Safe Horizon is the nation’s leading victim assistance organization, moving thousands of victims of violence and abuse from crisis to confidence each year. Safe Horizon is the only organization in the country to operate four and soon to be five fully co-located Child Advocacy Centers (CAC) throughout NYC. These child-focused Centers 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 preferred or a Master’s Degree in a related mental health field. 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, Schedule will include evening weekday shifts.
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
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