General Description: The Social Worker will provide direct services to survivors and their family that are being served by Texas Advocacy Project. The social worker will assist survivors in safety planning and accessing resources in coordination with the legal solutions they are also being provided. Additionally, this position will assist survivors in adjusting to the psychosocial factors that accompany the legal process.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Survivor/Client Services:
- Complete psychosocial assessments on survivor/client referrals.
- Conduct danger assessments and create safety plans with survivors.
- Utilize motivational interviewing to assess the survivor/client’s short and long term needs and goals.
- Work closely with attorneys to address survivor/client concerns, barriers, prepare survivor/client for court and provide additional psychosocial support.
- Connect and support survivor/clients in accessing community resources and establish a coordinated check-in system to assess survivor/client barriers.
- Provide crisis counseling and management.
- Community Partnerships:
- Establish and develop relationships with community partners including but not limited to shelters, non-profits, community leaders, faith-based communities, law enforcement and mental health agencies.
- Provide warm referrals when possible to community agencies.
- Staff Education:
- Social worker will provide quarterly, professional development trainings to staff at Texas Advocacy Project. Topics to include trauma, mental health, diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Work with Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach to create a sustainable undergraduate and graduate social work internship program.
- Supervise BSW and MSW interns.
- Maintain accurate records, reports and files.
- Consistently improve skills and knowledge through participating in continuing education courses, trainings, and community boards.
- Evaluate and assess program needs and work with leadership to develop evidence-based improvement plans.
- LMSW or LCSW licensed by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners.
- Two years’ post-graduation work experience, preferably with survivors of domestic violence.
- Excellent writing and communication skills.
- Experience working on a collaborative team.