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Westchester Institute for Human Development

The Children’s Advocacy Center at the Westchester Institute for Human Development seeks to minimize further trauma to children and families by coordinating objective, state-of-the art forensic evaluations of alleged child victims in coordination with investigative and protective agencies.

The Forensic Interviewer will conduct forensic interviews of children who present to the Children’s Advocacy Center with concerns for physical and/or sexual abuse. They will collaborate closely with the multidisciplinary team responsible for the investigation of child abuse through case coordination and participation in team meetings. They may also provide on-site, trauma focused mental health treatment to children referred to the Children’s Advocacy Center.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Participate in the forensic interview process by assuming a lead interviewing role or observing the interview of the child and coordinating services with the team members
  • Conduct an assessment of the child and the non-offending family members to determine the impact of the trauma on the child’s functioning, and the need for additional services for the child and family
  • Provide linkages to trauma-focused mental health treatment and other services as needed
  • Provide on-site, trauma-focused mental health treatment, if appropriate
  • Actively participate in case planning and case review meetings to inform the investigation, and coordinate interventions and response to child victims and impacted family members
  • Maintain case data in the CAC case tracking system for every service provided to clients in a timely manner, from the opening to the closing of a case
  • Conduct workshops for non-offending parents
  • Participate in weekly supervision, on-going trainings and forensic interview peer review
  • Participate in the 24/7 on-call forensic interviewer schedule to provide after-hours interviews (evenings, weekends, holidays)
  • Other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned

Qualifications: Master’s degree in social work, counseling or other related field and two or more years’ experience working with children who have been abused or neglected; candidates with an active clinical license will be strongly considered. Bi-Lingual Spanish applicants preferred. Working knowledge of child sexual abuse, physical abuse, family violence and child development required. Strong written and communication skills needed. Experience in delivering Evidence-based trauma treatment models preferred. Training in forensic interviewing techniques is desired but not required.

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