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Advocate/Forensic Interviewer

Employer
Southern Crescent Sexual Assault & Child Advocacy Center
Location
Newnan, Georgia
Salary
40000.00 annually + benefits
Closing date
Oct 14, 2021

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General Description: 

Full-time. Responsible for providing forensic interviews/evaluations of children alleged to be victims of sexual abuse, sever physical abuse, or witness to a violent crime. Coordinates, manages and facilitates multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings with community partners, including DFCS, law enforcement, court personnel, and medical, and mental health professionals to ensure a continuity of care for shared clients. Also will provide assistance to victims of child abuse through crisis intervention, advocacy, and referrals to state and local community resources. On-call, nights, and weekends required. Reports to the Program Director.

Must live within 30 minutes of Newnan, GA. 

Specific Duties:

  • Provides forensic interviews/evaluations of children alleged to be sexually or severally physically abused, or alleged to be witnesses of violence based on expectations outlined in the Policies and Procedures Manual.
  • Provides crisis intervention and emotional support to non-offending caregivers at the time of the forensic interview.
  • Provides clinical feedback to law enforcement, DFCS and caregivers re: outcome of the forensic interview or evaluation.
  • Maintains comprehensive documentation in the case tracking system on all client services provided as specified in the Policies and Procedures Manual.
  • Provides timely written and/or verbal correspondence with community partners regarding a child’s forensic interview or evaluation.
  • Identifies community resources and establish strong professional relationships with other agencies through regular and ongoing communication by phone, email and personal contacts.
  • Updates provider lists and evaluate potential referral sources based upon established evaluation tools.
  • Works closely with the multidisciplinary team to ensure that concerns arising during the case review meetings are addressed.
  • Provides notification and written documents, including updated case lists, to all multidisciplinary teams for scheduled case review meetings.
  • Obtains case outcome information and maintains written documents from multidisciplinary team as needed following case review meetings.
  • Participates in forensic supervision, staff meetings, forensic peer review meetings and multidisciplinary team case review meetings.
  • Coordinates with Program Director regarding forensic training and research activities of the Center.
  • Provides consultation and/or expert testimony in juvenile and criminal court proceedings, collaborating with the DA’s offices in the appropriate judicial circuit throughout the judicial process in cases involving Center clients.
  • Stays abreast of current trends and research in the forensic interviewing of alleged abuse victims.
  • Provides training to community agency professionals and the public regarding forensic interviewing and the services of the SCSAC.
  • Regional travel required.
  • Attends required/mandatory meetings onsite and offsite.
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, sociology, social work or related field.
  • Competent knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding child abuse.
  • Ability to organize and maintain accurate records.
  • Ability to empathize and communicate with all types of people.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Commitment to the need for client and agency confidentiality.
  • Previous work experience in social services and victim advocacy.
  • Working knowledge of the criminal justice system.

Required Hours:

40 hours per week

Job Type: Full-time

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