Reporting to the Assistant Clinical Director, the Therapist provides evidence-based, trauma-informed mental health services to children who have disclosed severe abuse. The Therapist must engage non-offending caregivers in their child’s treatment and promote the family’s abilities to offer healing and safety.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Trauma-informed mental health services of children/adolescents such as:
- Administration of clinical assessments
- Assignment of diagnosis (when warranted)
- Provision of evidence-based, trauma-informed treatment, involving caregiver(s).
Multidisciplinary Team (MDT): The DCAC Therapist is part of a large MDT that serves an urban area with a high volume of severe cases of child abuse. The therapist must be committed to managing a heavy workload of complex cases and using treatment models to fidelity, ensuring the community need for DCAC services is met.
Communication: Therapists must:
- Communicate effectively with DCAC staff and MDT partners (e.g., Child Protective Service workers, law enforcement, the Dallas DA’s Office).
- Maintain case files with integrity (including assessment reports, session notes, treatment plans, and disposition).
- Actively engage in clinical supervision on issues of clinical difficulties, administrative topics, and personal trauma resilience.
- Provide expert and/or fact testimony within Dallas County criminal and civil courts regarding child abuse issues.
Must be able to work the bulk of work hours during non-school hours (i.e., two evenings until 8pm or Saturdays).
Must live DCAC Core Values:
- The children come first in all that we do.
- We operate as a seamless team.
- Each of us acts with a servant’s heart.
*This job has no supervisory responsibilities.