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  • 17 Apr 2018 8:50 AM | Thomas Knapp (Administrator)

    Project BEST is pleased to announce that it will be conducting a new clinical learning collaborative on TF-CBT beginning in the Fall of 2018 and ending in the Spring of 2019. SCLC-2019 will be a statewide, 9-month clinical learning collaborative on Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for mental health professionals doing psychotherapy with abused and traumatized children and youth in South Carolina. Cost of the this learning collaborative will be $800. We expect registration to begin in August, 2018. More specific details of the SCLC-2019 will be announced later, but we wanted to let you know this opportunity was coming.

    For more information, contact Project BEST Program Coordinator, Jan Koenig, at koenigjs@musc.edu or call Jan at 843-792-8151 Tuesdays through Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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    Benjamin E. Saunders, Ph.D. 
    Carole Campbell Swiecicki, Ph.D.
    M. Elizabeth Ralston, Ph.D.
    Co-Directors, Project BEST

    Learn More About Project BEST

  • 11 Apr 2018 12:58 PM | Thomas Knapp (Administrator)


    SCNCAC Executive Director Tom Knapp speaks at the Children’s Advocacy Center
    Day press conference at the State House. He is standing between
    Attorney General Alan Wilson (left) and Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg (right)

    The seventh annual Children’s Advocacy Center say in South Carolina was recognized at the State House on April 10 with a press conference attended by the South Carolina Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers, the Attorney General’s office, Children’s Trust of South Carolina, and Silent Tears. 

    SCNCAC Executive Director Thomas Knapp spoke at the press conference and reminded everyone that the purpose of the press conference was “to bring awareness to child abuse and to highlight the many efforts in our state to fight against it every day”.  Knapp pointed out that many in attendance were holding blue pinwheels and stated “these pinwheels are the national symbol for the great childhoods all children deserve.”  “The pinwheels help to serve as a reminder of the happy and carefree childhoods we want for all children in SC. Unfortunately, we know happy and carefree childhoods are not a reality for many children throughout our State”, Knapp said.


    Knapp informed those in attendance that “last year alone, Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) in South Carolina served 8,551 children by providing forensic interviews, case coordination, and treatment for many forms of child abuse.”

    Knapp indicated that he is “sometimes asked why the CAC model is so important to our statewide response to child abuse” and stated that “the answer is that the core of the CAC model is about teamwork, bringing the agency professionals involved in a case together on the front end, and about putting the needs of the child victim first.”

    These agency professionals make up the multidisciplinary team (MDT) at CACs and consist of medical providers, law enforcement, mental health, prosecution, child protective services, victim advocacy, and others. “These professionals work tirelessly every day to help child victims and their non-offending caregivers to recover from very traumatic events and to rebuild their resiliency”, Knapp said.

    Knapp also reminded everyone that “we owe these MDT professionals a great deal of gratitude for the work they do on behalf of children.”  Knapp said “our statewide response to child abuse is stronger” because of the daily work of these professionals on MDTs in communities across SC to care for children in need. Knapp thanked Children’s Advocacy Centers and partner agencies for providing thorough investigations and evidence based treatment, Children’s Trust for their work on prevention initiatives, Silent Tears for promoting awareness of child sexual abuse, and elected officials for supporting legislation and providing necessary oversight to further protect children.

    The Governor’s proclamation declaring April 10, 2018 was read by Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg. Attorney General Alan Wilson then spoke about the importance of Children’s Advocacy Centers in the state response to child abuse. The press conference and Children’s Advocacy Center Day was a great success and we would like to thank Children’s Trust for providing the pinwheels for the event. We will have update both here and on our facebook page as April child abuse month activities continue.


  • 5 Apr 2018 6:10 AM | Thomas Knapp (Administrator)

    SCNCAC, Children's Trust of South Carolina and Silent Tears are partnering for a press conference at the statehouse in celebration of Children's Advocacy Center Day. Attorney General Alan Wilson, SCNCAC Executive Director Tom Knapp, Children's Trust CEO Sue Williams, and Representative Michael Pitts will be the featured speakers as attention is focused on child maltreatment and the critical work of the Children's Advocacy Centers of South Carolina. Click on the Governor's proclamation to the right to learn more.

    Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 11:30am
    First Floor Rotunda, 
    South Carolina State House
    1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC


  • 20 Feb 2018 7:27 AM | Thomas Knapp (Administrator)

      

    This training is brought to you through a joint effort of the Children’s Law Center and the South Carolina Commission on Prosecution Coordination.

    This training is primarily for prosecutors and DSS attorneys who are presenting sexual abuse allegations in court, however, the Children's Law Center is allowing other child abuse professionals to attend.

    Overview: This training is primarily for prosecutors and DSS attorneys who will be litigating sexual abuse allegations in family court and/or general sessions court. Topics will include: case law update, preparing the child victim for courtroom testimony, how to conduct a direct examination of a child victim, use of facility dogs in child advocacy centers, the use of child sexual abuse dynamics expert testimony at trial, psychosexual evaluations and vicarious trauma.

    Who should attend? Prosecutors and SCDSS attorneys.

    Law enforcement, victim advocates, DSS case workers, and forensic interviewers are welcome.

    Continuing Education Credits: This training is expected to be approved by the SCCJA and the Commission on CLE (including 1 hour of SAMH credit) .

    Cost: FREE

    TRAINING DATE AND LOCATION

    March 14 & 15, 2018

    University of South Carolina School of Law

    1525 Senate Street, Room 136

    Columbia, SC 29208

    Check-In: Begins at 8:30 am on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

    Course: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm each day

    To register, please follow this link:

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-z-registration-42916203520 


  • 15 Feb 2018 5:08 PM | Thomas Knapp (Administrator)

    The Children’s Law Center will conduct trainings on child sex trafficking for multi-disciplinary professionals throughout the state of South Carolina. The Children’s Law Center will offer this training at NO COST in designated locations throughout South Carolina. The training will provide an overview of child sex trafficking to community professionals who work with children. The training will address identifying potential victims, runaway children, services, prevention, and coordination with DSS and law enforcement.

    The training session will last approximately 2.5 hours. Trainees can either register for morning or afternoon sessions. You can register for this training by clicking on the Eventbrite link beside the training session you would like to attend on the training announcement.

    Who Needs to Attend: 

    Multi-disciplinary, including medical professionals, school counselors and nurses, children’s advocacy center staff, mental health professionals, substance abuse treatment staff, volunteer Guardians ad litem, and community based prevention services staff.

    Click Here to View the Training Announcement

  • 2 Feb 2018 8:37 AM | Thomas Knapp (Administrator)

    Join our team at CARE House of the Pee Dee in Florence, SC. Florence is in the Northeast part of South Carolina about an hour and a half from South Carolina's beautiful beaches. Florence is the hub of what is called the Pee Dee area and is a growing area with a focus on industry and the revitalization of its downtown with cute shops and restaurants.

    CARE House of the Pee Dee serves the victims of our area through the core CAC services with specific focus in therapy and the use of EBTs. The staff includes therapists trained in TF-CBT, AFCBT and PCIT. We are looking for a motivated team player that is devoted to serving victims.

    Resumes can be sent to mtemple@thecarehouse.com


  • 10 Jan 2018 8:49 AM | Thomas Knapp (Administrator)

    The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center announces that as part of the 7th Annual Project BEST FEST in Columbia on February 23, 2018, the 2017 Project BEST Outstanding Achievement Awards ( aka "the BESTies") will be presented and they need your nominations. We encourage you to meet with Project BEST colleagues from your community and nominate outstanding Project BEST participants for these awards or submit a nomination yourself. This is a great opportunity to recognize the outstanding contributions of your community colleagues and partners in serving children and families! Click Here to view a description of the award categories.

    MAKE A NOMINATION

    PLEASE NOTE: All nominees should have successfully completed a Project BEST learning collaborative.

    Please take a few minutes to complete the nomination form. If you have questions about the awards or the nomination process, please contact Heather Weimer at hweimer@deenortoncenter.org or 843-723-3600.


  • 15 Dec 2017 7:30 AM | Thomas Knapp (Administrator)

    SCNCACs Annual Outcome Measurement System report provides a comprehensive analysis of the outcome data provided by all of South Carolina Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) during the year. A number of South Carolina CACs began participating in the OMS system in 2014. This initial data was used to evaluate the services SCNCAC provides to member CACs and to direct areas where future support and training should be offered. This work continued in 2015 as more CACs began participating in the OMS system and full participation was achieved in 2016. In November of 2017, SCNCAC issued the first yearly OMS report for our statewide partners, stakeholders and the public based on the compiled 2016 data. We continue to use OMS data to improve the services we offer to our member CACs.  Future reports will be issued in January of each year for the prior years outcomes.

    VIEW REPORT

  • 15 Dec 2017 7:00 AM | Thomas Knapp (Administrator)

    SCNCAC is pleased to announce that Liz Szarkowski has accepted the position of Program Director and will officially begin work in early January of 2018.  Liz obtained her Masters in Science in Clinical Art Therapy from Springfield College in Springfield Massachusetts. She has worked extensively in the Springfield community with a focus on at-risk children, adolescents and their families. For the past five years Liz has worked as an Administrative Coordinator for the largest Healthy Families program in Massachusetts. During this time Liz and her team have strengthened the communities efforts to create easy access to services for young families. Through these efforts their team won a number of awards including Community Engagement, Group Facilitation and Legislative Outreach Awards. Liz is excited for this new opportunity to combine her knowledge,  skills and creative thinking to South Carolina Network of Children's Advocacy Centers.

  • 2 Nov 2017 9:18 AM | Thomas Knapp (Administrator)

    The Dickerson Children's Advocacy Center is seeking to fill the following open positions.

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    Job Posting: Director of Clinical and Outreach Services

    The primary purpose of this position provide planning, directing, creating and evaluating optimal clinical care and treatment for DCAC. This position oversees and develops the clinical staff and clinical interns, their professional development and all aspects of service delivery. Additionally as the chief clinician, this individual ensures that the team actively participates and maintains a presence in local, regional and national conferences and educational activities. This position will oversee outreach efforts to ensure underserved communities and underserved populations. This position will also carry a caseload and provide back-up for group facilitation.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    §  A Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Clinical Counseling or a related field;

    §  State licensure as an LMSW or – LISW-CP preferred.

    §  Five years clinical experience providing mental health services to children and families; forensic interview experience preferred.

    §  Experience serving in a management capacity and supervising two or more direct reports.

    §  Experience using and training evidence-based trauma-focused treatment interventions.

    §  Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted.

    Dickerson Children’s Advocacy Center is prepared to offer a competitive compensation and benefits package commensurate with experience

    To Apply:

    Please email cover letter and resume with salary history and requirements to Executive Director, Carol Yarborough at cyarborough@dickersoncac.org. For questions you may call 803-358-7200.

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    Job Posting: Group and Family Services Coordinator

    The primary purpose of this position is to provide and oversee group and family treatment and therapy services to child victims and their families when sexual abuse and/or serious physical abuse has been alleged to the children and families being served by the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) and the Dickerson Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC). The primary focus of the position is enhance, expand and coordinate the implementation of comprehensive group and family intervention services that have been recommended by MDT members and throughout DCAC’s service area.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    §  A Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Clinical Counseling or a related field;

    §  State licensure as an LMSW is required.

    §  A minimum of two years of clinical experience working which children and as a group facilitator required.

    §  Experience using and training evidence-based trauma-focused treatment interventions preferred.

    Dickerson Children’s Advocacy Center is prepared to offer a competitive compensation and benefits package commensurate with experience.

    To Apply:

    Please email cover letter and resume with salary history and requirements to Executive Director, Carol Yarborough at cyarborough@dickersoncac.org. For questions you may call 803-358-7200.

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    Position title:              MDT and Outreach Coordinator   

    Supervisor:                Director of Forensics

    The primary purpose of this position is to ensure that all DCAC clients receive a seamless continuum of care across services provided by DCAC and its community partners. The MDT and Outreach Coordinator will accomplish this by coordinating and facilitating case review processes and community programming activities that promote usage of client-focused, evidence-based practices with regard to case coordination and service delivery both within DCAC and among community partners. The MDT and Outreach Coordinator will build and maintain cooperative relationships with the community and underserved areas. This position will serve as a back-up forensic interviewer.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    Duties and responsibilities include, but may not be limited to the following:

    MDT Coordination

    • ·         Coordinate monthly case staffing
    • ·         Coordinate with DCAC forensic, medical and clinical teams new and returning case review, monthly case review recommendations;
    • ·         Prepares agenda and distributes monthly case review materials to all MDT members in a timely fashion
    • ·         Coordinate the outcome of the forensic interview with the appropriate DCAC multidisciplinary team member and/or community service provider
    • ·         Prepares agenda for MDT meetings; disseminates agenda to involved agencies, clinical staff and leadership team
    • ·         Monitor forensic staff training status and peer review participation
    • ·         Participate in bi-weekly forensic supervision and individual supervision as needed
    • ·         Participate in monthly management team meetings examining continuum of care and quality service goals
    • ·         Coordinate data entry and data reporting with the Director of Forensic Services weekly
    • ·         Review Forensic Interview Reports for content and appropriate recommendations and staffing.

    Outreach

    Underserved communities through 11th circuit and underserved populations

    • ·         In coordination with the Director of Forensics and the Executive Director, monitor the annual maintenance of DCAC interagency protocols and Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) to ensure they are current and functional.
    • ·         Responsible for identifying and addressing gaps and duplication in community services by coordinating and monitoring community task forces, response teams and other service providers within organizations and agencies who interface with crime victims.

          Forensic Interviewer

    • ·         Conduct forensic interviews using the “ChildFirst” method, for the purpose of obtaining information from the child to assess allegations of abuse.
    • ·         Coordinate the outcome of the forensic interview process with the appropriate community service provider (DSS, law enforcement, etc.)
    • ·         Prepares the forensic interview report according to agency guidelines and presents for review by the Director of Forensics
    • ·         Answer any questions related to the investigative process and provide feedback to the assigned DSS worker and/or law enforcement
    • ·         Coordinate with other advocates that may be working with the child and family, i.e. Guardian ad Litem
    • ·         Maintain contact with the victim and family throughout the investigation and prosecution to inform them of the status of the case, upcoming meetings or court dates, assessing needs of victim and family, etc.
    • ·         Attend case review and follow through with any recommendations of the team that would require the services of the advocate
    • ·         Maintain case records in agency database, NCA Trak; assist with grant management.
    • ·         Assist the family in accessing services recommended by the MDT and clinical team
    • ·         Attend court proceedings with the child and family if requested by the family or the law enforcement officer assigned to work with the family
    • ·         Be available as a witness in court as required
    • ·         Act as liaison between DCAC, Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) partners and other community agencies.
    • ·         Document all services provided to clients according to agency requirements and guidelines.
    • ·         Attend regularly scheduled supervisory meetings with monthly clinical team and clinical staffing meetings, clinical supervisor, and monthly staff meetings.
    • ·         Participate in educational presentations and experiences requested by management team.
    • ·         Participate in peer review through internal supervision and statewide network program.
    • ·         Maintain clinical licensure through agency approved continuing education and provide proof of current license at the beginning of each calendar year.
    • ·         Work a flexible schedule as required by responsibilities of the position.
    • ·         Assist with organizing and/or providing orientation and training experiences for the community as requested by the management team.
    • ·         Perform other duties as requested by management team.

    Education and Experience:

    A master’s degree in social work, counseling or related field required. A minimum of two years of clinical experience working which children and as a group facilitator required. Experience working with survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and/or abuse preferred. South Carolina licensure is required.

    Knowledge, skill, and abilities:

    Knowledge, skill, and abilities for this position include but are not limited to the following:        

    §  Understanding of child abuse dynamics and understanding of current trends in the field of prevention and community education.

    §  Demonstrated ability to excel in interpersonal and intercultural communication skills.

    §  Demonstrated ability to engage individuals in community services.

    §  Possess creative problem solving skills.

    §  Exceptional attention to detail and commitment to accuracy.

    §  Demonstrated high quality interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills. 

    §  Strong organizational skills with a demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities.

    §  Excellent computer skills with knowledge of Excel, Word, Access, and Outlook.

    §  Ability to work well in multicultural teams and with diverse constituencies.

    Competency Profile/Core Values Alignment

    §  Contribute to an environment of trust and mutual respect

    §  Maintain a high level of personal responsibility and ownership

    §  Ability to work as a team member with a strong commitment to collaborative work with both internal and external partners.

    §  Demonstrated ability to establish and promote positive professional relationships, and actively contribute to creating a highly cooperative work environment. 

    §  Desire to continually improve, seek learning opportunities and increase individual and organizational capacity.

    §  Ability to take initiative and manage multiple responsibilities with changing priorities and meet deadlines.


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    Position title:              Clinical Intake Advocate

    Supervisor:                Child Advocate Program Coordinator

    The Clinical Intake Advocate (CIA) is responsible for conducting intakes for children and families referred to DCAC and providing case management to support family engagement in initial services and coordination of intervention activities. In this capacity the CIA works closely with advocacy and clinical services providing organizational support to link services to the continuum of care to aid service provision. The CIA will be responsible for data entry for case tracking.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    Duties and responsibilities include, but may not be limited to the following:

    • ·         Receive, review and schedule requests for services including forensic interviews, clarification assessments, and treatment.
    • ·         Consult with the Child Advocate Program Coordinator and Director of Forensic Services on service requests in order to prioritize and triage acute cases as needed.
    • ·         Assess for child safety by formulating an initial impression of the family’s ability to support and protect. Identify risks, notifying appropriate agencies, take necessary action to ensure child safety.
    • ·         Initiate the client record; help ensure initial documentation, incident reports, insurance information and all other necessary documentation is properly completed and included in the client record.
    • ·         Assist as necessary in evaluating client’s satisfaction with service experience.
    • ·         Notify all appropriate agencies involved with the family of services scheduled; investigative agencies are invited and encouraged to attend the forensic interview. Identify and follow up with other professionals involved in the case in order to coordinate the delivery of services.
    • ·         Maintain thorough and accurate records of all requests for services by entering necessary documentation in appropriate databases in a timely manner.
    • ·         Coordinate client notification of scheduled appointment time and documentation required for appointment via letter or phone call to family or referral agency. Coordinate with interns to place reminder calls 24 hours in advance of appointment(s).
    • ·         Collect necessary data both from DCAC and outside agencies to support case tracking and grant reporting.
    • ·         Work closely with the Director of Forensic Services and Advocate for Health Services to continually develop and maintain client intake protocols.
    • ·         Participate in internal case review with the clinical and medical staff on a weekly basis.
    • ·         Provide support to the Victim Advocate Coordinators as needed by assisting with client orientations, coordinating service delivery and ensuring proper support and assistance in providing across the continuum of services provided by DCAC. 
    • ·         Maintain case records in agency database, NCA Trak; assist with grant management.
    • ·         Assist the family in accessing services recommended by the MDT and clinical team
    • ·         Provide and/or assist with support groups for victims and/or families referred to the Children’s Advocacy Center.
    • ·         Evaluate intake information and schedule appointments for services in conjunction with referral sources.
    • ·         Document all services provided to clients according to agency requirements and guidelines.
    • ·         Attend regularly scheduled supervisory meetings to include monthly clinical supervision meetings, management team meetings, staff and weekly clinical team meetings.
    • ·         Participate in educational presentations and experiences requested by management team.
    • ·         Work a flexible schedule as required by responsibilities of the position.
    • ·         Assist with organizing and/or providing orientation and training experiences for the community as requested by the management team.
    • ·         Assist the management team on compiling data for reports as needed.
    • ·         Perform other duties as requested by child advocate coordinator and management team.

    Education and Experience:

    Minimum of Associate’s Degree in Human Services or Administrative Field required or two years of experience in the field of children services and/or Bachelor’s degree preferred.

    Knowledge, skill, and abilities:

    Knowledge, skill, and abilities for this position include but are not limited to the following:

    §  Understanding of child abuse dynamics or children and family health needs.

    §  Demonstrated ability to excel in interpersonal and intercultural communication skills.

    §  Demonstrated ability to engage individuals in community services.

    §  Possess creative problem solving skills.

    §  Exceptional attention to detail and commitment to accuracy.

    §  Demonstrated high quality interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills. 

    §  Strong organizational skills with a demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities.

    §  Excellent computer skills with knowledge of Excel, Word, Access, and Outlook.

    §  Ability to work well in multicultural teams and with diverse constituencies.

    Competency Profile/Core Values Alignment

    §  Contribute to an environment of trust and mutual respect

    §  Maintain a high level of personal responsibility and ownership

    §  Ability to work as a team member with a strong commitment to collaborative work with both internal and external partners.

    §  Demonstrated ability to establish and promote positive professional relationships, and actively contribute to creating a highly cooperative work environment. 

    §  Desire to continually improve, seek learning opportunities and increase individual and organizational capacity.

    §  Ability to take initiative and manage multiple responsibilities with changing priorities and meet deadlines.


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