Sanctuary for Families is New York’s leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking and related forms of gender violence. Every year, Sanctuary empowers thousands of adults and children to move from fear and abuse to safety and stability, transforming lives through a comprehensive range of services. We provide a range of wrap-around services to help survivors rebuild their lives in the aftermath of abuse, and work to end gender violence through three key strategies: direct services, outreach and training, and systems-change advocacy. Our services are available in 11 locations throughout New York City.
The counselor will provide assessment, counseling, advocacy and referral services to child witnesses of gender based violence and survivors of teen dating violence. They will work with the clinical team to provide holistic, trauma-informed, survivor centered clinical services. They will utilize a trauma informed approach to promote clients right and provide services in a manner that emphasizes safety, respect and dignity. They will provide strength-based guidance and work to resolve the impact of gender based violence in their young lives. .
Primary Job Responsibilities:
- Conducts intake assessments for children and teens referred for counseling.
- Provides individual and group counseling to child witnesses and/or victims of domestic violence
- Develops appropriate interventions for counseling clients.
- Provides case management, including information referral and advocacy services for families.
- Meets collaterally with family members, teachers and other service providers to facilitate client’s counseling.
- Works closely with caregivers of child clients to provide support, address parenting issues and ensure they understand their children's needs.
- Develops and facilitates support groups based on client need.
- Conducts community education and outreach.
- Maintains relevant client documentation.
- Performs administrative tasks.
- Perform any other department or agency related duties or special projects as directed.
- The Children and Youth Counselor is an integral part of the Clinical Program and works collaboratively with the Clinical Staff.
- Collaborates with legal and development departments on shared projects, events and cases
Knowledge and Skill Requirements:
- Master’s Degree in Social Work, eligibility for LMSW or LCSW within one year of hire.
- Two years experience providing counseling and other services to domestic violence survivors.
- Fluency in both English and Spanish strongly preferred
- Strong clinical skills and clinical experience with children and teens; Evidence based interventions preferred (TF-CBT, CPP)
- Knowledge and experience providing play therapy, individual therapy and group therapy with children
- Knowledge of child development, family systems, trauma and domestic violence
- Strong oral and verbal communication skills
- Familiarity to Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Work, and Excel