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  • 03 Feb 2016 10:46 AM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    CARE House of Oakland County is looking to hire a full-time Crisis Counselor. We are looking for a passionate advocate with a high level of knowledge regarding the dynamics of child sexual abuse. The Crisis Counselor offers support, education and guidance to non-offending caregivers whose children are reportedly victims of abuse. Crisis Counselors are expected to work with a multi-disciplinary team of professionals including: Forensic Interviewers, DHHS, law enforcement personnel, and Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys. Educational requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or a related field; a master’s degree is preferred.

    Resumes can be sent via email to wgueth@carehouse.org , Wendy Gueth, Administrative Manager.

  • 18 Dec 2015 3:11 PM | Michael Christy (Administrator)
    The official Job posting is below. Cover letter with resume can be emailed to Mike Ploch at mpioch@chcmi.org 

    Lead the day to day operations of the Children’s Advocacy Center at the Elizabeth Upjohn Community Healing Center. Supervise therapists, volunteers, and interns. Assist in recruiting, orienting, and training staff. Collect and report data to various funders. The CAC Coordinator will also provide direct services as a Therapist.

    • Oversee the day to day functions of the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC). Assign clinical staff to meet established clinical and agency objectives. Monitor the status of client waiting lists in order to maintain and/or enhance client access and determine staff caseload size.
    • Assure the development and maintenance of complete and appropriate client records.
    • Oversee/compile data for quarterly reports and year-end reports for Funders.
    • Take a leadership role in updating and following the County protocol for handling abuse investigations.
    • Maintain relationships with the Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance and report on client satisfaction using OMS. Be actively involved with the Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance and attend Board meetings as required.
    • Maintain positive working relationships with all agency programs and staff and with outside entities and staff. Maintain relationships with the various agencies on the multi-disciplinary team and lead monthly multi-disciplinary team meetings with local law enforcement officers, prosecutors, medical providers and protection workers.
    • Write grants.
    • Maintain knowledge of National Children’s Alliance ten standards and ensure compliance with standards.
    • Assist in recruiting, orienting, and training staff; orient new employees to agency’s procedures, facilities and organizational structure. Oversee the training needs of staff and provide training and leadership to staff. Provide performance feedback and staff annual performance reviews.
    • Maintain National Children's Alliance accreditation; responsible for application to renew and leadership of site visit every five years.
    • Provide continuous quality improvement efforts as defined by the accrediting or regulating agencies.
    • Act as a case consultant to therapists on site.
    • Assist with community based outreach initiatives in the area.

    Required Qualifications 

    • Master’s degree in social work,  counseling, or equivalent experience
    • Working knowledge of the forensic interviewing process as well as therapy and assessment of child victims of abuse.
    • 5 years of experience providing counseling to children/families 
    • 2 years of supervisor/leadership experience (behavioral healthcare setting; preferably a Children’s Advocacy Center)

    Desired Competencies

    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and community/agency representatives.
    • Ability to engage in positive therapeutic relationships and engage clients.
    • Ability to handle stressful situations calmly and professionally.
    • Excellent oral and written communications skills, ability to operate computer equipment.
    • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, program and services as they relate to the provision of services.

    Employment Type: Full-Time

    Benefits Offered:

    • Medical Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • 401K
    • Life Insurance

    About Community Healing Centers:

    A non-profit CARF accredited provider of behavioral healthcare and children's services. Our mission is to provide the community with integrated healing services. These services include children and family support, mental health counseling, addiction treatment and recovery, education and prevention. 

    We are here for you when: 

    - There is a loss or sudden life change, 
    - Drinking or other drug use is interfering with life, 
    - Sexual, physical or emotional abuse occurs, 
    - Parenting becomes overwhelming or unmanageable, 
    - School success and behavior is a struggle, 
    - Conflict threatens a relationship, 
    - Depression makes it difficult to maintain regular activity, 
    - You don't know what you need, but you know you want to feel differently. 


    We are committed to offering individuals, couples, children and families the services and hope they need to achieve maximum health and healing. 


    CHC is an equal opportunity employer and encourages individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds to apply

  • 13 Nov 2015 2:18 PM | Michael Christy (Administrator)


  • 21 Oct 2015 10:07 AM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    Oakland County CAC is seeking a full-time Forensic Interviewer. The Forensic Interviewer conducts forensic interviews using the Michigan Forensic Interviewing Protocol ensuring the psychosocial well-being of the child through the interview process. The Forensic Interviewer develops relationships with multi-disciplinary team members and facilitates MDT meetings. Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in social work or related field, and experience in forensic interviewing. If interested, resumes can be sent to Yvonne Cameron, ycameron@carehouse.org.

    CARE House of Oakland County

    Job Description

    Position:  Forensic Interviewer

    Department:  Intervention

    Supervisor:  Director of Intervention

    Responsibilities:

    • 1.     Conduct forensic interviews using the Michigan Forensic Interviewing Protocol ensuring the psychosocial well-being of the child through the interview process.
    • 2.     Identify difficult case dynamics based on needs for a case review process.
    • 3.     Prepare a detailed record of forensic interviews for the purpose of legally defensible court testimonies and keep updated record of case outcomes.
    • 4.     Attend and testify at court hearings when subpoenaed.
    • 5.     Coordinate multi-disciplinary team meetings with law enforcement, Children’s Protective Services, Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office, and CARE House staff.
    • 6.     Complete all mandatory case documentation and maintain confidentiality of all case information.
    • 7.     Attend conferences, seminars, meetings, etc. for the purpose of collaboration and training with other organizations and continuing education.
    • 8.     Perform all other duties as assigned.

    Education Required:

    Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field; master’s degree in social work or related field is preferred.  

    Experience Required:

    Six months of experience working in a human services position in a child advocacy center.    Must have excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.  Must be able to cope in highly intense situations and conduct self in professional manner.  Must have essential understanding of Michigan Forensic Interviewing Protocol, NCA standards and implementation of best practices.  Must have knowledge regarding the dynamics of child sexual and physical abuse, crisis management skills, and ability to function within a multi-disciplinary team.

    Other Requirements: 

    Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and proof of automobile insurance.  Minimal travel to area hospitals, court, training locations, and special events.

    Date Prepared:  August 20, 2015

  • 01 Oct 2015 2:00 PM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    The Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance is soliciting abstracts for workshop presentations at the 2016 CAC/MDT Professional Development Conference which will be held April 18-19, 2016 in Traverse City. The conference is designed to provide professional development, continuing education, networking opportunities and exposure to innovative programs and ideas for Children's Advocacy Center leaders and multidisciplinary team professionals. Click here to go to the abstract submission page.

    If you or someone you know would be interested in presenting to CAC/MDT professionals at our conference, please use the above link to submit an abstract. We look forward to receiving your abstracts for the conference.


  • 30 Sep 2015 9:35 AM | Michael Christy (Administrator)
    On Tuesday, September 22 the Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance hosted a Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Day at the State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan. We served lunch to approximately 160 legislators, staffers, and policymakers while helping them to learn more about the work being done by Children’s Advocacy Centers throughout the state and allowed them to meet with Children’s Advocacy Center Directors from their districts. We were also able to share the exciting work being done by the Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance to make services available to underserved areas of the State. The meetings between policymakers and the representatives from CAC’s in or near their districts were very beneficial in providing information about best practices in the response to child sexual abuse across Michigan. We want to thank the Grand Traverse Pie Company for donating the lunches for the Legislative Day. It was a great success thanks to their help.




  • 29 Sep 2015 5:28 PM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    LMSW needed to provide therapy and support groups for child victims of sexual abuse and their non-offending caregivers.  Ideal candidate has a passion for working with children and families, knowledge of the dynamics of sexual abuse, experience with providing trauma informed care, Michigan licensure, and experience with the child welfare and criminal court systems.  We are looking for a therapist who is trained and experienced in providing TF-CBT, utilizing play therapy techniques, and expressive art. Experience with children, adolescents, and adults in both individual and group settings is also important.  This position will include travel to see clients and the potential for some evening hours.  Bi-lingual preferred.  Full time position with excellent benefits.  Send resume and cover letter to swilliams@cac-ottawa.org


  • 15 Aug 2015 6:10 PM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    Victim Advocate

    Children’s Assessment Center of Grand Rapids, MI, is seeking a full-time Victim Advocate with experience working with the children, sexual abuse victims, child development, and community resources.  Qualified candidates must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service related field.  Ability to communicate effectively with and support individuals in crisis situations and a working knowledge of child welfare system required.  Candidates should also demonstrate ability to work collaboratively with Multi-Disciplinary Team (i.e. Law Enforcement, CPS, Medical staff, Therapists) and provide community training on issues surrounding child sexual abuse.  Timely, detailed, concise documentation and statistical record keeping required. Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills required. Ability to cope in highly intense situations and conduct self in professional manner. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and data entry experience required.  Bilingual preferred.

    No phone calls please.

    Send resume to Lori VanHarmelen (lvanharmelen@cac-kent.org) or Lori VanHarmelen * Children's Assessment Center * 901 Michigan St NE * Grand Rapids MI  49503.  See www.cac-kent.org/open_position for additional information.


  • 13 Jul 2015 8:21 AM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    Clinical Supervisor/Therapist


    Children’s Assessment Center of Grand Rapids, MI, is seeking a full-time Clinical Supervisor/Therapist with experience in both clinical supervision and working as a clinician in a therapeutic setting.  Position provides oversight and coordination of the clinical services of a Child Advocacy Center, which uses a multi-disciplinary approach to investigating and reducing trauma for victims of child sexual abuse.  Qualified candidates must possess a Master’s Degree in social work, counseling, psychology, or related field and full licensure from State of Michigan in respective discipline.  Experience in crisis intervention, child sexual abuse, child development, and the criminal justice also required.  Candidates should demonstrate ability to relate to children and adults of all ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds in addition to ability to work collaboratively with Multi-Disciplinary Team (i.e. Law Enforcement, CPS, Medical staff, Therapists.) and manage clinical staff by providing positive leadership through modelling and verbal communication.  Timely, detailed, concise documentation required. Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills required. Ability to cope in highly intense situations and conduct self in professional manner. Bilingual preferred. Proficiency in Microsoft Office required.

    No phone calls please.

     

    Send resume to Lori VanHarmelen (lvanharmelen@cac-kent.org) or Lori VanHarmelen * Children's Assessment Center * 901 Michigan St NE * Grand Rapids MI  49503.

     

    Detailed job description available at www.cac-kent.org/open_position.


  • 30 Apr 2015 1:23 PM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    Each and every day, National Children's Alliance (NCA) member centers are doing incredible work to help kids find hope and healing throughout the United States. NCA wanted to take a little time to get the word out about some of the innovative practices, inspiring teams, remarkable leaders, and creative campaigns in the Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) movement.  Each month NCA features “star” submissions that they hope will raise the profile of CAC work on both a local and national level.  The stars are featured in NCA's monthly newsletter, on the 50 Stars in 50 States page on the NCA website, and will be featured prominently on NCA's social media platforms.  This month the Children's Advocacy Center of Northeast Michigan is being featured.

    The Children's Advocacy Center of Northeast Michigan is a newly accredited CAC serving 4 counties in the Northeast area of the northern lower peninsula of Michigan that was previously an area of the State without CAC services. The center serves Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency and Presque Isle counties. The CAC is one of the first accredited CACs in the State to implement the regional CAC model that the Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance is encouraging to provide CAC/MDT services to all areas of the State.  At NCA, we know how critical it is for all areas of the United States to have access to a CAC, and we truly laud the efforts of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeast Michigan

    To learn more about the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeast Michigan, visit their website by Clicking Here.


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