Independence House, Inc.

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Child/Teen Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Counselor/Advocate 


The child/teen counselor/advocate is responsible for providing a continuum of services to children & teens who have experienced domestic and sexual violence including teen dating/acquaintance violence.


The Child/Teen Counselor/Advocate will receive supervision from the Programs Manager


- Provide weekly group and individual counseling to children & teens served at Independence House
- Provide intake, referral and advocacy for children & teens served by Independence House
- Develop and maintain relationships with other service providers for children & teens
- Facilitate support groups for children & teens
- Complete all necessary paperwork for Independence House and reporting
- Other direct service duties as appropriate
- Accept referrals from other agencies
- Inform community of child/teen services


- Knowledge of domestic and sexual violence as they relate to children and teens
- Strong group work skills
- Ability to effectively communicate with others via oral and written word
- Strong counseling foundation and understanding of ethical standards
- Ability to function as part of a team
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with children & teens, other Independence House staff, the public, and    funders
- Knowledge of policy issues regarding domestic and sexual violence
- Conflict resolution skills
- Confidence and abilities to work with diverse clients and staff
- Complete necessary Independence House and reporting forms in an accurate and timely manner. 


Candidate must have a MSW or equivalent with a minimum of one year experience in trauma, domestic violence and sexual assault. Knowledge of child development, teen issues and effects of domestic and sexual violence.  Candidates with Bachelor’s degree and sufficient relevant experience may be considered.


Independence House, Inc.

Job Description

Domestic & Sexual Violence Counselor/Advocate


Bachelors or Masters Degree ((Preferred) in Counseling/Social Work or related discipline.  Experience in counseling victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and understanding of issues pertaining to trauma, rape, sexual assault, incest, and domestic violence.  Good organizational skills, ability to work autonomously, yet maintain cooperative involvement with team.  Group work experience preferred; but will train. Experience and/or comfort with public speaking and community outreach.

Job Summary:

The Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Counselor/Advocate will provide a range of confidential services to survivors of domestic & sexual violence, non-offending family members and friends..

Supervision Received:

The person in this position is supervised by the Programs Manager.

 Major Duties:

-Provide crisis intervention as needed to domestic & sexual violence survivors.
-Provide individual counseling to survivors of domestic & sexual violence and their non-offending family members or friends.
-Develop and co-facilitate support groups.
-Provide medical, legal and police accompaniment.
-Provide client intakes as scheduled and as needed on an emergency basis including safe home intakes for all domestic & sexual violence clients.
-Be available for the rotation of hotline coverage.
-Provide appropriate referrals and linkage to referral sources.
-Keep accurate documentation of all client services and collateral services, including maintenance of all client files and statistics.
-Submit monthly and quarterly statistics to the Programs Manager in a timely manner.
-Attend Independence House staff meetings.
-Attend Independence House team meetings.
-Attend community round tables and task forces as requested by manager.
-Work within the agency’s philosophy, policies and procedures.
-Perform other duties and tasks as required.
-Outreach to Cape Community and schools as needed.

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Joanie Waldron
Director of Operations & Personnel
Independence House, Inc.
160 Bassett Lane
Hyannis, MA 02601

Fax:     508-778-0143

Independence House values diversity and is an Affirmative Action/Equal 

Employment Opportunities Employer.

Director of Operations & Personnel
Independence House, Inc.
160 Bassett Lane

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