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.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.