Forensic Interviewer - Bilingual - Children's Assessment Center (closing 8.8.21)

Harris County

Houston, TX, USA

Full time

Jun 25

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Position Description

The Forensic Interviewer has the primary responsibility of interviewing children alleged to be victims of sexual abuse, exploitation, severe child maltreatment, or witnesses to violent crimes. These children are referred to The Children's Assessment Center (CAC) by either law enforcement or Children's Protective Services. Forensic interviewers are specially trained to interview children in a supportive, child-friendly, and non-leading way, while the investigators involved view the interview. The interview is digitally recorded to preserve the child's disclosure and demeanor, minimizing the number of times the child is interviewed. 


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with investigative case workers and law enforcement officers to ensure a collaborative investigation process
  • Make every effort to minimize the number of interviews of a child
  • Coordinate interviews of children with CPS and law enforcement
  • Maintain flexibility in work schedule due to constraints on partner agencies with priority investigations and emergency situations to ensure provision of services
  • Gather pertinent information during pre- and post- interview processes to conduct comprehensive interviews
  • Adjust interviews to fit a child's developmental needs
  • Assess child's verbal and non-verbal communication for signs of abuse
  • Recall details of a child's disclosure in order to adequately question each child
  • Document written summaries and assessments of completed interviews
  • Consistently obtain pertinent information that assists civil and criminal investigations of child abuse
  • Attend Multi-Disciplinary Case Staffing to discuss disclosures
  • Attend local, regional and national trainings on interviewing children and child abuse to maintain current knowledge of best practices and latest research on interviewing
  • Participate in local, regional and national Peer Review and stay up-to-date on current literature to maintain a high level of interviewing skills
  • Testify as an expert witness in civil and criminal court regarding interviewing children, the process of disclosure, and dynamics of child sexual abuse
  • Provide trainings to the multidisciplinary team and community on dynamics of sexual abuse, The CAC and forensic interviewing
  • Document interviews and relevant information in the Case Tracking System
  • All other assignments or projects assigned by the supervisor


Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

https://hrrm.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/EqualEmploymentOpportunityPlan.aspx

If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email ADACoordinator@bmd.hctx.net

Requirements

  • Master's Degree in Social Work, Human Services, Criminal Justice, Counseling, Psychology or related mental health field
  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience working with sexually abused children, child maltreatment, or trauma-related populations
  • Full or provisional licensure to practice in the state of Texas as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC, LPC-I or LPA)
  • Specialized training in child maltreatment and an understanding of the child welfare system and advocacy centers
  • Knowledge or experience working with an advocacy center, child welfare agency, or the criminal justice system
  • Ability to assess age appropriate language, verbal and non-verbal communication and exceptional recall abilities 
  • Specialized training in child maltreatment and an understanding of the child welfare system and advocacy centers 
  • A hospitable disposition, skill in public relations and a patient, objective, non-judgmental attitude 
  • Strong organizational skills, computer skill, flexibility and ability to work well independently and on a team
  • Fluency in Spanish both oral and written


NOTE: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge and skills must be clearly stated on your application's employment history. Resumes are welcome, but we do not use any information provided on your resume to qualify and refer you to the Hiring Department for consideration.

Preferences

  • Completion of basic training in forensic interviewing
  • Training in a state or nationally-recognized interview protocol and experience interviewing children

General Information

HOURS:  

  • Monday to Friday | 8 am to 5 pm
  • 40 Hours Per Week

SALARY: 

  • Commensurate With Experience
  • Based on 26 Pay Periods


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