Family Violence Shelter Therapist

Jul 30 2020
YWCA of Kauai |Lihue|Full Time
Job Description

Program:   Family Violence Shelter / TANF

Responsible to:   Shelter Director / Clinical Director

Classification:   Exempt

Hours of work:   Full-Time, 40 hours/week



General Qualifications:  In alignment with our mission; “the YWCA of Kaua‘i is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all”, the ideal candidate will be able to contribute to a work environment that values diversity, creativity, and mutual respect, as well as…


1.    Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people of various ages, cultures and backgrounds.

2.    Maintain effective working relationships and be a team player.

3.    Demonstrate excellent customer service skills on the phone, in person and on-line.

4.    Assume individual responsibility and work collaboratively.

5.    Utilize good organizational and multi-tasking skills and be able to handle multiple priority tasks using independent judgment.

6.    Perform all duties in compliance with the laws and regulations of the State of Hawai‘i and the United States government.

Specific Qualifications:


1.  Comprehensive understanding of Domestic Violence victim issues.

2.  Experience with the treatment of trauma and its impact on children and adults.

3.  Experience working with high-risk children and able to provide skill development in the areas of affect regulation, sharing feelings, needs and experiences.

4.  Knowledge of child development and parenting skills.  Able to assess impact of exposure to violence on children of all ages.

5.  Able to work evenings and/or weekends.




Education & Technical Skills:


1.    Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in psychology, marriage and family counseling, counseling, or social work.

2.    Must have a current State of Hawai‘i clinical license or be eligible for a State of Hawai‘i clinical license.





1.    To provide treatment services to victims of domestic violence, including residents of the Family Violence Shelter and participants in the TANF program.  The FVS is a safe place for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to stay and receive support in pursuing safety for themselves and their children.  Treatment includes crisis intervention, psychoeducation, individual, group, and family therapy.  The TANF program is a government-aid program which offers extra support for DV victims so long as they are receiving DV specific therapy, either through group or individual sessions.

2.    To promote trauma resolution in children exposed to DV through an increase of knowledge and skills by utilizing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TFCBT).

3.    To improve parents’ understanding of and ability to meet their child(ren)’s trauma-based needs by providing psychoeducation on the impact of exposure to DV in children, trauma symptoms, and how to utilize trauma-informed parenting skills.





1.    Provide crisis intervention, individual (adult and children), group (adult and children), and family therapy (excluding offender).

2.    Support and supervise the Children’s Specialist in providing the parent and child(ren) ongoing psychoeducation and skills training. 

3.    Participate in clinical shelter staff meetings to provide therapeutic insights on residents.

4.    Provide support and training to Shelter staff on trauma-informed care and vicarious trauma.

5.    Complete all documentation/reporting requirements as directed, including data collection.

6.    Meet with Clinical Director for case consultation.

7.    Meet with Shelter Director to receive program supervision.

8.    Maintain familiarity with best practices & approaches in the field and sound knowledge of community resources.

9.    Work with other agencies to develop partnership and maintain good working relationships.

10.  Attend meetings, committees etc., related to case coordination.

11.  Answer crisis calls; provide callers with emotional support, advocacy, safety planning, and resource referrals, as appropriate.

12.  Assist in meeting needs of FVS residents, including maintaining respectful and successful communal living.  Ensure safety and security of FVS facility and population.

13.  Perform other duties as assigned.



Additional Requirements:


1.    Have a valid Hawai‘i driver’s license, vehicle and proof of insurance at contract requirement level.

2.    Be willing and able to travel around the island for meetings, and to provide services at the Family Violence Shelter and the YWCA Women’s Center main treatment site.

3.    Be willing and able to travel off-island for meetings and training.

4.    Current First Aid and CPR to be obtained.