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  • 31 Jul 2018 12:23 PM | Liz Szarkowski (Administrator)

    The Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County is seeking a full-time Forensic Interviewer/Therapist. The Forensic Interviewer/Therapist will be responsible for conducting forensic interviews, clinical assessments and providing treatment for children and their caregivers who have been abused. The forensic services and therapeutic interventions are provided using evidence-based practices and are coordinated with the community multidisciplinary team. 

    Skills and Abilities required: 

    • Strong team building, problem solving, organizational, and oral communication skills. 
    • Thorough knowledge of the dynamics of child abuse and its impact on the child and caregivers. 
    •  Excellent verbal, written, and computer skills. 
    • Knowledge of local social service and/or juvenile and criminal justice systems. 
    • Ability to coordinate services with various professionals. 
    • Knowledge of multiple cultures and the cultural impact on the delivery of services. 

    Job duties include 

    Forensic Interviewer - 

    • Conducts or observes forensic interviews with children who are under investigation for abuse utilizing the Child First forensic interview protocol. 
    • Records notes throughout the forensic interview and provides investigators with a formal written report and a DVD of the recorded interview at the end of the interview. 
    • Assists with entering and updating all client data into agency’s database. 
    • Coordinates all medical record requests from external agencies for investigators and medical provider. 
    • Coordinates and supervises college interns’ time and activities. 
    • Participates in all relevant meetings and trainings. 

    Therapist - 

    • Provides therapy for child victims and their families/caregivers using evidence-supported, trauma-focused mental health services which includes standardized assessment, individualized treatment plans and ensures that both the child and non-offending caregiver are engaged in treatment. 
    • Documents counseling sessions, progress and referrals in agency’s client database. 

    Other – 

    • Assists with the Center’s day-to-day operations of the CAC as needed. 
    • Works with the team to achieve the goals of the center’s Wellness Plan as needed 

    Education 

    • Must have a Master’s degree in mental health or human services field. 
    • Licensed or actively pursuing license. 
    • Certified or willing to become certified in Forensic Interviewing and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. 
    • Have at least 2 years of experience working with children/families in a mental health setting. 
    • Must pass criminal background checks. 
    • Bi-lingual preferred
    To Apply:
    Please e-mail cover letter and resume to cacmeehan@gmail.com or mail to: The Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County PO Box 1763 Aiken, SC 29802 by August 6, 2018
  • 31 Jul 2018 6:44 AM | Thomas Knapp (Administrator)

    The South Carolina Network of Children's Advocacy Centers (SCNCAC) has been awarded a $123,500.00 two year grant from the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation for support of a Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) Statewide Database and Statewide CAC Community Needs Assessment and Development Plan.

    During late 2017, SCNCAC began work on a gap analysis which clearly identified 13 counties in SC that have rural and economically disadvantaged areas with limited access to evidence based CAC services. This initial work showed areas of South Carolina where child victims of abuse do not have the same access to services that children in urban areas may have. This grant project will allow SCNCAC to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment and gap analysis to develop a CAC growth and development plan that will ensure all children in SC have reasonable access to services for child victims of abuse.

    CACs in South Carolina are required by accreditation standards to provide a database for tracking medical, mental health, forensic interview, prevention and other services provided by the CAC to child victims and non-offending family members and caregivers. These databases must provide essential demographic information, case information, and investigation/intervention outcomes. Currently all 17 CACs in SC use independent databases of different formats and functions which inhibits coordinated services. This grant project will allow SCNCAC to develop a statewide CAC database to coordinate services, prevent duplication of services and prevent child abuse cases from falling through the cracks which can occur with disconnected tracking systems.

    This project will provide for better coordination of services to child victims of abuse and their non-offending family members or caregivers. It will allow multidisciplinary team Members of the CACs to accurately inform children and families of the status and disposition of their cases based on the most current information from all investigative and treatment professionals involved. It will provide for coordinated services on a statewide level and provide the data and outcomes needed to expand the availability of services to economically depressed and rural areas of SC. It will help provide enhanced coordination between Multidisciplinary Team members involved in all aspects of child abuse cases  to ensure all children in need of CAC services are referred for evaluation.

    One of the long range goals of this grant project is to ensure that all children and non-offending caregivers have reasonable and equal access to the multidisciplinary team investigative approach and the evidenced based services provided by Children's Advocacy Centers regardless of where they live in South Carolina. The child centered evidence based medical, mental health, victim advocacy, and coordination services that CACs provide are vital to the health and healing of children when they have or are suffering from child sexual and/or physical abuse. This project will help to remove existing barriers to accessing services that families currently encounter in many rural and economically disadvantaged areas of South Carolina.

    SCNCAC and our member Children's Advocacy Centers are grateful to the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation for partnering with us on this project. 

    BlueCross® BlueShield® of South Carolina Foundation is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
  • 16 May 2018 9:28 AM | Thomas Knapp (Administrator)

    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.

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    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.


  • 20 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. The Dates have now been set and registration will open on August 6, 2018. Use the link below to view the official announcement and exact dates for sessions.

    Project Best Announcement

    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.


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