* Trauma Therapist

Appleseed Community Mental Health Center has an immediate need for staffing for the Safe Haven Domestic Violence Shelter. The Trauma Therapist provides Trauma Informed education and outreach to domestic and/or sexual violence survivors, secondary survivors, those experiencing emotional or behavioral mental health concerns, and the community at large. This is a part time (20 hours per week), hourly non-exempt position with no benefits. Will provide training in sexual violence and domestic violence and must have the ability to relate effectively with a diverse population.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Adheres to the Trauma Informed Care model and follows ODVN’s Standards for Ohio’s Domestic Violence Programs and OAESV’s Core Standards for Rape Crisis Programs in Ohio
  • Provides confidential and timely supportive services to survivors and secondary survivors as well provide 24-hour crisis hotline and/or in-person crisis intervention, hospital advocacy, court advocacy, individualized safety planning, follow-ups, resources and information, and other services as needed, including weekends and evenings as necessary
  • Utilizes trauma sensitive and trauma informed therapeutic modalities during shelter-based and community-based trauma therapy services for adult survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence and secondary survivors, as needed
  • Works collaboratively with Appleseed Crisis Intervention team to provide wrap-around support to clients outside of therapy sessions
  • Review and monitor counseling files and progress reports. Collects, maintains, and ensures appropriate documentation and data collection on clients served.
  • Remains current with news, new legislation, reporting laws, and other applicable laws or policies regarding domestic and/or sexual violence as well as stages of trauma recovery, vicarious trauma, self-care strategies (including  adequate supervision), and follows Legal and Ethical Guidelines according to professional licensure requirements in Ohio
  • Empowers clients to accomplish mental health, wellness, interpersonal, relational, educational, and/or vocational goals
  • Remain current on co-occurring disorders such as mental health and substance abuse disorders, eating disorders, self-harming behaviors, and PTSD and requests additional training, as needed
  • Provides supervision and leadership to social work interns, as needed
  • Facilitates weekly therapeutic support groups in the community as needed or requested
  • Represent Safe Haven by participating in community activities, coalitions, caucuses, and taskforce groups as requested by the Director
  • Performs other duties, as determined appropriate by Director and/or agency


Must be able:

  • to work in a non-judgmental manner with individuals of all races, ages, and economic levels who are in crisis situations;
  • to handle emergency situations and multiple priorities which necessitate immediate decisions;
  • to work calmly and effectively in a stressful environment;
  • to maintain professional and ethical boundaries;
  • to work as a team player with other staff.

Must have:

  • familiarity with community resources;
  • initiative, integrity and strong sense of professionalism;
  • ability to have empathy and be an effective active listener;
  • a dedicated interest in issues affecting persons experiencing trauma due to domestic and/or sexual violence and other emotionally traumatizing events and concerns.
  • excellent organizational skills and be self-motivated.

Job Requirements

Education: Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in social work, psychology, or related field and appropriate licensure. Must be qualified to provide counseling/psychotherapy services as defined by Ohio Administrative Rule 5122-23-02). 

Experience: Must have ability to form therapeutic relationships with a wide variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds. Preferred knowledge of domestic violence and sexual violence issues.

Specialized knowledge, skills, or abilities:

  • Knowledge of sexual violence, domestic violence, and emotional wellness
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Ability to relate to diverse populations
  • Crisis-related and de-escalation skills.
  • Knowledge of individual development and behavior and ways of working effectively with adults and children who have experienced trauma.
  • Ability to conduct individual and family interviews and to use them to identify and address individual and family needs.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with residents, other staff, outside agencies and institutions and the general public.
  • Ability to plan and organize work, prepare adequate records and reports, and set priorities.
  • Familiarity with Regulations concerning Confidentiality
  • Ability to understand and implement federal, state and county laws, and regulations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to maintain a flexible schedule.

Must have a car available during working hours, carry and maintain automobile insurance that includes a payable liability of $100,000/$300,000, as well as the ability to legally drive a car. Must pass background and driving record checks.

If you are interested in joining our team of professionals, please forward your resume and a cover letter to bbarone@appleseedcmhc.orgPlease mention "Trauma Therapist” in the subject line of your email. We look forward to hearing from you. Appleseed Community Mental Health Center, Inc. is committed to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all people. Employment decisions are made based on each person’s performance, qualifications, and abilities. The Agency does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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