Program Description: The Children’s Aid Safe Way Forward Program (SWF) provides child welfare involved families affected by intimate partner violence (IPV) with comprehensive general prevention services, including case management, and therapeutic intervention services to address the IPV. This joint prevention-clinical service model offers comprehensive trauma-informed services to the whole family, including the survivor of IPV, the person causing harm (PCH), and children exposed to the IPV/DV in the home. Our range of services includes in-home visitation, crisis intervention, case management, advocacy, trauma-informed individual counseling, group counseling/education, and referral to other appropriate services. The SWF program will serve a total of 65 families residing in the Bronx.
Position Summary: The SWF Therapist - Person Causing Harm will provide comprehensive, trauma-informed individual and group counseling to parents who have used abuse in their relationships and caused harm to their children. They will encourage and support behavior change while simultaneously holding the PCH accountable for their harmful behavior, and together work towards the goal of increasing safety, healing, and wellbeing for their children and family. The therapist - PCH will report to a Program Supervisor.
•Conduct comprehensive assessment, and provide trauma-informed individual counseling/education, and case coordination to parents who are perpetrators of intimate partner violence;
•Co-facilitate a twice yearly, 26-week group, for fathers who have caused harm;
•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;
•Coordinate and collaborate on shared cases with SWF Survivor and Children Clinicians to ensure clients are receiving services that meet their needs and that safety is prioritized;
•Represent the SWF Program and Children’s Aid at interagency and community task force/coalition meetings;
•Participate in individual and group supervision as schedule, and in team and all-staff meetings;
•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 trauma-informed domestic violence prevention and intervention services to underserved families, strongly recommended.
•Experience working with adults who have caused harm in their relationships and/or experience working with batterer intervention programming (BIP), strongly recommended.
•Bilingual in Spanish/English required.
•Bilingual in French/French Creole preferred.
•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 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.