Job Opportunity: Therapist @ Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADAWS)

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Full Time, Non-Exempt Position


The Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADWAS) is a non-profit agency that serves Deaf and DeafBlind victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and provides prevention education to the general community.


The ADWAS Therapist provides the following services:

  • Individual, family, and group therapy related to domestic violence and sexual abuse

  • Provide crisis intervention in-person and/or VP/HIPAA-compliant video conferencing

  • Psychosocial assessments and evaluation of sexual abuse of children

  • Case consultation with the Advocates

  • Facilitate support groups

  • Provide referral information for victims/survivors, service providers, and family members

  • Maintenance of client files/records

  • Develop and maintain resource file

  • Short-term crisis counseling

  • Case management

  • Maintain accurate service data in database; complete necessary paper work and forms related to survivor services

  • Documents work and submit reports thoroughly and on time. Ensure the client files are updated, and prepare the files for audits

  • Seeks out support from co-workers & supervisors, proactively takes responsibility for self and work

  • Effectively utilizes staff, direct services, and supervision meetings

  • Networking with other community agencies and professionals

  • Participates in outreach efforts upon request such as Lobby Days, agency events, events organized by Outreach program, and VLogs

  • Commits to practice organization’s Mission Statement & Core Values; understands the anti-violence movement; educate self and others on cultural competency


    Expected Trainings:

  • 23-hours of OCVA Core Therapy SA training

  • 20-hours of DV Initial training

  • 20-hours DV training annually

  • 6-hours SA training annually

  • “Making a CPS Referral: A Guidance for Mandated Reporter”


    Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the dynamics of domestic violence/sexual assault

  • Knowledge of the connection between DV/SA and various forms of oppression

  • Crisis intervention experience

  • Ability to maintain positive interpersonal relationships and establish rapport with survivors and colleagues

  • Demonstrated cultural competency and ability to effectively work with those from diverse backgrounds and experiences

  • Knowledge of community resources and how to access them

  • Ability to be flexible, maintain appropriate professional boundaries, and use sound judgment

  • Strong problem solving abilities

  • Ability to communicate effectively with supervisor

  • High level of organizational skills and follow through

  • Ability to maintain professional demeanor in challenging circumstances

  • Ability to complete tasks with minimal supervision

  • Sensitivity to the needs of survivors and ability to maintain confidentiality

  • Strong work ethic

  • Ability to work independently and as part of team to deliver services

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel

  • Patience, sense of humor and willingness to be open to new ideas and ways of doing things

  • Have dependable transportation or be able to travel

  • Minimum of 2 years involvement in the Deaf or DeafBlind communities (paid or volunteer)

  • Fluency in American Sign Language

  • Minimum 2 years of post-masters counseling experience, especially trauma-informed therapy with Deaf or DeafBlind

  • Experience in providing treatment to victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence

  • Active involvement in the Deaf and/or DeafBlind communities

  • Master’s Degree in behavioral sciences (mental health counseling, social work, psychology)

  • Licensed or license-eligible and certified in the state of Washington


Responsible To: Program Director


Salary: Starting base salary at $49,000 or more, DOE

Medical, dental and retirement package are offered. This is 40 hour non-exempt position.


To Apply:

Please mail or email ADWAS application, cover letter, resume, and three letters of recommendation to Emily Leary. Use the address on the letterhead or email:

  Position Open Until Filled

ADWAS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Survivors of interpersonal violence, persons of color, and LGBTQ-identified persons are encouraged to apply.

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