The Staff Psychologist is responsible for providing psychological assessments and therapeutic services at the Harris County Children's Assessment Center (CAC) and expert court testimony in criminal and civil child abuse proceedings. This position will provide mental health services primarily to Spanish-speaking clients.
Duties & Responsibilities
Conducts individual and group psychotherapy with victims of child sexual abuse, non-offending caregivers of sexual abuse victims, and siblings of sexual abuse victims
Conducts psychological evaluations of children and adults
Provides supervision to psychology interns and students
Conducts trainings pertinent to child development, child sexual abuse, youth with problematic sexual behaviors, and cultural diversity issues
Serves as a consultant to CAC staff and CAC partner agencies regarding the role of psychology and the dynamics of child sexual abuse
Works with an interdisciplinary team to provide effective services to youth, including child welfare, law enforcement, medical personnel, and the District Attorney’s office
Conducts Crisis Interventions, including Suicide Assessments and Homicide Assessments
Provides expert witness and fact witness testimony in criminal and civil child abuse proceedings
Performs additional duties as assigned
Adheres to APA Ethical Guidelines in performing all job duties
Must possess a Ph.D. or a Psy.D. in a practice-grounded area of Psychology, such as Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, or School Psychology
Must be a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Texas or be Provisionally Licensed in the State of Texas
Must possess two (2) or more years of experience in Assessment, Psychotherapy and Child Sexual Abuse
Entry level must possess a minimum of one (1) year of experience in working with abuse/trauma populations
Advanced candidates must possess experience in working with legal and protective systems, as well as experience in working with multidisciplinary programs
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Bilingual in Spanish; must be fluent in written and oral communication, with the ability to provide mental health services in Spanish
Knowledge of trauma and the assessment of trauma
Knowledge of the treatment of trauma
Knowledge of the stages of child development
Knowledge of crisis intervention
Ability to communicate well orally and in writing
NOTE:To qualify for this position, required experience, education, knowledge, and skills must be clearly stated in 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.
The Children’s Assessment Center (The CAC) provides services to sexually abused children and their families. We employ an effective multidisciplinary team approach in the prevention, assessment, and treatment of child sexual abuse and child sex trafficking victims. The mission of The CAC is to provide a professional, compassionate and coordinated approach to the treatment of sexually abused children and their families and to serve as an advocate for all children in our community.
As a collaboration of Harris County Commissioners’ Court and The Children's Assessment Center Foundation, The CAC represents a true partnership between the public and private sectors for the most effective service delivery to children and families. Located at 2500 Bolsover St., Houston, TX, our 144,000 squarefoot, state–of–the–art facility was specifically designed to provide an environment that will meet each child’s need for warmth, support and protection.
There are over 900 child advocacy centers nationwide, including over 70 in Texas, that are dedicated to helping children and families who have been affected by child sexual abuse. The Child...ren’s Assessment Center (The CAC) was established in 1991 in Houston, Texas. The CAC is the only children’s advocacy serving Harris County and one of the largest in the nation. Over the years, our staff increased to meet the need of our community. In 2000 The CAC was accredited by the National Children’s Alliance, becoming one of the very first accredited advocacy centers in the nation.
The goal of The CAC is to provide all of the services children need in one place. We provide space in our building for dozens of other agencies that we collaborate with to meet the needs of children. We provide trainings in the community to children, families, schools, medical professionals, and other organizations who strive to protect children from abuse. We train the partners within our building on how to work together for the most effective, collaborate multidisciplinary approach to child abuse cases. Within our building, we provide forensic interviewing, therapy and psychological services, and medical services free of charge to our clients. Our hope is that our process will provide children and families the tools necessary to help them on their journey to heal from abuse. We exist to help our community become a better, safer place for each child of Harris County.