Position Summary: The Safe Way Forward (SWF) Program Therapist – Survivors and Children will provide comprehensive trauma-informed services to children and survivors who are affected by intimate partner violence (IPV). They will help those who have experienced physical, emotional, or other forms of abuse to establish long-term safety and heal from the effects of trauma. The Therapist will report to the SWF Supervisor. SWF programming will serve 65 families in the Bronx, and will provide comprehensive trauma informed services to child welfare-informed family members affected by IPV.
•Provide crisis intervention, safety planning, and trauma-informed individual and group counseling to survivors of domestic violence;
•Conduct comprehensive assessment, including risk of lethality and trauma screening assessment, for survivors of domestic violence;
•Identify and develop short-term and long-term counseling goals;
•Provide trauma-informed individual and family therapy to survivors of domestic violence, children and teens exposed to domestic violence, and teens who have experienced abuse in their own dating relationships;
•Co-facilitate a 14-week trauma-informed counseling and educational group for survivors of domestic violence and an evidence-based counseling group for children exposed to domestic violence, offered 2-3 times a year;
•Provide training and consultation as needed to other service providers on topics related to best practice when working with families affected by domestic violence;
•Maintain compliance with timely reporting and detailed tracking of services provided to clients;
•Maintain comprehensive case files and all relevant information for internal and external review and audit purposes;
•Collaborate regularly with other SWF team members and service providers internally and externally as needed;
•Attend all relevant Children’s Aid and SWF Program meetings and peer supervision;
•Represent the SWF Program and Children’s Aid at interagency and community task force/coalition meetings;
•Participate in weekly peer and group supervision;
•Perform other administrative and program support functions as needed.
•Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling Psychology, or equivalent degree required; with licensure or on track for licensure; LCSW preferred.
•Minimum of 1-2 years; work experience providing domestic violence prevention and intervention services to underserved families in trauma-informed settings
•Experience providing domestic violence prevention and intervention services to underserved families in trauma-informed settings highly desirable
•Training and experience working with NYC ACS child welfare involved families.
•Knowledge of child development and trauma-informed practice as well as family systems, relational and attachment theories and framework.
•Knowledge of the New York City domestic violence service system, public benefits, child welfare, legal and housing systems. • Strong oral and written communication skills.
•Strong organizational skills.
•Ability to function independently and also work on a team.
• Ability to work flexible hours on weekdays, work 1 -2 evenings/week, and be available on Saturdays, as needed.
•Ability to take on a wide range of administrative tasks.
•Bilingual in Spanish/English required.
•Bilingual in French/French Creole preferred.