Safe Horizon is the nation’s leading victim assistance organization, touching the lives of 250,000 people each year who have been impacted by violence. Safe Horizon provides a holistic array of services to victims of child abuse, domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, human trafficking and other crimes through a network of more than 50 program locations throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Safe Horizon’s Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) are a key component of the services we provide. Safe Horizon is the only organization in the country operating 5 fully co-located, nationally accredited CACs in an urban setting. In each Child Advocacy Center, Safe Horizon partners with a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) comprised of members of the New York City Police Department, the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, the borough District Attorney’s offices, Corporation Counsel, and premier local hospitals to provide an effective, coordinated, child-focused response to sexual abuse and severe physical abuse. Serving more than 4,000 child victims each year, our CACs provide child friendly locations for children, their non-offending caregivers, and other impacted family members to receive expert, coordinated services. Our co-located approach minimizes the need for repeated interviewing, reduces the risk of further trauma, and helps the child and family heal and attain justice in a more expedited and coordinated manner.
The Director of Forensic and Clinical Services oversees the array of Safe Horizon’s forensic, mental health and victim support and advocacy services provided at the CAC, in close collaboration with the Senior Director. The Director of Forensic and Clinical Services provides trauma-focused, clinical leadership, vision and expert consultation to CAC staff and the multi-disciplinary team (MDT), on all aspects of direct service operations- from the point of entry and throughout the investigative process as child victims and impacted family members access the continuum of services offered by the CAC. Specific responsibilities include the following:
- Provide Clinical Forensic Specialists and graduate student interns, when applicable, with individual and group supervision, in addition to observations of staff providing direct client services in accordance with the CAC quality supervision plan
- Provide expert clinical consultation to MDT partners, including child protection, law enforcement, prosecution and medical professionals, to ensure that the investigation is well coordinated, the family is kept informed, and the child’s needs are being met in a child-focused, trauma-informed manner l;
- Provide expert consultation to Safe Horizon staff and members of the MDT with regard to CAC best practices, including, but not limited to, forensic interviewing, extended forensic interviewing, client-engagement, the Child & Family Traumatic Stress Intervention and client-centered practices.
- Model effective collaboration, conflict-resolution and problem-solving skills to the MDT.
- Manage the schedule of clinical staff and ensure there is adequate coverage.
- Develop and maintain effective relationships with community mental health providers and other community-based organizations to ensure appropriate mental health treatment and victim support & advocacy referral services are available for CAC child victims and impacted family members when needed;
- Assume primary responsibility for planning, coordinating and facilitating regularly scheduled Case Review meetings in coordination with the Manhattan CAC Senior Director with participation from all partners of the MDT;
- When necessary, assist in conducting forensic interviews, extended forensic interviews and/or CFTSI sessions;
- Complete performance reviews for all direct reports in a timely manner;
- Provide court testimony in those cases pursuant to judicial subpoena, as needed;
- Responsible for training and staff development, including assessing training needs, facilitating CFTSI training sessions with other CAC Directors of Forensic and Clinical Services , coordinating internal and external training sessions and ensuring staff participation in agency led training;
- Analyze client data and make recommendations to Senior Director for service delivery enhancements;
- Review employee case notes and case management system documentation;
- Participate in quality improvement initiatives;
- Develop and implement strategies for addressing vicarious trauma;
- Represent Safe Horizon on external committees when appropriate;
- Provides interim management of the Manhattan CAC when the Senior Director is out of office.
An advanced degree (MSW or PhD) in Social Work or related field. Minimum 5 years clinical experience with abused children and families and at least 4 years of clinical supervisory experience required. LCSW preferred. Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) preferred: Experience working with child and families impacted by abuse and trauma; ability to adapt clinical expertise within a crisis-oriented, multidisciplinary setting; Expertise in forensic interviewing and extended forensic interviewing preferred; Strong leadership, organizational, team-building, conflict-resolution skills required. Candidate must be able to effectively work within a multidisciplinary team comprised of law enforcement, child protection, prosecution and medical professionals, appreciate different points of view, and problem solve in a constructive and highly efficient manner.
HOURS: Full Time, some weekend, evening, and on-call hours required.
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