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Bilingual Child and Adolescent Therapist

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence is a non-profit organization providing safety and support to survivors of abuse while engaging communities to promote healthy relationships and prevent domestic violence. Our programs include 24-hour hotline services, emergency shelter, support groups, legal advocacy, specialized children's services, community-based survivor advocacy programs and community education and training. Each year, REACH will work with over 6,000 people in our 27 community service area and beyond. 

The Child and Adolescent Therapist is a full time clinical position based out of the agency's community based office. The position is responsible for providing clinical services to children, adolescents and their families who have been affected by domestic violence. All REACH services are free and confidential. This position requires no insurance billing. 

The Child and Adolescent Therapist works closely with all direct service staff and is supervised by the Director of Advocacy. All direct service staff, including the Child and Adolescent Therapist, are provided with clinical supervision by a licensed clinician. 

Direct Clinical Responsibilities:
• Provide individual therapy in the shelter and in the community. Caseload will include a mix of critical incident support and longer term therapeutic work with children and adolescents. 
• Complete intakes with all shelter parents as well as community parents interested in therapy for their children.
• Perform assessments with children regarding development, temperament, and exposure to domestic violence.
• Develop therapeutic plans and goals in conjunction with child's parent or guardian.
• Provide consultation, education and support to parents. Meet with parents as needed. Provide clinical support to parents identified as in need of support.
• Connect regularly with a family's collateral contacts to assure effective collaborations.
• Attend all appropriate meetings that pertain to child clients: Core reviews, DCF foster care reviews, school meetings, etc.
• Maintain records with attention to confidentiality.
• Make appropriate referrals and provide advocacy so that families receive appropriate services.
• Maintain play therapy room environments as reliable and soothing spaces. Oversee play spaces in waiting areas to assure clean and safe places for children to play while waiting.
• Develop additional play therapy techniques, games and activities designed to assist children affected by domestic violence.
• Facilitate group for children affected by domestic violence run in conjunction with domestic violence support group and/or healthy relationships groups at local high schools.

Clinical Support Responsibilities:
• Offer clinical support to REACH advocates, interns, part-time staff and volunteers.
• Serve as a first contact for any REACH staff or volunteer with a question or concern regarding children, DCF, and/or appropriate services.
• Assist with advocacy related needs regarding children and parents.
• Assist direct service staff with emergency needs (i.e.: family moving, hotline coverage, etc.) as clinical responsibilities allow. 
• Provide consultation services to DCF workers, and others working with families regarding domestic violence, child abuse and dating violence.
• Provide trainings and workshops related to children's exposure to domestic violence and/or teen dating violence for volunteers and community agencies, schools, and police departments.
• Attend appropriate educational seminars and trainings that will enhance the services provided to children and families.

Other Responsibilities:
• Gather and maintain information regarding state and federal policies that affect children, adolescents and families.
• Maintain statistics and assist with grants related to children's services.
• All other duties assigned by Director of Advocacy.

REACH is committed to advancing the safety, healing, and empowerment of those who experience domestic or relationship violence, through direct services and education while promoting social justice for individuals and families of all backgrounds. Our employment polices reflect our mission.

Qualifications:
LICSW or eligible required
Bilingual (English/Spanish) required
Car and clean driving record required
Experience with the nuances of trauma informed relational work

Please send resume and cover letter to Maria Pizzimenti, Director of Advocacy, at jobs@reachma.org