Details: Salary based on experience
Job Title: Sexual Assault Therapist
Job Classification: .75 FTE (26.25 hours/week)
Position Reports To: Advocacy Program Manager
API Chaya is an organization serving Asian, Pacific Islander and South Asian survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and survivors of human trafficking from all communities, as well as victims of general crimes. We work with immigrants and refugees, young people, LGBTQ, faith-based, and various ethnic and cultural groups towards developing long-term solutions to end violence in our communities. We are located in Seattle, WA. For more information about our organization, please visit apichaya.org.
The sexual assault therapist will be working closely with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, including individuals who have experienced multiple types of harm. The therapist will have a trauma-informed and survivor-centered approach to therapy and counseling. Having an understanding of the South Asian, Asian, Pacific Islander, and immigrant communities and cultures in our region will be relevant to supporting the clients we serve. A successful candidate will adhere to API Chaya’s client confidentiality policy, have good follow-through, and most importantly, have an expressed interest and commitment to API Chaya’s mission.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES
● Conduct intake assessment in a culturally appropriate manner.
● Conduct clinical assessments.
● Provide individual, trauma informed and culturally relevant therapy to clients.
● Provide crisis intervention services to clients.
● Develop an effective treatment plan congruent with clients’ cultural beliefs and values
● Participate in and attend clinical meetings such as group consultations and therapist meetings.
● Consult with advocates and community organizers about specific cases as appropriate.
● Maintain accurate records and confidential files and collect data as required.
● Develop and maintain progress reports, treatment plans, and other clinical forms and documentations.
● Attend staff meetings and trainings as requested by the Program Manager.
● Other related duties as assigned by the Program Manager.
● Work closely with support group facilitators to build curriculum and cultivate accessible community based approaches to healing and care
● Understands the complexity of survivor experiences: domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking is only one of many issues shaping survivors’ lives and their opportunities.
● Understands the intersections of historical trauma and as it relates to the biopsychosocial well-being of immigrant and refugee communities.
● Understands relationships between systemic oppression and mental health inequities.
● Demonstrates commitment towards the empowerment of survivors of violence among South Asian, Asian, and Pacific Islanders and the diverse communities these groups take part in.
● Understands the connections between ending domestic violence and movements to end other forms of oppression and inequality.
● Working knowledge of DSM 5 and/or ICD-10
● Possesses excellent critical thinking and problem solving skills to address complex situations.
● Proactively seeks support for self from coworkers and supervisor, effectively utilizing staff meetings and direct service meetings to these ends.
● Flexibility, creativity and positive workplace attitude.
● Excellent writing, interpersonal and communication skills, including active listening and reflective conversation.
● Document work and submit reports on time.
● Ability to multitask and can reliably follow through on commitments. Completes tasks on time.
● Manages crisis situations with professionalism, empathy and discernment.
● Gives, receives and uses constructive feedback to get work done.
● Works well both independently and as part of a team.
● Master's degree in counseling, social work or related field plus two years post graduate clinical experience providing 1-1 therapy with adults in a clinical setting
● Knowledge of and a deep demonstrated commitment to working against domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, trauma, victimization and gender-based violence.
● Experience and comfort working with people of diverse ethnic, religious, national, class, disabilities, and cultural backgrounds as well as people of all gender identities and sexualities.
● Familiarity with conditions and issues impacting immigrant and refugee communities.
● Experience with advocacy-based counseling and/or other empowerment-based models.
● Licensed to provide mental health counseling in the State of Washington (LMHC, LMFT, LICSW). Preference for fully licensed therapists, but will consider prelicensure candidates who are registered associates and are working towards their license. Weekly clinical supervision is provided in this position.
● Basic proficiency in using Internet, MS Outlook, Excel, and Word.
● Experience working with various therapeutic modalities (e.g., CBT, TF-CBT, DBT, Psychodynamic Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, EMDR, Somatic Therapy, Art Therapy).
● Fluency in English and Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander languages.
Generous personal leave and benefits package including paid vacation, personal holidays, self-care days, sick leave, and health insurance.
API Chaya is an equal opportunity employer and celebrates the diverse communities that have contributed to building powerful movements for social justice. We invite you to bring your full self into the hiring process and encourage you to let us know if there are access needs or accommodations that we can support.
Level of Language Proficiency
Fluency in English and Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander languages.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
To apply for this position, please send a chronological resume and cover letter explaining: (1) What experience, skills, and personal characteristics qualify you for this position; (2) Why the mission and work of API Chaya appeals to you; and (3) Why the Therapist position at API Chaya is the desired next step in your career. Please submit your resume and cover letter to email@example.com with the subject “Therapist Application” in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls, please.
API Chaya will receive applications on a rolling basis. Applications received by noon on September 24, 2018 will receive preference in the first round of interviews. One-hour, in-person Interviews will be scheduled for the first two weeks of October. Top candidates may move forward to reference checks by phone. We hope for this position to start by October 15, 2018 possibly sooner.