AIKEN, SC – The Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County is seeking a Therapist/Forensic Interviewer to join their team. The Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County coordinates investigations, treatment and prosecution of the most serious cases of child abuse in Aiken and its surrounding counties. The CAC provides a physical environment where a child’s well-being is their first priority and break the cycle of abuse through training, education, and community outreach.
Must have completed a practicum-based master’s program in a clinical social work or psychology field. One year or more of experience providing counseling to children and families is a plus.
Must be a licensed therapist (LMSW, LPC, LCSW, LCPC, LPCC, LMHC, LCMHC, etc.) or actively pursuing licensure.
Certified or willing to become certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
Must pass a criminal background check and DSS Central Registry check. Must be willing to participate in a drug screening.
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.
Conducts therapy support groups with adolescents and/or their families using evidence-supported trauma-focused group therapy curriculums.
Develop an individualized treatment plan based on assessments that are periodically re-assessed.
Utilizes standardized assessment to reassesses client throughout therapy and documents progress and updates treatment plan as needed.
Participates in MDT meetings & case reviews to share information to the extent possible within legal and ethical rules of confidentiality.
Educate MDT members regarding the effects of trauma generally on children and non-offending caregivers, as well their needs and interactions with other agencies and systems.
Makes appropriate referrals for other services identified through clinical assessment and treatment including, but not limited to, domestic violence and substance abuse agencies, and/or other community mental health agencies for siblings and/or other family members.
Participates in regularly scheduled clinical supervision which provides ongoing support and training necessary to ensure appropriate and quality services to the clients they serve.
Documents counseling sessions, progress and referrals in agency’s client database.
Coordinates information gathering with CAC staff and investigators both pre- and post-interview including history taking, assessments, and forensic interview(s) to avoid duplication.
Observes forensic interviews and provides clinical advice and feedback to the forensic interviewer.
Records notes throughout the forensic interview and provides investigators with a formal written report and access to the recorded interview at the end of the interview.
Participates in post-interview case discussion with other MDT team members.
Testifies in court as required.
Speaks in the community about child abuse issues and the services of the CAC.
Assists with conducting relevant trainings as needed for the CAC
Collects and documents necessary grant related information as needed.
Assists CAC with events and annual fundraiser as needed.
Assists with the day-to-day operations of the CAC.
Adheres to professional ethics and standards set forth by the Center, including confidentiality, and considers a violation a cause for dismissal.
Demonstrates professional manner in interactions with families, staff, and the community.
Demonstrates ability to problem-solve effectively.
Seeks and maintains professional affiliations.
Seeks out continuing education programs and continues to learn and grow professionally.
Demonstrates a commitment to the concept and practice of cultural competency and participates in cultural competency training.