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  • 19 Apr 2017 9:06 AM | Maggie Devlin (Administrator)

    ACT Raising Safe Kids Facilitator Training
    hosted by Child Advocacy of Gratiot County

    The ACT Program is a good fit for those interested in helping families provide healthy, nurturing environments for their children. ACT is a parenting program for parents and caregivers of children aged 8 and younger. It was developed and is directed by the American Psychological Association. Participants in the 2-day ACT workshop learn to conduct an evidence-based, nine-session parent training program designed to prevent child maltreatment, build parents’ positive, nonviolent parenting skills, and mobilize communities and families to protect children from violence. 

    Those interested in conducting the program's nine-week sessions for parents and caregivers in their communities need to go through the training and certification processes to become an ACT facilitator. The cost of training is $300 and includes the facilitator kit and lunch. View more information about the training here.

    Applications must be submitted by Friday, April 21st. Download the application here.

    All questions regarding this training can be sent to Morgan Rooy at morgan@linkforfamilies.org.

    More information about ACT Raising Safe Kids can be found on their website, http://www.apa.org/act/index.aspx.


  • 31 Mar 2017 11:24 AM | Maggie Devlin (Administrator)

    The Crime Victim Services Commission has an opening for a Departmental Analyst E in the VOCA Program located in Lansing.  For details, please see below.

     

    Departmental Analyst E - VOCA Program (Lansing)

     

    Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

     

    Departmental Analyst E  $1,570 - $2,460 bi-weekly

     

    Job Description:

    The crime victim assistance program in the Crime Victim Services Commission is authorized under statute to administer federal Victims of Crime Act victim assistance grants authorized under the federal Victims of Crime Act of 1984. Responsibilities include research, collect consolidate, analyze and maintain program data necessary to meet program reporting and evaluation requirements and the goals of the agency program service. The position is responsible for analyzing on-going program operations and recommending modifications of policies and procedures to achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness and conducting complex projects. In addition, this position will evaluate applications and analyze program grants and various budgetary documents to assure program and fiscal compliance by federally funded direct service contracts.

     

    Required Education

    Possession of a bachelor's degree in any major.

     

    Experience

     

    Departmental Analyst 9

    No specific type or amount is required.

     

    Departmental Analyst 10

    One year of professional experience.

     

    Departmental Analyst P11

    Two years of professional experience, including one year of experience equivalent to the intermediate (10) level in state service.

     

    Additional Requirements and Information

    This position is open to all qualified applicants however, preference may be given to current Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) employees and MDHHS employees in layoff status.

     

    This position is located at 235 S. Grand Ave, Lansing, MI.

     

    View the job specification at: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/DepartmentalAnalyst_12505_7.pdf (Download PDF reader)

     

    To apply, please visit:

    https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/michigan?keywords=departmental%20analyst&page=2

      

    Posting dates:  March 30, 2017 through April 6, 2017


  • 01 Feb 2017 4:23 PM | Maggie Devlin (Administrator)

    The Blue Water Area Child Advocacy Center in Port Huron, MI is hiring a part-time MDT Coordinator and a part-time Forensic Interviewer.  A resume, cover letter, and references can be emailed directly to Sara Wagar at swagar@sccstopchildabuse.org. See job descriptions attached.


    MDT Coordinator Job Description 

    Forensic Interviewer Job Description 

  • 11 Jan 2017 11:19 AM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    NCA has worked with the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to have Children's Advocacy Centers added as a priority funding area under the Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program. NCA has advised MINCA that despite the title of the solicitation, virtually all activities that could be undertaken by a rural or tribal CAC are fundable under this award. MINCA, NCA and OVW would like to see more eligible CAC programs apply for these funds. Please note that only those developing or established CACs that are serving rural or tribal areas are eligible to apply. Information on the program is below:

    The FY17 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program solicitation has been posted on OVW’s website and on Grant.Gov.

    The deadline for applications is February 23, 2017.

    Pre-application conference calls will be held on:

    Tuesday, January 31, 2017 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST

    To register for the pre-application conference calls, please contact Michelle Thomas, Rural Program Assistant, at Michelle.thomas2@usdoj.gov.

    If you have any questions about the solicitation, please feel free to contact me at 202-532-3546 or via email at Debbie.bright@usdoj.gov.  

    Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can be of any assistance.

  • 11 Jan 2017 10:57 AM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    Most CACs should have received notice from NCA that requests for proposals for NCA's competitive grant funding for FY16 (Calendar Year 2017) are now available for award to both individual CACs and for Chapters. This year, NCA offers two available funding streams under the following national programs:

    • Awards for the Establishment, Improvement, and Expansion of Children’s Advocacy Centers
    • Awards for Expansion Access to Children’s Advocacy Centers’ Resources and Services for Victims of Child Pornography and Human Trafficking

    The first RFP focuses on several priority efforts in alignment with NCAs strategic plan:

    • Improving the response to physical abuse cases;
    • Improving access to evidence-based mental health treatment;
    • Increasing access to services in rural and tribal communities;
    • Improving the response to youth and children with problematic sexual behaviors; and
    • Improving the quality of service provision within CACs through state Chapter support.

    The second RFP focuses on:

    • Improving CAC response to child pornography cases;
    • Provision of training on technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation/child pornography
    • Creating CAC resource tools for serving victims of child pornography

    It is important to note that the above information is about grants that NCA is offering directly to CACs and to Chapters. MINCA will apply for a Chapter grant and after approval of that grant, we will issues instructions for our sub-grant process to Michigan CACs.

    There are opportunities in the NCA RFPs for individual CACs to apply for funding directly from NCA and we encourage all of our Michigan CACs to review the RFP and apply for funding if appropriate. Please contact us if you have any questions.
  • 13 Dec 2016 4:11 PM | Maggie Devlin (Administrator)

    Ionia Montcalm Secure and Friendly Environment Child Advocacy Center seeks Part-Time Forensic Interviewer (14-16 hours a week)

    Employment Type:   Contractual                  Union Status: Non-union

    IM SAFE CAC is looking for an energetic, passionate individual to join our team as a forensic interviewer!  The primary responsibility of this position is to conduct forensic interviews of alleged victims of child sexual abuse and physical abuse utilizing the Michigan Forensic Interview Protocol. The candidate must possess excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.  Must be able to work in highly intense situations and conduct self in professional manner. Must have essential understanding of Michigan Forensic Interview Protocol, NCA Standards for Accreditation and implementation of best practices. Must also have excellent crisis management skills, and ability to function within a multi-disciplinary team.

    Qualifications:

    • Shall possess a Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, criminal justice or equivalent degree from an accredited school OR have a minimum of 3 years’ experience with child sexual abuse cases.  
    • Demonstrated professional experience with children and a demonstrated knowledge of child abuse and neglect issues and child development. 
    • Ability to communicate with a wide range of children from different cultural backgrounds and with differing levels of development. 
    • Successful, documented completion of a 40 hour forensic interview training by a nationally recognized organization, or able to successfully complete training.
    • Cultural awareness of the needs of diverse populations
    • Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
    • Strong problem solving and solution oriented skills
    • Knowledge of the impact of trauma on childhood development
    • An ability to work independently and also function effectively as part of a team.
    • Adequate writing and computer skills so as to complete forms, reports and other written materials.
    • Minimum of one year post degree experience conducting child interviews preferred

    Responsibilities:

    • Facilitate multidisciplinary pre- and post-interview case debriefing.
    • Conduct pre- and post-interview meetings with caregivers.
    • Conduct forensic interviews of child victims in a manner consistent with the Michigan Forensic Interview Protocol, NCA Standards for Accreditation, and consistent with the policies of the IM SAFE CAC.
    • Promote stable and cooperative working relationships between all multidisciplinary team members and community agencies.
    • Conduct follow-up interviews when appropriate.
    • Prepare timely and professional interview reports.
    • Complete all mandatory case documentation and maintain confidentiality of all case information.
    • Complete all appropriate statistical and case-tracking paperwork and maintain CAC database.
    • Respond to subpoenas and provide testimony in legal proceedings when requested on relevant cases.
    • Participate in regular peer reviews with multidisciplinary team members.
    • Maintain an expert awareness of current trends, research and developments in the fields of forensic interviewing and child sexual abuse.
    • Other duties as assigned by the Director.

    If you are interested in applying please send your Resume and Cover Letter to PO Box 441, Ionia, MI 48846 or email it to imsafecac@gmail.com.  If you have any questions please direct them to Lori Kirkhoff, Director at imsafecac@gmail.com


  • 03 Nov 2016 2:43 PM | Maggie Devlin (Administrator)

    The Northern Michigan Children’s Assessment Center is seeking a part-time/ full-time Forensic Interviewer to interview children who are alleged to be a victim of abuse. Bachelor’s degree in the human service field required.  Master’s degree preferred and preference will be given to those with experience working with trauma.

     If interested, resumes can be sent to rebecca.yuncker@nmcac4kids.org by November 18th, 2016 or mail to PO Box, 887 Roscommon, MI 48653


  • 10 Oct 2016 11:18 AM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    STANDISH, MI — The CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region's Children's Advocacy Center received a National Children's Alliance Program Development grant to broaden services for children and families in Arenac County. An open house to learn about the services was held on Thursday, Oct. 6, at Community United Methodist Church of Standish.

    Guests were able to meet CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region staff, Children's Advocacy Center team members as well as CAN Council board members and local business folks and legislators.

  • 28 Sep 2016 11:56 AM | Maggie Devlin (Administrator)
    The Northern Michigan Children’s Assessment Center is seeking a full-time Therapist. The Therapist will be responsible for providing therapy/treatment to both children and family members after an investigation regarding child abuse. Must be Master’s Level in the human service field and preference will be giving to those who have worked with trauma victims and have Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – Trauma Focused training.


    If interested, resumes can be sent to rebecca.yuncker@nmcac4kids.org by October 14th, 2016 or mail to PO Box, 887 Roscommon, MI 48653.
  • 14 Sep 2016 10:08 AM | Maggie Devlin (Administrator)

    Berrien County CAC is looking for an energetic, passionate individual to join our team as a forensic interviewer!  We serve over 500 children annually in our recently renovated and expanded building. We are located in beautiful SW Michigan, right on Lake Michigan.

    Responsibilities:

    • Facilitate multidisciplinary pre- and post-interview case debriefing.
    • Conduct pre- and post-interview meetings with caregivers.
    • Conduct forensic interviews of child victims in a manner consistent with the Michigan Protocol on Forensic Interviewing and consistent with the policies and philosophy of the Children’s Assessment Center of Berrien County.
    • Promote stable and cooperative working relationships between all multidisciplinary team members and community agencies.
    • Conduct follow-up interviews and /or evaluation when appropriate.
    • Prepare timely and professional interview reports and distribute to MDT members involved in the case.
    • Complete all appropriate statistical and case-tracking paperwork and maintain CAC database.
    • Respond to subpoenas and provide testimony in legal proceedings when requested on relevant cases.
    • Participate in regular case reviews with multidisciplinary team members.
    • Maintain an expert awareness of current trends, research and developments in the fields of forensic interviewing and child sexual abuse.
    • Attend regular scheduled staff meetings.
    • Provide reports to the CAC Case Review meeting and the Berrien County Council for Children Board of Directors, as requested.

    Qualifications:

    • A minimum of a masters’ degree in social work, psychology, criminal justice or related field is required. 
    • Demonstrated professional experience with children and a demonstrated knowledge of child abuse and neglect issues and child development. 
    • Ability to communicate with a wide range of children from different cultural backgrounds and with differing levels of development. 
    • Successful, documented completion of a 40 hour forensic interview training by a nationally recognized organization, or able to successfully complete training.
    • Cultural awareness of the needs of diverse populations
    • Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills
    • Strong problem solving and solution oriented skills
    • Knowledge of the impact of trauma on childhood development
    • Oral and written Spanish Fluency preferred (not required)

    Knowledge and Experience:

    • Minimum of one year post degree experience conducting child interviews preferred;
    • Work experience in child abuse investigations;
    • Training, knowledge and experience in the following areas:
      • Current best practices for child interviews
      • Basic child development
      • Sexual and physical abuse, neglect, trauma, offender pathology and other pertinent topics
      • Cultural issues related to child abuse/neglect 
    • Experience working with diverse populations of clients

    Please direct any questions or inquiries to the attention of Jamie Rossow, Executive Director at jrossow@berrienchild.org.


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