Safe from the Start Therapist


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Job Category: Direct Service Program

Assignment: Safe from the Start

Position Title: Therapist

Job Classification: Regular, non‐exempt (salaried)

FTE: 1.0 FTE 


Job Summary: The Safe From the Start Therapist will have the responsibility to field referrals, ensure completion of clinical assessments (Pre & Post), facilitate family/ individual therapy sessions, conduct educational groups/ programs, and provide overall information, intervention, and referral assistance to children age 0‐5 and their families who have been exposed to violence and meet admission criteria for Safe From the Start services. Additional duties may include facilitation of consultation services toward enhancement of community professional’s capacity to engage children through Children’s Exposure to Violence (CEV)/ Trauma informed practices. 


Work Site: Child Abuse Council Main Office/ Community sites as warranted 

Supervisor: Safe from the Start Program Manager 


Specific Duties: 

  • Facilitate family/ individual therapy sessions, consulting with clinical supervision as needed. 

  • Field referrals via phone, in‐person, or community contact to identify and serve children exposed to or a direct victim of violence in the home or community 

  • Complete in‐depth assessments (Pre & Post) of children accepted as clients using the Background Informational Form, Child Behavioral Checklist (CBCL), Ages and Stages, Safe Start Questionnaire (SSQ), Parenting Stress Index‐short form (PSI), Adult Psychosocial. 

  • Coordinate and participate in community‐based multi‐disciplinary staffings for the child and family, providing overall case management and referral, when necessary. 

  • Facilitation of CEV oriented consultation services toward the enhancement of community professional’s capacity to engage children through CEV/ Trauma informed practices. 

  • Assist the Program Manager in conducting parent and community education groups on the effects of exposure to violence on children age 0‐5. 

  • Assist the Program Manager in conducting violence prevention curriculums within school districts, early childhood education settings, daycare settings, and pre‐school programs. 

  • Assist the Program Manager in organizing professional trainings. 

  • Guarantee maintenance of client files and accurate records of program related activities. 

  • Remain cognizant of best practices, current developments and legislation in the violence field. 

  • Participate in external committees as needed. 

  • Assist in on‐going program planning, development, and evaluation. 

  • Mandated reporter for child/elderly abuse, neglect, and exploitation. 

  • Participation in on‐going education and skill‐development. 

  • Assume additional responsibilities as requested by upper management.


General Duties:

  • Maintain all CAC personnel forms (records, mileage, timesheets, reimbursements). 

  • Attend all CAC staff meetings. 

  • Assist in general CAC planning, public activities, and fundraising as appropriate. 

  • Successfully complete 64 Hour Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Certification/ Training 



  •  Master’s degree in counseling, social work, or related field. 

  • Current Professional Clinical Licensure or Comparable Certification/ Accreditation preferred. 

  • Therapeutic experience with children exposed to violence preferred. 

  • Working knowledge of developmental skills of children 0‐5 

  • Good written and verbal communication skills 

  • Proficient use with computer programs (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) 

  • Must be able to pass a background check, including criminal history, child abuse registry, sex offender registry and driving abstract. 

  • Must have a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and be able to provide own transportation for outreach services along with local and regional training. 

  • Bilingual a plus.

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Moline, IL 61265

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