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  • 16 Oct 2018 10:45 AM | Liz Szarkowski (Administrator)

    Under the direction of the Director of Forensic Nursing, the FNE/SANE is responsible for responding to local hospital emergency departments in the Pee Dee Region to provide forensic examinations to acute cases adolescent sexual assault/abuse. 

    Duties:

    1.Respond to local emergency departments during assigned shifts as well as participating in on-call shifts each week caring for victims of sexual assault aged 1 yrs to 18 yrs.

    2.Utilize a compassionate victim-centered approach to service provision.

    3.Document all services conducted during the exam and submit paperwork to appropriate departments and/or agencies in a timely manner.

    4.Maintain custody of evidence until transferred to law enforcement.

    5.Maintain nursing licensure and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) certification.

    6.Attend staff development trainings as indicated by supervisor.

    7.Attend staff meetings as indicated by supervisor.

    8.Follow all organization, program, project, and hospital policies related to the FNE services and ensure compliance with applicable regulatory standards.

    Requirements: 

    Registered Nurse licensed in SC 

    SANE Certification (A or P)

    Willingness to obtain SANE-P certification if SANE-A

    Excellent clinical skills. 

    Strong verbal and written communication skills. 


    FMLA Classification: 

    Salaried - 60k -Exempt from all overtime rules.


    Applicants can send their CV and Resume to kclune@durantchildren.org or contact Kelli at (843)758-7547

  • 16 Oct 2018 10:40 AM | Liz Szarkowski (Administrator)

    Under the direction of the Director of Forensic Nursing, the Lead FNE will responsible for creating and maintaining a pediatric and adolescent sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) program responding to local hospital emergency departments in the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina to provide forensic examinations to acute cases of pediatric and adolescent sexual assault/abuse.

    Duties:

    1.Develop protocols for the program and contracts with area hospitals for SANE services.

    2.Manage day to day operations of a pediatric forensic nurse team.

    3.Establishes annual FNEs competency, educational and quality assurance goals.

    4.Develop call schedule to ensure 24/7 coverage of area (7 counties)

    5.Utilize a compassionate victim-centered approach to service provision.

    6.Respond to local emergency departments during assigned shifts and participating in on-callshifts each week as needed caring for victims of sexual assault aged 1 yrs to 18 yrs.

    7.Document all services conducted during the exam and submit paperwork to appropriatedepartments and/or agencies in a timely manner.

    8.Maintain custody of evidence until transferred to law enforcement.

    9.Maintain nursing license and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) certification.

    10.Participate in area sexual assault response teams meetings (SART)

    11.Attend staff development trainings as indicated by supervisor.

    12.Attend staff meetings as indicated by supervisor.

    13.Follow all organization, program, project, and hospital policies related to the FNE services andensure compliance with applicable regulatory standards.

    14.Participate in community trainings and educational endeavors

    Requirements: 

    Registered Nurse licensed in SC 

    BSN ( MSN preferred)

    SANE/SAFE Certification (A or P)Willingness to obtain SANE-P certification if SANE-A

    Excellent clinical skills. 

    Strong verbal and written communication skills. 

    Strong organizational skills

    Managerial experience a plus


    FMLA Classification: 

    Salaried 75k- Exempt from all overtime rules.


    Applicants can send their CV or Resume to kclune@durantchildren.org or contact Kelli at (843)758-7547


  • 16 Oct 2018 10:36 AM | Liz Szarkowski (Administrator)

    Under the direction of the Director of Forensic Nursing, the FNE/SANE is responsible for responding to local hospital emergency departments in the Pee Dee Region to provide forensic examinations to acute cases adolescent sexual assault/abuse. Duties

    1.To cover weekend call and holidays responding to local emergency departments caring for victims of sexual assault aged 1 yrs to 18 yrs.

    2.Utilize a compassionate victim-centered approach to service provision.

    3.Document all services conducted during the exam and submit paperwork to appropriate departments and/or agencies in a timely manner.

    4.Maintain custody of evidence until transferred to law enforcement.

    5.Maintain nursing licensure and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) certification.

    6.Attend staff development trainings as indicated by supervisor.

    7.Attend staff meetings as indicated by supervisor.

    8.Follow all organization, program, project, and hospital policies related to the FNE services and ensure compliance with applicable regulatory standards.

    Requirements: Registered Nurse licensed in SC 

    SANE Certification (A or P)Willingness to obtain SANE-P certification if SANE-A

    Excellent clinical skills. 

    Strong verbal and written communication skills. 


    FMLA Classification: 

    Salaried - 60k -Exempt from all overtime rules.


    Applicants can send their CV or Resume to kclune@durantchildren.org Or contact Kelli at (843)758-7547

  • 8 Oct 2018 3:18 PM | Thomas Knapp (Administrator)


    EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

    Hopeful Horizons, a Nonprofit Children's Advocacy, Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center serving the Lowcountry, is seeking qualified candidates for the following positions:

    Multidisciplinary Response Coordinator

    This new full-time position will be based out of the 14th Judicial Circuit’s Family Justice Center in the Bluffton area. The Multidisciplinary Response Coordinator works to enhance and improve direct services to victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault by coordinating and facilitating case review processes with community partners and advancing community response protocols that promote victim safety and client-centered, evidence-based best practices. This position is responsible for coordinating the activities of the 14th circuit’s Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) and facilitating monthly MDT meetings to review child abuse cases. The Multidisciplinary Response Coordinator will also serve as a liaison to community partners and work with the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (DVCC) and Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).

    Qualified applicants must have: a Bachelor’s degree (MSW or similar degree preferred); at least two years inter-agency experience; demonstrated ability in collaborative leadership and working with diverse constituencies; strong organizational skills with demonstrated ability to manage complex scheduling and prioritize goals; excellent computer skills with knowledge of Excel, Word, Access, Outlook and PowerPoint; exceptional attention to detail and commitment to accuracy; ability to work independently and to take initiative; a valid South Carolina driver’s license, clean driving record and willingness to travel throughout a five-county service area; and must pass background checks.

    Hopeful Horizons is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please e-mail resumes and cover letters to:  LindseyM@HopefulHorizons.org by October 15, 2018. 

    Domestic Violence (DV) Victim Advocate

    This new full-time position will be based in Bluffton, but travel throughout a four-county service area will be will be required. The DV Victim Advocate will provide support, advocacy and assistance to adult victims of domestic violence throughout the healing process. This position will: provide immediate crisis intervention via telephone or in person; act as a liaison to hospitals and other professionals in our four-county service area to ensure an appropriate and seamless response to victims; work with victims to identify needs and make referrals for services; facilitate support group; and attend Domestic Violence Coordinating Council meetings.

     

    Qualified applicants must have: a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services (or similar) or equivalent experience; the ability to work independently and as a team – must be self-directed; excellent public relations and communication skills; a valid South Carolina driver’s license, clean driving record and willingness to travel throughout a four-county service area; and must pass background checks.

    Hopeful Horizons is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please e-mail resumes and cover letters to: VictimServices@HopefulHorizons.org by October 15, 2018. 

    Intake Advocate

    This new full-time position will be based out of the 14th Judicial Circuit’s Family Justice Center in the Bluffton area. The Intake Advocate will act as Hopeful Horizons’ service ambassador at the Family Justice Center – creating a welcoming, safe environment for victims to seek services. The Intake Advocate will: complete intakes for service and provide support, advocacy and assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; provide immediate crisis intervention in person or via telephone; act as a liaison to community partners at the Family Justice Center; and participate in Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and Sexual Assault Response Team meetings.

    Qualified applicants must have: a minimum of 1-2 years of experience in human services or interfacing with the public (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience preferred); the ability to work independently and as a team – must be self-directed; excellent public relations and communication skills; a valid South Carolina driver’s license, clean driving record and willingness to travel throughout a four-county service area; and must pass background checks.

    Hopeful Horizons is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please e-mail resumes and cover letters to: VictimServices@HopefulHorizons.org by October 15, 2018. 

    Therapist

    This full-time position will be based in Beaufort and may require some travel in a five-county service area. The Therapist will provide counseling services and evidence-based trauma treatment to victims of child abuse and sexual assault.

    Qualified applicants must: have a Masters in Social Work, Counseling, or related field; be licensed or working toward licensure in South Carolina; work well independently and as a member of a team; have good computer skills and strong communication skills; have a valid driver's license, clean driving record and pass background checks. Preference will be given to applicants who are bilingual in English and Spanish.

    Hopeful Horizons is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please email resumes and cover letters to: FreemanA@HopefulHorizons.org   

    About Hopeful Horizons: Hopeful Horizons is a local nonprofit organization with a mission to protect, treat and prevent and a vision of building a community without abuse. For more information on the organization and its programs, please visit our website at www.hopefulhorizons.org


  • 31 Jul 2018 12:23 PM | Liz Szarkowski (Administrator)

    The Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County is seeking a full-time Forensic Interviewer/Therapist. The Forensic Interviewer/Therapist will be responsible for conducting forensic interviews, clinical assessments and providing treatment for children and their caregivers who have been abused. The forensic services and therapeutic interventions are provided using evidence-based practices and are coordinated with the community multidisciplinary team. 

    Skills and Abilities required: 

    • Strong team building, problem solving, organizational, and oral communication skills. 
    • Thorough knowledge of the dynamics of child abuse and its impact on the child and caregivers. 
    •  Excellent verbal, written, and computer skills. 
    • Knowledge of local social service and/or juvenile and criminal justice systems. 
    • Ability to coordinate services with various professionals. 
    • Knowledge of multiple cultures and the cultural impact on the delivery of services. 

    Job duties include 

    Forensic Interviewer - 

    • Conducts or observes forensic interviews with children who are under investigation for abuse utilizing the Child First forensic interview protocol. 
    • Records notes throughout the forensic interview and provides investigators with a formal written report and a DVD of the recorded interview at the end of the interview. 
    • Assists with entering and updating all client data into agency’s database. 
    • Coordinates all medical record requests from external agencies for investigators and medical provider. 
    • Coordinates and supervises college interns’ time and activities. 
    • Participates in all relevant meetings and trainings. 

    Therapist - 

    • Provides therapy for child victims and their families/caregivers using evidence-supported, trauma-focused mental health services which includes standardized assessment, individualized treatment plans and ensures that both the child and non-offending caregiver are engaged in treatment. 
    • Documents counseling sessions, progress and referrals in agency’s client database. 

    Other – 

    • Assists with the Center’s day-to-day operations of the CAC as needed. 
    • Works with the team to achieve the goals of the center’s Wellness Plan as needed 

    Education 

    • Must have a Master’s degree in mental health or human services field. 
    • Licensed or actively pursuing license. 
    • Certified or willing to become certified in Forensic Interviewing and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. 
    • Have at least 2 years of experience working with children/families in a mental health setting. 
    • Must pass criminal background checks. 
    • Bi-lingual preferred
    To Apply:
    Please e-mail cover letter and resume to cacmeehan@gmail.com or mail to: The Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County PO Box 1763 Aiken, SC 29802 by August 6, 2018
  • 31 Jul 2018 6:44 AM | Thomas Knapp (Administrator)

    The South Carolina Network of Children's Advocacy Centers (SCNCAC) has been awarded a $123,500.00 two year grant from the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation for support of a Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) Statewide Database and Statewide CAC Community Needs Assessment and Development Plan.

    During late 2017, SCNCAC began work on a gap analysis which clearly identified 13 counties in SC that have rural and economically disadvantaged areas with limited access to evidence based CAC services. This initial work showed areas of South Carolina where child victims of abuse do not have the same access to services that children in urban areas may have. This grant project will allow SCNCAC to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment and gap analysis to develop a CAC growth and development plan that will ensure all children in SC have reasonable access to services for child victims of abuse.

    CACs in South Carolina are required by accreditation standards to provide a database for tracking medical, mental health, forensic interview, prevention and other services provided by the CAC to child victims and non-offending family members and caregivers. These databases must provide essential demographic information, case information, and investigation/intervention outcomes. Currently all 17 CACs in SC use independent databases of different formats and functions which inhibits coordinated services. This grant project will allow SCNCAC to develop a statewide CAC database to coordinate services, prevent duplication of services and prevent child abuse cases from falling through the cracks which can occur with disconnected tracking systems.

    This project will provide for better coordination of services to child victims of abuse and their non-offending family members or caregivers. It will allow multidisciplinary team Members of the CACs to accurately inform children and families of the status and disposition of their cases based on the most current information from all investigative and treatment professionals involved. It will provide for coordinated services on a statewide level and provide the data and outcomes needed to expand the availability of services to economically depressed and rural areas of SC. It will help provide enhanced coordination between Multidisciplinary Team members involved in all aspects of child abuse cases  to ensure all children in need of CAC services are referred for evaluation.

    One of the long range goals of this grant project is to ensure that all children and non-offending caregivers have reasonable and equal access to the multidisciplinary team investigative approach and the evidenced based services provided by Children's Advocacy Centers regardless of where they live in South Carolina. The child centered evidence based medical, mental health, victim advocacy, and coordination services that CACs provide are vital to the health and healing of children when they have or are suffering from child sexual and/or physical abuse. This project will help to remove existing barriers to accessing services that families currently encounter in many rural and economically disadvantaged areas of South Carolina.

    SCNCAC and our member Children's Advocacy Centers are grateful to the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation for partnering with us on this project. 

    BlueCross® BlueShield® of South Carolina Foundation is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
  • 16 May 2018 9:28 AM | Thomas Knapp (Administrator)

    Job Posting: Director of Clinical and Outreach Services

    The primary purpose of this position provide planning, directing, creating and evaluating optimal clinical care and treatment for DCAC. This position oversees and develops the clinical staff and clinical interns, their professional development and all aspects of service delivery. Additionally as the chief clinician, this individual ensures that the team actively participates and maintains a presence in local, regional and national conferences and educational activities. This position will oversee outreach efforts to ensure underserved communities and underserved populations. This position will also carry a caseload and provide back-up for group facilitation.

    .

    Minimum Qualifications:

    §  A Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Clinical Counseling or a related field;

    §  State licensure as an LMSW or – LISW-CP preferred.

    §  Five years clinical experience providing mental health services to children and families; forensic interview experience preferred.

    §  Experience serving in a management capacity and supervising two or more direct reports.

    §  Experience using and training evidence-based trauma-focused treatment interventions.

    §  Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted.

    Dickerson Children’s Advocacy Center is prepared to offer a competitive compensation and benefits package commensurate with experience

    To Apply:

    Please email cover letter and resume with salary history and requirements to Executive Director, Carol Yarborough at cyarborough@dickersoncac.org. For questions you may call 803-358-7200.


  • 20 Apr 2018 8:50 AM | Thomas Knapp (Administrator)

    Project BEST is pleased to announce that it will be conducting a new clinical learning collaborative on TF-CBT beginning in the Fall of 2018 and ending in the Spring of 2019. SCLC-2019 will be a statewide, 9-month clinical learning collaborative on Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for mental health professionals doing psychotherapy with abused and traumatized children and youth in South Carolina. Cost of the this learning collaborative will be $800. The Dates have now been set and registration will open on August 6, 2018. Use the link below to view the official announcement and exact dates for sessions.

    Project Best Announcement

    For more information, contact Project BEST Program Coordinator, Jan Koenig, at koenigjs@musc.edu or call Jan at 843-792-8151 Tuesdays through Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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    Benjamin E. Saunders, Ph.D. 
    Carole Campbell Swiecicki, Ph.D.
    M. Elizabeth Ralston, Ph.D.
    Co-Directors, Project BEST

    Learn More About Project BEST

  • 11 Apr 2018 12:58 PM | Thomas Knapp (Administrator)


    SCNCAC Executive Director Tom Knapp speaks at the Children’s Advocacy Center
    Day press conference at the State House. He is standing between
    Attorney General Alan Wilson (left) and Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg (right)

    The seventh annual Children’s Advocacy Center say in South Carolina was recognized at the State House on April 10 with a press conference attended by the South Carolina Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers, the Attorney General’s office, Children’s Trust of South Carolina, and Silent Tears. 

    SCNCAC Executive Director Thomas Knapp spoke at the press conference and reminded everyone that the purpose of the press conference was “to bring awareness to child abuse and to highlight the many efforts in our state to fight against it every day”.  Knapp pointed out that many in attendance were holding blue pinwheels and stated “these pinwheels are the national symbol for the great childhoods all children deserve.”  “The pinwheels help to serve as a reminder of the happy and carefree childhoods we want for all children in SC. Unfortunately, we know happy and carefree childhoods are not a reality for many children throughout our State”, Knapp said.


    Knapp informed those in attendance that “last year alone, Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) in South Carolina served 8,551 children by providing forensic interviews, case coordination, and treatment for many forms of child abuse.”

    Knapp indicated that he is “sometimes asked why the CAC model is so important to our statewide response to child abuse” and stated that “the answer is that the core of the CAC model is about teamwork, bringing the agency professionals involved in a case together on the front end, and about putting the needs of the child victim first.”

    These agency professionals make up the multidisciplinary team (MDT) at CACs and consist of medical providers, law enforcement, mental health, prosecution, child protective services, victim advocacy, and others. “These professionals work tirelessly every day to help child victims and their non-offending caregivers to recover from very traumatic events and to rebuild their resiliency”, Knapp said.

    Knapp also reminded everyone that “we owe these MDT professionals a great deal of gratitude for the work they do on behalf of children.”  Knapp said “our statewide response to child abuse is stronger” because of the daily work of these professionals on MDTs in communities across SC to care for children in need. Knapp thanked Children’s Advocacy Centers and partner agencies for providing thorough investigations and evidence based treatment, Children’s Trust for their work on prevention initiatives, Silent Tears for promoting awareness of child sexual abuse, and elected officials for supporting legislation and providing necessary oversight to further protect children.

    The Governor’s proclamation declaring April 10, 2018 was read by Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg. Attorney General Alan Wilson then spoke about the importance of Children’s Advocacy Centers in the state response to child abuse. The press conference and Children’s Advocacy Center Day was a great success and we would like to thank Children’s Trust for providing the pinwheels for the event. We will have update both here and on our facebook page as April child abuse month activities continue.


  • 5 Apr 2018 6:10 AM | Thomas Knapp (Administrator)

    SCNCAC, Children's Trust of South Carolina and Silent Tears are partnering for a press conference at the statehouse in celebration of Children's Advocacy Center Day. Attorney General Alan Wilson, SCNCAC Executive Director Tom Knapp, Children's Trust CEO Sue Williams, and Representative Michael Pitts will be the featured speakers as attention is focused on child maltreatment and the critical work of the Children's Advocacy Centers of South Carolina. Click on the Governor's proclamation to the right to learn more.

    Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 11:30am
    First Floor Rotunda, 
    South Carolina State House
    1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC


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