex workplace.

Professional 

  • LCSW, LMFT, or LPC license/supervisory license.
  • Certification and/or training in at least 1 trauma modality.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in working with children/young adults who have experienced trauma.
  • Experience in providing individual, group, and/or family therapy.
  • Experience in providing crisis intervention services.
  • Experience presenting at conferences, webinars, or conducting trainings on trauma related topics.

CAFB adheres to a strict Zero Tolerance for Child Abuse Policy in our practices and operations and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. If you need special services or accommodations, please email Human Resources at HRRM@cafb.org.

Interested individuals should send a cover letter and resume to Luisa Bowers, HR Generalist at Lbowers@cafb.org.

 

 

Therapist

We are seeking a clinician to provide therapy in our Children’s Advocacy Center to sexually abused and physically abused children and to children who have witnessed violence.  Therapy is also provided to non-offending caregivers.  The position interfaces with the other therapists in the department as well as Clinical Family Advocates and other staff in the CAC.  We are looking for someone who is committed to making a difference in the lives of children who have experienced trauma.

Reports to: Director of Clinical 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 and group therapy
  • Experience in providing crisis intervention services
  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary team setting with clinical staff, advocacy staff, and partners
  • Strong speaking and writing skills
  • Works well as part of a team
  • Interested in making a difference in the life of a child

Job Duties:

  • Provides individual, group and family therapeutic services to child victims and their non-offending family members
  • Provides trauma-focused treatment such as TF-CBT, play therapy, EMDR or other therapeutic modalities 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
  • Available to Provide 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 Luisa Bowers at lbowers@cafb.org.

 

 

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