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  • Senior Counselor, Criminalized Survivors Program

    Job Locations US-NY-Brooklyn
    Posted Date 7 months ago(10/30/2018 4:59 PM)
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    Agency Description:

    STEPS To End Family Violence (STEPS) – a proud program of Rising Ground that was founded in 1986 - offers a variety of innovative, trauma-informed, anti-oppressive programming focused on the prevention of intimate partner violence; advocacy and healing for survivors; and increasing awareness of the epidemic of gender-based violence.


    Position Summary

    STEPS is seeking a dynamic and passionate person who will serve as counselor and advocate within the Criminalized Survivors Program (CSP). CSP is an anti-oppressive, healing-centered, survivor-guided program that aims to increase access to services for criminalized survivors of intimate partner and other forms of gender-based violence.

    Location: The Senior Counselor splits their time between the STEPS office in East Harlem and at the Rose M. Singer Center at Rikers Island.


    • Provide in-depth individual counseling to criminalized survivors of gender based violence, especially those who identify as LGBTQ;
    • Facilitate weekly support groups for criminalized survivors of gender based violence both in the community and at Rikers Island;
    • Engage in intensive legal advocacy;
    • Accompany criminalized survivors to their court appearances and actively engage with their defense attorney and other members of the defense team;
    • Collect data about the impact of the work and, in partnership with a supervisor, engage in impact evaluation informed by the carefully collected data;
    • Participate in weekly supervision and team meetings.


    • LMSW, LMHC or other relevant, graduate degree, preferred but not required
    • Bilingual in English and Spanish, strongly preferred
    • Strong and dynamic counseling and advocacy skills
    • Nuanced understanding of the dynamics of gender-based violence and systems of oppression
    • Comfort within the criminal legal and carceral systems
    • Demonstrated interest in professional writing
    • Meaningful commitment to practicing from an anti-oppressive, healing-centered stance
    • Ability to work with flexibility, independence, accountability, passion, and humor


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