CARES Therapist (Bilingual)

Austin, TX
Full Time

CARES Therapist (Bilingual)

The Therapeutic Services program is seeking a CARES Therapist (Bilingual). This person serves as a specialist in the areas of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking, domestic violence, sexual violence, and child abuse and neglect and works in collaboration with CARES program staff. This is a grant funded position via the CJD-drop in grant. This position focuses primarily on providing therapy services (individual and group services) in English and Spanish to adolescents and young adults who have been impacted by commercial sexual exploitation and who are enrolled in the SAFE CARES program. CARES stands for Collaboration, Advocacy, Response and Engagement for Survivors of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation.

About SAFE:

  • SAFE’s mission is our name: Stop Abuse For Everyone. We achieve our mission by acknowledging and responding to the intersection of child abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, and domestic violence.
  • The SAFE Alliance grew out of the courageous work of the Center for Battered Women, the Austin Rape Crisis Center, and the Austin Children’s Shelter, all respected, women-led human service agencies created by volunteers and informed by survivors who needed support, safety and justice.
  • With over 20 programs and 400 staff, we have been serving the Austin community and beyond for over 30 years.
  • The SAFE Alliance strongly encourages members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color; LGBTQ+ identified people; gender-nonconforming people; individuals with disabilities; veterans; and people who speak a language in addition to English.

About this position:

  • We need you to fill the role of CARES Therapist (Bilingual). This is a full-time, exempt position at both our Rathgeber Village campus and Liza’s House. Therapeutic services will be taking place in a combination of remotely via video, in person at one of the SAFE campuses or out in the community. We will pay you an annual salary of $53,000-$55,000.

Key Duties:

  • Provides client focused intake, clinical assessment, crisis intervention and ongoing individual and group counseling services in English and Spanish to clients who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation or trafficking, domestic and sexual violence, child abuse and neglect.
  • Maintain documentation of services provided using required case documentation format and with clinical and professional language.
  • Crisis intervention services include suicide or other risk assessments and referral to psychiatric crisis services or other emergency services as appropriate.
  • Use knowledge of the dynamics of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, race based trauma and community resources to provide trauma informed therapeutic services and make referrals and clinical recommendations as appropriate.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with a multi-disciplinary team made of up other professionals including supervisors, counselors/therapists, parent educators, case managers, psychiatrists, psychologists, lawyers and advocates.


  • Possess a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, or related field AND professional clinical licensure in the state of Texas (LMSW, LCSW, LPC- Associate, LPC).
  • Demonstrated knowledge or background in the topics of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking, sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, race based trauma, poverty, and disabilities.
  • Must have at least one year of experience providing therapeutic services.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish required.
  • Knowledge of dynamics of substance use/abuse, in particular in teens/young adults and of recovery support resources and information preferred.
  • Knowledge of Trust Based Relational Interventions (TBRI) preferred.
  • This position requires driving in between SAFE campuses and in the community as necessary.
  • Must have a valid, State of Texas Driver’s License, AND at least three (3) consecutive years of driving experience OR one (1) year of driving experience if over 27 years of age; AND an acceptable driving record. If in possession of an out-of-state license, obtain a State of Texas Driver’s License within 90 days of beginning employment.
  • Pass all required criminal history background checks (including an FBI fingerprint check), as well a pre-employment drug screen and TB test.
  • All employees are required to comply with policies regarding COVID-19, which may be subject to change. COVID vaccines are still highly recommended, and we encourage employees to get vaccinated if they are able.​​​​​​​

About our benefits:

  • Full-time employees receive employer paid health insurance, short-term disability, and life insurance.*
  • Optional dental, vision and pet insurance.*
  • 403(b) retirement plan with an employer match, and 15 days of Paid Time Off (PTO), 4 Personal Holidays, 7 Paid holidays, and more.*
  • We’ll provide you with an amazing work environment where you’ll get to make a difference every day.

​​​​​​​Please Note: All new employees regardless of FTE status will be required to start their employment on either the 1st or 16th of the month and will be required to attend a three-day new employee orientation that is held both in-person and virtually.

*Benefits are prorated based on date of hire and hours worked. Eligibility is dependent upon FTE, status, etc.

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