Sanctuary for Families is New York’s leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence. Every year, Sanctuary empowers thousands of adults and children to move from fear and abuse to safety and stability, transforming lives through a comprehensive range of services. We provide a range of wrap-around services to help survivors rebuild their lives in the aftermath of abuse, and work to end gender violence through three key strategies: direct services, outreach and training, and systems-change advocacy. Our services are available in 11 locations throughout New York City.
The Counselor will provide ongoing and trauma-informed comprehensive counseling services to survivors of domestic violence, trafficking, and/or other forms of gender violence. Services will be geared toward clients residing in one of our 4 crisis shelters. Assist clients to move toward managing their trauma, understanding the impact of domestic violence on their lives and that of their children; help them to reach economic stability through case management, advocacy, and referral if necessary, to organizations providing such services. Opportunity to work in a supportive, team-oriented environment.
- Carries a caseload of 16 families that reside in Sanctuary's domestic violence crisis shelters.
- Conducts evidence-based assessments and psycho-social interviews for survivors of domestic violence, trafficking, and other forms of gender-based violence.
- Conducts shelter assessments for open vacancies.
- Provides comprehensive trauma-informed individual and group counseling services with trauma and strengths-based perspective to help clients process, cope, and heal from experiences of gender-based violence.
- Provides safety planning, crisis intervention, advocacy, case management, and referrals to other related services as needed.
- Conducts monthly inspection of the dwellings.
- Conducts intakes and discharges at the shelters.
- Provides affidavits and testimony for immigration and other legal purposes.
- Conducts trauma-related and domestic violence outreach and training to community organizations and institutions, including those serving the Latino community.
- Maintains accurate case records and utilizes internal database systems to track direct services to clients and outreach events.
- Maintains a Network of contacts with other Social Service Agencies.
- Collaborates with and refers to external counseling programs when appropriate.
- Interacts and maintains open communication with clinical staff.
- Works collaboratively with agency staff across all sites.
- Performs other duties as requested by supervisor.
- License Master’s Degree in Social Work or Mental Health Counselor preferred.
- Experience providing counseling and other services to domestic violence survivors.
- Bi-lingual required. English/Spanish required.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team, including working collaboratively with professionals across disciplines, (e.g. domestic violence advocates, housing specialists, attorneys, police officers, government officials, workforce development professionals, and other community-based agency staff.)
- Experience working in a culturally and linguistically diverse environment.
- Familiarity with issues of trauma, violence prevention, and victimization.
- Familiarity with NYC public benefits and housing systems is highly desirable
- Excellent written and presentation skills.
- Excellent computer skills, specifically Microsoft Office Suite.
All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed (religion), color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristic, marital status or domestic violence victim status, and shall also follow the requirements of the Human Rights Law with regard to non-discrimination on the basis of prior criminal conviction and prior arrest.
D.E.I Commitment: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are core values at Sanctuary for Families that represent our dedication to fostering a safe, respectful, responsive, and fair work environment. We recognize the value diversity holds in embracing all employees, clients, and volunteers regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or professional level.