For the past 36 years, Safe Horizon has been at the forefront of helping victims of crime and abuse in NYC. The organization was founded in 1978 with the mission to provide support, prevent violence, and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities. Through a network of more than 50 program locations across the City’s five boroughs, Safe Horizon offers a wide range of services that help more than 250,000 individuals whose lives have been impacted by violence move from crisis to confidence each year.
For children who have endured sexual or severe physical abuse, nothing is more important than a swift, comprehensive response that ensures safety, addresses physical injuries and emotional trauma, and brings justice. Safe Horizon is the only organization in the country that operates five fully co-located Child Advocacy Centers (CAC) in an urban setting, providing all of this critical help immediately and in one place. In each Child Advocacy Center (CAC), Safe Horizon partners with the New York Police Department, the Administration for Children’s Services, the local District Attorney, the New York City Law Department-Corporation Counsel, and local medical providers (The Brooklyn Hospital Center; New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia Medical Center; LIJ/Cohen’s Children’s Hospital; and Montefiore Medical Center),The on-site CAC teams of child protective caseworkers, police detectives, pediatricians, prosecutors and Safe Horizon staff work together in a child-friendly setting to conduct joint forensic interviews, provide expert evaluation and treatment services to minimize trauma to child victims and their families, and to improve the overall quality of child abuse investigations, prosecutions and outcomes.
The delivery of immediate, expert forensic and therapeutic services is an essential component of the Child Advocacy Center model and the primary role of the Clinical Forensic Specialist. Responsibilities include:
Participate in the forensic interview process through assuming a lead interviewing role or an active observant role during the interview of the child, coordinating services with the multi-disciplinary team members, and providing a post forensic interview check-in counseling session with the child and family;
Conduct a thorough assessment of the child and 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 brief, trauma focused evidence-based treatment and support to the child, siblings and non-offending caregiver(s) and make effective linkages to mental health treatment and other services if warranted;
Provide client-centered victim support and advocacy services to ensure that the child’s and family’s needs are addressed, and the family is kept informed;
Assist in implementing the Centers’ cultural competency plan;
Participate in multidisciplinary case review meetings to represent the child’s interest and advocate for their needs;
Maintain accurate case files;
Enter and maintain case data in the NCAtrak case tracking system for every service provided to clients from the opening to the closing of a case;
Conduct psycho-social workshops for non-offending parents;
Participate in weekly individual and group supervision, relevant trainings and ongoing consultation calls with experts ; and
Other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned.
A Masters Degree in Social Work, Forensic Psychology or Counseling required; Clinical licensure preferred. At least one year of post- Masters Experience working with children and families impacted by violence. Expertise in Forensic Interviewing or willingness to acquire this specialized skill required. Interest in implementing brief, evidence-based treatments. Excellent engagement, interviewing, crisis intervention and assessment skills needed. Ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team with a willingness to appreciate different points of view and solve problems in a constructive manner required. Strong written and communication skills needed. Yiddish language fluency required, Hebrew preferred.
Full-time, schedule includes morning and late afternoon/evening shifts Sunday through Thursday.
All prospective job candidates must meet screening requirements, which may include a background check, credit check, finger printing and State Central Registry clearance.
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
Safe Horizon is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals and endeavors to hire individuals of diverse races, colors, creeds, ethnicities, religions, genders, gender identities or expressions, ages, sexes, sexual orientations, national origins, and disabilities, as well citizen, marital, protected veteran and HIV statuses.