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Family Advocate

at Harris County

Posted: 2/6/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2709347
Categories: Other/General
Keywords: temporary

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Position Description

The Children's Assessment Center Family Advocate implements an early intervention and psychosocial support model, actively representing the interest of victims of child sexual abuse and their non-offending caregivers. Services are aimed at stabilization and easing resumption of normal life, thereby preventing pathological consequences of potentially traumatic situations.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works collaboratively with caregivers and the multidisciplinary team from initial investigation through resolution of the child's case
  • Builds rapport with the non-offending caregiver during the initial visit to The CAC in order to conduct a thorough needs assessment and to ensure understanding of investigative process and dynamics of sexual abuse
  • Provides some case management and resource linkage to ensure child has access to medical, mental health, educational, and legal services
  • Conducts assessments, diagnostics, and treatment through individual, family, and group therapy, supportive counseling, crisis intervention, psycho-education, and resource coordination
  • Provides community outreach, professional presentations
  • Engages children and families of all ages, ethnicities, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds to restore and enhance psychosocial functioning of individuals and families adversely affected by child abuse/trauma
  • Performs other duties as assigned
Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email ADACoordinator@bmd.hctx.net


  • Master's degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or a related field; and
  • Licensure or temporary licensure to practice in the State of Texas as a Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern (LPC-I), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), or Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA)
  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience serving, assessing, treating or advocating on behalf of children and families who have experienced child abuse or trauma
  • Experiencing maintaining professional boundaries and self-care strategies
  • Passion, tenacity and optimism for the issues affecting child sexual abuse survivors and their families
  • Basic proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Power Point)
  • Knowledge of child welfare, child advocacy, criminal justice, and local community resources
  • Knowledge of post-traumatic symptoms, signs and symptoms of child abuse, and crisis intervention techniques
  • Strong writing and communication skills; excellent organization and planning skills
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently, and also to work collaboratively
  • Ability to apply social work theory, methods, and techniques
  • Ability to conduct objective psychosocial, developmental, and behavioral assessments
  • Ability to provide individual, family, and group solution-focused therapy, and supportive counseling
  • Ability to work professionally and collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Ability to prioritize duties in a fast-paced environment

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.


  • Knowledge of dynamics of sexual abuse, professional literature, and current issues relevant to child sexual abuse
  • Experience working with a multidisciplinary team
  • Training in a state or nationally-recognized Victim or Family advocacy program

General Information


  • Monday-Friday/8:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • Will Be Discussed During Departmental Interview
  • Based on 26 Pay Periods
Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date.