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  • 17 Nov 2011 11:53 AM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    CARE House of Oakland County in Pontiac, Michigan has two open positions which are listed below:

    Clinical Director Position:  Responsible for the leadership of all aspects of clinical services, including: program development and administration, supervision of therapists, and interns.  Responsibilities include developing and maintaining the Clinical Program at CARE House of Oakland County, including ensuring that the staff is adequately trained and supervised. Director should be familiar with treating clients who have been traumatized, and be able to provide treatment services.  This position will be responsible for the assignment of referrals to therapists.  Also, providing service/demographic data and filing reports as required by funding sources and credentialing bodies.  Director will participate in community and agency committees, representing CARE House. 

    Minimum Requirements:

    • Licensed Master's Degree in Social Work
    • Minimum of 6 years’ experience in clinical setting preferred
    • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in managing clinical staff preferred
    • Familiar with ethical and legal reporting requirements as mandated by State and/or Federal regulations
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Ability to work collaboratively and in a team environment

    Contractual Therapist (11 hours per week):  Seeking a male contractual therapist to co-facilitate a pre-teen boy’s treatment group.  The group will work with preteen boys who have all experienced sexual assault or sexual abuse.  This position would also include providing individual treatment to up to 5 children or non-offending caregivers.

    Minimum Requirements:

    • Licensed Master Social Worker, or equivalent clinical degree
    • Some experience in a clinical setting, group work experience
    • Understanding of treating trauma
    • Familiar with ethical and legal reporting requirements as mandated by State and/or Federal regulations
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Ability to work collaboratively and in a team environment

    Interested parties may email resumes or inquiries to Cathy Weissenborn at cweissenborn@carehouse.org or fax resumes to (248) 333-1539 attn:  Cathy Weissenborn.

  • 08 Jun 2011 11:15 AM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    A number of members of the Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance paid a visit to our Michigan US Senators during the NCA Leadership Conference in Washington DC on June 7,2011.  At 8am the Michigan Delegation met with Senator Stabenow at her Hart Senate Office Building and then met with one of her policy aides after the meeting with the Senator to further clarify the issues we discussed with the Senator.  At 2:30pm, the Michigan Delegation met with the Chief Policy Advisor to Senator Levin at his Russell Senate Office Building.

    During the meetings we discussed the importance of the CAC movement in Michigan and the number of CAC’s and the work they do in Michigan.  We also discussed the fact that CAC’s in Michigan receive federal funding through sub-grants that are administered by the Michigan Chapter and development grants administered by the National Children’s Alliance.  We discussed the difficult budget times in Washington DC and the current status of the federal budget cycle for FY2012.  We requested that the Senators support the President’s FY2012 proposed funding levels for the Victims of Child Abuse Act Monies which is where our federal funding comes from.  The Presidents FY2012 proposed budget calls for 20 million dollars in funding for the Victims of Child Abuse Act which is an 11% reduction from FY2010 levels.  We advised the Senators that any cuts greater than the 11% would result in victims of child abuse in Michigan not receiving the services they and their families need. 

    Both Senators indicated that there are those who favor deeper cuts then recommended in the Presidents proposed budget.  We discovered that both of our Senators are in support of the Victims of Child Abuse Act funding that is included in the Presidents proposed FY2012 budget and they would support that level of funding.

    Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions about our Washington DC Hill Day visits and I will have a detailed report at our next Chapter Board meeting.

  • 05 Jun 2011 9:16 AM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    The Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center is looking for an Intake Coordinator.

    Minimum Qualifications: Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Communications, Social Work, or related field; or equivalent experience.

    DUTIES INCLUDE BUT NOT LIMITED TO:  This position requires a high level of professionalism, integrity & passion for making a difference in the lives of families.  This is a multi-task position with front desk responsibilities as well as responsibility for all case scheduling, record and file maintenance, and statistical reporting.  This position requires front desk responsibilities-answering phones, scheduling appointments & most importantly greeting the families who come through the Center. Must be computer literate with experience in database management.  Aiding Volunteer Coordinator in administrative/clerical duties; guiding volunteers assisting with center efforts.  Conduct new employee orientation, including tours of building, keys, security code, and general office information.

    Please email a resume to:


    Or mail the resume to:

    TBCAC, 121 E. Front Street, Suite 301


  • 04 May 2011 9:38 AM | Susan Shannon
    Kent County needs a temporary forensic interviewer trained in the Michigan Protocol two or three days a week during a staff transition. Interviewing is needed for June and July, 2011. Please make anyone who you think might be interested know of this opportunity directing them to call Tom Zook at 616.336.5156.

    Thank you.
  • 25 Jan 2011 1:32 PM | Ellen Lynch

    The Shiawassee County CAC is seeking candidates for a sexual trauma recovery counselor to work with youth ,ages 6-16,  who have caused sexual harm and their families.  Under the direction of the Executive Director, the counselor will be responsible for providing individual and group counseling for youth and in-home parent education for families.  The position requires a Bachelors degree in social work or related human service field with at least 5 years of experience working with children and families.  A Masters degree is preferred.  To apply please submit a resume and cover letter by February 7, 2011 by fax at 989-720-5878 or email  at childadvocacycenter@michonline.net  Attn:  Rhonda Ihm, Executive Director


  • 21 Dec 2010 1:39 PM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    The Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center is seeking a person to fill the position of Family Advocate.  This position requires a Masters Degree in Social Work or other related field. The Family Advocate has primary responsibility for advocating for the needs and wellbeing of suspected child victims, non-offending parents and families. At least two years’ experience in crisis intervention, sexual abuse dynamics, child development, knowledge of the court systems, and support group leadership is preferred.

    To apply please submit a resume and cover letter by mail to 121 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684 or by email at traversebaycac@gmail.com .

  • 16 Nov 2010 8:03 AM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    The Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance was notified late yesterday that the NCA application submission process for the 2011 grant year is open.  The deadlines for grant application submissions are listed below.

    Program Development and Expansion, Program Improvement, Urban Initiatives, CAC Response for the US DC and US Territories, CAC Response to CSEC Awards
    applications must be successfully submitted via the NCA online system by 5:00 PM EST December 15th, 2010.

    Chapter and Tribal Development, State Chapter Support to CACs Tier 1, State Chapter Support to CACs Tier 2, State Chapter Support to CACs Tier 3, State Chapter Support to CACs Tier 4
    applications must be successfully submitted via the NCA online system by 5:00 PM EST January 3rd, 2011.

    For centers that are planning on applying for sub-grants administered by the Michigan Chapter, the application process will be finalized after the Chapter Grant is approved by NCA.  The Chapter will submit a Chapter and State Chapter support to CACs Tier 2 grant and notify all CACs once the grant is approved and the sub-grant application process opens.

    Please Click Here to go to the NCA RFP page for additional information.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

  • 23 Oct 2010 1:33 PM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    We are pleased to congratulate the Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County and Robert E Weiss Advocacy Center in Flint for successful completion of NCA Accreditation.  As many of you know, this shows that these centers meet all of the standards for accreditation, including the Essential components and the Rated criteria, established by the NCA Board of Directors. 

    The standards ensure effective, efficient and consistent delivery of services by children's advocacy centers to child abuse victims throughout the country.  The standards, which have been in existence since 1996, were revised to better meet the needs of child abuse victims in 2008.

    Please join the Michigan Chapter of the NCA in congratulating these members for being granted accredited member status.

    If you have any questions about accreditation or the application process, please feel free to contact us.  The Michigan Chapter looks forward to working with all centers to assist them in reaching the goal of accreditation.

  • 21 Oct 2010 4:40 PM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    As a Chapter of the National Children's Alliance, we feel it is important to make our members aware of issue and positions that the NCA takes regarding operation and support of Children's Advocacy Centers.  There has been a great deal of talk and interest in issues relating to credentialing of forensic interviewers.  The Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance is in agreement with and supports the official position taken by the National Children's Alliance.  The official position statement is listed below.


    NCA Position Statement

    National Children’s Alliance has serious concerns regarding all currently proposed forensic interviewer credentialing proposals and does not support their adoption by Children’s Advocacy Centers. Until key research questions in forensic interviewing are answered, the basis of which would be necessary to establish evidence-supported benchmarks and thresholds for advanced practice, credentialing is premature. And, until efforts to establish credentialing processes take into account the unique needs of all partner agencies - and are endorsed by the relevant national associations of those partner agencies - they cannot be supported by National Children’s Alliance. Comparisons between any proposed forensic interviewer credentialing and state-regulated licensure or Board certification for other multidisciplinary professions are misguided, as there is no evidence that comparable educational background or licensure is necessary for its proper performance. NCA encourages forensic interviewers to avail themselves of relevant professional associations and societies, continuing education, mutual support networks through national and state-based peer review, and through participation and dialogue in discussion forums and listserves. These actions contribute to a developing professionalism of the forensic interviewer position and function, and demonstrate the commitment to excellence that so many of our CACs and their forensic interviewers have attained.


    As always please feel free to contact me should you have any questions regarding the above position statement.

  • 30 Jun 2010 1:54 PM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    On 6/30/10, the MINCA Executive Committee and I participated in a teleconference meeting with staff from the Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board.  One of the items we discussed with them was the status of the Child Advocacy Center funding that is being administered by the Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board.

    The staff were very helpful and informed us that it has been determined that the funding administered through the board will be a granting process and not a competitive bid.  The Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board hopes to have the RFP available sometime near the end of this year.  Accredited CAC’s will be eligible to apply for the funding and the RFP will contain a funding formula so that CAC’s will know what amount of funding to apply for.  The goal is to have the funds allocated sometime between April 1 and July 1 of 2011.

    We will keep you updated on new information as it becomes available and please contact me if you have any questions.

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