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  • 10/19/2021 11:19 AM | Brooke Kenney (Administrator)

    Position Summary

    Overseeing all clinical staff (Forensic Interviewers and Therapist) providing clinical support and engagement. Goal setting with clinicians on a bi-annual basis with follow-up to insure they are growing and maturing in their clinical fields, while tracking continuing education requirements and insuring fulfilment of all areas of requirement to obtain or maintain status as a fully licensed and credentialed provider. Forensic interviewing of children and adolescents from ages 3 to 18, and/or vulnerable adults, who are alleged to be victims of physical and/or sexual abuse.  Both acute and chronic cases of abuse are assessed; as well as exposure to violent crimes and domestic violence. Interviews are conducted using research-based, nationally recognized protocols/techniques in a developmentally appropriate manner to assess victimization; and to provide legally defensible information.  Interviews are conducted in a manner that is legally sound and of a neutral, fact finding nature, and are coordinated to avoid duplicative interviewing. Therapy of children age 2.5 through adults. Primary areas of therapy concerns are trauma related with specific focus in evidence based treatment. Primary therapy population is children through teens but supportive caregivers are serviced. 

    Specific Responsibilities

    1. Manage schedule and coordinate forensic interviews of alleged child/adolescent abuse victims with multi-disciplinary team members, as needed.
    2. Conduct forensic interviews with alleged child/adolescent victims, as requested, by referring agencies and advocacy as needed.
    3. Interface with staff of partnering agencies in order to assist with implementation of the CAC project and coordinate services.
    4. Maintain and update case files, case lists, video logbook and statistical tracking in a timely manner.
    5. Organize, coordinate and participate in case reviews with multidisciplinary team.
    6. Attend conferences, seminars, meetings, for the purpose of continuing education on the topic of abuse and victim services to maintain proper training credentials.
    7. Attend and testify in legal proceedings as necessary.
    8. Keep up to date on current trends in therapy, trauma, forensic interviewing, and child abuse.
    9. Adhere to the ethical standard of related field.
    10. Provide on-call coverage as needed.
    11. Maintain all related therapy documentation.
    12. Scheduled and coordinate monthly clinical staff meetings.
    13. Insure all clinical staff adhere to all requirements to be fully licensed and credentialed.
    14. Assist, when needed, a clinician in helping them obtain all requirements for licensure and credentialing.
    15. Work closely with the Intake Coordinator to track case loads, billing procedures, etc.
    16. Monthly blind audits of files to insure compliance.
    17. Provide training as needed to MDT, community, referrals and clinicians.
    18. Other duties as assigned.
    19. Provide services at CARE House main site or other locations as needed.                

    Qualifications: Master’s Degree in Counseling, Social Work, or other counseling related field is mandatory. Licensure as an LPC, LPCS, LISW or related credentials is required, with preference going to applicant capable of supervising others in the licensure process. Completion of forensic interviewing training, such as Child First South Carolina, is preferred but, not required. Training and strong support of evidence based therapies, such as TF-CBT and PCIT, is heavily preferred but not required. Individual must have the ability to become an integral part of a coordinated investigative team.  At least five years of experience working with children and families preferred. Three years fully licensed needed, with at least 1 year supervising others. Ability to relate to children of different races and socio-economic backgrounds is essential.  Experience with and/or a working knowledge of crisis intervention techniques, sexual abuse, child development, and the criminal justice system highly preferred. Additional requirements include: a nonjudgmental approach that reflects cultural competency and sensitivity to the unique needs and diverse experiences of individual children and their families, the ability to engage and maintain positive relationships with clients and staff, the ability to develop collaborative relationships with other providers, effective interpersonal communication skills, the ability to assess and intervene within complex family and community systems, and a willingness to be flexible, patient and creative.  

    To apply for this position, please submit your application to the Executive Director.

    Apply Here

  • 09/28/2021 10:12 AM | Brooke Kenney (Administrator)

    Job Description:

    The Community Coordinator will work in collaboration with judicial and child welfare leadership, community partners, and stakeholders to plan, implement, market, manage and evaluate the local Safe Babies Courts Team (SBCT). In an effort to effect community and system's change, the Community Coordinator facilitates coordination and collaboration among community stakeholders, organizes and facilitates Family Team Meetings, provides community-wide and Infant-Toddler Court Team (ITCT) specific educational opportunities, tracks monthly follow-up activities for each cases monitored by the ITCT, conducts on-going data collection for outcome tracking, and champions for the voice of infants, toddlers and their families within the child welfare and court's jurisdictional purview.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Supports the development of policies and procedures to implement the local Infant Toddler Court Team (ITCT)
    • Creates connections with community partners to recruit for and develop an Active Community Team (ACT)
    • Supports Judicial Leadership in the convening and facilitation of the monthly ACT meetings to promote collective impact for systems change
    • Engages families early in the SBCT process and ensures that their input is valued throughout their child welfare/court journey
    •  In collaboration with ITCT partners - develops, compiles, creates, and distributes ITCT communications and promotional literature
    • Supports the neutral facilitation of, and documentation for, a multi-disciplinary team that meets monthly to assist children and their families in developing strategies to mitigate the circumstances that brought them to the court’s attention
    • Acts as a liaison for identifying community-based resources and supports and disseminates the information to other agencies and families
    • Seeks creative solutions that address barriers families face in accessing formal and informal supports to complement case management services
    •   Develops relationships with community providers to explore referral processes and problem solve methods to expedite access
    • Models practice that enhances a highlighted focus on the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers and their families
    •  Actively participates in community-based initiatives that correlate with the ITCT mission and promote the wellbeing of young children and their families
    •  Assesses the community’s training and Technical Assistance needs and serves as a liaison with the National TCP and local content matter experts for the provision of educational opportunities to meet those needs
    • Works with the local judiciary, Child Welfare leadership and ITCT to implement the SBCT Core Components and adhere to best practice policies
    • Remains current on latest research/best practice recommendations/policies and distributes/disseminates information to the ITCT and community regarding such
    • Supports the ACT to engage in continuous quality improvement to evaluate the ITCTs effectiveness by collecting and interpreting data and on-going reflection of practice through data exploration and strategic planning
    • Networks and communicates with Community Coordinators in other ITCP communities
    • Performs other duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the SBCT and the National ITCT

    Skills and Experience:

    • Experience with community collaboration to effect systems change
    • Background in infant/early childhood development or related field
    •  Ability to work and make decisions independently
    • Knowledge of issues related to child abuse and neglect
    • Working knowledge of racial equity, historical trauma, poverty, intimate partner violence, child and adult development, parental history of childhood trauma, mental illness, substance use disorders, and developmental and intellectual disabilities
    • Knowledge of the Social Determinants of Health and local resources available to assist families in making connections to achieve them
    • Ability to work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary group
    • Working knowledge of early child development and infant mental health
    • Knowledge of Protective Factors and how to incorporate them in community capacity building and case planning
    • Knowledge of juvenile and family court functioning
    • Facility working with people of diverse educational, professional, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds
    • Ability to work effectively across agencies and disciplines
    • Minimum 5 years of professional experience focused on services for vulnerable young children and their families

    Preferred:

    • In-depth knowledge of infant/toddler social-emotional development and the impact of abuse and neglect
    • Working knowledge of local, state, and federal child welfare policies, practices, and laws
    • Experience working with juvenile and family court judges
    • Skills in collecting and interpreting data
    • Experience in creating and conducting presentations for large groups of professionals
    • Prior program development experience

    Essential Qualities:

    • Encourages and practices critical thinking
    • Is self-reflective and empathic
    • Is committed to remaining current on research and best practice standards
    • Recognizes the influence of workplace relationships on outcomes and results
    • Maintains a respectful and accepting approach to others
    • Awareness of the influence of the larger context on individual behavior
    • Collaboratively and creatively supports the work efforts of families and colleagues at all levels

    Education:

    Master’s degree in child development, social work, or related field is strongly preferred, minimum of an undergraduate degree same.


    Submit cover letter and resume to Sharleta Woodall, swoodall@scimha.org

    Click to Apply

  • 09/15/2021 7:02 AM | Thomas Knapp (Administrator)

    COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster was joined today by Lieutenant Governor Pamela S. Evette, members of the General Assembly, and children advocacy leaders for a ceremonial bill signing of S.229, the Child Abuse Response Protocol Act. The act establishes a statewide protocol to effectively and efficiently respond to child abuse cases.

    The legislation formalizes the use of Children's Advocacy Centers and Multidisciplinary Teams in the statewide response to child abuse and will help to ensure that all children have access to the trauma informed evidence based services that Children's Advocacy Centers provide regardless of where they live in South Carolina.

    Read the Governors Office News Release

  • 09/13/2021 12:27 PM | Brooke Kenney (Administrator)

    Job Description:

    Under general supervision, the Victim Advocate serves in compliance with and support of the National Children's Alliance Accreditation standards; certification as a Victim Service Provider. 

    Minimum Requirements:

    Must have a Master's Degree in guidance, counseling, the social sciences or a related field. 

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Excellent computer skills including data management, and word processing
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team
    • Must be comfortable with children and the needs of children and their families who have experienced criminal violence.

    Additional Comments:

    Supplemental questions are considered part of the application. Please complete the state application to include supplemental questions, all current and previous work history and education. A resume may be attached, but not substituted for completing the work history and education sections of the employment application. Incomplete applications will not be referred to the hiring supervisor. 


    Click Here to Apply

  • 09/10/2021 6:41 AM | Thomas Knapp (Administrator)

  • 08/19/2021 12:20 PM | Brooke Kenney (Administrator)

    Job Summary:

    The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, National Crime Victims Center is seeking a Program Coordinator I. This candidate will be responsible for Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) activities that include coordination, organization, data collection and analysis, report writing, and administrative duties. The work schedule is Monday-Friday; Hours TBD upon hire; this position is eligible for on campus and some remote work.

    Job Duties:

    • 30% - collect, coordinate, manage and analyze metrics and all data related to all TTA training activities. - (Essential)
    • 25% - responsible for the organization, maintenance and accuracy of data for all training related databases. Generate reports as requested by supervisor. Develop and revise forms used for data collection and reporting to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the program data. Ensure all activities are completed within the specific timeline. - (Essential)
    • 15% - coordinate training and recruitment activities, including participant call schedules. - (Essential)
    • 10% - maintain online database of trauma-trained practitioners. - (Essential)
    • 10% - attend scheduled meetings; abide by and meet all division requirements and objectives; conduct other administrative duties as assigned by supervisor. - (Essential)
    • 5% - oversee and maintain TTA related websites. Respond to inquiries in a timely manner. - (Essential)
    • 5% - Train and oversee volunteers on related training/program activities. - (Essential) 

    Minimum Experience and Training Requirements:

    A bachelor's degree and one year relevant program experience. 

    Preferred Experience & Additional Skills:

    A bachelor's degree and one year relevant program experience. A master's degree in a related field may be substituted for the required program experience. experience in data collection, data entry, data management, data manipulation, data analysis, and report writing. Ability to prepare and present reports communicating the results of data analysis. Proficiency in SPSS, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Knowledge and experience with Site Executive, RedCap, SurveyMonkey, as well as other survey software; Experience in developing and maintaining websites. 

    Additional Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Preferred:

    Personable with good organizational, problem solving and analytical skills. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to provide technical assistance and training to staff, division directors, and other participating partners. Ability to plan and organize work activities and prioritize task completion according to schedules and goals. Ability to exercise judgement and discretion in interpreting and applying policies and procedures. A strong work ethic. Minimal supervision; must be able to work independently. Occasional evening and weekend hours. 

    Physical Requirements:

    Ability to perform job functions in an upright and seated positions. (Frequent) Ability to perform job functions while walking/mobile. (Frequent). Ability to work indoors. (Continuous). Ability to work in all weather and temperature extremes. (Infrequent) Ability to work in confined/cramped spaces. (Infrequent) Ability to perform job functions from kneeling and squatting positions. (Infrequent) Ability to perform "pinching" operations. (Infrequent) Ability to fully use both hands/arms. (Frequent) Ability to perform repetitive motions with hands/wrists/elbows and shoulders. (Frequent) Ability to reach in all directions. (Frequent) Possess good finger dexterity. (Continuous) Ability to maintain tactile sensory functions. (Continuous) Ability to lift and carry 15 lbs., unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to lower objects, up to 15 lbs., from height of 36 inches to floor level, unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to push/pull objects, up to 15 lbs., unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to maintain 20/20 vision, corrected. (Continuous) Ability to see and recognize objects close at hand. (Frequent) Ability to see and recognize objects at a distance. (Frequent) Ability to determine distance/relationship between objects; depth perception. (Frequent) Good peripheral vision capabilities. (Continuous) Ability to maintain hearing acuity, with correction. (Continuous) Ability to perform gross motor functions with frequent fine motor movements. (Frequent)

    The Medical University of South Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer. MUSC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, age, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, protected veteran status, family or parental status, or any other status protected by state laws and/or federal regulations. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment based upon applicable qualifications, merit and business need. 

    Apply Here

  • 06/28/2021 12:36 PM | Brooke Kenney (Administrator)

    The Family Advocate is responsible for providing advocacy services to child victims and their families when sexual abuse and/or physical abuse has been alleged to the children and their families being served by the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) and to the Edisto Children's Center. The Family Advocate answers directly to the Child Advocacy Center Director. 

    Duties and responsibilities may include but not limited to:

    • Maintain confidentiality
    • Make initial contact with the family once an interview is scheduled and answer any questions that may arise
    • Provide crisis intervention for victims and their families referred by law enforcement and child protective services
    • Perform safety assessments of the family and develop or recommend a safety plan with the victim and family
    • Coordinate services with community resources to provide relief from barriers to services for the victim and family 
    • Maintain contact with the victim and family throughout the investigation and prosecution when requested by family and law enforcement
    • Attend all MDT meetings and be prepared to facilitate in the absence of the MDT Coordinator. 
    • Maintain and update case records in agency database. NCAtrak.
    • Remains current with literature and child abuse services
    • Assist with trainings to the community and collaborating partners
    • Receive all referrals and information on all cases of abuse referred to Edisto Children's Center
    • Attend all case staffing
    • Other duties as needed

    Qualifications:

    • BA, BS, or BSW degrees and at least (3) years work experience. Master's preferred
    • Bilingual in Spanish and English strongly preferred
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail
    • Proficiency in Microsoft programs
    • Sound judgement, strong interpersonal skills and professionalism
    • Ability to work with a diverse group of people
    • Ability to pass a comprehensive background check
    • Have a valid driver's license and transportation
    • Abide by all agency programmatic and funding policies and procedures

    The Family Advocate is a full-time position. This position will be paid a salary commensurate with their skills, experience, and quality of work. Employee benefits as described in the Employee Policies and Procedures Manual will be offered.

    To apply, Click Here

  • 06/15/2021 10:04 AM | Brooke Kenney (Administrator)

    Position Summary:

    Therapy of children age 2.5 through adults. Primary areas of therapy concerns are trauma related with crime victimization and a specific focus in evidence based treatment. Primary therapy population is children through teens but supportive caregivers are serviced. Evidence based treatments in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention, Alternatives for Families and Parent Child Interaction Therapy are currently provided at CARE House. Position is responsible for assessment, diagnosis, treatment and coordination. 

    Forensic interviewing of children and adolescents from ages 3 to 18, and/or vulnerable adults, who are alleged to be victims of physical and/or sexual abuse. Both acute and chronic cases of abuse are assessed; as well as exposure to violent crimes and domestic violence. interviews are conducted using research-based, nationally recognized protocols/techniques in a developmentally appropriate manner to assess victimization; and to provide legally defensible information. Interviews are conducted in a manner that is legally sound and of a neutral, fact finding nature, and are coordinated to avoid duplicative interviewing. 

    Responds to the Clinical Supervisor

    Specific Responsibilities: 

    • Conduct forensic interviews with alleged child/adolescent victims, as requested, by referring agencies.
    • Interface with staff of partnering agencies in order to assist with implementation of the CAC project and coordinate services. 
    • Maintain and update case files, case lists, video logbook and statistical tracking in a timely manner.
    • Organize, coordinate and participate in case reviews with multidisciplinary team.
    • Attend conferences, seminars, meetings, for the purpose of continuing education on the topic of abuse and victim services to maintain proper training credentials.
    • Attend and testify in legal proceedings as necessary. 
    • Keep up to date on current trends in therapy, trauma, forensic interviewing, and child abuse.
    • Adhere to ethical standards of related field.
    • Maintain all related therapy documentation.
    • Other duties as assigned. 
    • Provide services at CARE House main site or other locations as needed.

    Qualifications:

    Master's Degree in Counseling, Social Work or other counseling related field is mandatory. Licensure as an LPC, LPCA, LISW or related credentials is required. Completion of forensic interviewing training, such as Child First South Carolina, is preferred but not required. Training in evidence based therapies, such as TF-CBT, AF-CBT, CFTSI, and PCIT is preferred but not required. Individual must have the ability to become an integral part of a coordinated investigative team. At least three years of experience working with children and families preferred. Ability to relate to children of different races and socio-economic backgrounds is essential. Experience with and/or a working knowledge of crisis intervention techniques, sexual abuse, child development, and the criminal justice system is highly preferred. Additional requirements include: a non-judgmental approach that reflects cultural competency and sensitivity to the unique needs and diverse experiences of individual children and their families; the ability to engage and maintain positive relationships with clients and staff; the ability to assess and intervene within complex family and community systems; and a willingness to be flexible, patient and creative. 

    Salaried, exempt and according to the current hiring guide. Salary based upon experience. Full time position.

    To apply for this position:

    Email Executive Director


  • 05/21/2021 9:34 AM | Brooke Kenney (Administrator)

    Responsible for interviewing and assessing alleged child victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, or witnesses to violent crimes referred to Children's Advocacy Center of Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union. 

    Essential Job Functions:

    • Coordinate interview schedules with partner agencies involved.
    • Conduct interviews of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse victims including:
      • Developmental Assessment
      • Competence of the child
      • Touch Inquiry/Abuse detail
      • Closure/Education
    • Interview non-offending parents/caretakers, obtaining background and current functioning information. Asses family and community systems.
    • Obtain data regarding alleged abuse history in a manner that meets legal requirements for evidence and meets social services' needs for protection and treatment planning.
    • Assesses risk and psychological well-being of the child.
    • Adhere to South Carolina mandated child abuse/neglect reporting laws.
    • Make an independent determination of assessment findings.
    • Maintain client record management. Prepare written reports; complete required case documentation. Maintain strict confidentiality concerning clients and client matters. 
    • Ensure all documentation meets legal requirements and agency needs.
    • Prepare documentation for, participate in, and collaborate with multi-disciplinary staffing (CART). Share results of assessment and make recommendations for treatment as needed,
    • Disseminate written reports and verbal communication in accordance with data privacy laws, agency policies, and professional ethics.
    • Complete referrals for medical exams and therapy.
    • Testify in family and criminal court proceedings.
    • Participate in internal peer review and external peer review through South Carolina Network of Children's Advocacy Centers.
    • Consult with Forensic Supervisor on weekly basis for case consultation.
    • Maintain APSAC qualifications and yearly CEUs.
    • Comply with state licensure guidelines.
    • Perform other related duties as required.

    Training:

    • Training in Forensic Evaluation of children, preferably through National Children's Advocacy Center or CornerHouse.
    • Maintaining an expert awareness of current trends, research and developments in the field of forensic interviewing.
    • Participating in curriculum development for any professional training programs generated by CAC.

    Qualifications:

    • Minimum of a Licensed Master level mental health professional, Master's Degree in Social Work or related field.
    • Clinical Interviewing and assessment skills in evaluation and treating sexually and physically abused children and their families.
    • Knowledge of child development stages and a demonstrated ability to utilize this knowledge to communicate with children. 
    • Ability to work with a wide range of children from different cultural backgrounds. 
    • Minimum of 2 years prior experience working with children.
    • Knowledge of Child Protection, Law Enforcement and Court Systems. 

    To apply, submit cover letter and resume to Emily Miller,        Click Here to Email

  • 05/12/2021 6:20 AM | Thomas Knapp (Administrator)

    The local CBS Columbia affiliate WLTX featured a story on the 6pm newscast on May 11, 2021 regarding the SC Child Abuse Response Protocol Act which is a new law enacted in South Carolina on May 6, 2021. You can view the portion of the news broadcast dealing with the protocol by clicking on the image below.


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