Position Summary: The Family Wellness Program provides comprehensive trauma-informed services to families who are affected by intimate partner violence. Our goal is help those who have experienced physical, emotional or other forms of abuse to establish long-term safety and heal from the effects of trauma. We are seeking a full-time, bilingual Spanish/English master’s level mental health professional to serve as a therapist and provide direct clinical and advocacy services to survivors of intimate partner violence as well as children and teen clients exposed to intimate partner violence who reside in the Bronx and Manhattan. The Therapist will report directly to the Assistant Director of Domestic Violence Clinical Services and will be based at one of the agency’s Bronx and Manhattan. The position is funded through The New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS) to assist family members who are victims of crimes in accessing direct services tailored to their needs, help them heal from trauma, and rebuild their lives.
•Provide crisis intervention, safety planning, and short-term supportive counseling to survivors of intimate partner violence
•Assist clients in completing applications and filing claims for the New York State Office of Victim Services compensation
•Conduct comprehensive assessment, including risk of lethality assessment and trauma screening assessment tools, for survivors of intimate partner violence
•Conduct comprehensive assessment, including trauma screening assessment tools, for children and teen who have witnessed intimate partner violence
•Identify and develop short-term and long-term counseling goals
•Provide trauma-informed individual and family therapy to survivors of intimate partner violence, children and teens exposed to intimate partner violence, and teens who have experienced abuse in their own dating relationships; engage clients who are also survivors of forms of violence in trauma counseling
•Coordination of 14-week trauma-informed counseling and psycho-educational group for survivors of intimate partner violence and evidence-based counseling group for children exposed to intimate partner violence, offered at least twice a year, including all logistical preparation and planning, securing group facilitators and child care staff, and coordination of client assessments;
•Alternate co-facilitation of the 14-week survivors group and children’s group and submit weekly group reports
•Provide case management, advocacy, consultation and referral services within the legal, housing, public benefits and child welfare systems as needed
•Conduct community outreach to other community based organizations to develop referral relationships, including program presentations and informal workshops
•Provide training and consultation as needed to other service providers on topics related to best practice when working with families affected by intimate partner violence.
•Bilingual Spanish/English fluency
•Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling Psychology, Art Therapy or equivalent degree with licensure or on track for licensure required.
•Ability to function independently and also work on a team