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The Child Advocacy Centers (CAC), coordinate the investigation, prosecution and treatment for child victims of sexual abuse and severe physical abuse. In each CAC, Safe Horizon partners with the New York City Police Department, the Administration for Children’s Services, the local District Attorney’s Office, Corporation Counsel and local medical providers to ensure that an expert response begins as soon as a child victim steps through the doors of our CACs. At the Safe Horizon nationally accredited CACs, a team of child protective caseworkers, police detectives, pediatricians, prosecutors and Safe Horizon staff work collaboratively, in a child-friendly setting, to conduct joint forensic interviews and provide an expert coordinated investigation and response to improve the quality of child abuse investigations, prosecutions and outcomes to minimize the trauma to child victims and their families.
The delivery of immediate, expert, therapeutic services is an essential component of the Child Advocacy Center model and the primary role of the Clinical Forensic Specialist. Responsibilities include the provision of mental health and victim advocacy and support services as detailed below:
Participate in the forensic interview process through assuming a lead interviewing role or observing the interview of the child, coordinating services with the multi-disciplinary team members, and debriefing the child and family;
Conduct a thorough assessment of the child and the non-offending family members to determine the impact of the trauma on the child’s functioning, and the need for additional services for the child and family.
Provide trauma focused intervention and support to the child, siblings and non-offending parent(s) in the process of making effective referrals and linkages to trauma-focused mental health treatment and other services when warranted;
Provide client-centered victim advocacy and support services to ensure that the child’s and family’s needs are addressed, and the family is kept informed;
Actively participate in multidisciplinary case planning and case review meetings to inform the investigation, and coordinate interventions and response to child victims and impacted family members.
Enter and maintain case data in the CAC NCATrak case tracking system for every service provided to clients in a timely manner, from the opening to the closing of a case; Maintain accurate case files.
Conduct psycho-educational workshops for non-offending parents.
Participate in weekly supervision, group supervision and on-going trainings.
Other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned.
A Master’s Degree in Social Work required or a Master’s Degree in a related mental health field considered. Clinical licensure preferred.
At least one year of post-Masters experience working with children and families impacted by violence and trauma is preferred.
Expertise in Forensic Interviewing or willingness to acquire this specialized skill required.
Excellent engagement, interviewing, crisis intervention and assessment skills needed.
Ability to work and thrive as a member of a multidisciplinary team, in a fast-paced environment, appreciating different points of view and ability to resolve conflicts in a constructive manner required.
Strong written and communication skills needed. Bi-Lingual (Spanish) ability preferred.
HOURS:Full time, includes day time and evening shifts and possible weekend shifts.
If hired, I agree to abide by all of Safe Horizon’s rules and regulations, and understand that, if employed, my employment may be terminated with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time, at the option of either the company or me. I further understand that no representation, whether oral or written by any representative or agent of the organization, at any time, constitutes a contract of employment
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Established in 1978, Safe Horizon is the largest non-profit victim services agency in the United States. We touch the lives of more than 250,000 children, adults, and families affected by crime and abuse throughout New York City each year. Through our 57 program locations, we provide compassionate and expert support for people who have experienced:•Domestic and intimate partner violence•Child phys...ical and sexual abuse•Human trafficking•Stalking•Youth homelessness•Violent crimes committed against a family member and within communities Safe Horizon partners with governmental and other community agencies and also advocates for policies on a local, state, and national level on behalf of those affected by violence and abuse.