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. 


  • 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. 
  • 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 

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JCADA is excited to be hiring an AWARE® Program Manager to help grow our prevention and educational programming! The ideal candidate has a public health background, experience with program monitoring and evaluation, and has a self-starter attitude. Experience working within the field of power-based violence is preferable but not necessary. If breaking to end the cycle of violence in the Greater DC community through hands-on work is your passion, then this job is for you! For questions about the position, or to submit your resume and cover letter for consideration, please contact Cha’Koya Smith at

AWARE® Program Manager

Job Description

For over 18 years, JCADA has served the Greater Washington, DC community by providing services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, sexual harassment, and elder abuse. AWARE®, a prevention initiative of JCADA, is dedicated to empowering a generation of young people with the skills and information they need to build healthy relationships. JCADA also provides high-quality trainings to community organizations and professionals on appropriate responses to victims of power-based violence.  Each year, JCADA’s prevention and education programs engage over 2,500 individuals about this important public health issue. To further our efforts, JCADA is seeking a dynamic Program Manager to grow and develop our prevention and education initiatives. This position is ideal for an individual who has the desire to be an essential part of a committed effort to break the cycle of abuse. Our holistic approach utilizes prevention and community education programs to create a gateway for victims and their friends and families to access our support services.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage and coordinate the schedule and presentation of prevention and education workshops;

  • Recruit, train, and manage a team of workshop facilitators;

  • Supervise high school and college interns;

  • Oversee a teen advisory committee;

  • Facilitate prevention and education workshops;

  • Respond to individuals who come forward for support at the conclusion of a workshop or other education program;

  • Manage AWARE®’s online and social media presence including maintenance of; Create a monthly e-newsletter for facilitators and partner organizations that features articles about youth and dating violence, trends in social media and tips for facilitating tough conversations;

  • Coordinate review/assessment of existing workshops to update content and create new workshops to meet the needs of our audiences;  

  • Research existing prevention program models and evaluate best practices;

  • Contribute to the development of curriculum and content updates for workshops and trainings;

  • Work with JCADA’s clinical team to integrate trauma-informed approaches into content and materials; and

  • Coordinate implementation and evaluation of new workshops and trainings.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of public health approaches to prevention and education

  • Experience in coordinating or developing prevention programs and initiatives

  • Demonstrated experience working with numbers, data analysis, and program evaluation

  • Experience facilitating workshops and/or trainings;

  • Demonstrated experience in curriculum development;

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills;

  • Proficiency with MS Office products, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel, with ability to learn additionally required agency software.

Preferred Experience:

  • Master’s and/or Graduate degree in public health, social work, criminal justice or a related field.  May substitute an undergraduate degree with training, facilitating, and coordinating experience;

  • Experience with statistical analysis software (SPSS, SAS, STATA)


  • Excellent listener and communicator;

  • Self-motivated;

  • Ability to work in and manage a team;

  • Ability to handle stress as it relates to an organization that services victims of power-based violence;

  • Ability to maintain and support a flexible schedule; evening and/or weekend hours are periodically necessary.

  • Commitment to professional and personal growth within the work space;

  • Flexible approach to time required to handle varying situations/problems;

  • Evening and weekend work is required.  Flexible scheduling of work time is expected.

For questions about the position, or to submit your resume and cover letter for consideration, please contact Cha’Koya Smith at

Posted by JCADA

If you know any teens or young adults, it is likely that they have watched, or at least heard of, a new Netflix's show called YOU. A tense, drama-filled psychological thriller, YOU centers on the mind and obsessive behavior of one “nice guy,” Joe. Throughout the show, the viewer hears Joe’s increasingly erratic and fevered inner monologue, which contrasts with his deceptively “normal” behavior that he uses to get closer to the object of his fascination. That object: Beck, a girl he meets in passing at the bookstore where he works. After this brief encounter, he takes her name from her credit card payment information, and proceeds to deep-dive on her public social media accounts. He justifies this invasion of her privacy by claiming that her use of public social media encourages his unhealthy interest and pursuit. From there ensues a string of Joe’s increasingly obsessive stalking behaviors, from following her directly, eavesdropping on her conversations, breaking into her home, observing her from outside her window, and making concerted efforts to isolate her from her friends. 

All of this behavior takes the viewers on a conflicted journey. The shows takes us back and forth from Joe’s good-looking and charming public face to his frightening inner thoughts. (The alternating sinister and upbeat musical score only encourages this back and forth.) At times it is difficult to decide if he really is “all that bad,” despite having witnessed him stalk and scheme. Maybe he really does have good intentions, but he is simply damaged by a dark past and is therefore unable to express his romantic interests in a healthy way? Other reviews of the show also reflect this conflicted feeling. This is no doubt the point that the creators of the show are trying to convey: the world is not black and white and people who do evil things or display unhealthy or dangerous behaviors may not be entirely unsympathetic. Or maybe the creators were trying to warn people to be careful, and to not be fooled by a perfect, pretty face. Rather than intending to cause sympathy, they mean to cause suspicion.

Regardless of the creators’ intentions, the fan response to the show is somewhat worrisome in itself. Professions of sympathy, obsession, and even “love” regarding Joe in the show have begun popping up from those who claim to be part of the show’s fandom, exhibiting a clear disregard, or implied forgiveness, of his chilling behavior in favor of his outward charm and appeal. Penn Badgley, the actor who plays Joe, has even taken to his own social media to carefully remind viewers not to romanticize his unhinged and dangerous character. The romanticization of things like stalking, inadvertent or not, is not new in entertainment. Not only does this normalize stalking and violence by making is casual and familiar, it creates a link between love and obsession, between expression of caring and a willingness to go to extreme, unsafe lengths to “win” or “keep” someone else. This equation is plainly wrong, clearly dangerous, and serves to reinforce existing gendered structural violence on a broader cultural level. 

January is stalking awareness month, and while shows like YOU may be entertaining, and to make positive, thoughtful statements about dangerous behaviors and relationships, they still pose a potential risk for normalizing or encouraging those same behaviors and relationships. One of the most immediate ways you can combat the impact of these influences is by educating yourself about the warning signs of stalking or power-based violence, learning about the resources that are available to victims, and sharing this information with those in your network or community.  For more information about stalking and its warning signs click on the in-text links or visit any of the websites listed below.

General FAQs: (The Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC)):

Reference Sheets (Coercive Control):

Stalking and Harassment Assessment & Risk Profile (SHARP) (Coercive Control):

Criminal Stalking Laws by State (Stalking Resource Center):

Civil Stalking Laws by State (Stalking Resource Center):

Legal Resources and Information (U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women):

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