|Department:||Childhelp Merv Griffin Village|
CEO and Co-Founder SaraO’Meara and President and Co-Founder Yvonne Fedderson started Childhelp in 1959, establishing it as a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect and at-risk children. Childhelp focuses on advocacy, prevention, treatment and community outreach.
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD®, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Childhelp’s programs and services also include residential treatment services (villages); children’s advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training. Childhelp also created the National Day of Hope® that mobilizes people across America to join the fight against child abuse. For more information about Childhelp, please visit the website at www.childhelp.org.
About Childhelp Merv Griffin Village
The Childhelp Merv Griffin Village is located in Beaumont, California. Beaumont is 90-miles east of Los Angeles and 30-miles west of Palm Springs off Highway 10. Childhelp Merv Griffin Village has been providing a healing home environment for severely abused, neglected, and at-risk children since 1978. Producing a true community atmosphere, the Village houses as many as 84 children ranging in age from 6 to 14 years old. The residents live in cottages and are grouped by age and treatment needs. The children arrive at the Village experiencing severe behavioral and emotional problems as a result of their previous abusive or neglectful situations. For many of these children, the Village and its multidisciplinary team (MDT) are their last hope in avoiding placement at a juvenile correctional facility.
It takes a whole village to raise a child. A team of mental health professionals greets each child upon their arrival, equipped to develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to each child’s specific needs. While at the Village, children receive on-site clinical services provided by Childhelp’s MDT. The children learn to love themselves and trust others through comprehensive treatment, including psychological, educational, recreational, music, art, equine, wilderness, occupational, and speech therapy. The dedicated, highly-trained, and passionate staff of therapists, teachers, behavioral health specialists, nurses, physicians, and chaplain work to cultivate trust in children who have known only betrayal, and build self-esteem in the young souls who have rarely been given reason to like themselves.
Successful candidates will possess a Master's Degree in Social Work or related field qualifying for a State of California License as a Marriage Family Therapist or Clinical Social Worker. Prefer LMFT or LCSW, but will consider an intern with a minimum of three years of experience working in a residential treatment program with children. All candidates must have a minimum of a Level One Certification in Equine Therapy and a Certification or one year of training in Wilderness Therapy techniques. Both of these positions are very hands-on and will require a high degree of physical activity. The Equine Therapist must have excellent riding and equine care skills. The Wilderness Therapist needs a strong background in camping, hiking, fishing, boating and other types of outdoor activities related to the wilderness.
Positions require a high degree of organization and excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Master's Degree in Social Work or related field with a State of California MFT or CSW License plus 1-year experience working with children in a residential treatment program. Licensed interns will be considered with 3-years of experience working with children in a residential treatment program.
Candidates must pass a full three tier background clearance and possess a clear California Driver's License with abilities to drive a truck pulling a horse trailer.
Prefer candidates in the Equine Therapist position that have completed all levels of certification with EAGALA. Candidates for Wilderness Therapist must have training in areas such as Outdoor Leadership, From Boys to Men, Rock Climbing, etc.
Childhelp is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer