Career Opportunities

Bilingual Clinical Family Advocate

Position is in a Children’s Advocacy Center, providing services to children alleged to have been sexually or seriously physically abuse. Provides single session crisis therapy counseling and intervention to non-offending families of children interviewed at the Center; conducts assessments of children and families’ needs 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; maintains case tracking documentation. May provide ongoing therapy to child victims.

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
  • 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
  • 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 and with a minimum of one year 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 Remko at FRemko@cafb.org.

 

 

Data Specialist

Duties:

  • Responsible for creating client case profiles by entering data from source documents into client tracking system
  • Must meet specific deadlines for all data entry
  • Compiling, verifying accuracy and sorting information to prepare source data for computer entry
  • Reviewing data for deficiencies or errors, correcting any incompatibilities and checking output monthly
  • Maintains database by entering new and updated client/staff information
  • Provides appropriate reports to grant funders
  • Analyzes data and compiles reports regarding cases and demographics of victims served
  • Is responsible for training CAC staff on client tracking system
  • Compiles reports regarding statistical analyses of victims served
  • Other duties as assigned by the Program Director or CEO
  • Maintains confidentiality of all data

Requirements:

  • Associate’s degree or 2 years of relevant experience
  • Professional demeanor
  • Must be very detail oriented
  • Must have strong computer skills and knowledge
  • Proficient in the use of work group, Excel, and Microsoft Word
  • Experienced in administrative and office related tasks.
  • Experience maintaining a professional level of privacy in accordance with HIPAA or other relevant regulations
  • Must be able to work in a fast paced environment and able to handle multiple tasks
  • Must work well within a team setting

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.

 

 

Forensic Interviewer

Responsible for interviewing child victims of sexual abuse, serious physical abuse and witnesses of violent crimes brought to the Fort Bend Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) 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 and court testimony.

Primary Duties:

  • Conduct interviews of child sexual and physical abuse victims
  • Review and critique of forensic interviews through the peer review process
  • 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
  • Work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with partner agency representatives
  • 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 in maintaining records of services provided
  • Documentation of all case activities
  • 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

Minimum acceptable qualifications include:

  • Bachelors degree in social sciences or criminal justice
  • Master’s of Social Work or related field (psychology, child development, sociology) 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
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • 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 send a cover letter and resume to Fiona Remko at FRemko@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 10 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 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.

 

 

 

 

Trauma and Wellbeing Advocacy Specialist

The Trauma and Wellbeing Advocacy Specialist supports Court Appointed Special Advocates by motivating, empowering, guiding, and supervising volunteers as they advocate for the best interest of children to whom CASA is appointed by the courts, while ensuring accountability for meeting Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s values, policies, and standards of case management are met. The Trauma and Wellbeing Advocacy Specialist educates, supports, models, and encourages trauma informed advocacy, safety risk management, and culturally competent advocacy for CASA volunteers. The goal of the program is to support the healing process of children and families involved in the foster care system that have experienced trauma through educating all stakeholders utilizing trauma informed practices, ensuring safety standards and protocols for clients are met, and ensuring all clients are provided with a culturally competent service delivery model. This position reports to the Trauma and Wellbeing Advocacy Manager.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Volunteer/Casework Responsibilities

  • Manages and supports up to 25 volunteers and up to 30 cases through consultation, problem solving, troubleshooting, feedback, guidance, evaluation, motivation, training, monitoring and preparation for court appearances
  • Provide support to CASA Volunteers
  • Attend scheduled court hearings as needed
  • Attend emergency hearings as needed
  • Make a minimum of a monthly contact with each volunteer
  • Provide assistance and consultation to volunteers as needed and when requested
  • Coordinate, document, and channel all CASA requests until resolution
  • Match CASA cases with appropriate volunteer in consultation with the Program Director
  • Keep necessary and appropriate volunteer records as directed by the Program Director
  • Consult with appropriate DFPS staff regarding client needs and volunteer assignments.

Program Administration

  • Provides educational and resource information on trauma informed care to volunteer advocates
  • Facilitates trauma informed case staffings and helps to identify family strengths, needs, and trauma history to implement case plans
  • Ensures culturally competent case plans are implemented to ensure equitable treatment while identifying family strengths and needs
  • Research and advocate for trauma informed services in the community, child welfare and school systems
  • Networks with providers of trauma informed care
  • Ability to speak and promote use of the trauma informed care
  • Disseminates information and resources that are gathered to advocates, CASA staff, families, and child welfare partners
  • Ability to speak and promote use of the trauma informed care, family and youth voice and family driven care
  • Maintains up-to-date records and documentation according to program or agency policies and procedures.
  • Identifies areas of training needed for trauma informed advocacy
  • Facilitate trainings for volunteers based on information vital in trauma informed care
  • Assist in implementation and follow through of Praesidium risk management and safety protocols for CASA program

Program Related Responsibilities

  • Assist with yearly volunteer evaluations
  • Maintain compliance with Texas CASA and National CASA standards

Strategic and Operational Plan

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

Community Outreach Responsibilities

  • Maintain effective relationships through personal contact and written communication with other providers and resources for children and youth in foster care, professional and social service organizations, funding groups, foundations, and charitable organizations
  • Serve on appropriate community committees and task forces
  • Engage in public speaking when appropriate

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in social service-related field or two years of experience in volunteer coordination and/or social services. Ability to communicate with, supervise and empower volunteers to be effective in their roles. Experience with volunteers given preference.  Knowledge and understanding of issues and dynamics within families in crises relating to child abuse and neglect and trauma informed care. 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
Bending, stooping, reaching and other5 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 letter of intent and resume to Metoyer Martin at Mellis@cafb.org.

 

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