• Trauma Interventionist (Non-Exempt)

    Posted Date 6 days ago(7/17/2018 8:04 AM)
    Requisition Number
    Social Workers
    Employee Type
    Hours Per Pay Period
    Work Hours
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Weekends and/or Holidays Required
    On Call Required
    Position Location
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    At Samaritas, we ask you to join us - to “Be The Rock That Starts The Ripple”. A ripple of transformation in the individual lives of the 15,000 people we help each year, and a ripple of positive change throughout our community. Our team is growing at Samaritas! We are seeking more Rocks to join our team. We are always looking for additional employees who want to make a big impact and have a lot of fun doing so as part of an enthusiastic, collaborative team. We want you to be our rock!


    Samaritas, one of the state’s largest faith-based nonprofits, has been sending ripples of positive change into Michigan communities since 1934. Prior to 2016, Samaritas operated as Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.


    Samaritas provides a continuum of care to all in need with approximately 70 different programs in 40 different locations in Michigan. We believe in diversity and inclusion, for the people we serve and the people we employ. Employing nearly 2,000 employees in opportunities ranging from direct service to management in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, we hope that you will consider joining the Samaritas team and help work in making a difference in communities across Michigan.


    We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions with those who place their trust in us.


    Job Summary


    Serve as a member of the trans-disciplinary Trauma Assessment team to conduct neurodevelopmental assessments for youth involved in the child welfare system ages 1-24.


    Duties and Responsibilities

    1. Participate in neurodevelopmental trauma assessments in partnership with the clinical team.
    2. Participate in pre and post assessment discussions regarding the child’s histories, assignment of assessments, gathering of materials for individual cases, and review of the day.
    3. Conduct comprehensive complex trauma assessment with clinical staff, which include administration and scoring of various assessment tools and interviews of caseworkers and caregivers.
    4. Participate in observations of psychosocial interviews, attachment assessments, and processing the assessment.
    5. Timely completion of trauma assessment reports in partnership with the clinical team, including reviewing, editing, and providing feedback.
    6. Complete interviews with biological parents, foster parents, and child welfare processions, as needed.
    7. Participate in scheduled supervision, staff meetings, and professional development.
    8. Assist with other special projects and duties as assigned.


    Job Qualifications


    Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

    • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Life Education, Social Work, Child Development, or Psychology. Master’s Degree preferred, or working towards Master’s Degree.



    • Minimum of one-year experience working with youth and families.
    • Experience working within the Child Welfare setting.
    • Experience working with youth and families from diverse backgrounds.


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Ability to effectively read, speak and write English language; ability to prepare letters, reports, documentation, using prescribed format and confirming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction and style.
    • Basic knowledge of human growth and development and the social environment.
    • Excellent organization and time managements skills.
    • Ability to communicate well with others.
    • Must be able to work successfully on a team, as well as independently.
    • Understanding the cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of the individuals served.
    • Ability to apply principals of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collects data, establish facts and draw conclusions.
    • Ability to relate, engage and work constructively with vulnerable children and adults.
    • Ability to effectively utilize computer software; including word processing and spreadsheet programs.


    Additional Work Requirements

    • Reliable ongoing personal transportation, suitable for persons being served required. Valid unrestricted driver’s license, good driving record, and valid auto insurance.
    • Ability to travel to other locations or Samaritas sites with Trauma Assessment Team to conduct assessments.


    Physical and Mental Requirements

    • Ability to work in a high-stress environment.
    • Activities that require considerable use of hands, fingers, arms and legs and moving entire body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
    • Near visual acuity.
    • Ability to safely lift 50lbs.


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