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JCADA is Hiring - Clinican!

April 2nd, 2019

JCADA - Mental Health Clinician 

The Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA) is seeking a full-time licensed mental health clinician who will provide direct therapeutic services, both individually and in group sessions, to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Clinicians will have the opportunity to utilize and receive training in trauma-informed evidence-based practices. The clinician will also be responsible for clinical projects that support JCADA’s broader clinical and prevention programs. 

JCADA provides services to women, men and teens 14 years of age or older in the Greater Washington DC area without regard to ability, background, faith, or sexual orientation. 

Responsibilities: 

  • Provide direct clinical services to clients in individual and group sessions, utilizing trauma-informed best practices and other evidence-based modalities. - 
  • Respond to phones calls on JCADA’s helpline, assess immediate safety needs, offer therapeutic consultation, schedule face-to-face meetings; and/or refer to appropriate service providers. 
  • Maintain current knowledge of assessment and treatment techniques and community resources. - Participate in JCADA’s in-service trainings; attend seminars and workshops; and contribute to JCADA’s publications. 
  • Facilitate, as needed, JCADA’s community education, professional training, and youth prevention programs. 
Requirements: 
  • Applicants must have the appropriate licensure (ex. LCSW, LGSW, LCPC or LGPC) to practice in Maryland, Washington D.C. or Virginia. 
  • Schedules are flexible. Clinicians are asked to offer one evening and to be available to work at a satellite location 1-2 days a week. 
  • Demonstrated experience in providing clinical mental health services to adolescents and adults and working with diverse populations. 
  • Experience in trauma-informed therapeutic practices a plus. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Bilingual capabilities are strongly preferred but not required. 

About JCADA: 

JCADA is committed to: supporting victims of domestic abuse, dating abuse and sexual assault and their children to become empowered and obtain safe living environments; educating community professionals and lay leaders about domestic abuse and appropriate responses to it; and preventing future generations from suffering domestic abuse by raising awareness. JCADA promotes a collaborative, warm work environment and encourages self care. JCADA provides weekly individual and group supervision, a professional development budget, health benefits, and a generous leave policy. 

To apply: 

Please send resume and cover letter to rahel@jcada.org. 

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Each day in the life of a JCADA clinician is different and can change from hour to hour. A typical day may involve bearing witness to horrific traumas and connecting clients with resources to get out of a crisis. However, on a daily basis there are also celebrations of small victories and moments of healing. One of the most important parts of a clinician’s work is to hold hope for our clients. The following is based on a recent day in the office. 

9:30 am
I arrive at the office and receive a voicemail from my client telling me she cannot make our 10:00 appointment. The day before her husband violated a protective order and assaulted her, so she plans to go the Family Justice Center this morning. I call her back and provide crisis counseling over the phone. We plan to meet another day after she has had a chance to take care of the immediate legal issues. Next, I reach out to our Staff Attorney who assisted the client in obtaining her final protective order and will be able to help her in filing for an extension. 

10:00 am

I take some time to prepare for a support group I am facilitating this afternoon. The session will focus on self-esteem and self-compassion. I print out some handouts and prepare supplies needed for an art therapy activity.

11:30am I have a session with a client during which she shares recent challenges she has been facing at home where she still lives with her abuser. I provide her with some information about common reactions to trauma to help normalize some of her feelings.  I also empower her with knowledge about how her past and current traumas are impacting her.

12:30pm 
I am on duty to answer the Helpline to assist clients and new callers. Between calls I catch up on my notes and respond to messages.

1:30pm I have a session with a client whose husband has been pressuring her through family members to drop the protective order against him. She is working on becoming more financially independent and stable, so he has less control over her and her children. We discuss her progress with her goals and coping skills that will allow her to decrease her anxiety and concentrate on the next steps she is taking to advance her career.

2:30pm I work on completing an application for a client who I am nominating for the Ruth Rales Emergency Assistance Fund, a fund we use to grant clients small loans when they are unable to cover certain costs themselves. Luckily, this client meets all the necessary criteria! She needs assistance with an urgent medical issue and cannot afford the copays. I meet with our Victim Advocate to review the application.

3:00pm I set up the room where I will be holding the support group.

3:30-5:30pm Clients arrive for the support group and we discuss self-esteem and self-compassion. The clients identify how their abusive relationships and traumas have impacted their self-esteem. We do an art therapy activity while listening to music. Clients then share their drawings and responses to the activity. Before we wrap up, each participant shares one activity they plan to do as a gift to themselves this week, such as going for a walk or taking time to drink a cup of coffee with a friend.  

5:30pm Time to go home, recharge, and practice some self-care, so I can come back ready for the next day!



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February is Teen Dating Violence (TDV) Awareness Month! Most people may be focused on Valentine's Day, but JCADA and AWARE® are excited that every day in February can be dedicated to empowering young people to build healthy relationships. According to the CDC, nearly 1.5 million high school students in the United States experience physical abuse from a dating partner each year. Rooted in power and control, TDV is a pattern of behavior where a person seeks to gain and maintain power and control over their dating partner. TDV can happen to anyone regardless of gender, race, age, financial status, or sexual orientation and includes physical, emotional, technological, financial, and sexual abuse. It also can have both short- and long-term negative impacts on young people including lower grades in school, substance and alcohol abuse, higher risk of suicide, and experiencing abuse in future relationships. 

To help us all raise awareness about teen dating violence, the AWARE® Teen Advisory Board created a #TDVAM social media toolkit. With fast facts, hashtags, and healthy relationship celebration opportunities, you can stay informed and share these important messages with your own network. 


Fast Facts

  • Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. 
  • 1 in 3 adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence. 
  • 30% of all teens report worrying about their personal physical safety in a relationship.
  • 1 in 6 college women have been sexually abused in a dating relationship.
  • Half of youth who have been victims of both dating violence and rape attempt suicide. 
  • 29% have been pressured to have sex or engage in sexual activity when they did not want to.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (#TDVAM) Hashtags

  • #TDVAM2018
  • #TeenDVMonth
  • #itsnotlove
  • #loveisrespect
  • #Orange4Love
  • #HealthyRelationships

Healthy Relationship Celebrations

  • Respect Week is February 13-16th! Hosted by Loveisrespect.org, this year's this is Hands Unite: Do Your Part. Check out their Respect Week Guide for more ideas on how to get involved to raise awareness in your local community. 
  • February 13th is #Orange4Love Day! Wear orange to show your support for healthy teen relationships. 

Don't forget to follow AWARE® on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for daily #TDVAM posts!


This article was originally posted on the AWARE® blog on February 1, 2018. 

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