FUNCTION: To provide trauma-informed clinical services to children and families participating in CAWC’s Humboldt Park Outreach Program (HPOP)
CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt/temporary position (approx. Feb – May)
REPORTS TO: Outreach Services Coordinator
Previous completion of 40-Hour Domestic Violence Training at an ICDVP approved site is required
Essential duties and responsibilities include those listed below. Other duties may be assigned.
Provide comprehensive, quality services for children and families participating in CAWC’s Humboldt Park Outreach Program:
Provide assessment to identified child clients of the program and develop individualized treatment plans for the children and their families.
Provide individual therapy to children.
Facilitate family therapy sessions with mothers and their children.
Provide parenting education to mothers individually and in group.
Organize and facilitate age-appropriate groups about domestic violence and associated topics for children and teens.
Provide clients with referrals for additional services, as appropriate; work collaboratively with other direct service providers to meet clients’ needs and goals; and advocate on behalf of clients with other systems.
Ensure the provision of family trauma therapy services as required by funding contracts.
Complete client and program-related records to document eligibility and service provision for a variety of data needs and funder requirements; oversee assigned client records to ensure completeness; enter monthly client data into InfoNet database; and complete program reports as required.
Personal Characteristics and Commitments:
Strong assessment and counseling skills.
Collaborative and creative problem solver.
High level of energy, with a positive, "can-do" attitude.
Excellent organizational and time-management skills, with strong attention to detail and a consistent ability to meet deadlines.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, along with public speaking aptitude.
Dedication to empowerment of women and children, as well as a commitment to and understanding of anti-oppression and social justice work.
Capacity to work effectively with others of diverse age, language, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious belief, mental/physical ability, and socioeconomic status.
Proficiency in MS Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
Availability to work a flexible schedule including some evenings
Education, Certifications and Experience:
Master’s-level degree in human services related field and minimum of three years working with children and families, preferably in a domestic violence program.
Previous completion of 40-Hour Domestic Violence Training at an ICDVP approved site is Required
About Connections for Abused Women and their Children
In 1976 a landmark meeting was held in Chicago to address the crisis of violence against women. This gathering resulted in a task force that ultimately became Chicago Abused Women Coalition (CAWC). In 1977, CAWC then established the city’s first 24-hour domestic violence hotline and in 1979 opened Chicago’s first shelter for battered women and their children.Over the years, CAWC has evolved in response to changing needs. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the organization expanded programs to include community-based outreach services to adults and specialized intervention services with children. To reflect the expanded scope of its services and its goals for the future, CAWC in 2008 changed its name to Connections for Abused Women and their Children, maintaining its recognizable acronym, while signaling its commitment to programming for both women and children affected by domestic violence. Today, CAWC continues to demonstrate leadership in addressing domestic violence in Chicago, providing life-saving assistance to more than 1,000 women and children each year. Known for its innovative and effective programs and partnerships, CAWC continues to operate its 24-hour hotline and 42-bed sh...elter (Greenhouse), as well as the following: the Hospital Crisis Intervention Project (HCIP), based at both John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, offers not only crisis intervention to victims at the time they seek healthcare, but also trains physicians on appropriate screening for domestic violence; the Humboldt Park Outreach Program (HPOP), a walk-in program that provides individual and group counseling to women and their children, along with enhanced therapeutic services for children; and domestic violence education and support for women seeking substance abuse treatment at Haymarket Center.CAWC is a 501(c)3 designated non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors with an operating budget of approximately $1.7 million. CAWC enjoys a broad base of support from governmental entities, corporations, foundations, United Way and individuals. Staffed with multilingual, multicultural advocates, CAWC is well-known for providing a safe place for women and children from a rich variety of cultures and backgrounds.