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  • 21 Oct 2015 10:07 AM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    Oakland County CAC is seeking a full-time Forensic Interviewer. The Forensic Interviewer conducts forensic interviews using the Michigan Forensic Interviewing Protocol ensuring the psychosocial well-being of the child through the interview process. The Forensic Interviewer develops relationships with multi-disciplinary team members and facilitates MDT meetings. Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in social work or related field, and experience in forensic interviewing. If interested, resumes can be sent to Yvonne Cameron, ycameron@carehouse.org.

    CARE House of Oakland County

    Job Description

    Position:  Forensic Interviewer

    Department:  Intervention

    Supervisor:  Director of Intervention

    Responsibilities:

    • 1.     Conduct forensic interviews using the Michigan Forensic Interviewing Protocol ensuring the psychosocial well-being of the child through the interview process.
    • 2.     Identify difficult case dynamics based on needs for a case review process.
    • 3.     Prepare a detailed record of forensic interviews for the purpose of legally defensible court testimonies and keep updated record of case outcomes.
    • 4.     Attend and testify at court hearings when subpoenaed.
    • 5.     Coordinate multi-disciplinary team meetings with law enforcement, Children’s Protective Services, Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office, and CARE House staff.
    • 6.     Complete all mandatory case documentation and maintain confidentiality of all case information.
    • 7.     Attend conferences, seminars, meetings, etc. for the purpose of collaboration and training with other organizations and continuing education.
    • 8.     Perform all other duties as assigned.

    Education Required:

    Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field; master’s degree in social work or related field is preferred.  

    Experience Required:

    Six months of experience working in a human services position in a child advocacy center.    Must have excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.  Must be able to cope in highly intense situations and conduct self in professional manner.  Must have essential understanding of Michigan Forensic Interviewing Protocol, NCA standards and implementation of best practices.  Must have knowledge regarding the dynamics of child sexual and physical abuse, crisis management skills, and ability to function within a multi-disciplinary team.

    Other Requirements: 

    Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and proof of automobile insurance.  Minimal travel to area hospitals, court, training locations, and special events.

    Date Prepared:  August 20, 2015

  • 01 Oct 2015 2:00 PM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    The Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance is soliciting abstracts for workshop presentations at the 2016 CAC/MDT Professional Development Conference which will be held April 18-19, 2016 in Traverse City. The conference is designed to provide professional development, continuing education, networking opportunities and exposure to innovative programs and ideas for Children's Advocacy Center leaders and multidisciplinary team professionals. Click here to go to the abstract submission page.

    If you or someone you know would be interested in presenting to CAC/MDT professionals at our conference, please use the above link to submit an abstract. We look forward to receiving your abstracts for the conference.


  • 30 Sep 2015 9:35 AM | Michael Christy (Administrator)
    On Tuesday, September 22 the Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance hosted a Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Day at the State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan. We served lunch to approximately 160 legislators, staffers, and policymakers while helping them to learn more about the work being done by Children’s Advocacy Centers throughout the state and allowed them to meet with Children’s Advocacy Center Directors from their districts. We were also able to share the exciting work being done by the Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance to make services available to underserved areas of the State. The meetings between policymakers and the representatives from CAC’s in or near their districts were very beneficial in providing information about best practices in the response to child sexual abuse across Michigan. We want to thank the Grand Traverse Pie Company for donating the lunches for the Legislative Day. It was a great success thanks to their help.




  • 29 Sep 2015 5:28 PM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    LMSW needed to provide therapy and support groups for child victims of sexual abuse and their non-offending caregivers.  Ideal candidate has a passion for working with children and families, knowledge of the dynamics of sexual abuse, experience with providing trauma informed care, Michigan licensure, and experience with the child welfare and criminal court systems.  We are looking for a therapist who is trained and experienced in providing TF-CBT, utilizing play therapy techniques, and expressive art. Experience with children, adolescents, and adults in both individual and group settings is also important.  This position will include travel to see clients and the potential for some evening hours.  Bi-lingual preferred.  Full time position with excellent benefits.  Send resume and cover letter to swilliams@cac-ottawa.org


  • 15 Aug 2015 6:10 PM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    Victim Advocate

    Children’s Assessment Center of Grand Rapids, MI, is seeking a full-time Victim Advocate with experience working with the children, sexual abuse victims, child development, and community resources.  Qualified candidates must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service related field.  Ability to communicate effectively with and support individuals in crisis situations and a working knowledge of child welfare system required.  Candidates should also demonstrate ability to work collaboratively with Multi-Disciplinary Team (i.e. Law Enforcement, CPS, Medical staff, Therapists) and provide community training on issues surrounding child sexual abuse.  Timely, detailed, concise documentation and statistical record keeping required. Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills required. Ability to cope in highly intense situations and conduct self in professional manner. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and data entry experience required.  Bilingual preferred.

    No phone calls please.

    Send resume to Lori VanHarmelen (lvanharmelen@cac-kent.org) or Lori VanHarmelen * Children's Assessment Center * 901 Michigan St NE * Grand Rapids MI  49503.  See www.cac-kent.org/open_position for additional information.


  • 13 Jul 2015 8:21 AM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    Clinical Supervisor/Therapist


    Children’s Assessment Center of Grand Rapids, MI, is seeking a full-time Clinical Supervisor/Therapist with experience in both clinical supervision and working as a clinician in a therapeutic setting.  Position provides oversight and coordination of the clinical services of a Child Advocacy Center, which uses a multi-disciplinary approach to investigating and reducing trauma for victims of child sexual abuse.  Qualified candidates must possess a Master’s Degree in social work, counseling, psychology, or related field and full licensure from State of Michigan in respective discipline.  Experience in crisis intervention, child sexual abuse, child development, and the criminal justice also required.  Candidates should demonstrate ability to relate to children and adults of all ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds in addition to ability to work collaboratively with Multi-Disciplinary Team (i.e. Law Enforcement, CPS, Medical staff, Therapists.) and manage clinical staff by providing positive leadership through modelling and verbal communication.  Timely, detailed, concise documentation required. Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills required. Ability to cope in highly intense situations and conduct self in professional manner. Bilingual preferred. Proficiency in Microsoft Office required.

    No phone calls please.

     

    Send resume to Lori VanHarmelen (lvanharmelen@cac-kent.org) or Lori VanHarmelen * Children's Assessment Center * 901 Michigan St NE * Grand Rapids MI  49503.

     

    Detailed job description available at www.cac-kent.org/open_position.


  • 30 Apr 2015 1:23 PM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    Each and every day, National Children's Alliance (NCA) member centers are doing incredible work to help kids find hope and healing throughout the United States. NCA wanted to take a little time to get the word out about some of the innovative practices, inspiring teams, remarkable leaders, and creative campaigns in the Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) movement.  Each month NCA features “star” submissions that they hope will raise the profile of CAC work on both a local and national level.  The stars are featured in NCA's monthly newsletter, on the 50 Stars in 50 States page on the NCA website, and will be featured prominently on NCA's social media platforms.  This month the Children's Advocacy Center of Northeast Michigan is being featured.

    The Children's Advocacy Center of Northeast Michigan is a newly accredited CAC serving 4 counties in the Northeast area of the northern lower peninsula of Michigan that was previously an area of the State without CAC services. The center serves Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency and Presque Isle counties. The CAC is one of the first accredited CACs in the State to implement the regional CAC model that the Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance is encouraging to provide CAC/MDT services to all areas of the State.  At NCA, we know how critical it is for all areas of the United States to have access to a CAC, and we truly laud the efforts of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeast Michigan

    To learn more about the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeast Michigan, visit their website by Clicking Here.


  • 07 Apr 2015 8:10 AM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    The April 2015 Outcomes Measurement System (OMS) newsletter has been released by the National Children's Alliance.  These newsletters are a great source of information for those working with OMS.  The past issues, along with the current issue, are available on the Michigan Chapter OMS page.

    Click Here for the OMS Page

    You will need to log in as a member to access the page.  You will also find additional information on the Chapter OMS page for anyone who is working with the OMS program.  You will need to log in as a member to access the page.

  • 30 Mar 2015 3:44 PM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    On March 26, 2015 a new CAC had it’s grand opening in Belding, Michigan.  It’s called the Ionia Montcalm Secure and Friendly Environment Child Advocacy Center (IM SAFE CAC). The center is the result of collaboration between professionals in Ionia and Montcalm counties and will serve the two county area.  Close to 100 mandated reporters of child abuse attended an open house to tour the facility, which is located in the Ionia County Community Mental Health office on Storey Road in Belding.  Please join the Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance in congratulating the IM SAFE Children’s Advocacy Center on this accomplishment.  


  • 26 Mar 2015 2:22 PM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    The Child Abuse Council of Muskegon County is currently accepting applications for a full-time Forensic Interviewer/Child Therapist. Master’s degree in social work, psychology, or counseling is required. Forensic interview training preferred, but will provide. Core skills required:  child/adolescent therapy; knowledge and/or formal training in TF-CBT; experience/knowledge of child sexual abuse dynamics; ability to write comprehensive reports and progress notes; demonstrated knowledge of the child welfare system and court process.

    Related personal skills necessary: ability to remain objective; excellent verbal and written communication skills; flexibility to travel for conferences and meetings; able to work in a team-based approach.

    Email cover letter, resume, and a minimum of three professional references to:

     kyleengee@childabusecouncil.org 

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