The CAC Program Director/Child Therapist is a full-time, exempt employee, providing professional staff support to the employees and interns within the program and providing therapy for children who have been sexually abused. The CAC Program Director/Child Therapist reports to the Executive Director and works with the CAC Advisory Committee and the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT).
Core Skills and Knowledge Required:
- Comprehensive knowledge of the child welfare system
- Ability to successfully manage employees and interns
- Knowledge of how to advocate for crime victims
- Conflict resolution skills
- Demonstrates prior experience in pediatric, cognitive behavioral therapy
- Knowledge and/or formal training in the trauma-informed care model
- Ability to write comprehensive reports and progress notes
- Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge on the child welfare system and court process
- Maintain continuing education to keep current on licensing
- Knowledge, skills and ability to advocate for crime victims
Related Personal Qualities:
- Ability to remain objective
- Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Flexibility to travel for conferences, meetings
- Ability to speak to groups to build awareness of the program
- Provide oversight and supervision to all CAC employees and interns.
- Ensure peer review processes for Forensic Interviewers and Medical Personnel quarterly.
- In conjunction with the Executive Director, screen, interview, and train new employees.
- Regularly evaluate employees.
- Oversee that policies and procedures are implemented and regularly updated.
- Ensure NCA Standards of Accreditation are met.
- Participate as a Board Member of the Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance.
- Review and/or edit reports.
- Ensure that case files are managed appropriately in the office.
- Maintain case statistics.
- Coordinate and attend CAC Advisory Board meetings.
- Complete a social history of the child/family according to prescribed format.
- Do clinical interviews with children in a developmentally appropriate manner.
- Complete treatment plans, progress notes, and all other documentation in the manner prescribed by the agency.
- Provide appropriate mental health treatment for child victims of sexual abuse.
- Receive training and remain current on treatment methods and approaches for sexually abused children and their families.
- Make referrals to available community resources when appropriate.
- Do forensically sensitive therapy in line with the State of Michigan Forensic Interviewing Protocol.
- Coordinate and/or provide court preparation and court support for clients and their families.
- Engage in peer supervision to discuss treatment issues.
- Serve as a member of the Children’s Advocacy Center multidisciplinary team.
- Maintain client confidentiality as prescribed by Federal and State law and professional ethics and standards.
- Maintain necessary State of Michigan licensing or registration requirements.
- Have knowledge of the Michigan child protection law including the child abuse reporting procedures.
- Duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in social work, psychology, or counseling is required. Candidates will have the ability to communicate with, supervise and empower employees and interns to be effective in their roles. Candidates must be willing to make a commitment to the Child Abuse Council and its goals and mission.
Interested applicants may email a resume and cover letter to the Executive Director, Kyleen Gee, at firstname.lastname@example.org