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Berrien County Council for Children Seeks Full-Time Forensic Interviewer

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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