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Posted: 08/28/2023

Function: Provide therapy for Harbor House clients and their families who have experienced child abuse. Provide play therapy to children as well as talk therapy to adolescents and any adult family members in need of counseling services. Provide therapeutic services with emphasis on the effective coordination of resources with other local programs in order to provide services, which maintain the respect and dignity of the client. Provide trauma-based survivor support groups. Advocate role provides crisis coordination and intake of clients and their non-offending caregiver(s) including making sure they have access to Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program information, data entry/tracking (Victim Services Statistical Report, National Children’s Alliance, Child Advocacy Centers of Georgia reporting), client file creation and storage, follow up calls/advocacy, and is responsible for referrals to services. 

Required Qualifications:

  • LCSW, LPC, MSW working under supervision of LCSW, or LAPC under supervision of LPC. 
  • Prior experience conducting therapy sessions.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal.
  • Outgoing, results-oriented work style with high attention to detail.
  • No criminal convictions of child abuse or violent crimes.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of child advocacy centers and services provided.
  • Successful managerial experience with personnel. 
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging training and experience.
  • Advanced facilitation training. 
  • Spanish, American Sign Language, or other non-English language proficiency.
  • Experience with Collaborate database or other Victim Services database.
  • Previous work experience in social services or mental health fields.
  • Experience as a Child, Family, or Victim Advocate.

Position Responsibilities:

  1. Conduct trauma-based therapy for Harbor House clients and their families who have experienced child abuse, in coordination with other programs to ensure comprehensive care. 
  2. Maintain relationships with various stakeholders, including members of the child advocacy center’s Multidisciplinary Teams in Floyd and Polk Counties.
  3. Maintain professional credentials and/or licensure requirements of the counselor’s specific field of human service profession. 
  4. Collaborate with the Executive Director to develop and execute Therapy Services Strategic Plan.
  5. Measure the success of the program(s) in order to provide data as necessary.
  6. Enter client data and maintain an accurate case tracking database regarding all therapy sessions, including those delivered by contract therapists in a timely and accurate manner.
  7. Coordinate services before and after forensic interview, including providing victim advocacy as needed and linkages to supportive services to assist the child(ren) and non-offending caregivers.
  8. Obtain training with the goal of conducting forensic interviews when necessary in a backup capacity. 
  9. Research grant opportunities in the mental health and therapy fields and prepare and deliver to the Executive Director appropriate proposals for potential funders.
  10. Collaborate to facilitate the recruitment, training and coordination of volunteers and/or interns as needed for CAC programming.
  11. In collaboration with the Executive Director and CAC team, implement community awareness events and training related to child abuse prevention.
  12. Participate as a member of the Harbor House team by demonstrating a willingness to share responsibilities as needed, providing flexibility in personal scheduling, and committing to and participating in the mission of the organization.
  13. Provide program assistance and support for Harbor House, specifically for events coordinated by the Outreach Coordinator.
  14. Serve as Advocacy liaison to various community groups as assigned by the Executive Director.
  15. Provide all other services as deemed appropriate by the Executive Director.

Performance Evaluation/Professional Growth:

The Therapist (TF-CBT Practitioner) / Child and Family Advocate will be formally evaluated by the Executive Director on an annual basis. 

Opportunities for Professional Growth and goal setting will be a part of this annual evaluation.

Harbor House is committed to providing equal opportunity in its recruitment, hiring and employment practices without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, disability, sex, sexual orientation, age, military status, veteran status, or status in any group protected by federal, state, and local law. Harbor House is committed to a diverse workforce.

Applicants who are interested in this position and who possess the minimum requirements should submit via email:  1) a letter of interest (cover letter) 2) a resume (with references listed) to, with the subject line ‘Therapist/Advocate.’

Harbor House, the Northwest Georgia Child Advocacy Center
Allen Babcock